Audi has the U.S. debut of the 2014 Audi R8 model line at the NAIAS in Detroit in about a week. At the top of the R8 line-up is the new R8 V10 Plus with 550 horsepower and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. The Audi R8 V10 generates 525 horsepower with 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The Audi R8 V8 FSI® produces 430 horsepower and 317 lb.-ft. of torque. All Audi R8 models have the option of the gated 6-speed manual transmission or the new seven-speed S tronic double-clutch transmission that boosts the performance of the Audi R8 with smoother shifts.
The new 2014 Audi RS 5 Cabriolet, a four-seat convertible with a cloth soft top, will also premiere at the Detroit show in mid-January. The RS 5 Cabriolet is powered by a naturally aspirated 450 horsepower 4.2 liter V8 engine with FSI direct injection. Fuel economy is16 city / 22 highway / 18 combined. The Audi R8 and RS 5 Cabriolet will both go on sale this Spring.Audi says there will be more to see at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that starts in about 10 days.