audi r8

Audi R8 Mk 1 (2007-2015)

About the car

The Audi R8 is a dying breed. This supercar is one of the few left in the range not to include turbochargers, instead opting for a more traditional aspirated engine. Don’t let the flashy finish fool you either; with this jazzy number as easy to adapt to as any other car you’re likely to find on the road – a trait Audi have mastered in recent years. Since its inception in 2006, the R8 has stood out as a shining example of how to make a luxury car adaptable to anyone. What’s more, an open-top version adds an additional dimension of thrill to the model – as if it was needed.

The Inbuilt Tech

It’s no surprise a car as forward-thinking as the R8 has taken a huge leap forward when it comes to inbuilt technology. Inside the cabin, Audi transports anyone a few years into the future, with an innovative design making the most of an expansive dashboard.

This is teeming with gadgets and gizmos, all of which provide a useful boost to your vehicle’s performance. Just some of the amazing additions include:

  • Audi’s 12.3-inch virtual cockpit
  • A configurable TFT screen
  • A three-spoke steering wheel

What’s more, top-of-the-range customisation services also allow a driver to design the layout of their infotainment system. As well as all that, a red button on the steering wheel serves as a replacement for the ignition – giving you a real Formula One driver experience.

The Nitty Gritty

It’s this very button which makes the V10 engine one of the crowning features of the R8. Kicking your motors into gear in this manner results in a loud roar, which will get heads turning in your direction for all the right reasons.

The R8’s engines don’t offer as much versatility when compared to more mundane road cars – but that’s nothing less than you’d expect from such an intricate and delicately crafted supercar.

Figures stand at:

  • Power – 532-601bhp
  • 0-60mph – 3.1-3.4secs
  • Fuel Economy – 23-24mpg
  • Insurance Group – 50
  • Road Tax – £535

Final Thoughts

The Audi R8 is a leading name in the supercar sector, and for good reason. A powerful drive will leave you the envy of your friends, as you tear through the streets in style. Utilise the latest tech to enhance your drive, and experience peak enjoyment behind the wheel.

With incredible grip heading into corners, you’ll feel in safe hands at all times during your experience. This is backed up by a more durable outer surface than ever before (said to be 40% tougher and 50kg lighter than previous models). Make the most of this incredible vehicle today.

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