AUDI R8

SORRY CLAU­DIA AND HEIDI – THE NEW AUDI R8 HAS STOLEN YOUR SPOT ON THE PODIUM.

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When a com­pany cul­pa­ble for plenty of badass sports cars, plus the men­tal V10-en­gined RS6 sta­tion wagon, an­nounces the re­lease of its fastest road car, ever, that’s rea­son to re­joice. Audi’s frst su­per­car, the R8, was launched in 2006, but this all-new ver­sion is next-level in­tense, with the pre­vi­ously cur­va­ceous, smooth lines bru­talised to be sharper and edgier. Un­der­neath the an­gu­lar, Audi Tt-on-steroids skin, it shares the same seam­less seven-speed dual-clutch gear­box, bril­liant all-wheel-drive sys­tem, su­per-light space-frame con­struc­tion and kid­ney-squash­ing V10 en­gine as its hot sis­ter, the Lam­borgh­ini Hu­racán (Audi ef­fec­tively owns the ac­claimed Ital­ian mar­que – both part of VW). While the Lambo comes with only one, max­power con­fgu­ra­tion of this ferce 5.2-litre mak­ing 449kw/560nm, the en­try-level R8 of­fers a de­tuned ver­sion with 397kw/540nm, and a 3.5 sec­ond 0-100km/h. Step­ping up to the R8 Plus ($400,000+), it matches the Lambo’s specs, and the 0-100km/h of 3.2 is just 0.2 slower than the Fer­rari 488 GTB. This makes it the quick­est Audi to date, good news for fans of the R8, of which more than 400 have been sold in Aus­tralia, though the bad news is both the V8 ver­sion and the gated-man­ual gear­box op­tion have been deleted. Given so much to share, the Ger­mans and the Ital­ians have some­how come up with two cars that look, feel and even sound en­tirely dif­fer­ent. The Audi has al­ways been spe­cial and unique, be­cause it’s a su­per­car not overly in­tim­i­dat­ing to drive. Its fe­ro­cious pace, now ris­ing to new heights, is al­ways on tap, but on the road it feels no more dif­fcult to han­dle than an A3. While the Lam­borgh­ini’s in­te­rior could only be Ital­ian, the R8 is Ger­man­i­cally per­fect and re­strained, with beau­ti­fully re­alised Vir­tual Cock­pit tech­nol­ogy that brings an al­most Ap­ple­like fu­tur­is­tic feel to the driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Or­der now for de­liv­ery in early 2016; audi.com.au

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