R8 2008 audi

2008 Audi R8

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of Audi’s supercar-scaring R8. It really was a bit of a leap for the company which typically mastered unsteer-laden sedans to jump into a mid-engine, rear-biased all out sports car, but when they put their mind to it they sure did an impressive job. The design built off existing themes in Audi’s show car history such as the Spyder and Avus concepts of the 90s, but the real foundation work was laid with the twin-turbo Lamborghini V10-powered LeMans quattro show car in 2003. Of course, such a crazy concept would never come to fruition, right?

Fast forward only three years later and the road-ready and newly coined “R8” was brought to the market. Architecture was heavily borrowed from existing models within the company’s umbrella; the basic platform was shared with the Audi-owned Lamborghini Gallardo, while the initial engine came from the RS4 in the form of the 4.2 liter, all-aluminum FSI V8. At 414 horsepower, it might not have given a 599GTB driver much concern, but it surely gave the crew heading into Porsche dealers pause.

From the get-go, journalists swooned over the performance and dynamics of the R8. It was lauded as one of the best packages you could buy – even Clarkson liked it! Even before the mega-V10 model rolled out for 2009’s model year, the 4.2 offered blistering performance in a budget (for the market) package. 0-60 was gone in 4.6 second, the standing quarter in 12.5 and it’d do nearly 190 mph flat-out – at least, that’s what Audi claimed. Car and Driver eclipsed the 60 mark in 4.0 seconds in theirs. At around $120,000 new with some options, the R8 was more dear than any Audi had ever hit market.

But there was something even more odd and unique that this car did, or rather, didn’t do, and it’s one of the main reasons I don’t often write them up. It didn’t fall in value. If you bought a well equipped, V10-engined S8 in 2007, you’d shell out about the same money – $110,000. Today? Less than 20 grand. But the R8 was the first modern Audi not to fall victim to depreciation. Lower mile examples of the early models are still asking over $70,000 – sometimes well over $80,000. So something struck me when I spotted this ’08 – it was cheap. In fact, it was the cheapest R8 I could find on the market. Does that make it a good buy?

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Year: 2008 Model: R8 Engine: 4.2 liter V8 Transmission: 7-speed semi-automatic R-Tronic Mileage: 60,894 mi Price: $57,495 Buy It Now


There are a few things I love about this R8. First must be the color – I’m not sure why, but hands down Jet Blue Metallic is my favorite hue on these. It just looks neat and hearkens to classic powder-blue super Ferraris in the 1960s and ’70s. The 19×8.5/11″ wheels are right up there, too, and the perfect fit for the design. Condition wise, the car looks very good; there’s minor bolster wear and some scratches on the switch gear, but otherwise not much to write home about. So why is this example priced $7,000 less than the next cheapest (and, on average about $13,000 less than most others)? Two reasons – the transmission, and the miles. The 7-speed R-Tronic was the fastest way to drive an R8 around the track, but the single-clutch semi-automatic Lamborghini-derived unit wasn’t a favorite of many critics. I haven’t driven one, but from the sounds of reading then-new reviews of the transmission is that it’s similar (but probably not quite as good as) BMW’s SMG II. That’s probably a negative for most, and if you turn to Google you’ll break the internet with pages of R-Tronic problems. Then there’s the mileage. At over 60,000 on the clock, it’s a figurative death sentence for many supercars. But this is an Audi, and you probably wouldn’t blink twice at the same mileage on an RS4, so the service prices (outside of the transmission) should be fairly reasonable as big-budget cars go.

So, at the end of the day, is it worth saving money to buy the cheapest R8 on the market? I don’t think so. The next cheapest example is a 2008 as well. A no reserve auction, it’s gotten no bids so far at the opening price of $64,975. Let’s assume it’ll trade well under $70,000 if bidding is sensible. I’m not crazy about Silver Ice Metallic or the black powder-coated wheels, but I like the light-colored interior even more than the all-black one above. But the kickers? Well, your extra investment up front gets a recent service, a 6-speed manual and less than half the mileage. That seems like a winning proposal.



Audi R8 v8 : 2008

The maximum number of cars that can be built in one day is 15.

The Audi R8 Sports Car makes Paris Motor Show Debut. Visitors to the 2006 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris saw the debut of the 2008 Audi R8, a breathtaking new aluminum-bodied, mid-engined sports car.

May 30, 2008. First full-LED headlamp for the Audi R8. Ingolstadt – Effective immediately, the range of equipment available for the Audi R8 sports car now also includes the first full-LED headlamp. In addition to the daytime running light which now features 24 LEDs per headlamp, light-emitting diodes are also used for the turn signals, the low-beam and the high-beam headlights. The €3,590 option rounds out the list of equipment available for the high-tech, mid-engine sports car.

The earlier launch of LED technology at the front of the car required a waiver by the European Union. The prominent advantages are lower energy consumption and a color that more closely resembles daylight, provides greater contrast and is easier on the human eye. LEDs are also non-wearing, require a lower voltage, are compact and offer greater design freedom.

The new full-LED headlamp represents the pinnacle of Audi's lighting strategy. The use of LEDs already enjoys a long tradition. This innovative technology has previously been used in production vehicles for tail light functions, brake lights and daytime running lights. Since early 2003, Audi has also used the semiconductor technology in a number of concept cars to implement some or all of the lighting functions at the front of the car.

The brand with the four rings first introduced a strip-shaped fog lamp at the Detroit Auto Show in 2003. That same year, the Audi Nuvolari quattro showing the first full-LED headlamp was a highlight of the Geneva Auto Show. And the Le Mans quattro – a legitimate predecessor to the Audi R8 – illuminated the Frankfurt night with LEDs on the eve of the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show.

Additional concept cars and many refinements to the light source and headlamp geometry followed. This technological highlight is now available as an option for the Audi R8, where it joins other very well-known high-tech components such as the aluminum Audi Space Frame, ceramic brakes and the mid-mounted V8 engine with FSI technology.

2008 Audi R8, the range of equipment available for the Audi R8 sports car now also includes the first full-LED headlamp. (source: Audi )

The first full-LED headlamp on the Audi R8. (source: Audi )

March 2007. Audi Announces 2008 R8 U.S. Pricing. Audi of America, LLC announced today pricing for the all-new 2008 R8 sports car. The R8 with a six- speed manual transmission will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $109,000 when it launches this fall in the United States. Models equipped with the six-speed R tronic automatic gearbox will start at $118,000.

The R8 is the first mid-engine sports car Audi has ever produced. With a 420 hp V8 4.2L FSI engine and rear-biased quattro(R) all-wheel drive system, the R8 has the performance capabilities unlike any Audi before it. With a zero to 60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph, the R8 is the fastest Audi ever produced. The lightweight aluminum frame and body and 44:56 front-to-rear weight distribution give the R8 tremendous handling capabilities, with the balance expected of a mid-engine sports car.

Standard luxury features include Audi magnetic ride, automatic bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED taillights and LED engine compartment lighting. 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, power and heated leather/Alcantara sport seats, cruise control, Sirius(R) satellite radio, and nine-speaker audio system. An optional Convenience Package includes Audi parking system advanced with rearview camera, Audi hill hold assist, a six-disc CD changer, HomeLink(R), Bluetooth(R) phone prep, auto dimming exterior mirrors, and a storage package.

