Thursday, April 1, 2010

Audi R8 V10 named 2010 World Performance Car

. Thursday, April 1, 2010

2010 marks the second year that the Audi R8 has taken home the trophy for World Performance Car. The honor was bestowed at the World Car of the Year Awards ceremony at the 2010 New York International Auto Show. In total, Audi now counts three World Performance Car awards (2007: RS4, 2008: R8, 2010: R8 V10), two World Car Design of the Year awards (2007: TT, 2008: R8) and one World Car of the Year (2005: A6).

Press Release:

INGOLSTADT/NEW YORK, Apr 1, 2010 - The Audi R8 V10 was named as the 2010 World Performance Car at the World Car of the Year Awards ceremony at the New York Auto Show. This is the second time that the R8 has won the World Performance Car award: the V8-powered R8 took this award in 2008.

The World Car Awards jurors observed that: “In the opinion of many on the World Car Awards jury, Audi has at long last satisfied our hunger for a street car that lives up to the excitement of the original Le Mans series-dominating R8 LMP1 race car.”

Developed jointly with quattro GmbH, the Audi R8 V10 is powered by a 5.2 liter direct injection ten-cylinder engine which develops 386 kW (525 hp), enabling it to sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and then to a top speed of 316 km/h (196.35 mph). It features Audi technologies such as quattro permanent all-wheel drive, a lightweight aluminum body and the innovative all-LED lights.

This is the second World Performance Car award win for the Audi R8: the original V8-powered version won the same award in 2008. Whether a customer chooses an R8 with a V8 or a V10 engine, they will get a World Performance Car award winner.

This is also the third Word Performance Car award for Audi in the five years that the award has been on offer: the RS 4 was named as the 2007 World Performance Car.

The truly global nature of the World Car jury is evidence that Audi is hitting the performance car sweet spot of car lovers around the world.

Since the awards began, Audi has claimed one overall award and five category awards:

Audi A6 World Car of the Year

Audi RS 4 World Performance Car
Audi TT World Car Design of the Year

Audi R8 World Performance Car
Audi R8 World Car Design of the Year

Audi R8 V10 World Performance Car

Source: Audi