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EDITORS NOTEBOOK: 2008 Audi R8, Day 1

Read Sam Smith’s comments on driving the 2008 Audi R8.

Had the R8 for the weekend, and on the spur of the moment, took off for St. Louis to see some old friends. Sixteen-hour round trip, similar in length to the run I did in an R8 for our Tail of the Dragon feature. What amazed me then amazes me now: Not only is the R8 one of the more comfortable roadtrippers I’ve ever driven–in line with something like a 5-series or an A6–it’s also quiet, composed, and simply forget-about-it easy to cover massive miles in. Got in to St. Louis at 1:30 in the morning after a full day at the office, and I was both awake and unweary enough to walk six blocks to the bar and go drinking until the wee hours. Hopped back in the car on Sunday afternoon, drove home, and felt no worse for wear on Monday morning. Mind-blowing.

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