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THE EVOLUTION OF EXOTIC Audi R8 by Don Weberg here was a time when the term “outrageous” applied to more than just the styling and performance of an exotic car. It applied equally to the costs, headaches, discomforts, lack of useful space, and, frequently, noise levels as well. But times have changed, and thanks to technological advances in automotive design, production and materials, there are more and more remarkably beautiful and well engineered autos on the market that don’t have the downsides. An excellent case in point is the Audi R8. While Audi has created some outstanding vehicles, none of those achievements holds a candle to the R8. Based directly on racing technology, the R8 brings to the table a gorgeous exterior shape, superbly executed interior design, ample useful space, easy-to- T read gauges, simple-to-operate controls and just the right amount of noise. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. The passenger compartment boasts extremely supportive seats (possibly a bit too much so for larger-framed drivers and passengers). There is plenty of leg, shoulder, and headroom, especially compared to competitors in the field. The car rides exceptionally well, handling road imperfections much more like a sedan than an exotic sports car. Furthermore, Audi was intelligent in building a car that could hold golf bags, suitcases, a make-up case, and a couple of bottles of wine for a weekend trek to Mendocino. All things considered, it’s the unsuper supercar. Even the ignition is a traditional, key-in-steering column affair, sans the gimmicky keyless start and telekinesis so September/October 2007 Luxury Life & Style 45

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