Stand alone options on the R8 include a 12-speaker, 465-watt Bang & Olufsen(R) sound system, Alcantara headliner, Audi navigation plus, an upgraded Leather Package, and Enhanced Leather Package which includes a leather covered dash and interior trim pieces, metallic/pearl effect paint, carbon fiber sideblades, body color sideblades, and the previously mentioned R tronic automatic gearbox. These options allow R8 owners to personalize their sports car to make it an even more exclusive vehicle than it is right from the hand-assembly plant in Neckarsulm, Germany.

Audi's history in America dates to 1969, when the brand was first introduced to the U.S. market. Today, a network of over 260 Audi dealers currently offers a line of premium vehicles that include the Audi A3 compact; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high performance S4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models; the high-revving RS 4 sports sedan; the design-leading A6 sedan and Avant; the all-new Audi Q7 performance SUV; and the all-aluminum Audi A8; and the new V10-powered S6 and S8 performance sedans.

"Quattro" is a registered trademark of AUDI AG. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

(source: Audi Press Release).

The high-performance two-seater coupe features a classic mid-engine configuration with quattro permanent all-wheel drive with variable torque split. The R8 is powered by a 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine and catapults the R8 from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds, with a top speed of 187 mph. The innovative Audi Space Frame, (ASF) is a combination of aluminum and magnesium materials with high rigidity for improved handling.

The R8's mid-engine design offers 44/56 front/rear weight distribution for excellent directional stability in extreme driving situations, while dry sump lubrication means the V8 can be mounted for a low center of gravity. Inside, fortunate owners will enjoy a race car inspired layout with a driver-oriented cockpit, combined with typical Audi quality of workmanship.

The Audi R8 is being produced as a small production series in a separate, newly equipped production shop in Neckarsulm. Small specialist teams take care of each stage of production, intensively monitoring the quality of every component. As a result, the maximum number of cars that can be built in one day is 15.

The genes of a winner. Audi has incorporated the name and the genes of the five-time Le Mans winner, the Audi R8, into a spectacular sports car. Three years after the unveiling of the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car, the production version will be making its debut at the Paris Motor Show in the guise of the new Audi R8 mid-engined sports model. It is a fascinating driving machine and the sporty pinnacle of the Audi brand. The mid-mounted 420 bhp V8 FSI engine, quattro permanent four-wheel drive and Audi Space Frame aluminium body form the basis for truly outstanding driving dynamics. The Audi R8 will be available to order from 28 September 2006; first deliveries will be made in the first half of 2007.

As the first Audi mid-engined sports car, the R8 combines Audi's experience gained from numerous motorsport triumphs with groundbreaking design and the acknowledged technological expertise of the brand. This expertise has led to the slogan 'Vorsprung durch Technik' becoming a byword for leading-edge technology both on the race track and on the road.

Audi has recorded countless motorsport victories on race tracks all over the world. Following the rally successes of the Ingolstadt brand in the 1980s, and its triumphs on the touring car circuit, the world of long-distance motor racing was without a doubt the biggest challenge yet faced by Audi?s motorsport engineers.

And they mastered this challenge in style too: the Audi R8 won the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours five times - from 2000 to 2002 and in 2004 and 2005 - and on two occasions even took the first three places.

Le Mans is without doubt the toughest challenge to the Audi Sport Team's engineers because it calls for a level of engineering going far beyond the need merely to keep all the systems focussed on a short, sharp sprint. Alongside the essential virtues of top performance and optimised driving dynamics, the key requirements in long-distance racing are endurance and reliability, allied with optimum ergonomic design.

These are genes which are eminently transferable to a road-going sports car too, and which, allied to its exciting design, make the Audi R8 truly unmistakeable.

The exterior. Even at first glance, the calibre of the car is plain to see. The Audi R8 sits broad and squat on the road, the strongly accentuated rear end appearing to flex its muscles like a sprinter ready for the off.

The characteristic proportions of the vehicle are dictated by the location of the engine behind the cockpit. This layout is a typical feature of race cars. One of the most striking examples of this design, and as such one of the legitimate antecedents of the Audi R8, was, and still is, the Auto Union Type C Grand Prix car. The central position of the engine is above all a boon to driving dynamics, as it allows for a weight distribution, as on the R8, of 44 percent to the front and 56 percent to the rear.

The car's body is highly compact in appearance. The front end and the gently curved roof arc are drawn in a sweeping line; a line which immediately marks the two-seater out as an Audi.

The side view also reveals familiar contours. The dynamic line above the wheel arches and the shoulder line interlink the front end, side and rear, imbue the doors and the transition to the side air vent with a strong presence, and even more emphatically highlight the typical Audi rounded wheel housings accommodating the big wheels.

The cabin of the Audi R8 is pushed far forward, a typical feature of a mid-engined sports car, and as such a visual cue linking it to the race car of the same name. Behind the cabin, positioned in front of the rear axle, is the V8 FSI engine, a sculptured piece of engineering visible both through the large, shield-shaped rear window and from inside the car.

1.90 metres wide but just 4.43 metres long and 1.25 metres high: these are the proportions of a true sports car. The 2.65-metre wheelbase offers room for the astonishingly spacious cabin and the longitudinally mounted engine behind it. Behind the doors, a large-surface 'sideblade' air deflector sweeps between the wheel arch and the roof section, delivering air for the V8 to breathe as well as for cooling. The paint finish of the sideblades is coordinated with the body colour.

The front end is characterised by the trapezoidal styling of the Audi single-frame grille, flanked on the right and left by additional large-dimensioned air intakes. For the first time, the four-ring badge is positioned on the bonnet, above the grille. The flat strips of the innovative LED headlights, with their clear-glass covers, join flush to the tops of the air intakes.

The R8 is the first series-production car to offer the option of ordering all the headlight functions, dipped beam, main beam, daytime running lights and indicators, as LEDs. LED stands for 'light-emitting diodes', and represents a technology which offers substantial advantages over conventional bulbs based on a much longer life.

Because they take up less space than conventional lights, LEDs provide the designers with greater freedom to be creative. The design of the strikingly three-dimensional main headlights, using LED technology, is particularly eye-catching.

Bionics, in other words drawing design inspiration from nature, has been deployed on the R8's headlights. The light unit has a design reminiscent of an open pine cone. Reflector shells arranged concentrically one behind the other, in conjunction with a powerful LED projection system, concentrate the light from one multi-chip LED, producing a high-luminosity, even form of driving light.

The internal reflectors of the main beam headlight are styled in a shape inspired by the architecture of the Sydney Opera House. And in contrast to them, the daytime running lights delimit the underside of the headlight as narrow strips of light, delivering distinctive signals and providing an innovative visual touch. It will be possible to order LED headlights as options from the end of 2007 onwards.

The interplay of concave and convex lines contours the side-on view of the rear end. Underneath the clearly defined separation edge there is a flat vertical surface framed at its sides by the rear lights, also in LED technology. The third brake light strip runs across virtually the full width of the roof, forming the termination of the transparent engine hood.

The latter feature is yet another visual highlight. The observer looks right onto the V8, the very heart of this sports car. Indirect engine compartment lighting by white LEDs, enabling the engine to be seen even in the dark, is available as an option.

Two large-format diffuser openings in the rear bumper illustrate how intensively the styling of the Audi R8 is dictated by aerodynamics. The two pairs of circular twin exhaust tailpipes each sit at the right and left above the diffuser openings.

An automatically extending rear spoiler is deployed to assist the R8 in using the wind. It provides additional downforce to boost the suction effect produced by the aerodynamic styling of the underbody and by the diffusers. When travelling at lower speeds, the rear spoiler automatically retracts flush with the body.

