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’.
The clamour for more power saw it receive a modified version of the Gallardo’s 5.2 V10 in 2009. Suddenly the R8 had become very serious, packing 525PS and being offered in both a coupe and a Spyder convertible model.
This wonderful European-delivered and just two owner V10 example was fitted from new with the very rare 6-speed manual gearbox, a €20,000 option when first supplied. In addition a number of other options are fitted (a full specification is available upon request).
Beautifully finished in pearl-effect Sapang Blue, this stunning supercar is offered with full maintenance history in additional to a recent service. The R8 has been professionally upgraded from 525hp to 650hp through the fitting of a Capristo Sports Exhaust System and remap, in addition to a race specification air induction kit. Additionally the R8 is fitted with an uprated carbon package to the engine compartment. This R8 is still presented with its first paint, is undamaged and accident-free. All in all a fabulous example of a rare and soon to be very collectible modern supercar.