Drive An Audi R8

Drive An Audi R8

There are few cars on the road that are as beautiful and modest as an Audi R8. Unlike other sports cars, the Audi R8 has that look that is timeless. It fits our contemporary vibe for cars that are angular yet have smooth angles. With Audi's R8, you step into a car that has a look that has few throwbacks to the days of the angled design of the 80s and 90s, and is designed to mesh right into today's design culture.

This is no way should be considered a drawback. It completely lacks the Lamborghini's aesthetic yet shares many of the design principles from the mid engine layout, the four wheel drive, and growl of its engine.

This is the anti-bling car. The car you drive when you have attained a certain status and don't care when people don't notice. It is the simply sleek-looking but intricately detailed and designed watch. You know what you're getting yourself in to, and the Audi R8 delivers.

The Stats

Audi R8 V8
  • Price: $225,000
  • Engine Type: 4.2 L V8
  • Torque: 317 lb-ft @ 4500-6000
  • Acceleration 0-60: 4.6s
  • Horsepower: 420 hp(M) @ 7800 rpm
  • Top Speed: ~187 mph
Audi R8 V10
  • Price: $231,000
  • Engine: 5.2 Liter V10
  • Torque: 391 lb-ft @ 6500 rpm
  • Acceleration: 0-60: 3.7s
  • Horsepower: 532 hp(M) @8000 rpm
  • Top Speed: ~196 mph

The Audi R8's production run is a long one. Unlike other supercars, the R8's production has lasted from 2005 all the wall to August of 2015. Audi settled nicely on the car, and really believed it to be a superior design that would stand the test of time (Myself and others agree with their assessment).

The conception of the car began in 2003, and it wouldn't be until 2005 that the car would be released. Since then, the Audi R8 has had over a dozen different models released, each with their own fine tuning and tweaking.

Like other supercars, the car operates on a longitudinal mid-engine that shunts power to its Quattro all-wheel drive system. All-wheel technology allows a car to handle tight turns better than either type of two-wheel drive system. The longitudinal engine does allow for there to be a good weight balance in the car, with about 55% of the car's weight in the front and 45% in the back. This helps to prevent spinning out of control in case the driver hits a turn a little bit too quickly.

Why You Should Drive It

Because of the pure power in a beautiful minimalist chassis. A simple chassis requires a lot of work, because you have to keep it looking like a supercar without going the easy route of ostentation.

It has superior handling for a supercar, and fits on the road well. Don't believe me, you should check out Virgin Vehicles' video about the 5 Things You Will Love The R8. Now, this is more about owning the car, but that doesn't meant this 4:21 video won't really help you on the track.


Things To Know

Like with most other exotic cars, in order to increase the longevity of the cars, almost all exotic car driving experiences switch out the transmissions to be semi-automatic. With most Americans never learning to drive a manual (or not having used one in a long time), the semi-automatic or the paddle shift may take away from “feel” of driving a sports car, but trust me, it doesn’t. It also allows the average user to hop in and not spend the entire time driving the car in first gear and then stalling the engine.

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