The full aluminium body is constructed in the Audi Space Frame (ASF) design. Its perfect synthesis of minimal weight and maximum rigidity provides the ideal foundation for optimum driving dynamics, as well as delivering an outstanding power-to-weight ratio of just 3.71 kg per bhp.

The interior. The sporty interior is dominated by a totally driver-oriented cockpit architecture, integrating the driver between the dashboard and the high centre console. The instrument panel above the console is angled slightly towards the driver. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is a typical feature of the sportiest Audi models, and also enables comfortable sports car entry and exit.

Form follows function: this design principle is implemented throughout the Audi R8. Alongside the driver-oriented architecture, also reflected in the styling of the side window sills, the choice of materials also makes for a highly functional look and feel. Looking around when in the driving seat makes one thing clear: just like in the R8 race car, the styling and placement of all the elements in the cockpit of this driving machine is focussed on the essentials. The centrepoint of everything is the driver.

This combination of the aesthetic and the ergonomic is maintained in the colours used and the overall ambience created - dark hues reflect the emphasis on engineering and are again reminiscent of the motorsport world. The impression of professional functionality and ergonomic styling is enhanced by the visible presence of top-quality materials in supreme craftsmanship.

The sports seats are trimmed as standard in a Leather/Alcantara combination, or optionally in full leather. Alternatively, the R8 can also be fitted with bucket seats, specially developed by quattro GmbH. There is plenty of room for the two occupants, with comfort levels well beyond the norm of high-performance sports cars. There is space behind the seats to stow large bags, or even two golf bags. The luggage compartment at the front has a capacity of 100 litres.

With numerous trim variants and applications in Piano finish or Carbon sigma, there are few limits to the range of customisation options for the interior.

The drive train. Turbine-like power up to the highest rev ranges, a high maximum torque, all combined with a fascinating sound, are the characteristics of a perfect sports car engine. An engine that is fascinating both in terms of its enormous power potential and its suitability for everyday use.

In the high-revving 420 bhp eight-cylinder engine, the evolution of FSI petrol direct injection technology has reached a new high. This technology has also enjoyed many triumphs in the Audi R8 race car.

The figures illustrate the outstanding potential of the eight-cylinder unit. At 7,800 rpm the 4.2-litre engine delivers 309 kW (420 bhp) of power output. Peak torque is 430 Newton-metres from 4.500 to 6,000 rpm. And no less than 90 per cent of this maximum torque is maintained consistently throughout a wide engine speed range from 3,500 all the way to 7,600 rpm. As a result of these qualities, the eight-cylinder power unit provides maximum thrust in virtually any driving situation.

The performance figures are equally impressive: the R8 accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 301 km/h.

The engine is a high-revving unit. The maximum engine speed is 8,250 rpm. The advantages of this principle are superior power output at high engine speeds and a smooth, eager responsiveness all across the revs range. Added to this are its agility, liveliness and engine sound, which is similar to that of a race car.

The Audi R8's dry sump lubrication, another technology originating directly from motor racing, provides the ideal basis for maximum longitudinal and lateral acceleration. It allows the V8 to be installed lower, thereby lowering the centre of gravity and further enhancing driving dynamics.

Two transmissions are available: a manual 6-speed gearbox or optionally the Audi R tronic sequential-shift gearbox. Here, too, the influence of the motorsport world is clearly evident, with a joystick gear-shift on the centre console and, most especially, the paddles mounted on the steering wheel, which are a long-established ergonomic feature in motorsport. The best illustration of this is once again the Le Mans winning Audi R8, which also enables the driver to change gear on the steering wheel.

'Shift by wire' technology provides for very fast gear-shifting and an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, allied to compact gearbox dimensions. The Sport mode, with its fast shifting, guarantees the absolute maximum in terms of driving fun. An automatic mode can also be selected.

Such a powerful Audi is of course fitted with permanent four-wheel drive, which distributes the power variably to the front and rear axles by way of a viscous clutch. On the Audi R8 the legendary quattro system is adapted to the axle load distribution typical of mid-engined cars.

The chassis. The chassis features forged aluminium double wishbones at the front and rear. At the front they are triangulated, while at the rear the top one is triangulated and the bottom one is a triangulated wishbone with a track rod. This provides for optimum wheel control, and is a geometry which has proved itself to be the ideal solution in delivering agility, maximum steering precision and precisely defined self-steering characteristics.

Direct, hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering provides optimum feedback to assist the driver.

The spring and damper set-up is stiff in order to deliver maximum driving dynamics, while still providing a quite astonishing level of ride comfort. This is particularly true when the 'Audi magnetic ride' adaptive damper system is chosen as an alternative to the standard gas-filled shock absorbers.

The reason for this is that these shock absorbers employ an innovative technology. Instead of the conventional damper fluid, a magnetorheological fluid is used, in other words, a fluid whose viscosity can be influenced by an electromagnetic field. This effect enables the damping characteristic to be influenced electronically at will and instantaneously, by applying a voltage to the electromagnets.

Audi magnetic ride uses this property to deliver the correct damping forces in every driving situation, thus optimising ride comfort and driving dynamics. A computer equipped with sensor technology determines the prevailing driving situation in a matter of milliseconds. Drivers can choose from two driving programs depending on whether they want to drive in a highly sporty style, with the magnetorheological fluid adjusted to a low viscosity, or with the emphasis more on ride comfort.

The Audi R8 is fitted with 6-arm 18-inch wheels as standard, and can optionally be ordered with 19-inch wheels. The 235/40 size tyres at the front and up to 285/35 at the rear provide the necessary road-holding. This tyre configuration also ensures that this mid-engined sports car is always able to translate the dynamism of its drive train and chassis into optimum grip and maximum lateral dynamics.

The mid-engined sports car's long wheelbase and extremely low centre of gravity ensure that it always retains maximum stability, resulting in superb agility, finely attuned responsiveness to any driver input, and high levels of safety.

Equipment and trim. Even the standard equipment of the Audi R8 meets the high demands of customers in this segment. Xenon plus lights, LED rear lights and daytime running lights, 18-inch aluminium wheels, an audio system with 7-inch monitor, an anti-theft alarm and Leather/Alcantara interior trim are just some of the items on the extensive list of standard features.

The range of optional extras leaves virtually nothing to be desired. A Bang & Olufsen sound system, featuring an output of 465 watts and 12 specially designed speakers, delivers surround sound of the highest standard. A microphone-based vehicle noise compensation system adjusts audio levels to changing road conditions and speeds.

The acoustic parking system and a rear-view camera help the driver to manoeuvre into even the tightest of spaces. The radio/navigation system plus, featuring a large-format colour monitor and MMI keypad, combines extensive functionality with extreme user-friendliness.

A range of coordinated and ideally combinable design and leather trim packages from Audi and from quattro GmbH can turn any R8 into the customer's personal dream car.

The wheels range offers design alternatives in sizes of 18 and 19 inches, fitted with 235/35 size tyres at the front and up to 295/30 at the rear. A total of eight exterior colours are available, from Ibis White to Phantom Black, pearl effect.

The craftsmanship. The Audi R8 is being built on a small-lot production line in a specially constructed new block at the Audi plant in Neckarsulm. The entire production process ? from the bodyshell construction to final assembly, is organised in the same way as a craft workshop. Small teams of specialists accompany every step of production, subjecting every part and component to intense scrutiny. This ensures that every one of the maximum of 15 cars per day built will more than match the customary high quality standards of the Audi product range.

(source: Audi AG, text edited by Brian Potter of WCF)

Ice Silver metalic with Carbon Sigma blade.

Ice Silver metalic with Oxygen Silver blade.

