2008 Audi R8

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0806 03 Pl+2008 Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept+front Three Quarter View
0806 03 Z+2008 Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept+front Three Quarter View
The Liason of Audi's R8 supercar with any diesel engine seems as ludicrous as an Obama/Clinton presidential ticket - until you know the backstory. Two years before Oldsmobile poisoned the diesel well, Audi and Volkswagen began studying how to properly build such engines. After thirteen years of effort, TDI (turbocharged direct injection) diesels were ready for sale. And following two decades of success with TDI diesels in Europe, Audi is finally ready to join its corporate sibling, Volkswagen, by offering TDI engines in the United States.
To give Audi's TDI the U.S. initiation party it deserves, one mid-engine R8 was spruced up with a few custom touches and loaded with a truly awesome turbo-diesel engine. Audi won Le Mans in 2006 and 2007 with a 650-hp, 5.5-liter racing V-12, but the R8 TDI concept car unveiled at this year's Detroit auto show is powered by the next installment in the line of diesels that began with a 2.5-liter V-6 in 1997. On the heels of an outstanding 4.1-liter V-8 diesel launched in 2005, this 6.0-liter V-12 is armed with two of everything: injection pumps, variable-geometry turbos developing 38 psi of boost, intercoolers, and exhaust pipes loaded with the latest catalysts, particulate filters, and urea-injection sanitizers. It produces 493 hp, a hefty 738 lb-ft of torque, and not a hint of smoke, soot, or rattle.
0806 05 Z+2008 Audi R8 TDI Le Mans Concept+side View
We caught up with Audi's Trojan horsepower project at Sebring after it dazzled Geneva-show visitors with its fresh, brilliant red paint. Decked out in a milled-aluminum miniskirt, assertive side blades, a NACA-ducted transparent roof, a rear wing, and honeycomb grilles, this one-off advances the R8's beauty another notch up the to-die-for scale. The interior is lavishly tailored in soft black leather, hot red stitching, polished aluminum accents, and anodized instrument faces. A rotary control in the steering wheel cranks the engine and adjusts the magnetic dampers.
If only the R8 TDI ran as fast as it looks; unfortunately, it's a eunuch. The A4 transaxle that project manager Uwe Haller selected to make room for the mega engine has only enough torque capacity to support a V-12 restricted to half its potential. A curb weight crowding 4000 pounds is another impediment. But the real reason that we have nothing exciting to report from our 40-mph sprints up and down a short, overgrown runway is that Haller's baby has auto-show obligations. Dents, nicks, and melted clutches would only impede the TDI's worldly progression. We can say that the diesel V-12, which bowed in Audi's Q7 sport-utility vehicle at Geneva in March, is supremely smooth and as quiet as any gasoline V-8 engine. According to Audi product planner Marc Trahan, a 322-hp, 4.1-liter TDI V-8 may be offered as a pick-me-up when the current R8 nears the end of its life cycle. But the diesel devout won't have to wait that long. Audi's TDI show begins next January with a V-6 putting out an estimated 220 horsepower in the Q7.
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0911 05 Z+2008 Audi R8 42+front Three Quarter View
Funny thing about the word super. Despite the promise that anything described as super will exceed every expectation, using that label almost guarantees that it will possess at least one crippling weakness. Superman crumbles in the presence of kryptonite. The Super Bowl smothers football in overhyped commercials. And for supercars, an otherwise perfect driving experience will inevitably be spoiled by an inability to handle trivial, everyday challenges.

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2008 Audi R8 Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
4.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
13 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
20 MPG
Horsepower:
420 hp @ 8250rpm
Torque:
317 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
Vehicle
50,000 miles / 48 months
Powertrain
50,000 miles / 48 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 48 months
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Applicable
IIHS Best Pick
1
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Tested
NHTSA Rating Rollover
N/R
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
Good
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R

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