The Audi R8 made its debut for the 2008 model year as Audi's first mass produced mid-mounted engine sports coupe. The dramatic 2 passenger, R8 combines the experience gained from Audi's numerous triumphs on the racetrack with an evolutionary and dramatic design. Consumer and industry approval and admiration was as widespread as the R8's introduction was thrilling.
Incorporating technology from Audi's Le Mans winning 2003 R8 concept car in a desire to bring Audi's racing success out to the streets, this high performance car is propelled by a mid-engine 4.2 liter aluminum V8 engine with direct fuel injection that delivers an astonishing 420 horsepower. The lightweight aluminum body R8 is remarkably quick, going easily from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds and topping out at 187 mph. The remainder of its powertrain consists of your choice of a 6 speed manual or a smooth and quick operating clutch-less 6 speed manual R-tronic transmission. In combination with an electromechanical steering system, electromagnetically controlled fluid filled shock absorbers that adapt to variations in road surface, and Audi's proprietary Quattro all-wheel drive system, the R8 provides impeccable driving dynamics and a smooth, quiet ride barely distinguishable from that of a luxury sedan. On hearing of the pending introduction of the R8, BMW activated its engineering team to go forth with plans to introduce their concept, the M10. In the meantime, the closest competitor to the R8 is the BMW M6, a distant second.
The R8's futuristic design begins with a classically exotic low and wide stance, and adds exterior dominating trim in the form of distinct blades of carbon fiber on each side, behind the doors and in front of the rear wheel - that runs angular from the roof to just above the side air intakes valve to the rocker panel. The cabin is pushed forward in typical mid engine race car fashion and designed around a highly functional and luxurious driving enthusiast's cockpit. Standard equipment includes 19 inch wheels, xenon headlights, a dual function power and manually operated retractable rear spoiler, LED turn signals and brake lights, supportive and plush Alcantara suede and premium leather power adjustable sport seats, 7 speaker CD stereo system, modern aluminum trim accents and automatic climate control. A Convenience Options Package bundles auto dimming rear view mirrors, a 6 CD changer, hill hold assist feature, Homelink, and Bluetooth connectivity and parking sensors.
The Audi R8 is an outstanding sports car with a clearly projected focus on both performance and daily comfort. With high ratings in just about every performance related category, standard all wheel drive and a groundbreaking design, the R8 is clearly the best sports car Audi has ever produced for sale on the open market and a wise choice for selective driving enthusiasts.