Daytona Grey pearl effect with Quatz Grey blade.

Daytona Grey pearl effect with Oxygen Silver blade.

Daytona Grey pearl effect with Quartz Grey metalic blade.

Jet Blue metallic with Quartz Grey blade.

Jet Blue metallic with Oxygen Silver blade.

Jet Blue metallic with Carbon Sigma blade.

Phantom Black pearl effect with Oxygen Silver blade.

Phantom Black pearl effect with Carbon Sigma blade.

Phantom Black pearl effect with Lava Grey pearl effect blade.

The three R8 "blades" offered are "Apollo Silver metalic", "Oxygen Silver" and "Carbon Sigma". They can also be color matched to your vehicle. According to AudiWorld, Audi is currently deciding whether or not to offer Carbon fiber sideblade on the initial R8's, or to make it an option for the V10 version only.

Audi at the Design Miami/2006 exhibition in Florida, USA. The big bang of dynamism.

- Spectacular exhibit within the framework of an exclusive event - Audi as part of the progressive design scene

Audi is presenting the brand new R8 at a unique international design scene venue with a spectacular exhibit. The Ignition R8 installation, based on the mid-engine sports car, is one of the highlights of Design Miami/2006, which will take place in Miami, Florida from 7 to 10 December.

Our new sports car will become part of the design and art scene by way of an object that expresses the ultimate sportiness of the R8 in a sophisticated, artistic way, says Walter de'Silva, Head of Design for the Audi brand group.

The ignition, the big bang of dynamism, the moment when power is created and transformed into motion this is the theme of the approximately ten-metre-high sculpture. Teardrop-shaped arrows aimed at the silver sports car shoot across the room, expressing the impulsiveness and speed and conveying some of the potency of the R8.

Audi will be the first automotive manufacturer to be an exhibitor in Miami. Unlike most companies that function solely as financial partners at events of this kind, the brand with the four rings is itself providing creative input.

We are appearing at Design Miami/2006 with an extraordinary exhibit within a vast installation, not only as a sponsor but also as an element of the international design scene, says Bernhard Neumann, Head of International Exhibitions at AUDI AG, emphasising the significance of this event. (source: Audi).

Audi at the Design Miami/2006 exhibition in Florida, USA. "The big bang of dynamism".

Audi at the Design Miami/2006 exhibition in Florida, USA. "The big bang of dynamism".

Audi at the Design Miami/2006 exhibition in Florida, USA. "The big bang of dynamism".

Audi at the Design Miami/2006 exhibition in Florida, USA. "The big bang of dynamism".

Audi in the Exclusive World of Art and Fashion: Marketing the New Audi R8. Design Miami.

During the weekend when some of the most important names in art and fashion held parties into the wee hours of the night, one automotive brand made an important product introduction: Audi.

Among the weekend's highlights was the private debut of the R8 to one of the most important groups of qualified buyers, those in town for Art Basel Miami. Not only were attendees likely to be good prospects as R8 customers, but many are thought- and style-leaders and able to create a buzz among their friends that few advertising campaigns can match. Even at the curbside Audi had one reason to think its newest product might be well-received: a substantial number of the guests arrived in Bentley products, Bentley being a fellow Volkswagen brand.

The crowd gathered at the Design Miami event space at 4040 N.E. Second Avenue to see the R8, talk about specs and ordering and to simply sit in the car many had only seen in magazines. Events like this serve to affiliate the Audi brand closely with fashion, design, and cultural events with an international appeal. This continues the vision that the same design and engineering excellence that has made Audi a force at Le Mans can be equally powerful in making Audi a magnet for consumers interested in design, art, and engineering away from the racetrack.

Those enthusiasts who, in the past, have worried Audi is not doing enough, on the ground, or not "seeing its market face-to-face"" needn't worry so far as the R8 is concerned. With the positive reception the car received in Miami, do not be surprised to see an R8 at future art shows, fashion weeks, and similar events.

Among the juicy gossip shared at the event (none of it of course verified as far as we could tell) was that the R8 had put up phenomenal times at the famed Nurburghring in its V8 form and that the upcoming V10 would improve this performance even further. We also heard that the official US first year allotment of R8's stands at 200 vehicles, and that they would begin appearing Stateside around August 2007.

Audi passed out R8-shaped chocolates to attendees and offered follow-up via a special website set up for the event. (source: Text and Photos: Karl Muth and Jennifer Andrade, via AudiWorld).

Audi R8 instrument cluster. Judged to be among the finest novelties at the Paris Show, the Audi R8 is spectacular for the sheer simplicity of its lines and the balance of its volumes which reiterates the superiority of the German marque's recent design language in the supersports segment as well. The first mid-engined Audi, the R8 derives from the Le Mans prototype of three years ago "but without betraying that concept", stresses Walter de'Silva, the Audi Group design chief.

Mid-engined cars are generally inspired by motor sports. "This is the first my team and I have ever designed", remarks De'Silva, "so we also had to make a conscious effort to steer clear of these conventions. The performance lies in the engine, the exterior had to express elegance and class".

Mechanicals are an integral part of the design, especially in cars like this. But around the showcased 4.2 litre V8 engine producing 420 bhp (0-100 km/h in 4,6 seconds, top speed 301 km/h), the permanent four-wheel drive, the large 18" rubber-shod wheels that seem to have been lifted directly from a race car and the Audi space frame, there lies an aluminium skin of rare beauty.

As for the interior, form follows function with a linearity and simplicity that go hand in hand with the styling of the externals. "We could not leave out an element of comfort", explains De'Silva, "as we believe that the R8 is a car to be driven every day. Two suitcases can fit in the front luggage compartment, along with a suit-bag and a shoe case. Two more suitcases can fit behind the seats or - to cater for the American market - two golf bags". (source: by Fabio Galvano of Auto&Design).

From Jason & Audi World comes pictures of an R8 at the NAIAS with silver carbon trim, inside and out.

From Jason & Audi World comes pictures of an R8 at the NAIAS with silver carbon trim, inside and out.

From Jason & Audi World comes pictures of an R8 at the NAIAS with silver carbon trim, inside and out.

From Jason & Audi World comes pictures of an R8 at the NAIAS with silver carbon trim, inside and out.

From Jason & Audi World comes pictures of an R8 at the NAIAS with silver carbon trim, inside and out.

Silver carbon trim detail.

Audi R8 front headlight Monocle.

Since there seems to be no official procedure on how to go about getting an R8, what follows are just a few of very varied responses I have recieved from the local Chicago Audi dealers.

Audi Exchange. (9-16-6) The most upfront and simple explanation so far. I am on my salesman's list. They are not taking deposits and do not know pricing. They will notify me when anything changes.

Audi Exchange. (12-30-6) I called my contact again to go over all I was hearing. This is the dealer I think is best in Chicago. It is where I plan to buy this (and every other Audi) I ever get. He assured me that I am on his list. If I would feel better giving him a deposit, I can do do, but it is not required at this time since no one really knows any real details. Anyone who tells me otherwise is making shit up. He assured me it is in his best interest as well to sell me the car and he's got my back.

Continental Audi. (12-23-6) They are an "official R8 dealer" they say. they will get 5 in 2007 and 20 in 2008. In order to get on the list, i have to write an official letter stating so, and I have to mail it to the owner, Joel Weinberger. He will then look over the letter and contact me if I am "accepted" to the "interest list".

Laurel Audi Of Tinley Park. (12-23-6). They are getting two R8s. To "insure" I get one, i need to go in and give them a $2500 deposit. When my "spec-date" comes up, i need to add another $2500 to my deposit for a total of $5000. I should then expect delivery by end of summer.

