Hi, Yes, This Is My R8 - 2008 Audi R8 Model Long-Term Road Test

2008 Audi R8 Long Term Road Test

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2008 Audi R8: Hi, Yes, This Is My R8

February 03, 2009

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Yesterday, a middle-age guy in a current-generation 7 Series was checking out the R8 while I was driving on the freeway. Today, it was a Gen-Y dude in an Eclipse GT on city streets. Both had their driver-side windows down while giving our long-term Audi R8 -- and me -- a long look. In both encounters, I spurred the R8 a little to, you know, show them that there's more to the mid-mounted V8 than pretty artwork. And both drivers were all grins and thumbs up when they caught up to the R8.

No doubt Mr. 7 and Mr. Eclipse assumed the R8 was my car. But I'm wondering how other R8 owners react to the constant attention. Does prolonged ownership generate a nonchalant attitude towards the car's celebrity status? Maybe they just drive "cool" because they are cool -- I'm pretty sure R8 owners at least have nicer teeth and better cable TV packages than I do.

With most of our test cars, it's pretty easy to emulate the driving style of the stereotypical owner. The Audi R8 owner is harder to pin down. So I guess I'll continue to feed our long-termer its oats until somebody tells me otherwise.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 27,659 miles

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