The New R8

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Overview Audi ventures into uncharted territory with the all-new R8. The first
look at this car came three years ago in the form of a concept called the LeMans Quattro Concept. The production car has not changed much from the original. When it launches later this year, the R8 will boast a powerful 420- horsepower V8 engine positioned behind the passenger compartment.There is rumor that the 500-horsepower V10 from the Lamborghini Gallardo will be available in the R8 sometime in the future, but at this time it is still only a rumor.
The R8 is built on the aluminum Audi Space Frame, designed to be both lightweight and very rigid, ideal qualities for a high-performance sports car.
The powerful V8 combined with the lightweight chassis give the R8 a reported 0 to 62 mph time of just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph.
Of course, being an Audi, all that power is distributed evenly to the road through all-four wheels via the legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Unlike many supercars, the R8 was designed for everyday use, with comfortable seats and plentiful cargo space. Not only can luggage be stored under the front hood, there is space for as many as two golf bags behind the seats.
Deliveries of the R8 will begin in the fall of 2007.
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another one for the Premiership players car parks.............
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I think I agree. From a distance it looks a lot like a larger version of the TT, with a few external details modified. That design is now starting to look dated, in spite of the facelift.
The R8 really does need to distinguish itself visually from the TT if it has aspirations to supercar status. A TT with a "big engine" won't hack it, no matter what it has under the skin. Potential customers won't want their expensive new car being mistaken by others, no matter how ignorant, for just another TT. To be a supercar it needs to create an iconic status, somehow. For example, look at the Bugatti which would be instantly recognisable!
I predict that the R8 won't sell in worthwhile numbers for Audi. There will always be a handful of people who will buy something new "because it's expensive" but that won't make it economic for Audi to produce.
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wrote:

I don't know what you mean by "worthwhile numbers", but I do know that this year and next year's production is already sold.
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Just because I predict something, it doesn't mean that I'm right :^)
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wrote:

That's obvious. d;o)
I had a chance to go to Barcelona, Spain for a day long school of driving the R8 on Circuit de Catalunya, but waited too long to register. Just as well, I guess, because I'll need the money to help pay for one in 09.
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In which case, ignore me, (!) :}, and look forward to enjoying your new car. Such cars are now beyond my budget.
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The R8 may well be beyond my budget also. Just dreaming, really. Of course my 23 and 22 year old grandsons are *insisting* that I buy one.
Dave (who will have to settle for his chipped RS6...d;o)
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sell the house and tell them their inheritance is now an R8............between them.
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On Mon, 26 Feb 2007 18:24:32 -0000, "Lez Pawl"

I could do that. Maybe buy five R8s. But I would never be able to drive them. By the time the Chief of Naval Ops (aka wife) got through with me, I wouldn't be able to walk, much less drive.
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oooooo..........I'll be your chauffer, cook, cleaner, ironer...........sorry it stops there.
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My two pennies worth is that the A5/S5 is a bigger version of the TT, and the R8 is clearly something else.
Mike Mitchell
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