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Audi has officially unveiled its R8 LMS Ultra on Thursday, set to replace the current R8 LMS GT3 sports car. The updated version features a new hood, a larger rear wing and improved underbody aerodynamics. There are also carbon fiber reinforced plastic doors, enlarged side blades and wider Michelin tires.

The new model was improved with the help of Audi’s customers who provided valuable suggestions and input. Werner Frowein, Quattro managing director said in a statement that We have close ties to our customers and analyzed their suggestions and wishes worldwide and subjected the R8 LMS to further development in many details.”

Other new features include: a new PS1 safety seat developed by Audi, now part of the standard equipment, that provides protection and surpasses the mandatory minimum requirements under extreme loads; an updated transmission to better handle long-distance runs; a new exhaust system that enables the 5.2-litre V10 engine to produce 570 PS and larger side air vents.

While all 2012 vehicles will be upgraded based on the specs above, all previous models will be offered conversion kits.

First deliveries will begin in March 2012 with pricing starting at at €329,900 (about R3, 658 591)

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