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stunning good looks
it garnered more unabashed rubbernecking and mouth-breathing than the Italian competition does
distinctive low-slung design
posh interior is loaded with electronics and bathed in leather and Alcantara
Kelley Blue Book
The relative rarity and exotic supercar styling of the 2009 Audi R8 still turns heads and causes jaws to drop.
Unique is the 2009 R8; Audi imparts a style that Kelley Blue Book describes as "unlike anything else on the road."
According to Cars.com, the 2008 Audi R8 doesn't just roll—"it stalks toward you, it awakens the senses. It stirs the emotions." Despite its superficial resemblance to the Lamborghini Gallardo, the 2009 Audi R8 has its own sense of style. With its mid-body-mounted V-8 engine visible through a clear cover (and illuminated by LED lights at night) and accented with carbon fiber trim bits, it's reminiscent of the Ferrari F430, according to Car and Driver, which describes this Audi as being "as much aluminum sculpture as it is machine."
At first glance, says ForbesAutos, the R8 Audi bears a passing resemblance to its smaller relative, the TT. However, this vehicle is longer and leaner, and it sits lower to the ground, giving it an aggressive look that is indeed suggestive of a large, powerful cat stalking its prey. Standard wheels are 19-inch twin spoke alloys in silver or new-for-2009 high-gloss polished versions thereof. But perhaps the most stunning visual feature on this vehicle is the pair of air intakes just behind the doors, giving it an even racier and more exotic appearance.
Inside, ForbesAutos describes the R8 Audi's cockpit as "minimalist and no-nonsense," while Automobile calls it "somewhat overstyled."
This 2009 Audi R8 was designed to be looked at as much as it was to be driven.