Sunday, December 21, 2008

Review of Audi R8

Look at the R8 from any angle, and it's easy to see why Audi took so long to bring it to production.There isn't a single line that seems out of place.The front looks especially menacing with the LED lights that run below the headlamps. There is a rear spoiler as well, which pops out only when the car hits 100kph,which in this case is often.
The R8 is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo supercar and gets its V8 engine from the Audi RS4 saloon. The R8 is primarily built from aluminium. so combine all that power with a lightweight construction and you can manage 0-100kph before you can count till five.
The steering impresses with its brilliant poise and precision. The Pirelli P ceroes provide leech-like grip and there is very little that can ruffle the R8's can chuck it in to corners and have fun doing so. The power bias to the rear wheels means that there is a hint of over steer and it is easy for the rear to step out and give a dose of sideways action.
The R8 comes with either a manual six-speed gearbox or optional the Audi R-Tronic sequential shift gearbox. The R-Tronic uses a joystick gearshift in the centre console, and paddle-shifts mounted on the steering wheel,similar to those used in racing car.
There are a lot of bits borrowed from Audi saloons but the attention to detail is phenomenal.The red-lit gauges deserve special mention. They look uber-cool at night.Carbon fibre door handles, supportive sports seats, aluminium detailing and a flat-bottom steering wheel emphasis the sporty theme.No one buys a supercar for its practicality, but the R8 is better than most.
Four airbags and every conceivable electronic driver aidcome as standard kit, but the best safety devices are the huge levels of grip and massive braking power built into every R8. Security is every bit as good as any top-of-the -range Audi.that said, you will have to rob a bank to buy one and another one to runit.But it is absolutely brilliant in more ways than one.

price: Rs 1.17 crore
Enigine size: 4.2 litre
Power: 420bhp
0-100kph: 4.6 sec
Drive: all wheel drive
Gearbox: Six-speed manual/R-Tronic sequential shift

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