2009 Audi R8 silver/black interiors with carbon sideblades. After a year of wait I received my fully loaded R8 almost for Christmas. I chose manual transmission as it is a real sports car. The car works flawlessly, it is beautiful and attracts a lot of attention, the driving experience is unparalleled. I use it as my daily driver, I plan to put 10,000 miles per year to it; you get used to the task of driving it in the city traffic and the constant looks and comments from almost everyone. The engine roars with menace after 4,000 rpm, the sound is breathtaking. Today, I would not choose any other car over this one, maybe in 3 years when the roadster is available.
OH for the love of a car!! The Audi R8 1st Generation is truly "ART ON WHEELS"!! Audi's First Gen R8 will be a history maker well into it's 3rd and 4th Generations. Much has been said about the 1st Gen Tiptonic Automatic Transmission but after 13,000+ miles I would buy this Supercar all over again. Absolutely no transmission problems with regular maintenance and care. It's the Best Daily Driver Sports Car on the market even 7 years later. I plan to own this car indefinitely as it will most surely be a sought after Investment Grade Classic Car in 20 years time. This 1st Gen R8 will be known for putting Audi back into the luxury market of quality built cars. The versatility of the vehicle on the track as well as touring to the local wineries makes this vehicle a very fun vehicle to own. Not to mention the looks and attention you get when driving it. The car is also easily adoptable to making the V8 into a howling muscle car or with many after market add-ons a show piece worthy of any high end car show. From a practicality view it most definitely blows the doors off any Lambo and is much less common than any Porsche. The corvettes of 2009 don't even compare to the drivability and road hugging capability of this unique car. Anyway you look at it the 1st Gen R8 will take your breath away and if not careful take you up to an easy 90mph before you see the rotating red lights of your local's finest coming up behind you. Coupe or convertible you can't go wrong with owning an R8.
Silver/Carbon Blade/Black interior, every option offered. The R8 is designed, engineered, and built beautifully. The engine is very smooth and revs like a 4-cylinder with the power of a V-8. Handling is great with mid-engine & low polar moment. The car is so confidence-inspiring that you want to go 10/10th's through every curve and turn. V-10 power might be welcomed but the car is very well- balanced and quick with the V-8. You do need to keep the revs up past 4000 to extract max power & fun. The seats are the best I've felt in an exotic, as comfortable as my A8L. Lots of comfort for two but not much space for things. Footwell space is also minimal, especially on the passenger side.
The Audi R8 is the best car I have ever owned. Its styling turns heads at every intersection. Its performance puts it in the Supercar category. Audi treats its R8 customers like royalty. It is a car that has luxurious interior. The fit and finish is impeccable. It is a wonderful daily driver and it can go from the street to the track with no changes needed. The R-Tronic transmission in auto mode is terrible. The R-Tronic transmission in manual mode using the paddle shifters is the best transmission I have ever driven. As a daily driver it gets ~19 mpg. On the track...it does not matter. Nothing passed it on my one track day. This is a car to own.
Audi has really outdone themselves.! My wife and I are Audi lovers having first experienced the Q7. I must say it has more dependability than my BMW 645i. This car for it's first stab at luxury and performance has done admirably well. It's a joy to drive at all speeds.I drove both transmissions and chose the R-Tronic. It is touchy at slow speeds but you have a shifter plus paddles plus a sport position. All make it versatile and worth a one year wait. I find it's virtually impossible to pull into a gas station for a quick fillup without engaging in a long discussion of it's merits. Gotta love it !!!