Mullet Three O'Clock - 2008 Audi R8 Model Long-Term Road Test

2008 Audi R8 Long Term Road Test

2008 Audi R8: Mullet Three O'Clock

June 19, 2008

A couple of hundred miles west of our meat and greet, we had a run in with this mullethead and his Mitsubishi Eclipse.

He tailgated the R8, circled us a few times and basically made a pest of himself. We even saw him on his cell phone telling his buddies the tale.

"No I'm dead serious, it's an Audi R8 and I just passed the guy like he was standing still... Did you get the Whitesnake tickets?"

Actually it was fun to toy with the guy who was obviously into our ride. But he also revealed a problem with the Audi's R tronic transmission. If you don't have it in Sport mode it is slow to downshift. Like reeeeeeaaaaaaaal slow. Floor the throttle at 75 mph or so and you get a two count before the thing kicks down and the motor revs up.

We know this because Mr. Mullet actually caught us off guard one time. He was coming up on our right, and I laid into the throttle just too damn late. By the time the Audi's transmission caught up to my right foot, his Hockey hair was past us. Honestly it was embarrassing. We got beat by an Eclipse. At least it had the V6.

Oh well, at least my mustache looks better than his Camaro Cut.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 8,315 miles

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