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Driving the top-of-the-line Audi R8 (pictures)

The R8 is the pinnacle of the Audi lineup. We drove the V8 version in the Welsh mountains to put it through its paces.

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Drew Stearne
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An Audi supercar was mooted for years prior to its 2007 launch.
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The Le Mans concept is pretty much identical to the finished product.
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The R8 initially launched with a 414 bhp V8 engine shared with the RS 4.
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Other variants were, of course, released. The V10 version shared an engine with the Lamborghini Gallardo.
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Actually...the R8 shares quit a bit with the Lamborghini Gallardo.
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A hard-core GT version was released for drivers wanting something with a little more edge.
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Those after top-down thrills could order a Spyder variant. All the thrills of the coupe, but with more headroom.
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Eco warriors wouldn't go disappointed, either; an e-tron electric version was conceptualised.
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Its looks were, at launch at least, pretty radical.
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Even now, years after launch, the R8 turns heads.
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Its cockpit keeps everything driver focused.
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The manual gear change is sublime.
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Details, like the font used on the speedo, really add to the car's "supercar" pretentions.

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