The 2007 Audi R8 supercar, which is destined to fight its way through the ranks of such road warriors as the Italian Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, the British Aston Martin V8 Vantage and, of course, the stunning (albeit somewhat archaic in its design) German beauty Porsche 997 Carrera 4S, will feature a permanent 4WD quattro system with viscous coupling (it is reported to be outsourced from Volkswagen) and will be motivated by a 4.2-liter 420hp V8 FSI transplanted directly from the gorgeous Audi RS4 compact super-sedan.
According to the company, the huge (well, at least for a European car where even meager three liters of displacement are often considered sort of ‘premium’ and ‘performance’) engine will be installed inside an aluminum space frame body right behind the seat. Wow. And besides the exclamation of yours truly impression of an utter coolness of the vehicle in question, the way the engine is position will also make the car a lot faster when it comes to completing a track on Nürburgring.
The 2007 Audi R8 is based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car, unveiled three years ago.
Confirming its ambitions, the R8 features a mid-mounted engine with a maximum power output of 420 bhp and peak torque of 430 Nm reached at 4,500 to 6,000 rpm and distributed between front and rear axles in 44 to 56 proportion.
The Audi R8 jumps from zero to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds and reaches a maximum of 186.6 mph (301 km/h).
It is equipped with 6-spoke 18-inch alloy wheels as standard, but the car may also be ordered with more appealing 19-inch wheels. The rims are mated with 235/40 size tires at the front and up to 285/35 at rear.
The car will cost about €100,000 and is available to order now.
Sitting quite comfortably in a class of its own, the R8 has virtually no direct competitors.
However, if you choose cars depending on their sticker price, you’ll have a hell of a hard time comparing the R8 against such monsters as the similarly priced Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Maserati GranTurismo (about €10,000 more expensive), BMW M6 (about €10,000 cheaper, but that depends on a given market), Porsche 911 Targa 4S (also cheaper) and even, wow, the Dodge Viper.
The choice is yours.
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