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2009 Audi R8 4.2 is our pick for today’s trailer auction

2009 Audi R8 4.2 is our pick for today's trailer auction
Written by Jhon



This is a 2009 Audi R8 4.2 It has a current bid of $41,226 on the Bring a Trailer auction site.

• The car shows 12,000 miles on the odometer.

• Bids end on Wednesday, May 11th.

Technology’s ever faster march makes it easy to stay focused on the next greatest thing. But it also makes it easy to forget how cool some of the “less advanced” cars were not so long ago – and in many cases still are. An example of this is one of the most underappreciated modern supercars, the first generation Audi R8, like the 2009 model we came across in Bring a trailer Auction site — which, like car and driverowned by Hearst Autos.

The original R8, which debuted in 2008, hails from a simpler time, when Ferrari’s massive electric SUVs were just sweet dreams. True, the R8 still exists in V-10 form as a 562- or 602-horsepower bastion of the internal combustion rage, but today’s second-generation car has been plagued by more computer processors and lost some of the original’s elegance. In contrast, the smooth, sleek lines of the first-generation R8 say it’s exotic without shouting it, and in its basic form it had a mere 420 horsepower from a 4.2-liter V-8. But this nice naturally aspirated engine loved revving, and unlike today’s R8-only automatic, it could be paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Equally important is my satisfactory clack clack The action you get from working on this transmission through its exposed metal grilles as you strap in at 60 mph in just over four seconds.

2009 Audi R8


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While that might be slow by contemporary supercar standards, it’s more about the theater of speed here, and the R8’s guide is the Sydney Opera House to enjoy driving. Which is exactly what you want in a comfortable, well-behaved performance car that you can enjoy every day. We wrote in 2007: “The R8 will navigate the highway with as little riding turmoil and mechanical turbulence as the (Audi) A4.” “However, the R8 packs quickly into a very tight bend, heading where it is steered with remarkable precision and showing none of the flair for the sudden spin that some mid-engined cars are known for.” Against the Aston Martin Vantage and the Porsche 911 Turbo, the R8’s quality earned it a comparison test win in 2008.

Much of the R8’s “nicely neutral” traits can be traced back to the rear-biased all-wheel drive system, as well as the optional magneto-magnet dampers found on this 2009 model painted in Phantom Black Pearl with matching side blade trims. Inside the surprisingly spacious cabin you’ll find plenty of black leather, excellent Bang & Olufsen stereo, and long-range sports seats with heaters. Currently for sale in Texas, this car has only 12,000 miles on its watch, plus a recent service history, clean Carfax report, and a clean Louisiana address.

2009 Audi R8


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What really caught our eye was the current offer of $41,226 on the Bring a Trailer page for this vehicle. With six days left in the auction, that number is sure to go even higher. But that’s still a discount for a car that costs about $110,000 when new. While this level of consumption is largely due to the greater popularity of the more powerful V-10 added for 2009, we don’t care when it makes the standard vehicle a viable alternative to the new Toyota Supra — and far more special at that. Besides, more speed is only an aftermarket charger away.

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