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Audi R8

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Since Elle posted her next dream car, I thought I'd chirp in with another virtuous toy to covet.

The Audi R8 is expected to be available in the U.S. mid-2007. Audi is a subsidiary of Volkswagen, which also owns Lamborghini. Rumor has it this car is based in part of the Lamborghini Gallardo's chassis architecture. Now the Lambo would definitely be my next car, if of course I had several extra $100k laying around. The Audi R8 looks like a nice compromise. Projected at $75,000 to $100,000 it's downright economical. You can opt for either a 4.2 liter, 420 HP version or a 5.2 liter, 500 HP version. The Ode de Joy will be going off in your head as you drop the hammer on the gas pedal, slam you back in your seat and go from 0-60 in four seconds flat. Don't be waiting to hear the tires skreach, because this baby is all-wheel drive.

Isn't she beautiful!

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Time to get back to work, so I can make MSFT a $350 billion market cap company and afford this baby.

-Kevin

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Isn't she beautiful!

Hmm. The R8 seems pretty masculine to me. :(

Nice looking car. That all-wheel drive design is interesting. Not often seen on fast production cars. Now, if they only made the 500hp version in a convertible! I look longingly when I see a new Z06 around, knowing I had to settle for 400hp on my corvette because I love convertibles. (Ah, well, there is always a supercharger. :( )

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In my opinion, the most elegant sport convertible made in recent times is the BMW Z8. In my mind it is the modern equivalent to the E-type Jag', with designs brought up to date. Nearly impossible to find one these days.

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Do you think the guy at the Sorrento would be able to park that out front? :(

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Time to get back to work, so I can make MSFT a $350 billion market cap company and afford this baby.

-Kevin

If 3:44 AM is a time to get back to work, you might try to find yourself a pre-order list somewhere :(

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Do you think the guy at the Sorrento would be able to park that out front? :(

I thought this was a funny remark and it was also somewhat ironic to me.

Here in Las Vegas they have "free" valet parking at most casinos/hotels. (I wrote "free" because for most one still tips the runner.) I have used this service many times because it brings you a lot closer to where you might want to be in the hotel and also sometimes free-parking is filled. In all the times that I have used valet parking I had never had my car parked in the valets small front parking lots. This is usually reserved for Bentleys, Rolls-Royce or other cars that are very high-end.

That was until I bought my new car, the CLK55 AMG. I have been to Ceasars three time since I bought this car and 2 out of 3 times I have walked out to the valet and there was my car right in front, how nice! :(

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I thought this was a funny remark and it was also somewhat ironic to me.

Here in Las Vegas they have "free" valet parking at most casinos/hotels. (I wrote "free" because for most one still tips the runner.) I have used this service many times because it brings you a lot closer to where you might want to be in the hotel and also sometimes free-parking is filled. In all the times that I have used valet parking I had never had my car parked in the valets small front parking lots. This is usually reserved for Bentleys, Rolls-Royce or other cars that are very high-end.

That was until I bought my new car, the CLK55 AMG. I have been to Ceasars three time since I bought this car and 2 out of 3 times I have walked out to the valet and there was my car right in front, how nice! :(

Yep, that's exactly what I'm talking about. :(

I have never be

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I have never been to Vegas, but I can imagine there are insanely expensive cars there.

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I have never been to Vegas, but I can imagine there are insanely expensive cars there.

The only other place that I have seen that even compares to Las Vegs is Southern California. On my little short 4 mile drive to my office I have passed or been passed by a Bentley GT, a CL65, a McLaren, a Maybach, a few Ferrari's, Lambourghini's and many many more really nice cars.

For me looking at these cars is comparable to looking at great art. I love enjoying the beauty and enhanced precision of their engines along with many other items. One of my clients once asked me if my car was a work of art or a machine to me. My reply was "both".

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The only other place that I have seen that even compares to Las Vegs is Southern California. On my little short 4 mile drive to my office I have passed or been passed by a Bentley GT, a CL65, a McLaren, a Maybach, a few Ferrari's, Lambourghini's and many many more really nice cars.

For me looking at these cars is comparable to looking at great art. I love enjoying the beauty and enhanced precision of their engines along with many other items. One of my clients once asked me if my car was a work of art or a machine to me. My reply was "both".

Sounds like the Microsoft campus! :)

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One of my clients just purchased the Audi R8 and is awaiting its arrival. I am also awaiting its arrival as I want a close up look at it and a ride in it.

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The R8 will be nothing less than a revolution in the sports car world. Its abilities have stunned some of the best automobile commentators on the planet. (I can't remember the last car that triggered so many "what the numbers don't show"s and "it looks far better in person"s.)

