100 Cars That Changed History

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10. Audi R8 2007-2014 Germany

The Audi R8, designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary company, quattro GmbH, is a mid-size, two-seater sports car. The car is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. It features Audi’s patented permanent Quattro All-Wheel Drive system. The car is constructed on an Audi Space Frame, using an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The car was first announced as the Audi Le Mans Quattro Concept Car in 2003. Racing models hit the tracks in 2005 and road cars in 2007.Six-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as “the best handling road car today.” Criminals take notice, R8’s are also available in police cars, with bigger engines, sport suspension, sport steering, and a roll bar.


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