The R8, which will launch in mid-2007, already shares much of its running gear with the Gallardo. The quattro-equipped R8 is said to be positioned against Porsche's all-wheel drive 911 Carrera 4S, with What Car? reporting a company spokesperson as saying the Audi will be priced slightly above the Porsche, which lists for $87,100 in the U.S. market.
If the rumor is true, the 500-hp V10 would give the R8 quite an edge over the Carrera 4S, with its 355-hp flat-six. You would think that Audi's 4.2-liter