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2008 Audi R8: Not Quite What People Think

September 22, 2008

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The following is a collection of quotes from random Santa Monica residents upon seeing our R8 parked on a local residential street:

"Dude, it's an R8, that thing is $250,000" (actual price -- $132,000)

"Its layout was designed by a woman that's why it looks so good" (actual design director - Walter de'Silva)

"Look at the engine. I think it has like 600 horsepower." (actual horsepower - 420)

"Check out the headlights, I think they're LEDs." (actually, full LED headlights are only available on the R8 in Europe. The Cadillac Escalade Platinum is currently the only vehicle in the U.S. that offers full high- and lowbeam LED headlights)

Strangely enough, a Cadillac Executive told me last month that Ferdinand Piech, Chairman of the Volkswagen Group, special ordered an Escalade EXT outfitted with the LED headlights. First person to capture a picture of Piech behind the wheel gets a $100.

Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 19,810 miles

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