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3/4 Front Glamour 2012 Audi R8

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Expert's Rating

5.0Excellent

MPG 12 City / 19 Highway
Pros
  • Aggressive exterior design
  • Superior handling
  • Powerful engine options
  • Ultra-exclusive look and feel
Cons
  • Seats not the most comfortable
  • Some controls overly complex

Introduction

The R8 is loosely based off of the Lamborghini Gallardo platform, and is powered by either a 420-hp 4.2-liter V-8 engine borrowed from the RS4, or the 5.2-liter V-10 borrowed from the Gallardo, making 525-hp in this application. Both engines are available in either coupe or convertible (Spyder) form. A full-time quattro all-wheel drive system puts that power to the ground and a choice between either a 6-speed manual transmission or an R-tronic automated sequential manual transmission give the driver full control. Standard features include things like satellite radio, Alcantara/leather sport seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, and bi-xenon headlights (full LED headlights on the 5.2). Options include a rearview camera, hill hold assist, navigation system and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.For 2012, a new lightweight limited edition GT model has been added to the line-up. It packs a 560-hp 5.2 V-10, R-tronic transmission and a generous amount of carbon fiber for weight reduction. Only 90 units of each bodystyle will be available in the US.
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