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2012 Audi R8
2012 Audi R8
  • Price: $114,200

Billed as an exotic sports car, the Audi R8 gets high marks for its performance and styling. But unlike other sports cars in its class, the R8 also earns praise for its commitment to comfort.

Employing an adaptive suspension system, which adjusts to road conditions and driving style, as well as road-gripping all-wheel drive, the R8 is known for its smooth ride. But it's also a serious contender in the power department. Most buyers will get the standard 430-horsepower 4.2-liter engine or the 525-horsepower 5.2-liter version. However, a select few U.S. buyers can opt for the 560-horsepower 5.2-liter GT at $196,800.

What sets the R8 apart in the luxury department is Audi's commitment to craftsmanship. Unlike other mass-produced cars, Audi boasts that an Audi technician assembles each R8 by hand, which means the carmaker produces only 20 R8s per day.


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