Audi R8 V10: East Coaster Today

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With another shivery, shovel-y stormy weekend ahead, we’re all dreaming of spicy summer nights when sizzling sports cars slide through the sultry streets.

Like this hot, hot, hot Audi R8 V10 spotted in Moncton, New Brunswick last summer.

The Audi R8, a mid-engine sports car introduced in 2006, will always hold a soft spot in our hearts, here at EastCoastTester.com. When the first two production cars landed in Canada, we drove them from Mile 0 of the Trans-Canada Highway in St. John’s, Newfoundland to Mile 0 Victoria, British Columbia.

 

In 2007, when the Audi R8 first came out, driving the only two in Canada from St. John’s, NL to Victoria, BC was like travelling with a naked woman. Pictured here in Western Newfoundland. (Photo: Garry Sowerby)

 

The much-anticipated two-seater was powered by a 4.2-litre V8 that made 420 horsepower and rocketed from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. It was the first production car with now-ubiquitous LED-headlights. At the time, there was nothing else like it on the road and everywhere we went, people waved, flagged us down, yelled out to us and asked us a million questions whenever we stopped.

 

The original Audi R8, and the first one in Canada, got plenty of attention on a cross-country tour in 2007.

 

The next generation, like this jalapeno-hot V10, our East Coaster Today, has V10 and V10 Plus engine options that up the horsepower to a blistering 612. Originally built on the same platform as the Lamborghini Gallardo, the current R8, upgraded on the outside in 2018, shares a chassis and some aerodynamic features with the Huracán.

 

 

Oh, the sexy purr of that exhaust. No wonder the licence plate reads ‘LUVINIT’. We are too!

 

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