Our U.S. spec R8 with its Magnetic Ride in the most comfortable setting does an admirable job dealing with the colonial-era cobblestone, though we still resort to an old DC cab-driver trick of riding on the now-unused trolley car tracks that run down the center of the street – two narrow-yet-smooth lines down the center of a raucously bumpy surface.
The R8’s flashy looks may be more L.A. than DC. On M Street passing under signs like Dean & DeLuca and Benetton, the R8 got stares, looks and appreciative nods. On the more quiet back streets, the Audi takes on a smarter demeanor. While it still sports the proportions of an exotic, its more Teutonic lines, comfort and four-ringed badge seem to make it a smarter buy.