Audi R8 Review, Price, Interior, Exterior

June 2nd, 2012 | Category: Audi | 920 Views

2012 Audi R8 Review, Price, Interior, Exterior – The Audi R8 is the German automaker’s current top of the line model based on the Le Mans Quattro concept car. Thanks to lightweight aluminum construction the mid engine super car weighed in at under 3,500 lbs when it was introduced in 2006. The original 4.2 Liter FSI V8 powered car made 420 HP and 320 lb-ft of torque sprinting the four wheel drive dream machine from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.4 sec, through the quarter mile in 12.8 sec at 113.2 MPH and up to 187 MPH while an updated version will offer a Lamborghini 5.2 Liter V10 making 520 HP and 390 lb-ft of thrust and gets to the 60 MPH mark in only 3.9 seconds and all the way up to 196.4 MPH. The road car is named after the LMP1 endurance race car that won the ALMS title from 2000 thru 2006 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2000 until 2005 only to be beaten in 2003 by a closed roof version from VW family member, the Bentley Speed 8.

Audi R8 Review, Price, Interior, Exterior

Audi R8 Review, Price, Interior, Exterior

Audi r8 only built 666 units (strange number, no?) for their Audi R8 GT Coupe and Spyder versions, so the chance of seeing one on the street is pretty rare. The chance of seeing a parade of them is even slimmer, if not impossible. Then again, if you went to the Nurburgring 24 Hours race where Audi pushed its way to incredible results, you would have seen this aforementioned parade before the race even took place. As a reminder, both versions are powered by the same 5.2 liter V10 engine that delivers a total of 560 HP and 398 lbs-ft of torque. The R8 GT Spyder will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, while the R8 GT Coupe makes the sprint in 3.6 seconds. Top speeds are 196.97 mph and 198.8 mph, respectively.

The 2012 Audi R8 ranks 3 out of 5 Exotic Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 51 published reviews and test drives of the Audi R8, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. Reviewers love the 2012 Audi R8 for its impressive performance and aggressive styling, but unlike some other exotic sports cars, the R8 is also comfortable. The 2012 Audi R8 continues to impress reviewers with its exotic sports car performance and comfortable ride. The R8’s combination of an adaptive suspension, which adjusts to road conditions and driving style, and road-gripping all-wheel drive make this Audi a competent performer, but reviewers say that those features also make it a sports car that you could use as a daily driver. Kelley Blue Book writes, “It’s an incredibly capable performance machine, yet every bit as luxurious as it is sporting.”

Audi R8 Review, Price, Interior

Audi R8 Review, Price, Interior

The Audi r8 has three engines available for 2012, and while only 90 U.S. buyers will be able to purchase the 560-horsepower R8 GT, reviewers say that the base 430-horsepower R8 4.2 is a competent performer and an excellent value in its class. The R8 5.2 is no slouch either with 525 horsepower on tap. Unique in Audi’s range as a mid-engine supercar, the R8 has built its reputation from scratch in just a few short years. Despite not having the track record of Lamborghini or Ferrari in supercar construction, Audi has put the Italians and everyone else on notice.

Audi R8 Review, Price

Audi R8 Review, Price

For 2012, the R8 is available in three core guises: the Spyder (convertible), Coupe, and R8 GT. The Spyder and Coupe are two takes on the standard R8, while the GT sharpens both looks and performance to the next level. All three share the same basic low-slung, cabin-forward, athletic-haunched stance, however, as well as the same key styling elements, like the aggressive front end, the side “blades,” and the brow-like LED daytime running lights. The Coupe and Spyder are both available with a choice of either a 4.2-liter V-8 rated at 430 horsepower or a 5.2-liter V-10 good for 525 horsepower. Either will provide exhilarating performance, but the big V-10 is the way to go if you’re hankering for real speed. Of course, the most focused of the group, the R8 GT, is an even better choice in that regard, generating 560 horsepower from a tuned version of the same V-10, with less weight, a more focused setup, and better overall handling.

The 2012 Audi R8 hasn’t been tested by the NHTSA or IIHS, but it offers a wide range of standard and optional safety equipment, including driver and passenger dual-stage airbags, side airbags, knee airbags, head and thorax airbags, stability control, parking system with rearview camera, hill hold assist, and a body shell designed to distribute and absorb crash energy. Source: usnews.rankingsandreviews.com, topspeed.com, thecarconnection.com

Posted by: Neo Anderson
Title: Audi R8 Review, Price, Interior, Exterior
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