The Audi R8 is a stunning machine, and and we take a look at an eye-catching 2007 V8 example
When Audi took the brave step of producing a Porsche 911 rival back in 2007, the motoring universe wasn’t quite sure what to make of the R8. With its supercar proportions and striking contrasting side panels it looked truly amazing, but surely it couldn’t possibly be any good to drive?
Well, it was. In fact it still is, and even to this day the mid-engined R8 is still capable of holding its own against some of its toughest rivals. We’ve chosen to take a look at the first generation R8, on the dawn of a new R8, with Audi introducing the all-new R8 at the 2015 Geneva motor show earlier in the week.
The one we’re looking at is for sale here is at West Sussex-based dealer Targa Florio Cars. First registered in 2007, it’s actually quite an early car, but as a testament to the timelessness of the design, it’s hardly aged a day. The naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 engine is particularly special, and loves to be worked higher up in its rev range. It’s also used in the B7 Audi RS4, which is also a bit of a gem.
For maximum driver appeal, this car is fitted with an increasingly scarce feature – a six-speed manual gearbox. The R8 also came with a wonderful open gate and machined aluminium gearknob. Like all high-performance Audis, it uses its Quattro four-wheel drive system to transmit all 414bhp to the road.
Depending on colour and spec, the R8 can look quite subtle, however this example has gone the other way. Painted in a shade of Lamborghini Aventador Orange, along with anthracite wheels and side blades it really does stand out. It also has a GT-style rear spoiler in the same colour.
At £47,000, it isn’t one of the cheapest R8’s on the market, but values have held up extraordinarily well across the board. Due to the low build numbers and high demand, it’s almost impossible to find anything for less than £40k.
View the original Audi R8 advert here
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