Audi R8 Engine Sound

Final lap: The Audi R8 continues to deliver excitement

The original Audi R8 production car and Audi R10 TDI Le Mans on Park Avenue in New York City in 2006. Audi

The Audi R8 sports car held up like never before. For all the dramatic changes the mid-performance coupe has gone through in the past two decades, much of its core character remains intact, making the latest iteration feel distinct while still remaining warmly familiar.

Endurance, after all, is in R8’s DNA. The road car we know today is named after the Audi bi-turbo V8 LMP (Le Mans Prototype) race car that brought so many endurance championships home in the early 2000s. Multiple victories at Le Mans led to the development of the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept to celebrate these achievements in 2003. This car went on to provide a great deal of information about what became known as the R8 road car introduced in 2006.

It’s a triumphant roll, in essence, one that lasted 15 years and a major design update in 2015, but it could soon come to an end. Audi’s shift toward an electrified lineup meant the R8 would inevitably sidestep for the automaker’s next halo car, and I felt fitting to jump behind the wheel of the game-changing supercar for one last ride.

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The Audi R8 arrives on the scene in stunning style. Designed by stellar designer Walter de Silva, formerly of Alfa-Romeo, it was a spacecraft on wheels with Lamborghini bones and a fuel-injected 4.2-liter V8 in the middle in honor of its racing predecessor. It captivated the motoring world with its ultra-smooth look, separated from the front and rear by distinctive side blades that make its rear end look almost squiggly at certain angles.

The first generation R8 appeared in 2006. It was so striking at the time that its shape quickly merged into the public consciousness. Audi

Its relationship with Lambo came about thanks to Audi AG’s 1998 acquisition of the Italian supercar maker, both of which are part of the burgeoning Volkswagen collective. Co-developed with Italy’s Gallardo, the family features are prominent among the two sports cars that share the platform: all-wheel drive, two-seater and center-mounted engine. The Lamborghini V10 engine remained a Gallardo exclusive, at least initially.

In its purest form, the 414-horsepower V8 was paired to a six-speed manual gearbox and sent power to all four wheels, although only 30% went to the front while the rest went to the rear wheels. Press the start key, and the R8 will instantly differentiate itself from other V8-powered cars by sound alone. Unlike the usual V8’s howl, Audi’s power plant feels silent and almost clinical when turned on.

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