Fletcher Jones Audi. (12-23-6) He doesn't know anythng. Tells me there is a "hefty dealer service fee" they have to pay Audi to be an R8 dealer, and they are not sure if they will become one. He asks me to call them back sometime in February or March. He then asks me for a $10,000 deposit!!!

McGrrath Audi. (12-22-6) Called, left message with my contact to call me back regarding my interest in an R8.

McGrrath Audi. (12-28-6) On 12-28, he calls me, but I am in a meeting.

McGrrath Audi. (12-29-6) I call him back. He tells me they are getting 2 or 3 R8s. The first is spoken for, there is a deposit on the second, and I can probably get the third (and possibly the second... he thinks they guy might back out) if I come in and gib=ve him a $2000 deposit. Targeted delivery of late fall. They have not determined whether they will sell them at sticker or add a mark-up, but he suspects they will go for sticker. Around $100 to $110.

The Collection. (2.12.8) I am told that it is illegal to sell a new car in Miami over sticker. I am also told that they can get me an R8 at sticker (if I wait a year or two). But wait, look here, we have a couple "used" ones at 25k to 40k over sticker. I can have one of those if I want.

McGrrath Audi. (4-12-8) I get an email letting me know that when the v10 R8 comes out, he can get me a v8 R8 at sticker.

From AudiWorld forums comes...

Stopped by Sonnen Motors in San Rafael today to put a deposit on a R8 and was told by the salesman that it would require a $25K down. WTF! I told him I'm walking and if he wanted my business he would have to settle on $5K. Here comes the typical BS... "I need to run this by the sales manager". Five minutes later he arrives with a one page brocure and says "We are not taking deposits at this time until our dealership decides if it wants to pay out $250,000 for the exclusive right to sell the R8".


2008 Audi R8 Regula

Audi R8  — среднемоторный полноприводный суперкар, производимый немецким автопроизводителем Audi с 2007 года. Впервые представлен в 2006 году на Парижском автосалоне.

Модель R8, как и ряд других моделей автоконцерна Audi производится исключительно на заводе quattro GmbH — дочернем предприятии Audi AG, которая, в свою очередь, является частью концерна Volkswagen AG. Предприятие базируется в Неккарзульме недалеко от Штутгарта. Производственные цеха расположены на территории прекратившего деятельность завода NSU Motorenwerke AG, известного мировым первенством в применении бесклапанного роторного двигателя в 1970-х годах.

В базовой комплектации Audi R8 оснащается двигателем V8 объёмом 4,2 литра, использующим фирменную технологию FSI, который вырабатывает максимальную мощность равную 420 лошадиным силам. Это позволяет автомобилю разгоняться с 0 до 100 км/ч за 4,6 секунды. Максимальная скорость суперкара в целях безопасности ограничена электроникой на отметке 301 км/ч.

Опционально покупатели Audi R8 могут заказать 5,2-литровый двигатель V10 мощностью в 525 лошадиных сил. Независимо от мотора, мощность будет передаваться посредством шестиступенчатой механической КП или автоматической коробки Audi R Tronic с помощью передаточного механизма, позаимствованного уLamborghini Gallardo. Кроме этого, R8 оснащена системой полного привода и лёгким кузовом из сплава алюминия. Дизайн автомобиля разрабатывался итальянским автомобильным дизайнером Вальтером де Сильвой и его дизайнерской командой. Из особых деталей экстерьера можно подчеркнуть «гирлянду» изсветодиодов под фарами, традиционно устанавливаемую на все современные автомобили Audi.

На Audi R8 в стандартной комплектации устанавливаются 18-дюймовые диски с шинами размерности 235/40 на передней оси и 285/35 на задней. За доплату покупатели могут так же заказать установку 19-дюймовых дисков.

Оборудование Audi R8 включает в себя видеокамеру заднего вида для облегчения условий эксплуатациисуперкара в городских условиях.

Салон суперкара украшен декоративными вставками из карбона и алюминия. Также автомобиль оснащается аудио системой Bang & Olufsen с 12 динамиками.

Цены на Audi R8 на европейском рынке начинаются от 104 400 евро.



  • В картине «Я, Робот» задействован автомобиль Audi RSQ, построенный на базе Audi Le Mans quattro. Хотя изначально этот автомобиль изготавливался специально для фильма, боссам компании новая модель настолько понравилась, что они решили на его базе сделать концепт Audi LeMans Quattro, который со временем вышел в серийное производство под названием Audi R8.
  • Главный герой фильма Железный человек, вышедшего в 2008-м году — Тони Старк, ездит на серебристой Audi R8. В продолжении фильма (Железный человек 2), вышедшем в 2010-м году, он ездит уже на Audi R8 V10 Spyder белого цвета. Компания Audi активно рекламировала свою продукцию в этих фильмах, заключив договор с создателями «Железного человека». В основном — всю ту же R8, хотя кроме неё в данных фильмах появляются модели S5, S7, A8 и Q7.
  • В 2013 году на экраны вышла третья часть фильма Железный человек (Железный человек 3), где главный герой Тони Старк ездит на новом Audi R8 e-Tron Prototype красного цвета.
  • В первой серии одиннадцатого сезона английского автомобильного шоу Top Gear ведущие провели «гонку экономичных суперкаров» — несколько дорогих и быстрых спортивных автомобилей (Aston Martin DBS, Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640 и Audi R8) должны были проехать столько, сколько могли, по треку на одном галлоне топлива. R8 оказалась победителем, проехав дольше всех.
  • В игре Need for Speed: Carbon антагонист Дариус ездит на Audi Le Mans quattro Concept.
  • В игре Need for Speed: The Run Audi R8 был заменен на Audi R8 V10.
  • В игре Need for Speed: World
  • В игре Need for Speed: Shift
  • В фильме Трансформеры: Месть падших в Audi R8 трансформировался Саундуэйв, который погиб благодаря Сайдсвайпу.
  • В фильме 100 миллионов евро
  • В фильме Папе снова 17
  • В фильме Безумное свидание главные герои угоняют автомобиль Audi R8 у друга Холбрука Гранта (Марк Уолберг), после чего неудачно паркуют у стены.
  • В начале 2000х годов индекс Audi R8 принадлежал открытому Ле Ман-прототипу, положившего начало господству бренда Audi в гонках на выносливость, которое продолжается до сих пор. Со спорткаром Audi R8 прототип не имеет почти ничего общего, а внешний вид этих автомобилей отличается кардинально. В связи с этим присвоение индекса R8 спорткару Audi часто расценивается как маркетинговый ход компании.
  • Также на одном из Audi R8 ездит солист популярной немецкой рок-группы Tokio Hotel — Билл Каулитц, так как он является большим поклонником спортивных автомобилей и особенно Аudi.
  • В игре Gran Turismo 6 присутствуют обе версии R8 — 4.2 FSI Quattro и 5.2 FSI Quattro. А также присутствуют три R8 LMS (GT3) в базовой расцветке и в расцветке команд Oreca, Bilstein.
  • В трилогии «Пятьдесят оттенков серого», главный герой — Кристиан Грей разъезжает на Audi R8, так же машина появится в одноименном фильме, который выйдет в 2015 году.
  • Audi R8 есть у знаменитого актера Адама Гэри Севани. По словам самого актера , это его любимая машина.

2008 Audi R8

4.2 л / 420 л.с.

Пробег — 39000 км

Обвес Regula цена 6000 евро есть чеки, доработанный выхлоп, отличное состояние, торга нет, подробности по телефону.

