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Audi R8, Coupe, Hatchback
Oct 11, 2006 (8:17 pm)
I've just become a convert to the Audi product line (and my 2007 A8L hasn't yet arrived!)...but I have been blown away by the company's microsite video of the R8. In addition to the upcoming choices of engines in future years, a recent issue of Motor Trend predicts a Spyder model for 2009 - which may be about when one of these cars could become available (IF one orders now)!
#21 of 56 Sighting!
Oct 12, 2006 (11:37 am)
So I know it's cheating but for the new R8 come on... a dealership counts as a sighting right? At lunch today in NYC, I went over to the new Audi showroom on 47th and Park. Very cool, if you are in the neighborhood or visiting NY I would definitely reccomend a quick stopover. They still had the 1934 Auto Union Type D racer which was phenomenal to see in person. They also had a Q7 (who cares), a kitted out A8 W12 (incredible interor... you wouldn't want to spill a coke back in there let me tell you), a bright yellow RS4... one of my current favorites to see in person, and the R8. The R8 is very approachable on the spinning podium and I got some great views. They said it would probably start at $100k (not $120k as has been reported) for the V8. The interior was very cool, classic Audi and there is a glass engine cover like on a 360/430 to show off the goods. There is a small front trunk which I saw opened, pretty tiny really... with no rear trunk or behind seat room one would be pressed to go somewhere for the weekend in one of these. The overall shape looks even better in person but I think it would be prettier with a matching color airblade. Of course, since the blade is carbon fibre that means you have to get a black car b/c painting it over would be a crime. The headlights are some of the best I have ever seen. There were several suede loaferedferrari owning types in the showroom drooling over it and asking questions. Awesome car overall
#22 of 56 Re: Sighting! [teds1]
Oct 12, 2006 (8:54 pm)
Well actually that air blade is an option. The standard piece is good old fashioned sheetmetal.
This is just the type of buzz that Audi needs. Sounds awesome.
#24 of 56 R8 Pics in Beverly Hills
Nov 14, 2006 (4:01 pm)
I have just added an album of pics I took while they were shooting the R8 for the press kit. Check them out in my albums. The car is absolutely gorgeous and the engine sound is awesome. I have no doubt it will be a hot seller.
#26 of 56 Re: R8 Pics in Beverly Hills [nper]
Nov 16, 2006 (9:45 pm)
Awesome pics! Audi really needed this type of car. Now if they follow it up with a stunning A4 they'll be making real progress in the U.S. market.
If it is alright with you I'll post one of your pics on Germancarzone, they're going to go nuts!!!!!
#27 of 56 Re: R8 Pics in Beverly Hills [merc1]
Nov 16, 2006 (10:05 pm)
Sure thing, post them anywhere you'd like. I am sorry I did not get a chance to take a pic of the interior, but I had to go get my camera, and by the time I got back, they were in a rush. Glad you liked the pics. Once again, the car is UNBELIEVABLE and stunning.
#29 of 56 Re: R8 Pics in Beverly Hills [simonsays1]
Nov 17, 2006 (5:35 pm)
a) the people who will buy this car are not interested in having the fastest or most powerful car on the road. Instead, they like latest technology, safety of AWD, the nicest interior in any sports car and the prestige of owning a (fairly) limited edition piece of machinery.
b) The 4.2L V8 is the mid-level engine. Wait till you see the V10 with (rumored) twin turbos, pushing north of 550hp. Anyways, the 420hp is more than enough in such a small and light car.
c) This is a much more civilized car than the awesome but not very user-friendly Gallardo.
d) In case you did not know, Audi will take on the Lambo with the V10 version, as they seem hell-bent on having a car for every niche of the market, which pisses some of the companies from the WAG off.
e) I think you need to drive the car before you call it a "pile of junk".