The Audi R8 in my opinion is one the best designed super cars out on the market today. The car looks, sounds, and rides amazingly good. The all new 2012 Audi R8 GT is an improved model over last years with slightly more horsepower and some savings on weight.
Last year's Audi R8 had a 5.2 liter FSI V10 which put out 525hp. The 2012 Audi R8 GT puts out 560hp with the same liter engine through different exhaust and some engine tuning. The new R8 also saves about 220 pounds with lighter components throughout the car. Last year's Audi R8 5.2 could scoot from 0-60 in about 3.7 seconds and had a top speed of 196 mph. The 2012 model's 0-60 is an improved 3.5 seconds and does the quarter mile in a lightning 11.5 seconds.
Needless to say the new R8 is faster than the 2011, but there is one drawback, the price. The price of this car will run you just over $200,000. Sounds like a lot of money, but for this type of car, it really isn't. Consider Ferrari's 458 Italia; the price on this car is about $220000. It will produce 562 HP which is just two more than the R8 GT. 333 Audi R8 GT's will be built and 90 of them will make it to the United States. Audi has really outdone themselves on the design which hasn't changed since the launch of the R8, but still looks very fresh.
On the track the R8 has always been one of the better supercars in this area. The 2011 R8 wasn't as quick as some of the other cars that were tested on a 0-60 test, but beat them on the track because the handling was so superior to the rest. The 2012 has more horsepower which would typically make the handling decrease, however this is not the case. On a track the R8 is more "touchy" than it used to be. You need some skill to drive this car and you must have a good reacting speed.
The 2012 Audi R8 is equipped with standard launch control which comes in very handy if you are going to race one of your friends. The launch is very smooth and does not take long to hit the 60 mph mark. It gets an estimated 13/19 mpg which is very respectable for a car of this class. The new R8 is quite an experience for those who will manage to get their hands on one of the 333 that are going to be released. Overall I think this is a great improvement over last year's model and I would recommend it to anyone who is in the market for a supercar.
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