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Car of the Week -Audi R8

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"The Audi R8 is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports-car which uses Audi's trademark Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system.  It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006."

"The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame and uses an aluminum monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car is built by Audi Sport GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi's 'aluminum site' at Neckarsulm in Germany.  It is also the first production car with full-LED headlamps."

"The Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig) first appeared at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show and the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006. Convertible models, called the Spyder by the manufacturer, were introduced in 2008. Followed by the high-performance GT model introduced in 2011. The Motorsport variants of the R8 were also subsequently introduced from 2008 onwards. An all-electric version called the e-Tron started development but would only reach production stage when the second generation model would be introduced."

"6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as "the best handling road car today."

The car received a facelift in 2012 and a new model called the V10 Plus was now added to the range. Production of Type 42 ended in August."

"The second generation of the R8 having the model code (Type 4S) was unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and is based on the Modular Sports System platform shared with the Lamborghini Huracan. The development of the Type 4S commenced in late 2013 and was completed in late-2014. Initial models included the all-electric e-Tron and the V10 5.2 FSI along with the V10 plus. Unlike its predecessor, there was no manual transmission available and the entry-level V8 trim was also dropped. In 2016, the convertible (Spyder) variant was added to the line up which was initially available in the base V10 trim. In mid-2017, the high performance V10 plus Spyder was added to the range. A rear-wheel-drive model called the R8 RWS was introduced in 2017."

"In 2018, the R8 received a mid-cycle facelift with changes being mechanical and exterior only. The newer and more aggressive design language also has some elements carried over from famous Audi models of the past. Some of the aerodynamic features such as the front aeroblades are shared with the Lamborghini Huracàn. The facelift model has substantial performance improvements over the outgoing model."



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