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2008 Audi R8 Coupe

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  • $118,000 original MSRP
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2008 Audi R8 Coupe

Benefits of Driving a 2008 Audi R8 Coupe

Audi's 2008 R8 delivers a driving and ownership experience that only the most exclusive marques can best, and it does so at a cost that is virtually half of most of its competitors. The striking styling, the mid-mounted engine, and the thrilling exhaust note come together to create a dynamic driving machine that is nothing short of exquisite.

What's new for 2008?

The much-heralded R8 coupe takes center stage for Audi's 2008 model lineup. With a 420-horsepower, 4.2L mid-engine V8, the R8 can sprint to 60 mph in just over four seconds and can ably run through whatever curves you might be able to find, but the real story is in its visceral appeal. The R8 marries German engineering with Italian verve (the R8 shares its platform with the Lamborghini Gallardo) to great effect, and looks like nothing else on the road.

Model Strengths

  • Supercar at half the price
  • head-turning looks
  • exhilarating performance
  • luxurious interior.

Model Review

The 2008 R8 stormed the automotive world to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Audi's new mid-engined supercar pairs a gem of an engine--the 420-horsepower, FSI direct injection 4.2L V8 found in the RS 4--to either a six-speed manual or the 'R tronic' six-speed sequential manual gearbox. The four-wheel independent suspension employs a magnetic ride adaptive damping system and Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system to maximize handling, and the R8's aluminum space frame keeps the chassis rigid and light. The end result is a car that excels when whipped through the corners.

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Review: 2008 Audi R8

Source: MSN Autos

The low-slung, all-wheel-drive 187-mph Audi R8 is one of the first viable competitors to the fastest versions of the iconic Porsche 911 and even to far costlier cars such as the Ferrari F430.

The mid-engine 2008 R8 seems well worth its under-$120,000 list prices. It has head-turning styling and a 420-horsepower V8 tucked under a clear glass cover, which gives it some show-biz pizzazz.

The hand-assembled R8 has advanced aluminum construction and is the fastest Audi ever built. It soon feels as if it would be happiest on a race track or no-speed-limit European highways, but is an "everyday supercar," like the 911, and thus can be driven daily.

Comfortable Interior
The interior is spacious and comfortable, with such items as power/heated leather/Alcantara sport seats, automatic climate control, elaborate sound system, power windows and cruise control. Knee bags are even included as safety items.

Auto buff magazines have been doing backflips after testing the R8, which goes on sale in September. I drove a European version modified to U.S. specifications.

New Territory
The R8 enters new territory for Germany's Audi, which feels it's been unfairly overlooked, with many potential buyers opting instead for the German BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The R8 should considerably boost Audi's image because it's one of the fastest, flashiest sports cars on the market.

It shouldn't be surprising that a car such as the R8 comes from Audi. It's won many major races. For example, it has been a 5-time winner at the prestigious Le Mans 24-hour race in France. The R8 is aptly named after Audi's Le Mans winning car.

Mixed Feelings
The R8 costs $109,000 with a 6-speed manual gearbox and $118,000 with a 6-speed "R tronic" automatic transmission. The manual shifts nicely, but I have mixed feelings about the R tronic.

While it works efficiently, the R tronic shifts roughly when left in automatic mode because the R8 is an ultrafunctional take-no-prisoners car.

Slipping this transmission into "sport" mode evens out the shifts a lot, but delays upshifts from lower gears for a long time and thus allows high engine revs at fairly low speeds. ("It stays in the lower gears at higher revs in sport mode so the car can really jump when you want it to," an Audi spokesman said.) Manual shifts with the R tronic work fine.

Race Car Look
Audi has given the R8 a race car's functional look. For example, wide "side blades" behind the front doors, which can be had in a contrasting body color, aren't the sort of item seen on cars. They house engine-bay air scoops because the R8 has a great appetite for air, like all high-performance sports cars.

The high-revving (7800 rpm) engine emits a soft-but-menacing rumble at idle and a spine-tingling staccato snarl during fast acceleration. Cruising is quiet.

Sizzling Acceleration
The R8 does 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, and merging and high-speed passing on highways are virtually effortless. The front of the R8 looks ferocious, which caused slowpokes in the fast lane to quickly move over when they glanced at my test car in their rearview mirror.

Allowing good high-speed stability are such items as aerodynamic underbody diffusers that use onrushing air to help the R8 pinned to roads.

The R8 is no lightweight, despite its aluminum construction. It weighs 3,605 pounds and fuel economy thus is an estimated 13 mpg in the city and 20 on highways with the manual and 13 and 19 with the R tronic. Buyers thus face a gas-guzzler tax of $1,700 to $2,100.

Superb Roadability
Roadability is outstanding. As with many super performance cars, the R8's steering is heavy, but quick and almost telepathic, controlled by a small, flat-bottom D-shaped steering wheel. The advanced all-wheel-drive system and large, wide 19-inch tires, electronic stability control and sophisticated suspension help provide the car with excellent balance and grace.

The ride is on the firm side, but supple, helped by a rigid aluminum space frame and magnetic ride adaptive damping system. The brake pedal is firm and a little touchy in town, but permits easy high-speed braking.

A driver must deal with over-the-shoulder blind spots, but the windshield is huge, the cowl is low and outside mirrors are large. They fold flat against the side windows to avoid expensive damage.

Some Faults
The artful dashboard has easily read gauges, but sun visors with their unlit vanity mirrors don't swivel to the side and are small, as are sound system controls. The dual console cupholders are set too far back for convenient use.

Other annoyances: It's easy to accidentally activate the emergency flashers with your hand when manually shifting the R tronic transmission with the console shifter. There also are steering-wheel shifter paddles, but they can be rather awkward to use.

Agility Needed
Comfortable seats provide excellent side support and slide back far enough to satisfy tall folks. Long, light doors assist entry and exit, although agility is needed to get in and out.

It's impossible to see where the front and rear of the R8 ends, so it's a good idea to get the optional Premium Package to avoid body damage. It has Audi's parking system, which warns when the R8 is getting too close to stationary objects.

While small, the front cargo compartment is usefully shaped, and the space behind the front seats will take a golf bag or a few duffle bags.

Audi has been building outstanding cars for a long time, so it seems as if the R8 is overdue. Well, it's here now, allowing an alternative to other outstanding high-performance sports cars.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Active Suspension System Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Std
Daytime Running Lights Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt
Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Audi Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

A factory-backed limited warranty with coverage up to six years or 100,000 total vehicle miles from the origianl vehicle in-service date, whichever occurs first.¹

¹See dealer for details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years or newer/less than 6,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 300+ Point Inspection and Certification Process
View the checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $85

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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