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2008 Audi R8 Transmission: Hated by Car Guys and Non-Car Guys Alike

February 23, 2009

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Logistical issues forced the wife into the Audi R8's driver seat over the weekend (she had to go somewhere alone, and I had to go somewhere with the kids). A quick rundown of the car's basic quirks ("Push the shifter toward 'A' to be in fully automatic mode. Watch the low front-end's ground clearance. Don't be freaked out by people taking cell phone photos." etc.) took about five minutes; then she was off.

Her trip was about three miles in pure stop-and-go driving, which were probably the worst conditions she could have faced. I fully expected to hear complaints about the R-Tronic transmission.

Her first words on return, "Is there something wrong with this car? I was convinced I was doing something wrong because of the uneven throttle response and acceleration. I hated all the attention it was getting because I'm sure it looked like I didn't know how to drive it."

I told her that's the way it's supposed to work. She asked the price. I told her $120,000. She didn't seem interested in driving it again and happily went back to her 2004 Chevy Malibu.

Karl Brauer, Edmunds.com Editor in Chief at 28,636 miles


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