“The slowest car we have ever built”.
Audi’s famous strapline and beautiful advert were the first things to catch my eye about the R8, back when it had first been released to the world in a flurry of speed and sleekness. I remembered being sat in front of the TV, drifting off, when this car being gradually put together caught my eye. Within a second of watching that was it – I was hooked.
It turns out that it wasn’t just me who fell in love with Audi’s first ever supercar, the R8. In fact, the months following the launch were jam packed with new stories, Top Gear reviews, articles and blogs all covering the same subject – just how very beautiful the car actually was. I have yet to come across anyone who actively dislikes the car, suggesting that maybe Audi have managed to get it perfectly right.
Audi cars are always attractive, in a somewhat bulky way. They used to advertise themselves like a bull racing up to the screen, and that is how they stand in my head – bulky, ferocious, and determined. The TT always used to be popular in a bubbly kind of way, and then they moved a step closer to perfecting the look in the new version TT. The next step up the design ladder resulted in the amazing car we see before us.
The Audi R8 looks stunning. With a low to the ground build and aerodynamic grooves running down the sides Autel MaxiCOM MK808, this just looks like it should go incredibly fast. Add to that a brilliantly “Audi” front grill and the attractive dual rear grill Autel MaxiTPMS PAD, and suddenly the car looks more and more like the supercar it is. For me personally, this shape could be a strong competitor for the nicest car ever made, and I never fail to gasp when I see one drive past on the street. Alongside the stunning supercar R8, Audi are now releasing the Audi R8 Spyder – although personally I prefer the shape of the original.
I haven’t even started on the engine – but the V10 strength is just an added speedy bonus on top of those elegant good looks. I can read the stats and specifications – but hearing the engine roar in real life and whilst watching films such as Iron Man tells me all I really need to know.
Impressively, if you want to own a used Audi R8 rather than an expensive new one, the cost is quite dramatically reduced. I have seen them in dealerships for around £65k, not much more than the much less attractive (but beautiful to drive) RS6. If it was the first cost that was putting you off, therefore, it really isn’t as much of an issue as you would imagine it would be. Of course for those of you for whom that is still out of your price range, a normal used Audi will do the trick, and you can build your way up from there!
Pete J Ridgard is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here he discusses Used Audi cars.