2008 Audi R8
Audi R8 Review...Simply put, "It's GR8T!!!"
If you haven't heard all about the new R8 from Audi yet, then you must be either living as a hermit, or residing on the planet Zogg. After all, the vehicle has won just about every award that the automotive industry has to offer this year, and lately, there appears to be more photos of the R8 covering media desks than those of the delightful Paris Hilton (wow, now that's a first eh!).
Naturally, just about every automobile journalist with a pulse has tried to book the R8 to review. In fact, if you float around the Web, you'll find several penned by bloggers who haven't managed to even sit in one yet! The vehicle is so popular that every automotive publication simply has to have a story on it, even to the point of doing a 'Hans Christian Anderson' and entering into the land of make believe!
To be fair, that's what happens when a manufacturer produces a vehicle which turns the automotive world on its head, which is exactly what Audi has managed to do with the release of its R8.
Think about that for a moment. If I had told you ten years ago, that Audi would one day produce a 420hp V8 All-Wheel-Drive super car that would have the Ferrari designers quivering in their Gucci shoes, you would have laughed your heads off and thought that I belonged on Zogg. In fact, I wouldn't have been surprised if you'd called my editor demanding my resignation, or even phoned and arrange for the padded van!
You see, Audi went though a bad patch several years ago. Its reputation was tarnished by a couple of, shall we say 'less than worthy automobiles'. Since then, the company has fought hard to turn that image around, and has been so successful that today, the Audi nameplate is being held up as an industry standard.
But Audi, a Super Car manufacturer??
Well, let's look at that for a moment. They certainly have a racing background. In fact, the Auto Union nameplate, which eventually evolved into Audi, had a strong heritage in racing several decades ago. Even today, Audi continues to be a dominant force in European saloon car racing.
Audi also has the benefit in part, of being part of a group which owns such names as Lamborghini, Bentley, and Bugatti. Add to that the fact that a couple of decades ago they turned the rallying world upside-down with the launch of its famous Quattro AWD system, and you're starting to see that if anyone could go up against the mighty prancing horse, especially from a price point, it is. in fact, Audi.
So, what about the R8? Is it really as awesome as everyone makes out, or is that simply overblown media hype? Well, let me think, Err! Yes, it really is that good. In fact, it's all what people say it is and more!
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