LA Auto Show Mega-Gallery Two- Audi R8 5.2

Ten little indians. . . no, wait!
Ten little indians. . . no, wait!

As Braff noted to me yesterday, the 4.2-litre Audi R8 is a supremely competent and engaging sports car, but the 5.2-litre V10 elevates it to supercar status.
When VW bought Lamborghini in 1998, the handed control of the bullish brand over to Audi. For that car maker, it has been the gift that keeps on giving, and the latest present to be bestowed on both Audi and a few, lucky rich people, is the 5.2-litre V10 edition of the lauded R8. The 525-bhp Lamborghini engine bests the Audi V8 by a healthy 105-bhp, and brings the zed to 62-mph time down below 4 seconds, according to the crisply-accented Adui reps on hand.
Not only is the R8 V10 FSI Quattro, as it is officially named, faster and more full of supercar creds, but it also looks damn-fine in arrest-me red. As does the “security personnel” guarding it.
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4 responses to “LA Auto Show Mega-Gallery Two- Audi R8 5.2”

  1. Smells_Homeless Avatar

    I'm going to say something here that may be blasphemous to most of you, so if you're easily shocked please leave the room.
    Are they gone? K. So what I wanted to say is that I would actually rather have the V8 version. Audi's 4.2 is one of the best sounding engines anywhere and I'd gladly give up the extra power for that lovely aluminum symphony. Also, I've never heard a good reason for the side spat things. Anybody have a clue why they're there, or are they just an affectation to break up some sightly-too-tame styling?

  2. Tim Odell Avatar
    Tim Odell

    I know this car's awesome, but that's kind of the problem: it's obvious. Of course it's going to be awesome.
    I would've rather seen them do the TDI V12 version, much more interesting.

    1. engineerd Avatar

      Yes! I keep waiting for Audi to release a TDI supercar. They should call it the R10.
      And since you bring it up, I think it would be awesome to have a diesel LeMons car. If Audi can successfully campaign a diesel-powered race car, why can't I?

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