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2012 Audi R8 5.2 FSI Review

By Umberto Fulginiti - 06 Dec 2011


2012 Audi R8 5.2 FSI

Audi R8: a pure representation of stealth, style, and quality engineering. Unveiled in December 2008, the 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI shares its heart with its well respected Italian brother the Lamborghini Gallardo. The R8 is Audi’s flagship sports car that’s really more of an everyday supercar, if you will. From the outside in, this beast is tailor-made for high speed and flaunts the leading edge in style, performance, and unmatched German engineering. Despite its obvious swiftness and world class handling, the R8 is actually a perfect blend of performance technology and “everyday” style ride quality. Let’s further explore and discover what makes Audi’s R8 such a hot topic in the auto world.

Car and Driver describes the R8 as “wickedly-quick” thanks to its engine that it shares with the Lamborghini Gallardo. A beastly 5.2 L FSI V10 engine propels the vehicle and dishes up 525hp as well as 317 lb-ft of torque- good enough to get the R8 from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Though fuel efficiency is not often talked about with regards to supercars, it’s worth mentioning that it achieves 13mpg in the city, and 20mpg on the highway. The Audi R8 can be optioned with a 5 speed automatic transmission, however many enthusiasts crave the world class 6 speed manual. Paired with the powerful motor, as well as Audi’s signature Quattro All Wheel Drive system, the R8 truly realizes a total dynamic balance. Familiar in a lot of supercars, the R8 features driver-adjustable magnetic shocks that adjust for different driving styles. Thanks to its tight, sport tuned suspension, the Audi R8 is literally glued to the road when handling.

Though Audi took more of an “avant-garde” approach when designing the exterior of the R8, it is still safe to say that it looks nothing short of badass. With its aggressive, muscular, and stealthy physique, it looks as if it was built to attack the roads with full aggression. The body has a healthy mix of chisel and soft flowing curvature and features wide flared fenders and functioning side-blades to route air to the rear engine bay. A slim roofline graces the top, and nice chrome accents are found all over the body. Full LED head and tail lamps are also found. You become an instant fan of the Audi R8 with just one glance.

When you open the door and make your way inside, you are now situated in the cockpit- that’s right, the cockpit. With its elegant and expensively designed interior made of high quality fabrics and Napa leather, the R8 is rather easy to operate. The instruments are easy to reach, interpret, and function in an everyday setting. In this class of vehicle, you expect to get lots of electronic features and Audi does not disappoint. However, I was more impressed with the amount of leg and head room for both the driver and passenger which is unlike any of its competitors. The seats are tight, very comfortable, and sporty (bolsters on either side keep you very secure in a racecar like fashion). The R8 also features 6.7 cubic feet of cargo room. Another note worth mentioning is the quietness of the interior; Audi has done well to cut out all road noise to create a tranquil driving experience- that is, until you step into the throttle. In terms of electronics, the R8 is well equipped with Bluetooth, Homelink, and 3D Navigation with Audi Multi Media Interface. Audi features a powerful Bang and Olufsen 465 watt audio system and comes with lots of standard airbags to keep you safe.

I really am impressed with Audi regarding the engineering of this vehicle; they have literally managed to put a supercar on the street that also suits everyday type of usage. Any car that does amazing on the track and is also practical enough for everyday street use is a good car in my books. One key aspect I absolutely love about this car is its exhaust tone both inside and outside of the vehicle: it screams power, tuning, and European-type performance. Want one for yourself? The 2010 Audi R8 5.2 can be picked up in the area of $128,000-$135,000.