I wouldn’t say this is a big surprise, but Audi R8 is selling better than everyone expected: all the 400 units of the first UK allocation have been sold, and there are 50 more customers in line behind them.

The R8 is powered by a V8 engine with a maximum output of 420 hp, it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 187 mph.

Audi insiders insist that although there are mechanical elements shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo and the styling echoes that of the TT, the biggest single debt is to the five-times Le Mans-winning R8 racer. The four-wheel-drive R8 road car is being built at a rate of 15 a day at Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm, home of the new diesel-engined R10 racer.

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