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If you like sports cars, you will love the Audi R8. You may even want to own one, assuming you have a spare $115,000 to $155,000 lying around. The R8 definitely turns heads on the street, and on the track. While it has many luxuries of a street car, it is a track day car at heart. Hand-assembled, the R8 craftsmanship is obvious everywhere from performance and handling to look and feel.

Performance Highlights

The Audi R8 4.2 quattro is a mid-engine design. It is powered by a V8 generating a whopping 420 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. It is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 187 mph. It also comes in a R8 5.2 version with 5.2 liter (318 cu in) V8 providing 525 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque.

The R8's 6 speed manual transmission provides for great acceleration, while the 4-wheel drive system is optimized to provide the best possible traction and handling. The continuously variable torque distribution system dynamically adjusts power to the wheels with the best traction. It also has a significant torque bias to the rear wheels for optimized performance and handling. There are two driver selectable performance levels: normal and sport mode.

Exterior and Interior Design

The R8 exterior was designed by the same designer as the Audi Le Mans racecar. It definitely turns heads when driving down the street.

Unlike many sports cars, the R8 has a luxury interior design for comfort, not just performance. The driver cockpit is a nice balance of beauty and performance inspired functionality. The cockpit is tilted toward the driver for maximum visibility. The instrument cluster has an eyes forward design, displaying the necessary information including mpg status, navigation directions, and estimated time and distance to destination. It also has a built-in lap timer for track days.

The DVD-based navigation system has a full-color 6.5" display. It provides both audible route guidance and a colored map with turn arrows. It features AM/FM and SIRIUS radio functionality, real time traffic, 6 CD changer, and two SD card slots for MP3 music. It also has built-in Bluetooth technology for voice control and hands-free cell phone operation.

Advanced Technology

To help the driver gain control of the high-performance engine, the R8 has a self-locking center differential and continuously variable torque distribution. This dynamically adjusts power to the wheels with the best traction. The Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) also helps control the power, particularly when driving at the edge of the R8's handling limit. Combine this with an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Differential Lock, and Anti-slip Regulation, and the R8 does its best to perform while keeping you out of trouble.


The R8 has a somewhat unique position in the market. It is designed to compete with other high performance sports cars, such as the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, while providing a high degree of luxury and comfort. If you want a performance sports car, but don't want to vibrate the fillings in your teeth loose, the R8 may be for you.

For more detail on the Audi R8, check out the Audi web site:


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