Цена: 2 450 000



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Audi R8 2008 - конверт модели из Forza Motorsport 3. Модификация находится на стадии доработки и выкладывается для публичного beta-тестирования. Просьба сообщать о всех глюках, багах и недоработках. Модель была замечена на одном из иностранных блогов и создавалась, как её копия по фотографиям. Заменяет Comet.

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carcols в readme нет, используется 4 цвета-1 основной(бока авто),обод диска,отлив,2 основной(капот, багажник, крыша). цвет со скрина похож на { 0,33,133,132 }

Авто хорошее, надеюсь в новой версии станет отличным

0# DnDz_Crazy  

30-05-2011 16:19

Большое спасибо автору.
0# PrinceDiman  

10-06-2011 02:33

Тащусь от этой машины
0# vlad_messi1999  

16-08-2011 12:10

Норм тачила Автору респект
0# ighost  

06-11-2011 13:21

модель отличная. но бампера тонут в землю при поворотах и колеса о поребрики тоже тонут. при большой скорости зад виляет. и еще вроде поворачивается слишком круто. еще капот не закрывается при торможении, только если сдать назад. а там модель красивая, нравится. P.S GTA IV лицензия, steam.
0# ighost  

06-11-2011 13:23

кстати, а как отследить новую версию тачки? может есть личный сайт?
0# kostik38rus  

30-01-2012 22:30

Машина работает,автору РеспекТ
0 как здялать такой цвет?????скажитє пліізз!!!


2008 Audi R8 Coupe 4.2 FSI quattro US-Spec v1.0.0 для GTA San Andreas

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2008 Audi R8 - Travel Feature

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“I guess we should’ve installed those snow tires,” photographer Brian Vance mutters as the icy precipitation morphs from a slow shower into sheer whiteout, covering our gray R8 in a thick blanket of powder. Seconds ago-literally-light and fluffy snowflakes, like mini-parachutes, were floating to the ground, barely dusting the curvy two-lane that led down to the shore of southern Oregon’s Crater Lake. No problem, we thought. Plus, the R8 has all-wheel drive and stability and traction control, so even if the snowfall intensified moderately, we figured we’d still be okay.

Now, however, a blizzard is upon us, not only hindering our vision, blending the eight-foot-high snow banks with the downpour, but also wreaking havoc on our PZero-shod Audi. Remember Bambi on ice?

“Whoa, whoa,” I gasp as the R8 slip-slides toward a wall of roadside ice, the traction-control light flickering like I’ve just won a prize. I feel like Marcus Grnholm, but without the fame, the talent, and the rally car. With the Graziano six-speed nestled into second, I keep my throttle and steering inputs light. Soon we’re confronted with a steep incline.

“Keep your momentum going up this hill,” Vance suggests. “And whatever you do, don’t stop!” Good advice, for sure, but I have to ask myself: What in the hell are we doing here in this $125,000 supercar?


The phone message went something like this: “Ron, we’d like you to do a story on the Audi R8. Take it on a long road trip, get people’s reactions, see if it really is an everyday exotic. Check with Brian on photography and, oh yeah, pick an exciting route.”

Initial reaction: Sweet! C’mon, it was a cool assignment and an even cooler car. Plus, a week-long hall pass? Following reaction: Crap! Picking an interesting and challenging route – preferably one that hadn’t been done before – was suddenly a daunting task. So I did what any sensible writer would do – I asked the photographer.

“Hey, Brian, where should we take the R8?”“How ’bout the PCT?” “Huh?”“The Pacific Crest Trail, the hiking trail that goes from Mexico to Canada. We could parallel and cross it through three states, all the while driving through mountains, deserts, valleys, prairies-you name it. And I’m sure we’d hit all sorts of weather. It’s the perfect route to test an all-wheel-drive sports car.”

“Excellent! I’m glad you like my idea.”

Hello, Campo

The Pacific Crest Trail, first explored in the 1930s and designated a scenic trail by the U.S. government in 1968, spans 2650 miles, stretching its arms from Campo, California, at the doorstep of Mexico, all the way to British Columbia, nine miles into Manning Provincial Park. Along the way, the PCT meanders through six of North America’s seven ecozones, passes the three deepest lakes in the U.S. – Tahoe, Crater, and Chelan – and traverses three national monuments, seven national parks, 24 national forests, and 33 federally mandated wildernesses. Boasting the greatest elevation changes of any of America’s National Scenic Trails, the PCT attracts about 300 thru-hikers (people who attempt to conquer the trail in one season) a year, with only about half proving successful. In fact, it’s alleged that fewer adventurers have thru-hiked the PCT than climbed Mt. Everest.

Seeing that hiking it would’ve required us to take sabbaticals, not to mention get into Lance Armstrong shape, Brian and I figured zigzagging all over it in a 420-horsepower mid-engine Audi makes much more sense. What doesn’t make much sense, though, is attempting to squeeze a week’s worth of gear for two into the R8’s 3.5-cubic-foot front trunk and 3.2-cubic-foot shelf behind the seats. But just as thru-hikers must pack light, so must we; thus, we limited our necessities to the following: two duffels, three laptops, one camera bag (a body, a flash, and three lenses), one tripod, two radios, one Atlas, two iPods, one radar detector, and two positive attitudes.

When we get near Campo, signage is minimal, the PCT seemingly elusive. Following our map, we’re promptly presented with dirt, making me suspicious of our friend, Rand McNally.

“You think we’re going the right way?”“Got to be,” Vance replies. At least one of us is sure. We charge ahead and after a right turn, there it is…not the trailhead but the border fence, staring at us like a 15-foot bully. If the fence isn’t enough, there are, as a second defense, border-patrol vehicles parked every half mile. For a region that often experiences temps in the 90s, the feeling here is a cold one. A scan to the right reveals a worn wooden post with the etched words, “Pacific Crest Trail.” We’ve made it. It’s a sense of accomplishment, but it soon dawns on us that we have yet to even begin.

All the way to Reno

After hustling through Julian, Palm Springs, and Big Bear City, we head west toward Tehachapi Summit, already our seventh crossing of the PCT. The rolling, emerald hills around Tehachapi are a reminder that California has myriad natural treasures and a contradiction that, just to the north, the PCT challenges hikers with a waterless stretch of nearly 36 miles. As we soon discover on the road from Caliente to Bodfish, the area also boasts asphalt treasures. From Highway 58 to Highway 178, this narrow road presents the most enthusiastic pilot with about 40 miles of tight twists, all with little traffic and little margin for error. One wrong move, and the Grim Reaper will shake your hand in the valley below. We dial it back a tenth, as we don’t want to wad up our R8. And we don’t feel like dying, either.

Lake Isabella and 5250-foot Walker Pass in our rearview, we settle for the night in Ridgecrest, home of the China Lake naval weapons center. With bombs and missiles poised nearby, we, of course, sleep like babies. Before we can depart the lovely Comfort Inn, the R8 attracts a crowd, including a family of five, three motorcyclists, and two German tourists, the last shocked and awed by our carriage. “How’d you get this? We haven’t even seen one of these back home.” Tempted to weave hyperbole that could make their heads explode, I naturally opt for the truth. “We work for Motor Trend and we’re doing a road trip along the Pacific Crest Trail all the way from Mexico to Canada.” Too much information?

