• Oct 5th 2006 at 1:26PM
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We feel lucky having been one of a relatively small group of people to see the Audi R8 in person at the 2006 Paris Motor Show. We won't feel so special after next Wednesday, however, when Audi is planning a parade in the Big Apple that will be lead by the company's new two-seat, mid-engine road rocket. Millions of New Yorkers will be able to catch a glimpse of the R8 leading a pack of Audis that also includes the R10 TDI racecar currently dominating the American Le Mans Series and a 1938 Auto Union Type D Silver Arrow, which represents the line of world's first mid-engined racecars. Why all the hubbub? The celebration commemorates the opening of the newly created Audi Forum New York City, which is not exactly a dealership but what the marketing folk call a "brand awareness venue".

If you're in the area, the procession's going to begin at 10AM EST next Wednesday and start at 52th and Park Avenue. The cars will be flanked by New York City's finest as they drive down to 47th where they'll be parked outside the new Audi Forum NYC for people to inspect. Expect a few celebrities to be present, and supposedly some will be commissioned to drive the vehicles, as well. The occasion will technically mark the first time a production R8 has been seen outside in open air, although we've seen plenty of uncamouflaged mules the last few months. If you're planning to attend, takes pics and send them to abresearch at gmail dot com.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Thats what Audi is. Audi is supposed to be about "cut and pasting" of parts from the VW brands. Volkswagen and skoda develop the bottom end. Lambourghini and bentley are supposed to develop the top end. Audi is ment to sneak in the middle and take stuff from the other four and present it in a different package.
      Thats the plan.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #13 How vain can you be?

      • 9 Years Ago
      reply to 20.

      The Audi R8 has nothing to do with VW. VW is a brand and Audi is a brand all owed by the Volkswagen Gruppe, the largest owner of the Volkswagen Gruppe is with 20% of the stocks ... PORSCHE ;-)

      VW leads the VW, Skoda, Bugatti, Bentley group.
      Audi leads the Audi, Seat, Lambroghini group.
      Both groups works seperate under the lead of the Volkswagen Gruppe HQ.
      The 4.2l FSI V( (420hp) engine of the R8 is only avaible in the RS4 and no other VAG car.

      I agree that the Alfa C8 is a beauty... but it is a 500cars limited production model.
      The R8 is placed as a 911 counterpart.
      Lexus wannabe? You are kidding... calling Audi a copyking (Lexus) wannabe is so loooool. Please show me a single Lexus that looks a little bit like the R8.

      btw.. the C8 looks a lot like many of the latest TVR, like the Tuscan, Ceberra etc.

      The R8 is a amazing car, it has the luck that there is nothing new at the moment that turns away the focus from it(I call that clever PR work from Audi!)
      It is not Audis fault that there are no new model NSX, Supra TT, Skyline GT-R successor the JDM freaks prais since years... they are simple not realty!
      Better talk about a real existing sportcar like the R8 as the 1000000 report about the next generation Supra/GT-R/NSX that will not get realty in the next 2 years.

      Audi should recive a price as the car producer that build production models so close to concept car like no other...
      • 9 Years Ago
      give me more Audi news. MORE AUDI NEWS!!! More high res picks, in fact I want a macro lense on your cameras and to take a picture of every inch of these cars. I'm not joking...

      • 9 Years Ago
      please ignore fordman.
      continue with the R8 Articles.
      i cant get enough.

      maybe you can even give an R8 away like engadget does?

      • 9 Years Ago
      You losers who keep repeating the same lie about Audi being VW junk have already been schooled repeatedly by those of us who chose not to follow and yet you continue like zombies with your propaganda.

      I'll repeat it again, the 4.2 in the RS4 is totaly newly designed. It may be one of the greatest engines ever developed. Try one some time. I try one every freaking day when I go to work. I've driven other top end cars.

      If you don't appreciate that Audi right now is possibly the biggest innovator in cars period then you are blind. What the hell exactly has BMW done for the world lately? What races has it impressed us with?

      We've gone over the list ad neausum. Enough already. We want more Audi content because its lacking everywhere else.

      If all you want to hear BMW then read Car & Driver. Audi is the thinking man's BMW, don't forget it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Note to fordman:

      Please refer to post #8.
      Thank you.
      • 9 Years Ago
      If I had the money for the R8 I would pay the extra 30 or so grand more and get a Gallardo.
      Think of it, when people ask you what you drive. Would you like to say Audi or Lambourghini?
      • 9 Years Ago
      How much money is Audi paying you guys to be their press agent?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Obviously not as much as Toyota. They dedicated a whole separate blog (AutoblogGreen) to Toyota.

      As for Audi, I won't get one until they start offering Euro-delivery option.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I have nothing against Audi. I think their vehicles are competitive against MB or BMW in terms of technology. However, when every other post is about Audi, it just smells of product placement and advertisment.
      • 9 Years Ago
      They're driving from 52nd "down" to 57th? or down to 47th? I think there's a dealership around 47th there.. or there used to be.. maybe that's the site of the new "Forum"
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