Audi loves the R8. Its the kind of car it doesn’t have to advertise to make sales (it’s sold out in the U.S. for 2009 and Europe currently has a eight month waiting list.) Audi’s only problem with the R8 is production capacity. It can only make 27 R8s a day and says that the number cannot be increased. To further divide the market, the 27 daily R8s will not be divided into more versions including the previously reported V10 and Spyder variations.
The V10 R8 will get a 5.2-liter V-10 from the S8 and will be launched in the second half of 2009. As for an R8 convertible or spyder, it is slated for launch in Europe in the second half of 2009 and 2010 for North America.
The R8’s baby brother, the R4 was denied again. Michael Dick, Audi’s member of the board of management for technical development, called it just a figment of journalists’ minds.