Wednesday, January 21, 2009

2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro

2010 v10 audi r8
Admittedly, I wasn't a big fan of the Audi R8 when it first came out. Despite the ooh'ing and aah'ing by the automotive press, how the R8 is essentially a just-slightly-above-$100K Lamborghini, I didn't like the way the car look (and you know how aesthetics is oh so important to us at G Luxe). Specifically, I found the contrasting carbon fiber panel on the side of the car to be rather unsightly. Over time, I've grown to become a fan especially after seeing one in real life scream past me on the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles, and more importantly, after one of our Cabo Smoke cigar girls posted on her Facebook page that she loves the car.

During the Detroit Auto Show, Audi introduced the V10-powered Audi R8 FSI Quattro which will be released in Germany later this year. The bigger sibling of the base V8 R8, the FSI Quattro is powered by a 5.2 liter V10 engine that generates 518 bhp and 391 lb-ft of torque and can go from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 196 mph. Incredibly even at these performance levels, the new Quattro can still achieve 17.2 mpg.

At $182,000 the V10 R8 is about sixty grand more than it's younger brother. Either way, I'm sure our cigar girl would love to ride shotgun.

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