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Click above for more shots of the Mercury Cougar-based Audi R8 replica

The seventh-generation of the Mercury Cougar broke with tradition, switching from Detroit's classic front-engine, rear-wheel drive architecture to the more common front-engine, front-wheel drive design. Its styling was also considered pretty radical for the times, with swoopy curves replacing its predecessor's formal roof lines. We'd wager that the last Cougar's designers would never have believed that their humble compact would someday be the basis for an Audi R8 replica. We've examined the various shapes of the ReplicaAudiR8, as its designer refers to it - we prefer CougaR8 ourselves - and we've concluded it's not too shabby in the least. Take a look at our galleries below to judge for yourselves. Note our comparison shots of the CougaR8 and Audi's version in profile, front, rear and in three-quarter view (again, front and rear), which we've also pasted after the break all together. As we see it, the rear-view is the least successful in mimicking its four-ringed inspiration.

Of course, even if the styling of the replicar is decent, there's just no disguising that Cougar interior, despite the addition of a lone R8 badge on the steering wheel and the fact that these two cars share similar dash shapes. Even the interior, however, pales in comparison to the lack of power from Ford's 2.5L Duratec V6 engine, which at 170 horsepower is down by more than half to the Audi's burbling V8. Lastly, while the brakes and suspension components are fine for an entry-level coupe, they aren't quite up to snuff for a real-deal R8. In any case. Nevertheless, those who are more concerned with appearances than performance can get their own CougaR8 for about $50K - less than half what it would run to drive home in the real thing. Thanks for the tip, everyone!



[Source: New Cougar Forums, via Jalopnik]
In Pictures: ReplicaAudiR8 (top) versus Audi R8 (bottom)... you be the judge.















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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the silhouette of the modified mercury actually looks better than the original. I'm impressed!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just don't understand it at all. So much money and time wasted. And you'd look like such a loser driving this. "I can't afford a real R8 so I spent a couple of years and $30,000 to make this fake one, now I'm just like the rich guys" As if looking like a R8 is of any value. Does it perform like an R8? NEVER. All that time and money to impress a few idiots. Just buy a used S4 for the same money and won't be the most hurt'n poser in the world!
      • 6 Years Ago
      R8 starts at $114,000. Spending $50,000 + man-hours, "other" time and other resources....

      People don't see these as expenses, but they are quantifiable expenses. That makes me wonder....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Será Ford Cougar, no Mercury Cougar.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Depende en que país lo vendieron o se fué de importe directo. Si no me engaño en las fotos este fué hecho en España. Creo que en Europa los Cougar oficiales los vendieron unicamente de Ford, pero aquí en Suiza siempre pasabe de un modelo que era un Mercury de importe directo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      An impressive waste of money, time and energy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Erm no.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A very audi-cious project!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lame.

      This is the same concept used by those who glue Harley-Davidson badges to their Yamaha, or Kawasaki.

      $50K for this? Why? It just looks like a poser-mobile.

        • 6 Years Ago
        The difference being that the Yamaha and Kawasaki owners will at least be riding their bikes, not waiting for them to be out of the shop.

        Harley Davidson is just a T-Shirt company that sells bikes on the side anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The exterior sure looks convincing to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I could think of way better things to do with 50K. First thing that comes to mind is to buy a VW Gti and put the rest into my IRA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      *scoff*
      • 6 Years Ago
      From some angles, it actually looks better, but it lacks the finish of the original
        • 6 Years Ago
        It looks VERY similar, but the interior gives it away, still nice job
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