Just under 9 years ago Audi shocked the automotive industry when they announced that they, a car company that is notorious for a luxury large range of family saloons cars and hatchbacks would be producing and selling a supercar that would compete with the chief’s of the performance car industry, the Lamborghini’s, Porsches, Ferraris and so on.
What made the Audi R8 special on release was that it was £60,000 cheaper than its competitors, it lacked jaw-dropping style and was slightly less powerful but for the price of £90,00 the car proved to be a serious contender. The 2007 Audi R8 meant business and filled a large gap in the market, a fast, low-priced supercar with advanced technology. The Audi R8 was ahead of its time and Audi stuck with the same styling, chassis, suspension and much more until 2014. The only problem with this car is that is was at the bottom range of performance cars, some people even insisted it was not a supercar, it got some grief and criticism as all cars do but it was a great success. In 2015 however, the R8 evolved completely. It kept the same price tag, but the performance, technology and styling all got an upgrade.
When we say an “upgrade” that would be an understatement, this car literally has the same engine and chassis as the Lamborghini Huracan, which is almost double the price of the Audi R8. The R8 has a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds which is also the exact same 0-60 time as the Huracan! The two share the same V10 5.2 litre engine which gives the R8 a top speed of 205 mph. So in terms of speed, this car sounds like a bullet train. But what about the handling and drive? Well don’t worry it’s good news, Audi has showered this car with carbon fibre, giving it a total weight of just 1,555kg which is lighter than a Vauxhall Astra. The steering is said to be extremely precise and is very predictable and easy to handle round the corners while really making use of the power of the v10 engine.
From everything you’ve heard so far you are probably thinking this car is a die-hard race car, made for those with a strong heart and stomach. Used only for the weekend’s on the track. But you wrong, in comfort mode this car can be used as a daily driver, it is comfortable quiet and can achieve up to 23 mpg when driving around the city. In comfort mode, you can drive this car like it is you an average city car. But take it out of comfort mode and into sports mode and put your foot down, and you have one of the fastest cars available on the road today.
You can experience this stunning piece of machinery yourself with our Audi R8 hire at PB Supercars.