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Audi R8: The Perfect Supercar?

Posted in Audi, European Rides, Rides, Supercars by MrAngry | June 22nd, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Audi R8

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of participating in a host of different automotive events. From cross country races and rallies, to running side by side in open wheel cars, to climbing behind the wheel of vintage muscle cars for the simple reason of showing off. Cars are my life and next to my family and friends, they probably garner the majority of my attention. One of the perks of being in this business is the exposure we get to all sorts of high-dollar iron. From exotics to classics, we get to run the gamut when it comes to cars. Recently a few of my friends and I were having a conversation about what would make up the perfect super car. We spoke about power to weight ratio, horsepower and skid pad numbers and of course, 0-60 times and top speed. We talked about Porsche’s, Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s but in the end settled on a car that takes its own road; the Audi R8.

Audi R8

In standard trim the base R8 comes with Audi’s mid-mounted bulletproof 4.2-liter V8. It makes 434 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque which means it’ll do 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and top out at 187 mph. This is an engine that’s been used in everything from the flagship A8 sedan, to the vicious, but now defunct, RS4.

Audi R8

The R8 is also equipped with all-wheel-drive, a wonderfully comfortable interior and looks that while understated, are bold and beautiful. It’s also the one super car, aside from say, the Porsche 911 Turbo, that you can drive on a daily basis and feel confident in the fact that the car will always get you where you need to go.

Audi R8

We went around in circles comparing everyone’s final choices and favorite picks, but in the end, the R8 equipped specifically with the V8 kept coming out on top. Oh, it also comes with a four-year or 50,000 mile warranty… and that’s on a super car! Now I know that there are those out there who will disagree with me about this choice and make decisions based solely on HP, TQ and top speed numbers. Before you make a decision though, I’d ask you to look a little deeper than sheer numbers and look at the big picture.

*Photo Credit: Autoblog.com

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3 Responses

  1. Eugene says:

    sorry but IMHO Nissan GTR tops it…

  2. T-Palm says:

    I’d have to agree with Eugene on this one. The GT-R has reliability and price, plus it beats the R8 V10 around the Nurburgring. The only thing that the GT-R lacks is a proper manual transmission.

  3. crispy says:

    Concur with my friends above…the numbers are unmistakably in Nissan’s favor. However…not sure the GT-R makes the grade in the styling department; I’d say it just doesn’t look “supercar” enough; whereas the R8 definitely has the looks and air of exclusivity (although GT-Rs are actually more rare in the US).

    I’ve not had the pleasure of driving an R8 with either engine, but I understand they are an amazing experience; and am good friends with guys with thousands of track miles on them – they say the car is awesome. I am fortunate to own Nissan’s top model, and can vouch for its driving chops and performance both on and off the track. After 7 months of ownership though, not sure even I’d call the GT-R a true supercar.