|As the Mazda MX-5 grabbed the vote for the 2016 World Car of the Year, Audi received the other title of World Performance Car of the Year for the R8 Coupe at the New York Auto Show.|
As a matter of fact, the Audi R8 Coupe is one of the many winners for the four-ring marque over the years. Previous accolades included: Audi A6 World Car of the Year 2005; Audi RS 4 and Audi TT as World Performance Car and World Car Design of the Year in 2007; Audi R8 2008 World Performance Car and World Car Design of the Year; Audi R8 V10 World Performance Car 2010; and Audi A3 World Car of the Year 2014.
With a total of four awards, the Audi R8 is the most successful model in the history of the World Car Awards. The predecessor to the R8 had already taken home two World Performance Car awards and a World Car Design of the Year award in the prestigious competition.
Now the second generation of the high-performance sports car from Audi was able to win over the international jury of 73 leading automotive journalists. This makes the Audi R8 a winner; on the road as well as on the racetrack.
“With its distinctive design, its driving dynamics and its closeness to racing, the R8 is one of the strongest calling cards for the four rings and is the flagship car from Audi Sport. The first generation of the R8 paved our way toward becoming a premium brand and raised the aura of Audi to a new level. The new R8 will continue this success story and further accelerate the growth strategy of Audi Sport,” Dietmar Voggenreiter, Board Member for Sales and Marketing at Audi AG, remarked.
The Audi R8 Coupé offers more performance than any other Audi production model. The mid-mounted V10 and newly developed quattro drive offer extraordinary driving performance. The top version, with 610PS, sprints from 0 to 100km.h in just 3.2 seconds and can continue to a 330 km/h (205mph) maximum speed.
High-revving ten-cylinder power, state-of-the-art lightweight construction principles and extremely dynamic suspension with quattro drive in addition to fully variable torque vectoring all make the R8 Coupé a truly exceptional car.
The genetics of the Audi R8 contain the know-how acquired from numerous wins by the brand in racing: the sports prototypes have won the 24 hours of Le Mans 13 times since 2000, and the R8 LMS contributed seven more overall victories in 24-hour races since 2009.