It will be the first mid-engined car that's [relatively] spacious and easy to drive fast. Its 4WD, usually a feel killing option, is said to be almost seamless. Fortunately for Porsche, a company that's gotten too comfortable with the iconic 911, Audi is limiting R8 production. This artificial limit, coupled with all the technical leaps, strongly suggest that the R8 may be one of those cars whose FirstGen owners can make money if they sell with less than 30K miles on the odometer.

(Limiting the number of R8s built may have something to do with, 1) Porsche slowly taking over VW Group, 2) the force running VWG -- the incredible, terribly eccentric Ferdinand Peich -- owns ~13% of Porsche.)

Look for the R8 version due out a year or so after the upcoming release -- it will be powered by a slightly more civil version of the Lambo V-10.

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Thanks for that video, John. Good stuff.

Top Gear also got into the act, with a performance test against the 911.

The car is very impressive, and I personally like the look of it, even if the host doesn't:

Top Gear on Audi R8

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Here are some links to R8-realted articles from evo , easily my favorite sports car magazine (My one gripe: being a British publication, they'll occasionally use a bit of what I find to be indecipherable Brit slang to make a crucial point -- not fun!):

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(The last link is to an announcement of a Mercedes rival to the R8. Not a single R8 has hit the road yet!)

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Since Elle posted her next dream car, I thought I'd chirp in with another virtuous toy to covet.

The Audi R8 is expected to be available in the U.S. mid-2007. Audi is a subsidiary of Volkswagen, which also owns Lamborghini. Rumor has it this car is based in part of the Lamborghini Gallardo's chassis architecture. Now the Lambo would definitely be my next car, if of course I had several extra $100k laying around. The Audi R8 looks like a nice compromise. Projected at $75,000 to $100,000 it's downright economical. You can opt for either a 4.2 liter, 420 HP version or a 5.2 liter, 500 HP version. The Ode de Joy will be going off in your head as you drop the hammer on the gas pedal, slam you back in your seat and go from 0-60 in four seconds flat. Don't be waiting to hear the tires skreach, because this baby is all-wheel drive.

Isn't she beautiful!

1-jul28-r8.jpg

Time to get back to work, so I can make MSFT a $350 billion market cap company and afford this baby.

-Kevin

I'm not sure how car pricing works with you guys but over here they are £80K which is about $160K so maybe more expensive than projected, but if not, I maybe coming to the US for a car purchase.

You can get these in the UK now and I took a test drive ~ they are insane fast, and it's like being in the starship enterprise rather than a car. I only drove the 4.2 litre version, but trust me it's fast enough, and right now I'm trying to persuade my wife that we do in fact NEED one of these.

That said, with all the speed guns and traps everywhere, I expect my licence to be revoked in around 3-4 months of having one.

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I'm not sure how car pricing works with you guys but over here they are £80K which is about $160K so maybe more expensive than projected, but if not, I maybe coming to the US for a car purchase.

On the whole, European cars sell here for far less than they do in Europe (that was the case even before the $US took its recent dive.) Our intereiors tend to be a bit fancier, too, though we don't get the same chassis set ups -- ours tend to be softer.

I only drove the 4.2 litre version, but trust me it's fast enough,

There's no such thing as "fast enough." The V10's torque and inherent smoothness will make the V8 seem like a nicely aftertuned Honda. (What's gotten into you people on that side of the Pond? You let EU worms threaten Ferrari, Porsche, AMG, BMW's M, and many UK boutique sports car makers. For what? Gore's film is about as rational as any Global Warming argument. If the film can't stand in a UK court, why do the attacks against the auto industry get more and more hostile?)

That said, with all the speed guns and traps everywhere,

From what I read in evo, a little homework Re where the traps in the UK are, a good detector, and a reflecting film on your license plate can spare your license. evo is the only magazine I know of whose writers and editors own -- OWN! -- and regularly drive cars like Carrera GTs, Murcielagos, Zondas, etc. They drive like bats out of hell all day, so consider contacting them Re a strategy. Plus, far better roads that are less patrolled roads are just to your south (the Continent.)

I haven't gotten a speeding ticket since I bought a Valentine One, and I'm always either accelerating or decelerating...(I hear that the next V1, like the better Passport, will have GPS so it can calculate distance to emissions source. It will also use GPS to cut back on false alarms.)

John

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From what I read in evo, a little homework Re where the traps in the UK are, a good detector, and a reflecting film on your license plate can spare your license.

