October 09, 2008
Maybe I'm stretching on this one, but as I was gassing up the R8 the other day I noticed another small example of how well thought out the R8 is from top to bottom. When you unscrew the gas cap there's a tether to hold it on. Nothing special there. But instead of just letting the cap dangle against the bodywork, they made it just long enough so you can hook it over the lid. Trivial maybe, but certainly no accident.
Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor @ 21,834 miles
July 11, 2008
The above was the most expensive fillup we had in the course of our 2,650-mile road trip to Seattle and back. Granted, it was our biggest fillup as we'd always have to stop for food or a bathroom break and were only able to get it down to a little less than half a tank before we allowed ourselves to stop. But it made us glad that we didn't have to pay for the gas ourselves. This one fillup is more than the cost of one-way airfare to Seattle from L.A.! (Virgin America $79).
We had 10 fillups during our trip and burned through 146.9 gallons of premium. Our average fuel economy was 18 mpg; most of that was highway driving with some twisty roads. Best mpg: 19.7 (from biggest fillup). Worst mpg: 15.1 (first fillup).
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor
July 07, 2008
Stopped our long-term 2008 Audi R8 for burgers and greazy garlic fries at Basshole Bar and Grill in Lakehead, CA. They were about as good as you'd expect from a place named "Basshole." There's a black AMG CLS55 with black wheels and blacked out taillights parked near the door.
An older guy inside the restaurant approaches just after we sit down. I already know he's the AMG owner. "Driving the Audi?" he asks.
Older Guy: "That's the first one I've seen. How much power?"
Me: "About 420."
The guy's face lights up and a broad smile spreads across it. "Oh yeah? I have the Mercedes outside. It has 480 hp. When I race cars on the freeway, it pulls hard. I take it up to 90."
Older Guy: "What fuel economy are you getting?"
Me: "About 18."
The guy's face lights up again. "Oh yeah? I get 23 in my Mercedes. It pulls hard. Well, have fun with it."
With that he pats me sharply on the back before returning to his barstool as if to say, "Aww, better luck next time, young fella."
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 11,722 miles
June 20, 2008
After four days, 10 states, 2,877 miles, one quart of Castrol Synthetic, one mullet head, and two fantastic BBQ lunches, we coasted into Santa Monica on fumes.
Over the course of the trip, the Audi R8 drank 144.8 gallons of premium gasoline and averaged 19.8 mpg.
At nearly $5 a gallon, you do the math. But I'll tell you this...
It was worth every penny. Everybody should drive a great car across this great country at least once in their lives. If you haven't, make it a priority. You haven't seen America until you've driven through it.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief @ 9,918 miles