We say bye to Ridgecrest and hello to Highway 395, a route that keeps us parallel to the PCT, which, directly to the west, is dissecting Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Yosemite national parks. On Highway 89, we crest Carson Pass at 8574 feet-our highest summit of the trip-and collide with our first snowstorm that, fortunately, turns the sky white but leaves the roads black. A stop-‘n’-go in Sacramento, and it’s back on I-80, destination Reno via Lake Tahoe. Before looping around the tenth deepest lake in the world, we cross the PCT again at Donner Pass, site of the ill-fated Donner Party of 1846-1847. My Seiko indicates noon, as suitable a time as any for a snack. But as we stare at the bronze Donner Party monument with a bucket of thighs and breasts in hand, irony turns to unease, our appetites lost.

Obligatory detour

Why Reno? A glance at the map reveals that the “Biggest Little City” is a gateway to the Black Rock Desert, home of the land speed record held by RAF pilot Andy Greene, who, in October 1997, drove his Thrust SSC to a world record of 763 mph. This record, not to mention all those who attempt to break it, makes Black Rock an obligatory detour for a machine with fast intentions. Since we have a car whose speedometer can tickle 187 mph, we have to go to Black Rock-it’s a rite of passage.

Out on the playa, not far from where the annual Burning Man festival attracts about 40,000 fun-loving frolickers, the desert floor seems dry but not completely devoid of moisture, its flourlike sand baked to a medium-well. A reconnaissance run reveals some bumps, an occasional divot, and plenty of washboard sections, the remnants of winter rain and runoff. The conditions quell any ideas of our verifying the R8’s claimed top speed, but they don’t prevent us from baptizing the Audi with a brisk run. Or four.

Vistit to the vortex

Back in the Golden State, cruising at triple-digit speeds on Highway 299, the sort of road on which 100 miles maybe nets two other cars, we crest Cedar Pass at 6305 feet and then fall into beautiful valleys seemingly soaked in lime and chocolate. The isolation is comforting, the purr of the direct-injection V-8 behind us intoxicating. We drink more.

After two more PCT crossings at Cassel and Britton Lake, we reach the trail’s halfway point, reconnecting with I-5 near Mt. Shasta, where we lodge for the evening. The next morning, relishing blueberry pancakes and 14,162 feet of snowcapped Mt. Shasta, I begin reading the local Mountain Spirit Chronicles. My curiosity is piqued. “The nervous system of Earth is catalyzing a loud magnetic call for human beings to de-plug from their electrical duties and follow their own inner authentic nature to new vistas of service.” I can’t stop. “With a bit of luck, the right intent, and some impeccable timing you may even bump into an Ascended Master or two, a Lemurian, or perhaps a Native American spirit coming to share the present moment with you.”

Brian, we should go.

Released from the Shasta vortex, Brian and I enter Oregon, crossing the PCT at Siskiyou Summit, near the state line. The temp readout indicates 34 degrees, and snow is once again chilling the R8’s aluminum roof. We make our way toward Crater Lake, where the PCT hugs the western shore, hoping the inclement weather leaves us.

Crater hater

Like an unruly kid, the weather ignores our wishes. For the most part, though, conditions are mild as we approach Crater Lake, subjecting us to flurries and temps in the mid-30s. The Oregon leg of the PCT, compared with the California and Washington sections, is easygoing as well, treating trekkers to gentle climbs and coniferous forests strewn with sapphire lakes, all within the shortest and easiest span. This fact, and the mild weather, give us a sense of calm and safety. Make that a false sense.

Trying to minimize the R8’s incessant wheelspin up the icy incline that stands between us and the road out of Crater Lake, I’m easy on the gas, doing my best to maintain forward progress. The map indicates we’re mere feet from the shore, but the 22-degree whiteout enveloping us tells us something different-get out! After all, Oregon’s had a healthy appetite this year, what with James Kim and the climbers on Mt. Hood, and Vance and I don’t want to join them. Fighting and fishtailing like a hooked barracuda, the Audi struggles and swerves up the hill, but momentum and will seem to be on our side. Even with summer tires, the all-wheel-drive R8 and its electronic aids are enough to overcome this tempestuous hurdle. As the road levels, the storm weakens, and we and our Pirellis rest in relief. We’ve escaped.

The next morning in Portland, our eyes rested and our bellies filled with the carb overload known as a Holiday Inn continental breakfast, we head east on Highway 26 to Mt. Hood, home of the Timberline Lodge, film location of the horror movie, “The Shining.” Johnny isn’t home, but two snowboarders are and, claiming they’re huge Audi fans, proceed to snap photos of the R8. “This is going up on my MySpace,” one brags.

With Washington just over the horizon, we head east on I-84 and cross over the mighty Columbia River into the Evergreen State just west of the John Day Dam, one of the river’s 11 barriers that harvest hydropower and stymie spawning salmon. One state to go, we can taste the finish line.

Led Zeppelin

Our visit to Seattle reaffirms what we’ve been experiencing since we left Campo – the R8 is a rock star. No doubt about it. Page and Plant wouldn’t get more attention if they walked into a London pub screaming for an order of custard pie. Sure, it’s the Audi’s curvaceous body, off-color “blade,” and wide, squatting rear end, but most of all it’s the devilish dozen, the 12 LED running lights that sparkle day or night from each headlamp cluster. They act as strobes, as if signaling a grand entrance. They also seem to hypnotize passersby, and we soon classify them into two groups – Glance/Gawk and Hunter/Gatherer.

A majority fall under Glance/Gawk – those who swivel their heads to catch a glimpse or simply stare at the R8 in a trance, drooling at red lights – but the most noteworthy are the Hunter/Gatherers. It’s these fearless followers who hunt us down and gather around the R8 like it’s dinner. In addition to the RX-7 that stalked us in Palm Springs and the Eclipse Spyder driver who screamed at us – “Your car is [email protected]$#ing awesome!” – near Puyallup, there’s Danny, a young Seattleite who tails us to our hotel in his SLK and then proceeds to fire off as many questions as photos. An hour later, Danny’s SLK is perpendicular to the R8, its Xenons lighting up the Audi like a model. Another hour passes, and Danny now has two friends in tow, the latest equipped with a high-end digital SLR with a huge flash. Do Ferraris get this sort of attention?

Next comes Ken, a Microsoft exec who likes to zip around Seattle in his brand-new black 911 Turbo. Cruising through Fremont, he pulls beside us, stops, and seems oblivious to the fact that he’s blocking traffic. A game of 20 Questions ensues, and Ken is soon suffering from gross car envy. I try to comfort him with an old trick: “Well, your Turbo is still quicker than the R8.” It doesn’t help. “Yeah, but it doesn’t look like that!” he exclaims.

Finally (Vance and I would like to appoint this man chief of the Hunter/Gatherers), there’s Seth, a mortgage broker who enjoys fast cars – evidenced by his white-and-blue Ford GT – and making illegal U-turns on busy public streets in said fast Ford. “Oh, great-that GT wants to race,” I tell Vance as it goes by, turns around, and then quickly fills the rearview. Not in the mood, I try to ignore the guy, but the honking, the rolled-down window, and the hand gestures are impossible to overlook. I give up. “You got a minute?” he asks. “Do I have a choice?” I feel like retorting. Turns out Seth, who has an R8 on order, has no interest in racing me – he just wants to get an early peek at his upcoming baby. So if you’re looking for a cherry, low-mileage Ford GT, check Seattle-area Audi dealers this fall.

