Audi unveils new roadster in Geneva

Audi has introduced its new R8 Roadster to the public at the Geneva Motor Show, with the drop-top version of the popular R8 coupe to go on sale in the UK shortly.

Powered by a 5.2-litre, 525-horsepower engine, the German car manufacturer's open air model will set buyers back by £111,995 for the manual and £117,155 for the R-tronic semi-automatic gearbox.

But the firm offers buyers a more affordable vehicle to get onto the first step of the Audi ladder in its new premium hatch back, the A1, which is said to be pitted against the likes of BMW's Mini.

Audi has also unveiled an electric hybrid concept version of the A1, following the recent debut of its R8 based "e-tron" concept.

The A1 e-tron promises a 31-mile range in the city on electric mode, adding weight to the firm's commitment to zero emissions city motoring. A compact engine is used for longer journeys and to charge the battery system when it runs out of power.

This concept car puts Audi among the numerous car manufacturers with "range extender" technology, that could see similar cars on the streets soon.

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