Audi owns Lamborghini, which has made it possible that you could potentially own today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe R8, a car closely related to Lamborghini’s Gallardo. We’ll just have to see if it’s priced to keep it all in the family too.
Look, you don’t have to play golf to drive a golf cart, it’s just the name given to such things. It’s sort of like my having athlete’s foot. Me an athlete? I don’t think so. But nasty toe-blackening fungus? Me and Kobe, man we’re like this.
Still, whether you play with your balls or not, few of you would ever be willing to do so (or not do so) while driving around in yesterday’s custom Gulf liveried GT40 Roadster-like golf cart. At twenty-five hundred bucks, it was deemed too expensive by 65% of you, regardless if that’s how people get around town in the seller’s neck of the woods.
No, I think you’d want something a little more wütend.
Can you believe that Audi’s R8 has been around for over a decade, and that it’s now already on its second generation? You can? Well, la-dee-freaking-da.
For the rest of us however—those for whom there’s still some wonder and excitement left to be had in this world—it seems like only yesterday that the German company was dropping jaws and panties with their own personal riff on the Lamborghini Gallardo.
Taking its alphanumeric name from the company’s line of Le Mans race cars rather than Fonzi, the R8 slipped comfortably into the company’s model line as its halo product. A veritable tour de force of Audi’s most popular technologies, including an aluminum space frame, Quattro AWD system and Audi’s romper-stomper 4.2-litre, 420-bhp DOHC V8 engine, the R8 was different enough from the Gallardo to never seem derivative or the Jan Brady to its Italian sibling, Marcia.
This 2008 Audi R8 carries that 4.2 and the six-speed manual, the latter actuated through a sweet gated console and via a nice knurled knob. By the way, ka-nurled ka-nob is a totally fun thing to say.
Also fun is the fact that this 52K (that’s a lot of miles for these) R8 rocks the Carbon package. That means that the side blades are made of carbon fiber, as is a bit of the dash trim. Other very notable visual aspects of the car include factory wheels in Type O Universal anodized alloy, and a replacement exhaust system that I guess you’d really have to shimmy under the car to actually see if you don’t want to loom at the before/after pic in the ad.
The car otherwise looks stock from the outside, and to be in fine shape with no apparent boogers in the bodywork or missing badges or trim. On the inside there’s the addition of a non-OEM stereo featuring a double din head unit, a trio of thumpers behind the seats, and a pair of amps in the forward boot with which to contend.
There are new tires on the car, which should have represented a fairly substantial outlay considering how rubber band-ish they appear. This R8 also comes with a clean title and the claim of a worry-free Car Fax.
The seller is a indy dealer in Indy, however he says that this is his own personal car. And while he apparently does have his own lot, he says that he’s taken it to the competition—the Audi dealer—for all its maintenance. I’ll bet it smells nice too as that seems to be an air freshener on the floor in the above pic.
What does an eight-year old German suerpcar go for? Well, prices for this era of R8s are all over the place but most of them seem to be in the $75K to $80K range, or about half what they went for new. This one asks $69,500 which yes, is a lot of money, but then… Audi R8.
If you could scrape together that kind of cash, would you consider spending it on this audacious Audi? Or, would you pass owing to the mods this car has and its relatively high miles?
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