Again in 2007, when the unique Audi R8 first launched, it was an instantaneous hit. It mixed an unimaginable mid-engine design with a free-revving V8 and a stunning gated six-speed handbook. Quickly after its preliminary launch, Audi launched a V10 model of the R8 and, afterward, everybody appeared to overlook concerning the lowly V8. However what’s it like now, almost fourteen years later?
In his newest video, Mat Watson (separate from his Carwow channel) drives the Audi R8 V8 to see the way it holds up in spite of everything these years.
Apparently, it holds up properly. It nonetheless appears nice, the unique R8. In truth, it’s in all probability higher trying than any trendy model of the R8 and is without doubt one of the greatest trying automobiles Audi’s ever made. It’s a real stunner.
The inside is sweet nevertheless it’s significantly dated now. The design may be very mid-00s and the tech appears historical as we speak. Nonetheless, it’s a pleasant place to be and the supplies have held up properly. Though, the seats do put on a bit over time and there actually isn’t a lot practicality to talk of.
Nonetheless, none of that issues once you drive it. The engine, a 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 with 420 horsepower, is beautiful and great to make use of. Its six-speed handbook gearbox options an open-gate design that’s value getting the automobile for by itself. Surprisingly it truly has good steering really feel. Again in its day, the Audi R8 was thought to have lackluster steering, in comparison with the equal Porsche 911 of its time, however driving it as we speak reveals steering that’s a lot better than any trendy sports activities automobile or supercar.
After all, there are some issues to look out for if you wish to purchase one. The engine is usually a bit problematic, with bottom-end points and potential timing chain issues. Additionally, its clutch can break the bank to exchange, so be sure it’s in fine condition once you purchase it.
For those who get a great one, although, you’ll have an exquisite automobile that may present tons of pleasure over many, many miles.