First Audi R8 sold in U.S. auctioned off to benefit Elton John’s AIDS Foundation.
The First Audi R8 sports car that will be sold in the US will be auctioned off at the Elton John’s 5th annual AIDS Foundation Party. This party has been held for the last five years to celebrate the academy awards. The starting bid will be at $100,000.
The new Audi R8 is expected to retail anywhere between $130, 000 - $150,000, and will be in dealerships starting the fall of 2007. This is Audi’s first ever mid-engine sports car, with a 4.2 liter V8 engine and a light weight Audi Space Frame (ASF®) technology. It can go from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds. All this power comes from Audi’s legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system through a six-speed manual transmission, or with an option of Audi’s new R tronic sequential gearbox. Even though the R8 is two-seated coupe, it has a luxuriously spacious passenger cabin.
The interesting thing about this auction is that bids can be placed at home or while attending the high-class party. You can bid live by proxy, over the phone, and even online through EBay. Bids can be placed anywhere between now and when the auction ends on EBay live auctions (www.ebayliveauctions.com).
Audi just recently held an auction on EBay for a one-day test drive of the new R8 before it is auctioned off at the Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Party. The winning bid was for $12,601. The money won from this auction is also going to be donated to the EJAF (Elton John’s AIDS Foundation). The lucky winner gets to test drive the sleek new R8 on the track of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and on the public roads of Las Vegas for the rest of the day. If that was not enough, they also have the opportunity to attend the EJAF Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 25.
Source: EBay R8 auction page