I was eighteen years old when the first-generation Audi R8 burst onto the scene in 2006. First previewed in the film I, Robot, the R8 broke new ground for Ingolstadt.
Dare I say the first exciting sports car from Audi since the Ur Quattro? The ingredients seemed perfect: a dry-sumped version of the high-revving naturally aspirated 4.2-litre V8 engine from the RS4 that delivers over 300kW mated to an H-gate six-speed manual gearbox.
Like all fast Audis, the R8 employed four-wheel drive. With the longitudinal mid-engined setup, the R8 found itself in the firing line of many rivals who were produced by bespoke sports car makers like Porsche (pre-Cayenne).
Six-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as the best handling car when it was launched. A V-10 powered model followed soon after.
The current R8 has been around since 2015 and dropped the manual gearbox and the V8 engine.
The only engine available in South Africa was the Lamborghini Huracan-shared 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 with 449kW/560Nm.
Join veteran motoring journalist Henry Catchpole and former racing driver Vicki Butler-Henderson as they drive both R8s back-to-back to see which car is better.
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