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[standard] retractable rear spoiler (operates automatically or manually)
optional $1800 Bang and Olufsen sound system with 12 speakers, 465 watts, and a satellite radio
optional 'extended leather' package also covers the dashtop, door panels and other surfaces
The 2009 Audi R8 has plenty of standard and optional features to assuage buyers who will pay over 100 grand for this limited-availability car.
Edmunds details the standard features: 19-inch wheels, a retractable rear spoiler (operates automatically or manually), xenon headlights, LED brake lights and turn signals, leather-and-Alcantara suede power-adjustable sport seats, aluminum trim, automatic climate control, and a seven-speaker CD stereo.
Model-year 2009 feature changes include now-standard six-CD changer, HomeLink remote, and the aforementioned Bluetooth connectivity system.
Audi's navigation system is easy to program (even for a nongeek) and features scalable views such as those found on Google Maps. Audi's MMI controller takes charge of the navigation system and the audio controls, and it's somewhat easier to operate than BMW's similar iDrive controller—but both make TheCarConnection.com's editors long for the days of simple control knobs.
Thankfully, for 2009 model R8s, the navigation system is now available separately, but some optional features for the 2009 Audi R8 are not available individually, frustratingly enough; according to Kelley Blue Book, these must be purchased as part of a "package." In the R8, Audi's "Convenience Package" offers a rearview camera, hill-holder clutch, Bluetooth wireless capability, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. As Cars.com points out, Alcantara (artificial suede) trim can be ordered separately. There is also a "Leather Package" that includes more extensive leather trim in the cabin, along with a 465-watt, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
With more comforts and conveniences than most exotics, buyers have little to want for in the 2009 Audi R8.