Select Audi R8 dealers in Northern California have been asked to submit recommendations to Audi of America re: good prospects for the upcoming MY2014 R8. Audi is reviewing these names and will ultimately select those they will invite to this space-limited 'Lead Performance Event' at Infineon Raceway! I really don't know how many 'Lead Performance Events' Audi will hold in Sonoma this April or if they plan to do a 'Roadshow' across America to promote the revised MY2014 R8! But lucky for me, I was the 'candidate' of my local 'Audi Monterey Peninsula' <http://www.montereyaudi.com/index.htm> for an event to be held in Sonoma on April 11-12, 2013! Special thanks go to Davin Sanford, Internet Manager <email@example.com>, who is an enthusiastic & energetic sales associate! He has always been very helpful re: R8 matters and I will continue to refer him business!
Here was the invitation which arrived via email this afternoon:
"Lead Performance Event
To prepare for the launch of the race-engineered 2014 Audi R8, Audi of America invites you to join this mythical supercar in a lead performance during two days spent beyond the hills of San Francisco and on the track at Sonoma Raceway.
You and a guest will receive:
+ One night of accommodations at The Carneros Inn in Napa
+ Dinner during a VIP reception
+ Breakfast at FARM restaurant at The Carneros Inn
+ Transfers to Sonoma Raceway
+ Instruction and track time with the 2014 Audi R8 and other Audi performance models
This is an exclusive opportunity to test your mettle behind the wheels of the Audi R8 V8 and V10 in their natural environment before they arrive at American dealerships. From the new seven-speed, dual-clutch S tronic® transmission that balances controlled agility with unbridled power, to redesigned LED headlights and taillights and other optimizations worthy of the red rhombus, you'll be immersed in the nuances that define the 2014 R8 and all-things Audi Sport.
The R8 Lead Performance event will take place April 11–12, 2013, and you are encouraged to register as soon as possible in order to best plan for this unforgettable experience."
This is a very good idea from Audi of America and I commend them for the effort! It will not be inexpensive for them - they are doing this as 'complimentary' for their prospects & guests! Hopefully it will create the 'buzz' needed for the revised MY2014 R8 to be successful in this competitive US marketplace! I expect I will meet other R8Talk Forum members at the event and will post photos here afterwards!