The Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car, designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig, first appeared at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show and the 2003 Frankfurt International Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30th September 2006. There was some confusion with the name which the car shares with the 24 Hours of Le Mans winning R8 Le Mans Prototype (LMP). Importantly, six-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Jacky Ickx described the R8 as ‘the best handling road car today’.
Although it was rumoured by the automotive press since the announcement of the production R8 in 2006, it was only in August 2008 that spy shots of a convertible R8 ‘Spyder’ from filming scenes of the movie Iron Man Two were published online. Compared with the coupé model, the convertible had extra chassis support, a pair of roll-over safety bars, as well as minor changes such as the location of the fuel filler cap. It was powered by the 5.2 FSI V10 engine and seen as the now natural rival for the Porsche 911.
Finished in white with a black leather interior, and recently serviced, this highly specified example benefits from the more powerful V10 motor as fitted to the Lamborghini Gallardo. With 21,000 miles recorded, all in all this is a highly capable uber supercar, the full specification for which is available on request.