Eh, I would be quite skeptical of the latter. One episode of Mythbusters covered every known touted such device, including the reflecting film stuff, to thwart speed cameras and not one of them made any real difference. Also, I've read that some roads in the UK are so dense with speed cameras that it doesn't sound like any fun to drive at all. (see http://www.abd.org.uk/cameras/map.htm) The cops there also use roaming, mobile cameras. (Cops in the U.S. use mobile radars as well, of course, but I haven't heard, yet, that they're using them in conjunction with speed cameras to snap speeders en masse as in the U.K. - all I've seen are the fixed location ones.)

One thing they did not try was a clever gadget reputedly made by Caltech students some years ago, which put a relatively transparent LCD screen over the plate hooked to a controller that blacked it out above a certain speed (the idea being that at lower speeds you wouldn't arouse suspicion from the cops because the plate would be visible.)

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Thanks for that video, John. Good stuff.

Top Gear also got into the act, with a performance test against the 911.

The car is very impressive, and I personally like the look of it, even if the host doesn't:

Top Gear on Audi R8

Thales,

Thanks!

Big fan of Lord Stig, here. Even though I disagree with what they say times, the TopGear crew's passion is always clear. They're very witty, too.

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The woman in my life put it best:

The R8 is this generation NSX.

(The NSX forced sports car makers to start building livable, reliable supercars.)

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From what I read in evo, a little homework Re where the traps in the UK are, a good detector, and a reflecting film on your license plate can spare your license.

Eh, I would be quite skeptical of the latter. One episode of Mythbusters covered every known touted such device, including the reflecting film stuff, to thwart speed cameras and not one of them made any real difference. Also, I've read that some roads in the UK are so dense with speed cameras that it doesn't sound like any fun to drive at all. (see http://www.abd.org.uk/cameras/map.htm) The cops there also use roaming, mobile cameras. (Cops in the U.S. use mobile radars as well, of course, but I haven't heard, yet, that they're using them in conjunction with speed cameras to snap speeders en masse as in the U.K. - all I've seen are the fixed location ones.)

One thing they did not try was a clever gadget reputedly made by Caltech students some years ago, which put a relatively transparent LCD screen over the plate hooked to a controller that blacked it out above a certain speed (the idea being that at lower speeds you wouldn't arouse suspicion from the cops because the plate would be visible.)

Thanks, Phil.

Too bad about the films.

I liked the radar/laser jammers that retailed in the US for about a second. The courts took care of that "option" quickly. (Truth is, detectors, jammers, reflective films, transparent LCDs, etc, interfere with police work. I find them helpful but I'm not sure that they set a healthy precedent.)

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I liked the radar/laser jammers that retailed in the US for about a second. The courts took care of that "option" quickly. (Truth is, detectors, jammers, reflective films, transparent LCDs, etc, interfere with police work. I find them helpful but I'm not sure that they set a healthy precedent.)

I admit I've never had a high regard for the wimpy speed limits of America roads (especially when I had my RX-7 many moons ago). Well, a case can be made for urban streets and especially neighborhood roads, you don't want people mowing down kids playing in the street, but in such places as the laser-straight-for-miles stretches out west, a 70 mph limit is preposterous. I've observed that the more socialistic a society (with some exceptions e.g. Germany's autobahn) the wimpier the limits and the more aggressive the enforcement of such laws, because they're moneymakers for an endlessly greedy government and have nothing to do with protecting rights (especially since government ownership of roads is already a massive violation of rights that sets the stage for everything that follows.) I used radar detectors for many years without guilt.

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I admit I've never had a high regard for the wimpy speed limits of America roads (especially when I had my RX-7 many moons ago). Well, a case can be made for urban streets and especially neighborhood roads, you don't want people mowing down kids playing in the street, but in such places as the laser-straight-for-miles stretches out west, a 70 mph limit is preposterous. I've observed that the more socialistic a society (with some exceptions e.g. Germany's autobahn) the wimpier the limits and the more aggressive the enforcement of such laws, because they're moneymakers for an endlessly greedy government and have nothing to do with protecting rights (especially since government ownership of roads is already a massive violation of rights that sets the stage for everything that follows.) I used radar detectors for many years without guilt.

They have just imposed a 80mph limit in the Northern Territory. There had been none before. Most country two way highways have 110kph limits (70mph) in other states.

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Thanks for that video, John. Good stuff.

Top Gear also got into the act, with a performance test against the 911.

The car is very impressive, and I personally like the look of it, even if the host doesn't:

Top Gear on Audi R8

On what it is like to drive the Audi R8 by the Top Gear host:

"Driving most supercars is like trying to man-handle a cow up a back staircase. This is like smearing honey into Keira Knightly."

I guess that pretty much explains it. :lol:

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