2008 Audi R8: Badass Exterior, Warm & Fuzzy Interior
July 08, 2008
I can tell that our Daytona Gray Pearl 2008 Audi R8 looks pretty intimidating on the highway by the way most of the left lane squatters skedaddle out of the way upon our approach.
Some motorists switch lanes even if it means falling in behind a slow-moving semi to get out of our path. And one time a Silverado 2500 almost switched lanes in front of us as we were cruising along, saw us in his driver side mirror and then moved back to his original position in the other lane as if to say, "Oops, pardon," he didn't want to get in our way. That NEVER happens.
But with all its badass looks, the R8 is still awfully comfortable and roomy inside. After 800 miles when the novelty of being in the supercar sorta mellowed, I settled into its high-quality Tuscan Brown leather seat, had my iced grande latte at the ready in the center cupholder, stretched out my legs and almost felt like I was sitting at home in my leather armchair. That is until I looked up and saw Mt. Shasta passing quickly by outside my window.
In any case, it's such a different experience from sitting in other driver-enthusiast friendly cars I've been in whose cockpits fold me into a compact-size passenger and scream angry engine sounds in my ears (you know who you are, Ford GT and Ferrari 308). Don't get me wrong, I'm all for enthusiastic engines but for hours on end the Audi is great as it emits only a purr (unless you floor it in which case it snarls). Just nice to know that there can be something for both the driver and the passenger here.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor