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    Audi R8

    The new Audi R8 has just been released. 309kW, 4.2L V8 out of the RS4, on Gallardo platform. Apparently it will be priced to match a Carrera S. Anyone here interested? I for one could certainly be talked into it! Audi R8

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    As a second hand buy maybe but im not prepared to but Pounds70000+ into an Audi.

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    The Audi R8 suddenly makes the 911 look very conservative. It is the embodiment of beauty in an ultra modern, sophisticated style. I like this car - it's going to be a massive success - Audi won't be able to make them fast enough to meet demand.

    When cars are this beautiful, life doesn't get much better than this.

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    I will probably get one but it'll be the V10. It does however depend on how the R8/10 design ages. Today the car looks great... I don't know how I'lll feel about it in a year or so. For me this is where the 911 scores... the concept is about 40 years old and it has aged so so well.

    I agree that the 911 looks quite tame and conservative compared to the agressive looks of the Audi. I would need to see one in the flesh as well before I would put my name down for one... but there's a strong chance of it happening... but then I also would like a Ferrari... and a Ferrari is a Ferrari...hmmm... in either case I know that the waiting list is going to be long and I need to decide soon.

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    Yeah I am thinking of putting my name down for one as well but I don't even know if I can get one in Australia! Anyone (espeically those in the UK) knows if it will be built in RHD? We can only drive RHD cars here. I will probably try to keep the 997 if I can a R8. To me the 911 is still the ultimate daily driving sports car.

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    any idea where to find good pictures n info on the R8?

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    On my first message there is a link to the article. Just move your mouse over the last two words "Audi R8" on the message above and click.

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    There are tons of info and pics on Sport Cars Board here on rennteam!!

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    thanks guys..looks mean... but i wouldnt trade my porsche for it

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    This topic is already on the sports car board where it belongs...

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    IMO the new R8 launch represents Very Good news for all Porsche fans because along with the new M3 will force Porsche to pump up the specs for all the range. Otherwise they will start to lose customers.

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    Pentium said:
    IMO the new R8 launch represents Very Good news for all Porsche fans because along with the new M3 will force Porsche to pump up the specs for all the range. Otherwise they will start to lose customers.


    I hope you're right, but that is not the history. When the European version of the E36 M3 came out in the early 1990's and got 321hp (and the then current 911, the 964, was making 250hp), the next 911 in 1994 (993)received only 270hp. Next version of 993 (Varioram) had 285hp and the 996 in 1998 received 296hp a fews years later (several years after 321hp from M3)...

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    If I remember correctly the 996 had a 20 bhp engine upgrade approx. 4 years after release. I hope they will do the same next year with the C2 and C2s.

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    Pentium said:
    If I remember correctly the 996 had a 20 bhp engine upgrade approx. 4 years after release. I hope they will do the same next year with the C2 and C2s.


    I think that is likely, but that is not going to keep up with the 420hp from Audi and BMW.

    20hp increase to the Carrera S is only 5.6% increase - pretty lame and barely noticable when driving (especially if they let the car gain weight). I think they need to dramatically increase power on the 997 and reduce weight with the 998 (new aluminum structure?)...

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    I agree with you. I forgot about Aluminum
    That's a must too but I bet we will not see it on 997.
    The next gen will have it for sure.

    On the bhp "spice up" thing: what I hope is that the 20 more bhp + DSG will equal R8(V8) performance.

    R8(V10) price will be Turbo territory.

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    Maybe it is just me, but I am not really that excited about the stying of the R8. I don't really like the "big mouth" look of the current Audis. I also don't like the carbon fiber side panel. Something about the side profile and the fender flares.......And most importantly.....it is an Audi. I had two Audis many years ago and got to know the mechanics at my local dealership on a first name basis. You name a part and it broke. Liked them just fine when they were running, they just didn't run without problems often enough.

    I just don't think it is a style that will age well.

    Not horrible by any means and I may have to drive one just for comparison sake. But, my first impression is that there are other cars out there that are more to my liking.

    Just my opinion....

    Phil

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    I think the audi is ugly. Does not even compare to the 997. The Vantage looks great but is nowhere near as fun to drive.

    I have had my 997 for a year now and I love it. In my opinion there is no other car like it.

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    PS CA said:
    I just don't think it is a style that will age well.
    Just my opinion....
    Phil



    Phil, that is my my concern. I don't dislike the car, I just don't know whether it will become an icon. I love design in general and my choice of cars is greatly influenced by that. This is where for me the 911 scores so highly.

    Therefore I shall enjoy and relish my 997 C4S for some time to come.

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    Yuck. Looks like it was styled for the Ferrari crowd. Vulgar. I'm sure it will get a lot of looks. BUT consider: Rice clear engine cover. Really ugly looking rear and front bumpers with the slants. And worst of all, what's with the darker grey panels on the side? Looks terrible. 997 looks much better.

    David

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    I really doubt that in 30 years the R8 will be an icon, sure it looks agressive, however, almost vulgar and as time goes on it will get old and this vulgar style is what we will only see.

    I'm positive the 911 sales won't be hurt by the R8 because

    - First it does not have the history to back it up.

    - Second it really lacks of class compared to the 911.

    - Third, there is no back seats.

    - Fourth, it is not stealth enough.

    - Fifth, performance mentioned by audi seems weak for a V8.

    - Sitxth, right now the R8 has wow factor from a new car let see what happen three year from now...

    Side panel look tacky IMO.

    Porsche customer will not get fooled by this audi because the R8 really lacks of class...

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    I think the proof is in the driving and I'll definitely be taking one out when available to decide for myself.

    Check out their very polished website at http://microsites.audi.com/audir8/html/index.php?lang=en

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    Only 430 NM of torque from a 4.2 V8 ?! The C2S has 400 NM ...

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    Interesting! the R8 site states that the max speed of the car is 301KM. Does this mean that the gentlemen agreement between the German manufacturers (Porsche not included) of limiting the speed limit to 250KM is over?

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    No limit for sport cars, only sedans have the speed limitation.

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    Here we go again... the latest gadget seekers are all over a new toy.
    Who cares? This is a Porsche forum - we only care about Porsches,
    and in this particular section, 997s.

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    SciFrog said:
    No limit for sport cars, only sedans have the speed limitation. [/quote
    Are you sure about that? 6 series (M6 included), TT's, SL's (AMG included) and every other sports car I can think off are limited to 250Km.

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    IMO once the newness wears off on these they'll be a hard sell. Kind of like BMW Z8esque. Cars like this do raise the bar for others, which is a good thing.

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    I think it looks Lambo-esque, but not quite as good. Slightly unfinished feel. No, the 997 shape is still simply the best.

     
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