Judicious enforcer of rapid Ka-band

It always happens when you least expect it. Get comfortable and get nabbed. With two more PCT crossings in the books – White Pass on Highway 12 and Snoqualmie Pass on I-90 – and Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens looming behind (weather and closed roads have stopped us from getting up close and personal with either), we’re cruising on Highway 97, heading toward the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. The speed limit is 60 but we’re rolling at 80, the R8 amused that I’m consuming these luscious sweepers at such a leisurely pace. The sun is blazing, the sky is radiant, the traffic is light, and my Valentine One radar detector is quiet – too quiet. Simultaneously the V1 explodes in a Ka-band eruption just as Vance shouts, “Cop!” I engage each of the R8’s 24 brake pistons and bring the car down to 60 but, as the JERK turns around, I know it’s too late. “That JERK waited to flip on his radar,” I tell Brian in my defense. Uninterested in our mission and indifferent to the R8’s capabilities, the JERK cites me, lightening my wallet by $153. And just to kill me with kindness, he says, “This is a beautiful car.” I’m tempted to show the JERK just how beautifully the R8 can blaze from 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds and through the quarter mile in 12.5 at nearly 112 mph, but I instead thank him and move on.

At Stevens Pass on Highway 2, we cross the PCT for the 19th and final time. We hoped to make a 20th crossing on Highway 20, but WDOT informs us the road through the North Cascades is still closed due to snow. Not surprising – the Washington section of the PCT claims some of the trail’s most erratic weather patterns. We enter Everett and hop back on I-5 for a sprint north through Bellingham, then up into Sumas at the Canada border. The PCT is about 100 miles away, but this is as close as we’re going to get.

Lacking cigars and Champagne, we instead celebrate by lighting memories and swigging numbers: Campo, 3096 miles, Black Rock, Mt. Shasta, 31 summits, 19 PCT crossings, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, the Hunter/Gatherers, the JERK, Palm Springs, and on and on. Staring at the filthy R8, which looks like it’s been baked in chocolate milk, I realize that, after spending about 150 hours behind the wheel, I want more. Few cars in this realm are such lovely road-trippers, whether the path is long, short, straight, or curvy. The cabin is roomy, the comfort level high, the enjoyment factor off the charts. As we climb back in, the cockpit loaded with dirty clothes, empty bottles, and torn candy wrappers, I think back to the moment that nearly prevented us from being here – the blizzard at Crater Lake. It then dawns on me that the real beauty of the R8 isn’t cruising Rodeo Drive or South Beach, reveling in the attention and glamour; it’s taking it on a trip like this. After all, how many can say they drove a $125,000 super car…in a blizzard…near the shores of the deepest lake in the nation?

By the numbers: Up the PCT

  • Total distance traveled, miles: 3096
  • States visited: 4
  • Highest elevation reached, feet(Carson Pass, California): 8574
  • Lowest elevation seen, feet(Everett, Washington): 21
  • Synthetic oil added, quarts: 1
  • Unleaded premium used for entire trip, gallons: 201.7
  • Dollars spent on fuel: 645
  • Average fuel economy for entire trip, MPG: 18
  • Summits crested: 31
  • Sum of the summits, feet: 163,333
  • Crossings of the Pacific Crest Trail: 19
  • Lowest temperature observed, deg in F(Crater Lake, Oregeon): 22
  • Highest temperature observed, deg in F(Palm Springs, California): 74
  • Tickets received: 1
  • Looks from passersby(est): 301,783
  • Mistaken Identity: If the thought of a $125,000 Audi shocks you, check out what passersby mistook our R8 for…

    2008 Audi R8
    Drivetrain layout Mid-engine, AWD
    Engine type 90 V-8, aluminum block/heads
    Valvetrain DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
    Displacement 254.1 cu in/4163 cc
    Compression ratio 12.5:1
    Power (SAE NET) 420 hp @ 7800 rpm
    Torque (SAE NET) 317 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
    Redline 8000 rpm
    Weight to power 8.5 lb/hp
    Transmission 6-speed manual
    Axle/final-drive ratios 3.46:1/3.21
    Suspension, front; rear Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
    Steering ratio 17.3:1
    Turns lock-to-lock 3.2
    Brakes, f;r 15.0-in vented, drilled disc; 14.0-in vented, drilled disc, ABS
    Wheels, f;r 8.5 x 19; 11.0 x 19, cast aluminum
    Tires, f;r 235/35ZR19 91Y; 295/30ZR19 100Y, Pirelli PZero
    Wheelbase 104.3 in
    Track, f/r 64.3/62.7 in
    Length x width x height 174.4 x 75.0 x 49.3 in
    Turning circle 38.7 ft
    Curb weight 3583 lb
    Weight dist., f/r 44/56%
    Seating capacity 2
    Headroom 37.7 in
    Legroom 45.0 in
    Shoulder room 54.7 in
    Cargo volume 3.5 cu ft
    Acceleration to mph
    0-30 1.4 sec
    0-40 2
    0-50 3
    0-60 3.9
    0-70 5.3
    0-80 6.6
    0-90 8.1
    0-100 10.1
    Passing, 45-65 mph 2.1
    Quarter mile 12.5 sec @ 111.9 mph
    Braking, 60-0 mph 96 ft
    Lateral acceleration 0.99 g (avg)
    MT figure eight 24.6 sec @ 0.79 g (avg)
    Top-gear revs @ 60 mph 2600 rpm
    Base price $112,000 (est)
    Price as tested $125,000 (est)
    Stability/traction control Yes/yes
    Airbags Dual front, front side/head
    Basic warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    Powertrain warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
    Roadside assistance 4 yrs/unlimited miles
    Fuel capacity 23.8 gal
    EPA city/hwy econ 15/21 mpg (est)
    Recommended fuel Premium unleaded

    Concept to Hollywood to Reality

    * Le Mans Quattro – Frankfurt Motor Show; September, 2003 – Inspiration for the R8, the LMQ concept boasted a mid-mounted 610-hp twin-turbo V-10, all-wheel drive, an aluminum space frame, and LED headlamps.

    * RSQ – I, Robot; July, 2004 – Transporting Will Smith in the futuristic thriller set in the year 2035, the RSQ donned spheres in place of wheels and rear-hinged butterfly-action doors. Like the LMQ, though, it featured Audi’s single-frame grille and mid-engine layout.

    * R8 – Fall 2007 – Four years after the LMQ debuted, the production R8 goes public. Visually, the R8 differs little from the concept, retaining most of the styling cues as well as the same wheelbase and, except for two inches of extra length, the same dimensions. A V-8 replaces the potent V-10, but all-wheel drive, a six-speed transmission, and control-arm suspension remain.

    How to R8 a 911

    We have tested numerous varieties of the 911, the R8’s most formidable competitor. Here’s how four of Stuttgart’s best compare to Audi’s mid-engine exotic:

      Carrera 4 Carrera S GT3
    Base price $79,060 $83,460 $106,860
    Powertrain 3.6L/325-hp/273 lb-ft flat-6; 6M; AWD 3.8L/355-hp/295 lb-ft flat-6; 6M; RWD 3.6L/415-hp/300 lb-ft flat-6; 6M; RWD
    Curb weight, lbs 3345 3275 3235
    0 to 60, sec 4.6 4.4 3.8
    Quarter mile, sec @ mph 13.2 @ 106.2 13.0 @ 109.5 12.1 @ 117.8
    60 to 0, ft 113 107 99
      Turbo R8
    Base price $123,760 $112,000 (est)
    Powertrain 3.6L/480-hp/460 lb-ft twin-turbo flat-6; 5A; AWD 4.2L/420-hp/317 lb-ft V-8; 6M; AWD
    Curb weight, lbs 3495 3583
    0 to 60, sec 3.2 3.9
    Quarter mile, sec @ mph 11.4 @ 120.5 12.5 @ 111.9
    60 to 0, ft 116 96

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