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Audi R8: Long-term test report

Audi R8
Everybody who’s owning or long-term testing the Audi R8 has our full envy. Read here why!

I’ve been pining for the Audi R8 since I first laid eyes on the “Le Mans” show car five years ago.

1. The Audi R8 is one of those rare machines that makes anyone driving it instantly desirable. (My wife is not happy about this– unless she’s driving the car.) Yes, the R8’s contrasting “side blades” are a bit goofy. But then so are Marissa Miller’s freckles.

2. The R8’s tweaked 4.2-liter V8 engine note is perfectly judged. It’s not excessively NASCAR, but still aggressive enough to make revving it at a standstill an thrill for pedalists and pedestrians alike. The R8 has a clear case of aural bi-polar disorder; eargasms are only a determined foot press away.

3. The ride quality is superb. At speed, the R8 glides where Corvettes fear to tread. Even the Porsche Turbo can’t match the R8’s combination of cornering confidence and magic carpet cosseting.

4. While I’m no fan of manual transmissions (gasp!), the R8’s gated six-speed is as much fun to clack around as a Ferrari’s. The Audi’s clutch effort is light and take-up is easily modulated. Pedal placement allows for throttle blips between downshifts.

5. The handling and steering are sublime. The faster you go, the faster you go. In other words, I haven’t been able to provoke understeer or oversteer during extreme cornering. Only a braver man than I or a max track attack could reveals the R8’s on-the-limit dynamics. Suffice it to say, if you’re looking for trouble, you’ve come to the wrong place.

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Source: The Truth About Cars