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Old 03-31-2007, 02:45 PM
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While I dont see the R8 being the best thing on the track, I still think it will sell.

I mean when was the last time you saw a GT3 in a rap video.
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Originally Posted by aesir11
At the end of the day its still an Audi and an Audi is a Luxury marque not a sports marque.

Slightly off topic. I will never understand auto manufacturers. VW owns Audi and Lamborghini. They put Audi into Le Mans get them a bunch of victories for what to me has always been an entry level luxury vehicle. Then they start shoving all sorts of go fast goodies to compete with M and AMG, via the S4, then RS4, etc, etc. and now the R8.

What I don't understand is why they wouldn't do something about Lamborghini. Maybe they're just happy they sell, idk. But with Ferrari so distracted by F1, why not put Lambo into the LeMans...not that they've ever won anything, but it would still be neat to see them racing. I find it pathetic that they have "Le Mans" Diablo and Murcielago and I can't even google and information on the last time they raced any Le Mans. Maybe my memory is fuzzy but where is Lamborghini's racing history... WTF is VW doing?
in the (unlikely) event you don't know - it's not exactly a "history" but Lamborghini has had a presence in FIA / ALMS with the Murcielago R-GT, since 2003. This is as a result of Reiter Engineering and not Audi, but still, they do have some kind of presence.

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Because audi has wayy more racing history than lamborghini. I'm trying not to say this as a ferrari fan, but as an objective acura driver... lamborghini isn't known for making super fast driver's cars. They make exotics, that arent seriously flashy, seriously fast, seriously fun to drive, but always get owned by their more focused rivals. Lamborghini has always been marked by this. Clarkson talked about it during either the LP640 review or the Gallardo review about how it wasn't necessarily a bad thing, just not something that makes it the right car for someone trying to win at a track. Audi has been in the racing game for over a decade... and winning at that.
And also, as alluded to earlier, Audi has been in the racing game for much much longer than a decade.. try about 70 years. And incidentally, Audi is unveiling a new R8 commercial on April 6th 07 that is going to play like a movie trailer.. covering the company's 70 years of racing history. More info here:

http://thegarageblog.com/garage/audi...in-60-seconds/

Looks like its gonna be a wicked commercial.
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Old 03-31-2007, 03:11 PM
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shoot and I forgot about the Diablo GTR that was running in prior FIA seasons.. more info here:

http://www.lambocars.com/mur/murrgt.htm

and here's one of the iterations of the R-GT:

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Old 03-31-2007, 03:14 PM
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oops and uhh.. this was the result of Audi AG and Reiter...

from the link above:

Since the introduction of the Murcielago in September 2001, there has been an increasing demand for a high performance model based on the Lamborghini flagship, therefore Audi AG, current owner of Automobili Lamborghini SpA, decided the time was right to built such an extreme car.

Developed by Automobili Lamborghini SpA, with the help of Audi Sports Division and well known German based Reiter Engineering, the Murcielago R-GT will be built to FIA and ALMS specifications.
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Audi RS8 burns at the Ring

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If it was fast enough, it would've put out the fire...


But...Daaaaamn!!!
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Ouch.
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:12 PM
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well done Audi...
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by savage
well done Audi...
Extra-crispy, indeed.


So...merge dance or lock dance...?
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:44 PM
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other thread gets lock dance...
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:45 PM
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Originally Posted by savage
other thread gets lock dance...


It was a dance, sir.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:29 PM
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It was a dance, sir.
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:42 PM
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:23 AM
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Post Audi R8 Spider news...



From CAR Online...

Audi is lopping the top off its R8 supercar - and CAR Online has the exclusive proof. This official design sketch leaked from the company's Ingolstadt design studios shows exactly how the open-air R8 will look when it goes on sale in 2009. It follows our scoop on the Audi A1 yesterday, and we have more Audi news to come tomorrow.

This drawing reveals the R8 targa for the first time, with twin speedster humps incorporating breathing vents for the mid-engined V8 behind the two-seater cockpit. The doors are deeply scalloped, as on the coupe, but this time there's a shortened, stumpier aluminium-look blade just ahead of the rear wheels. Tone down the cartoony feel of this sketch (just look at the liquorice-wrapped, deeply dished alloys) and this is the final production car.

This picture confirms CAR Magazine's scoop (October 2006) that the R8 will have removable targa panels, rather than a space-gobbling removable fabric roof or folding hard-top. Fact is, most buyers of this 85k roadster will live in hotter climes like Florida, where a fiddly targa top won't be a problem.

Powering the R8 Spider will be the same 4.2-litre V8 that you'll find in the RS4 and R8 tin-top. It's a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 mustering 414bhp - easily enough to make the lightweight, alumnium R8 a very capable sports car indeed. And this targa version is aimed squarely at open-top versions of the 911.

There's more change in store for the R8. Audi is planning to drop in the V10 from its donor car, the Lamborghini Gallardo, which will give the R8 sufficient poke (500bhp+) that its four-wheel drive chassis has always cried out for.

It's all part of Audi's continuing plan to leapfrog BMW and Mercedes to become the world's biggest premium car maker by 2015. Niche-filling is the name of the game, as the company targets 1.5 million sales a year, so expect derivatives galore...
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Old 07-27-2007, 02:35 AM
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me likey!

My next car for sure!
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Old 08-18-2007, 03:16 PM
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I've seen two of these in just 3 days here in Frankfurt - it looks good in person. Sure stands out of the crowd of Opels, WVs and other pedestrian cars.
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umm wow that picture up there !!! i cant believe thats all thats left
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Old 08-21-2007, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Yumchah


From CAR Online...
REPOST... They already showed it on the track....






























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Audi R8 goes V12

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Old 01-07-2008, 12:49 PM
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a turbo V12 no less...

but doesn't seem a little under-powered at 500 hp? 738 lb-ft of torque is though...
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738lbft underpowered
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Originally Posted by LotusTracker
738lbft underpowered

I wasn't calling 738 lb ft underpowered in the least...
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Originally Posted by bgsm1th
a turbo V12 no less...

but doesn't seem a little under-powered at 500 hp? 738 lb-ft of torque is though...

What has Audi done? Its going to eat into Lambo sales....oh wait...owners can afford both
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a turbo V12 no less...

but doesn't seem a little under-powered at 500 hp?
Put down the bong.
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OMG... It's a diesel V12. 30+mpg, 738 lb ft...

That's F$cking awesome.
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sweet...i'll take one
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Dang

Wonder if people will want a diesel supercar though
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^ Hopefully they will. This car will be awesome. Makes me wish I had money...
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I wonder if the typical exotic buyer will be able to get over the not so exotic sound.
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all that torque and it can't tow my boat... wtf...
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Originally Posted by LotusTracker
I wonder if the typical exotic buyer will be able to get over the not so exotic sound.
i think a V12 diesel will sound awesome
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doesn't peugeot have a diesel V12, as well?
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sorry, I haven't follow up on this, but did they drop that "W" engine?
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OMG... It's a diesel V12. 30+mpg, 738 lb ft...

That's F$cking awesome.

Look up Audi R10 race car.
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here's an incredible read on the R10
http://www.autoblog.com/2005/12/13/a...el-technology/

video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MItq...eature=related

crazzy sound
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChGGWY_CwO0&NR=1

seriously other carmakers (race and production) gotta be going
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those lites on the front are killer!
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