2008 Audi R8 Long Term Road Test


2008 Audi R8: Track Testing

July 11, 2008

2008 Audi R8 by James Riswick -- CLICK TO SEE LARGER IMAGE
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In its short time with us, we've driven our long-term 2008 Audi R8 along both the X and Y axes of this great land. At this pace, it'll probably pass the Aura's mileage in about three days. And really, if you suddenly had an R8 you didn't pay for, you too would be thinking about driving it to the Yukon for no particular reason. Hey, that's actually sounds appealing.

Anywho, our R8 with R-Tronic transmission hit the track last week to see what she could do. Judging my Jacquot's comments, I think he likes it. I've included the numbers we achieved with the short-term R8 we tested a few months back that had the six-speed manual.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 11,000 miles

ACCELERATION:

0-30 - 1.7 seconds (1.5)
0-45 - 3.3 seconds (2.8)
0-60 - 4.6 seconds
0-60 Roll-Out - 4.3 seconds (4.2)
0-75 - 6.7 seconds (6.3)
1/4 Mile - 12.8 seconds @ 108.4 mph (12.7 @ 110.7)

Senior Road Test Editor Josh Jacquot says: "Easy-to-access launch control is nice. Hard, fast shifts at redline. Brilliant sound. Instant response from paddles."

BRAKING:

60-0 - 108 feet (103)
30-0 - 29 feet (26)

Jacquot: "Erratic stopping distances, but consistent pedal feel. Noticeable left-to-right squirm at full ABS activation."

SKIDPAD:

0.95g (0.98g at different site/surface)

Jacquot: "Very easy to achieve oversteer. Delicate oversteer/understeer balance at limit. Wants to do glorious powerslides. Awesome."

SLALOM:

70.0 mph (73.8 mph)

Jacquot: "Can bite with every nanny shut down. Still, very communicative and adjustable. Fun."

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