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10 Reasons Why Gearheads Should Drive an Audi R8

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when Audi Declaring they would dip their toe into the hyper-competitive puddle of supercar production, most wondered why the German company took so long, as a glimpse into their history reveals a whole host of performance-oriented machines. Launched to great applause in 2006, the first generation Audi R8, which is based on the Le Mans concept car, has faced fierce competition in the form of the Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo, C6 Z06 Corvette.

As it approaches the creation of the first supercar with its usual clinical methodology, Audi has shown the world that it is indeed possible to have your cake and eat it. The R8 has redefined what to expect from such cars, thanks to levels of reliability and ease of use not usually associated with the niche segment.

But then Audi became one word in reliability, with many examples of its high-performance models still dormant, such as the Audi 90 20 Valve Quattro launched after 8 years of neglect. A refreshing poster for modern supercar enthusiasts, Audi offers speed and precision in a modernly designed package, and these are 10 reasons why gear heads should drive the Audi R8.

10 It’s Audi

When it comes to building capable or high-performance sports cars, Audi knows more than its fair share. Arguably, they wrote a book on how to produce four-wheeled pleasure machines thanks to their Quattro system.

As a leader in providing cars of high quality and refined refinement, Audi has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of reliable and durable vehicles, and the R8 ballistically fast-attack is no exception to this rule.

9 Can be had with a silky V8 engine

The first R8’s that broke the hood at launch in 2006 was initially equipped with an all-aluminum 4.2-liter FSI V8 that pumped out 414 horsepower and previously saw service in the gorgeous B7 RS4 sports sedan.

Initially launched with Quattro rear-biased all-wheel drive that sends 70% of the power to the rear wheels, the 4.2 R8 will hit 60 mph in less than 4.1 seconds before sprinting to an impressive top speed of 185 mph.

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8 V10 monster

Having proven that the “base” R8 was indeed worthy of supercar status, Audi decided it would turn up the heat and throw a larger, more powerful engine into the back of its stylish super coupe to create a modern automobile legend.

In addition, the R8 is equipped with an engine previously used in both the Audi S6 sedan and Lamborghini Gallardo, and it is equipped with a 5.2-liter V10 unit FSI tuned to 525 horsepower, delivering 3.7 seconds from 0-60 mph.

7 speed and balance

With sophisticated aerodynamics and an air-split shape, and backed by the award-winning Quattro drivetrain, the R8 is a sure-fire partner when the throttle gets buried and the road gets twisted.

In gear, the powerful 5.2-liter V10 R8 will propel its occupants from 60 to 124 mph in 8 seconds, then happily continue accumulating velocity until the 196 mph clock appears shrinking in sight.

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6 It was also the world’s first super diesel car

The R8 Le Man dreamed of taking advantage of the amazing V12 TDI engine developed by Audi, it put out 493 hp and 788 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual transmission.

Due to high levels of construction and engineering costs, the V12 R8 engine was never officially put into production, but the few examples built proved to be fast and could hit 100 mph in less than 9.5 seconds from a standstill.

5 Consumption leads to appreciation

With the first examples of the 4.2-liter V8 R8 now 15 years old, and with numerous revisions and updates, the most attractive Audi offering can now be found at what should be considered an affordable price.

With depreciation, an early V8 R8 can be bought for around $45,000, which is fantastic value for money and begs the question, is there any other car for the money that will make the neighbors think you won the lotto?

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4 Use it every day

Unlike some of the more exotic supercar offerings from the most dedicated performance car manufacturers, the Audi R8 has, like most Audis, proven to be a reliable companion without any of the common issues associated with supercar ownership.

With beautiful finishes on the inside, the R8 can play the role of a long-distance cruiser as well as a sophisticated highway bruise and prove less stressful than some of its competitors, making it an ideal everyday driver.

3 It will embarrass the Italians

Taking a somewhat clinical approach to building the first supercar, Audi has delivered a car that has put famous Italian high-performance automakers to shame, featuring a superior design process and better materials, backed by a build quality that only Audi can offer.

Some might think that showing an Audi badge on a supercar is just another exercise in how to get involved in the sales department, but then those guys will miss the point of what the R8 really is, and what they stand for.

2 There is an electric one

An attractive start at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Audi R8 e-Tron concept car used four electric motors to produce 313 horsepower with 332 pound-feet of torque giving it a very respectable 0-60 mph time of 4.8 seconds.

The R8 e-Tron’s range is limited to 154 miles, uses a 400-volt fast charger to run in under two hours and recovers power from an electromechanical system linked to the cool and expensive carbon ceramic brakes.

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1 It has flaws, but very few

Like any supercar, and despite the R8’s impressive everyday-use capability, there’d be little chance of using one on a trip to the supermarket for big groceries or on a cross-country trip due to the rather poor luggage space.

And while the R8 is more reliable and easier to live with than most similar alternatives, it’s still a supercar, so any maintenance, servicing or general maintenance associated with it will have costs that reflect that state.

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