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Ryan Porter, purveyor of Carster.com, recently snapped these terrific pics of an undisguised Audi R8 outside his office in Santa Monica. Though Porter wishes he had been more aggressive with snaps and gotten some more, this near profile shot is gorgeous and shows the R8 in all its production glory for the first time. Porter's telling of his encounter with the R8 and the irritated engineers driving it can be found here. Check out Carster while you're there, as well. The site is an online community for car enthusiasts and Porter believes members should be able to do whatever they want with their profiles. Carster will even host your own car blog and once a month the member with the most votes wins a $1,000 check.

(Follow the jump for another pic of the R8 in the wild.)

In other Audi R8 news, it appears a convertible version is in the works and will be introduced a year after the coupe sometime in 2008. Though it's been reported the coupe will be powered by the Lamborghini Gallardo's V10, it seems Audi is still considering a V8 to keep the R8 and Gallardo from cannibalizing each other's sales.

[Source: Carster, AutoWeek.nl]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      carbon fibre, lets cee, uhm, NO. looking at the car, this is pre-production so its pretty obvious the plastic will make way for body colour sheet metal when the car hits showrooms, and the red bar, i think it looks awesome, talk about a bland rearview, i dont think so, imagine the car without the red, doesn't really provoke the sam kind of feelings inside. Pity One cannot see the front, Overall i think it looks Super, but the front and the rear don't really look as if they are one, look more two halves of the same whole. I'd love to hear the car with a V10 killer engine, but thats SUPERCAR territory and at the end of the day BMW, Mercedes, and Audi dont belong in that circle, Mercedes knows that already(SLR V8), so for Audi's sake it's got to be a V8, there's just no other way out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      are all of you sure that is plastic and not cf? i dont know i was just asking.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #16 - I would have thought Audi took care of the AWD system for the Gallardo as well, but apparantly, it's Lambo designed and sourced. I wonder which one they'll use in this car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Everyone knows that "spy photos" and "surprise public spottings" generate more excitement than a carefully crafted ad, which explains why every new car seems to be introduced this way. It's getting old as far as originality is concerned. Hey, as long as the pictures are good I don't care how it's introduced.

      Lame marketing aside, it's a gorgeous car. I wish I could hear the engine...
      • 8 Years Ago
      So is the new mantra in German design that parts should not look like they were made to fit. The Bangled up trunks on the BMWs, now copied on the new S class. This car looks like ass (actualy, one half of 2 asses off different people connected by an awkward vertical body line).

      Audi slogan = Good thing our cars are not fun to drive, you won’t miss them when they spend most of the time on the lift. Now in ugly.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The wheels are straight off the Lamborghini Gallardo. Tells you how much Audi depends on Lamborghini for the tech to build the R8."

      The Gallardo's V10 was based on Audi's Inline 5 cylinder engine. So I guess The Lambo should sport some Audi 100 wheels?
      • 8 Years Ago

      Between 80-100k for the V8 versiond. Probably close to 100 than 80.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "are all of you sure that is plastic and not cf? i dont know i was just asking."

      usually you can tell carbon fiber from plastic
      • 8 Years Ago
      In response to #20. I think the guys were in Santa Monica for their own things. Looks like they were just out taking some photos of the beach and then getting back to where ever they needed to be.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The wheels are straight off the Lamborghini Gallardo. Tells you how much Audi depends on Lamborghini for the tech to build the R8."

      Audi needs Lamborghini to build a supercar? What?? Are you like 10 years old on your summer break?

      Audi, parent company of Lamborghini, dominator of ALMS, Sebring, and LeMans, inventor of direct injection, DSG gearbox, parent company to Bentley (and responsible for that marques win at LeMans). Need I say more?

      What technology has Lamborghini spearheaded in its entire company history? Nothing. Styling is what Lamborghini is known for, not technology. For that matter, they are not even responsible for the styling of their cars. It's the various designers they've contracted.
      • 8 Years Ago
      F*ck that car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm hoping this is not the production rear, It's not attractive in the least, though the side profile is alright, if dramatically less impressive sans the aluminum piece. It's feeling more and more like an audi quattro spyder from a decade ago (not a bad thing). But that rear, could it be any blander? here's to hoping it's tape!
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