Classic Car Overview
Audi has been known for automotive engineering excellence for decades, producing some of the most inspired rides to ever hit the street. So when the geniuses at Audi Sport GmbH introduced the R8 in 2006, everyone took notice in anticipation of their foray into the supercar arena. And they certainly didnt disappoint with cars like this uber-clean 2010 Audi R8 5.2L Quattro Coupe a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car that makes all the usual Italian show-stoppers nervous - all for a fraction of the price. This world class head turner has been lightly used in the last decade plus, and the Lambo-derived 5.2L V10 planted to the ground by Audis trademark Quattro system is still an absolute world-beater. Looking like it was sculpted by air, and balanced in nearly symmetrical and perfect proportions, this Brilliant Red beauty makes quite the statement. Audis R8 burst onto the scene to compete in the exclusive exotic car niche, combining cutting edge and futuristic styling sensibilities with a great sense of refinement. Utilizing the Lamborghini Gallardo platform, the fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame and also uses an aluminum monocoque structural skin based on space-frame principles. What all the basically means is that the body is extremely aerodynamic, light, yet as sturdy as any materials used in car building today. And because of the durability of these space-age materials, design risks can be taken, resulting in the dynamic lines and curvatures that makes cars like this R8 so darn exciting and classically beautiful. Thanks to great care by the cars single owner, the Brilliant Red exterior is still in top notch condition, with nary an imperfection to speak of despite the 58k miles on the clock (according to the owner a very minor accident bump occurred at a red light, but there are no signs of repairs thanks to the pros at Audi that did the work). Take as long and close of a look as youd like - which in this case is likely to be VERY long and VERY close, and you likely wont find anything to detract from this iconic sports cars celestial curb appeal. The red finish is still miles deep, has a great shine and reflective property, and the black and carbon fiber body accents on the front and rear intakes and vents (including the trademark sideblades that suck in big gulps of air) practically look new. Open the door and you will find a state-of-the-art interior, trimmed in black leather and carbon fiber, with all the comfort and convenience features that you would expect in a sports/luxury car of this caliber. If youve ever been inside an Audi TT then this cabin may seem a bit familiar, although its been turned up to 11. The front seats are deeply sculpted and contoured to keep you in place while you flick the car in-and-out of the corners, and the dashboard resembles a cockpit - albeit one that is comfortably ergonomic and very easy to comprehend. The list of factory options is too long to itemize here, but you can safely assume almost every luxury option offered in 2010 is in this R8. The flat bottom, leather wrapped steering wheel feels good in your hands and has multi-function buttons at your fingertips, including the flopping paddle shifter for the R-Tronic 6-speed, but if old-fashioned slap-shifting is more in your repertoire the polished gearlever jutting out from the center console can abide. The V10-only, red-trimmed 8700 redline tachometer and 220 speedometer are clearly visible directly in front of the driver inside the illuminated bezel, and the Audi Nav Plus LED screen is just off to the right and includes a back-up camera function and a Bang & Olufsen sound system is provided for your listening pleasure. And although theres obviously not a lot of storage space in a supercar, pop the bonnet and your elegant day bag fits right in. The carbon-fiber surrounded motor is a work of art itself, and it uses 10 cylinders and 5.2 liters to pump out 525 horsepower that registers a 0-60 run of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 196. Thats only a few ticks slower than the infinitely more expensive Gallardo, and the V-10 is only 569 pounds heavier than the R8s V-8 option, and still leaves the car with an impressive 44% front and 56% rear weight distribution. All thats all very important to supercar fans and proves that this R8 can easily hang with the big dogs. A dry sump oil system keeps things lubricated even under extreme cornering loads and enables it to sit lower in the Audi Space Frame chassis. Audis legendary Quattro AWD system keeps the car controlled under any conditions, and with adaptive ride control, magnetic dampers, launch control, and a proper mechanical limited slip rear all coupled with a variety electronic driving modes (full-on, Sport, ESP-off, traction-control-off), this R8 can either be properly dignified for regular driving or an aggressive beast with a loose rear end out on the track. Carbon Ceramic brakes stop the car on a dime and the rubber meets the road through Michelin Pilot Super Sport radials mounted on Y-blade alloys. A stunningly fast German supercar thats been cared for like a show piece and driven less than 5k miles a year since new. Priced right and ready to rock, call today!