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You are in the Audi R8
What is this discussion about?
Audi R8, Coupe, Hatchback
Feb 28, 2005 (1:07 pm)
OK you Audi enthusiasts, here's another topic to keep you interested. What do you think of the upcoming Le Mans?
2006 Le Mans
Will it compete with Porsche?
Feb 28, 2005 (1:42 pm)
It'll take quite an effort to keep up with the 911, and numbers don't tell half of the story with a Porsche.
Also, the LeMans has a look akin to that of the Bugatti Veyron. Coincidence? I think not.... considering Audi owns Bugatti
#3 of 56 Audi Le Mans
Mar 02, 2005 (2:58 am)
I personally can't wait to see this car. A Lamborghini Gallardo chassis with a V8, hopefully the one from the new RS4 with 420hp and direct injection. The interior should be the usual Audi stunner. I doubt if it will be out for 2006 though, most likely 2007 or so.
We'll see what they have on display at the IAA in Sept.
#5 of 56 Re: Hmmm [chris65amg]
Apr 25, 2005 (6:36 pm)
Volkswagen owns Bugatti, Audi owns Lamborghini. Same difference, though. But, I'm sure you think it looks like a Veyron because of the silver body parts of the Le Mans (A9, maybe), but those multi-color body parts are the only similarities of the two. They are on two different platforms, from two different car companies (Although in one big company), and have two completely different engines. And, it really won't take quite an effort to keep up with Porsche when you have a Lamborghini V10 on tap. And, Audi lends Porsche some technologies (AWD), making it a little easier for Audi, if you catch my drift...
I don't think the 911 will be enough of a competition for Audi. I just hope the A9 doesn't steal sales from its cousin Gallardo. It really should compete with that weird McLaren-Mercedes sports coupe, which really looks like a knock-off of the Le Mans. The Mclaren isn't supposed to come out for a while, though, as with other Mclaren projects, because there are some problems with Mercedes and Smart right now. Wow, it seems like there are problems with all three of the big American (and partly European) companies right now, GM having the biggest problem, and Ford having the least. At least Volkswagen is coming back.
#6 of 56 Re: Hmmm [esf]
Apr 26, 2005 (12:10 am)
I know you're an Audi devotee and all, but this:
" It really should compete with that weird McLaren-Mercedes sports coupe, which really looks like a knock-off of the Le Mans."
isn't even close to being true. I have to ask you if you've ever seen both cars to make such a statement. These two cars styling couldn't be any more different.
Apr 26, 2005 (5:06 pm)
The McLaren looks nothing like a LeMans. Also, the LeMans does resemble the Veyron (at least to me) because it's pretty long bodied. Also, the midengine layout makes a bit of bulk in the back. The McLaren has a very swept back look in profile, with a gorgeous long hood and short deck. I think that the LeMans is Audi's answer to not the 911, but the new Turbo 911's or whatever they're gonna call them that will be based off of the new 911 (997). OK. I'm confused.
I've always thought that the LeMans looked a little weird. Not bad, but kind of atypical.
#9 of 56 Re: It is official! [merc1]
May 10, 2005 (8:26 am)
OK, so three year lease on my next car would put me at 48, which should be just about perfect for a serious MLC, and would correspond neatly with the availability of a drop-head.
Things are lining up nicely, like some sort of Aquarian planetary convergence, don't you think?
#10 of 56 Re: Hmmm [merc1]
Apr 01, 2006 (9:54 pm)
I wasn't talking about the SLR McLaren...
There's a new Mercedes-Benz P8 McLaren concept from '05, and it looks a bit too much like the LeMans, which is now being called the Audi R8, coming next spring or very early next year.