2008 Audi R8: Errand-Running Supercar
September 29, 2008
Don't ask me how it happened but I scored our 2008 Audi R8 for the weekend. Yup! Little ol' me, the editor who usually gets assigned the Smart. And I used this supercar -- Iron Man's car, the star of I, Robot -- to finish up the last of my move, to run donated items over to Goodwill and to attend the American Wine & Food Festival (AWFF) which, funny enough, was sponsored by Audi. I was in heaven.
Sure, it's not really practical for running errands, and this car does not enjoy going slow but at all, but it somehow turned even the most mundane moments into a cinematic experience.
When I had parked it in front of my new house, a group of good-looking shirtless college-age men, from the nearby college's track team I assume, were running down the street and descended upon the R8 whooping and hollering. "Is this YOUR car?" they asked me as I stepped out of my house to investigate what all the ruckus was about. "Why yes. Yes, it is," I replied, fanning myself.
And I even found myself driving 10 miles away to another Ralphs since the one near my house didn't carry the cake mix I was looking for. Any excuse to jump behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, this car has no place in my life. I'm not fancy enough, rich enough or even skilled enough as a driver to own it. Like I said, it doesn't like to be driven slow as it jerked and puttered when I was driving around the garage at the AWFF looking for parking. And even if you sit at a traffic light too long, it automatically switches its gear to Neutral as if impatient for sitting still too long. "Yes, I understand, dear supercar. You want to go, and go fast."
In any case, borrowing this car, even for just staying in town really made my weekend. It's definitely great motivation for doing errands.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 20,720 miles