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Hi everyone

This is my first post, and I hopefully take delivery of my R8 next week (20th Nov). The car has every option except the reversing camera. I would like some general pointers/advice on using the car as an everyday vehicle. I don't want it to be a garage queen, but I am a little nervous about taking it everywhere, and coming back to a smashed up / scratched / damaged etc... car. I have had the Cobra Trak installed for extra security also. I live in Nottingham, UK, and so would appreciate comments especially from UK owners, but any advice is thankfully received. Specific questions would be as follows.

Does the car get loads of attention, and if so, is it good or bad?
Is it realistically a car for all occasions?
How do you get on with speed bumps?
What kind of mpg is realistic?
Do you guys leave it parked in supermarkets / airports etc...?

I guess I'm looking for someone to say "Don't worry - everything will be fine", but I'm not sure if that's the case!!

Thanks very much in advance for your comments, and if there is anything you can add that isn't one of my specific general questions, then please do so.

An excited, but somewhat nervous, soon to be R8 owner.
 

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Don't worry, everything will be fine. Mine goes to school every day [most expensive school bus, per seat, ever !] office, and is now daily driver in place of Range Rover SC, which sits forlornly waiting to go off to the snow this winter. I'll pass 19,000 miles this morning, took delivery 31 March this year, so it isn't getting babied.
 

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and speed bumps are a real pain, going in and out of driveways is always an adventure in geometry and physics, and the gas mileage isn't in the econobox range, but if any of this is a surprise I'm surprised. And yes, it's a cell phone camera magnet accident waiting to happen.
 

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Don't worry, everything will be fine . 17,000 since Jan 2008 hardly ever washed anymore. Never missed a beat. Always had postive comments and get let out of Junctions!

Unforuantely my new girlfriend can't abide it and thinks I should spend the money on starving children in Africa instead. Nice to know that it wasn't the car that attracted her though!
 

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Im not sure its worth taking shopping without towing a trailer. Seriously though, I would not like to offer others the opportunity to side swipe it - it is a wide car, 200mm wider than the Disco, and not easy to manoeuvre into tight spaces - lots of tyre scrubbing going on.

And part of the reason I bought mine was so that I would not have to fly. I'm planning on blitzing the roads as far as Italy. And having taken it back from Germany, I can tell you its a beast and a beauty on the autobahns. Mpg on the motorway was around 22 when cruising, a lot less when not.

I took my 13 yr old daughter back from Germany and she loved all the attention - mobile phone cameras, even a zoom lens appeared at a drivers window! Stopping for petrol is also a laugh. Everyone seems to love it - not a bad word said by anyone yet.

Not quite an all occasion car then, but who cares. It is awesome!
 

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I get around 17mpg but I don't get to do much high gear a-road driving, it's mostly 3rd/4th gear for me on the roads here. On long a-road cruising type runs I've seen it nudge into the low 20's.

Parking at supermarkets depends on the type of crowd it draws and the parking situation. As mikeb noted above, it's very wide and the doors are long so best to park in areas that don't get too busy if possible and try and leave plenty of room drivers side eg end bays. The parking advanced with camera is certainly worth ticking on the options list to help things along - as are folding mirrors. The front boot is certainly small, but it does hold more than it might first seem - enough for regular small shops or a top-up.

I always try to plan routes avoiding speed bumps and steep ramps as much as possible to be on the safe side as it's not always possible to attack them at the right angle when other cars decide to test the laws of physics and occupy the same space at the same time.

it certainly does gets lots of attention which is something you need to fathom for yourself if its good or bad really - some like it, some not-so-much.
 

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Thanks for all the comments so far. I really appreciate it. Keep them coming if possible. Feeling much better about ownership now! Been desperate for it to come since ordering, but as D Day approaches, I'm getting the colly wobbles.
 

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My driveway has a pretty steep slope and it took it on no problem. Its actually not the lowest sports car out there. But I have not taken it over my works speed bumps yet, we'll have to see how it fares there. Kinda strange, but im kind of embarrassed to drive it to work, considering i'd be driving a more expensive car than the CEO. So I just take my motorcycle instead.
 

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My driveway has a pretty steep slope and it took it on no problem. Its actually not the lowest sports car out there. But I have not taken it over my works speed bumps yet, we'll have to see how it fares there. Kinda strange, but im kind of embarrassed to drive it to work, considering i'd be driving a more expensive car than the CEO. So I just take my motorcycle instead.
wut does your CEO drive? Maybe he put all his money into stock, which mean you might have to take the bicycle next because he will be taking his motorcycle... I wouldn’t worry about it, maybe he is not a car person
 

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Hi richcliffe! Will be interested to know how you get on.... I pick up mine on the 19th (assuming Audi UK can replace the wrong sideblades that have been fitted :-/) and my head's full of the same questions as you! Every time I drive anywhere I'm wondering if I'll feel ok taking the R8 the same route (my current car, which I'll be keeping, is an X5 so not used to worrying about ground clearance etc :-D )
 

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Feeling much better about ownership now!
the car is all about the driving - the rest are things worth finding a solution for.

Have to say that even now, some 7 months in and 6k miles under the belt this car still plants the biggest grin on my face every time I get to have a decent run in it. Over the last week for one reason and another I'd only been driving the a5 and had done about 1,000 miles in it and today got chance to get out and have a blast in the r8 again with pretty light traffic and it struck me just how amazing this car is to drive.

the steering is fast and accurate, the grip and balance inspiring - it really is a wonderfully fast real-world road car. Even though there are faster straight line cars, the overall package of the r8 is stunning.
 

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1. It will take you a while to get used to the attention (usually 100% positive)

2. Watch out for the width as others have noted. Take great care not to kerb the alloys on the passenger side, and when going nose first into spaces, the front is very low and you can easily hit the kerb. Switch on the parking sensor until you are used to the length.

3. MPG is 17-20 around town, but if I behave on the motorway doing a steady 75 - 80, then I have got as high as 24 MPG average on a long run.

I use 95 RON standard unleaded in mine all the time. I find very little difference between it and 97 RON super.

4. No problem around central London. Shopping centres cause problems already noted - I park at the far end - there are always idiots who would park too close and clout the bodywork when they open their doors !

I would NEVER leave it in an airport car park. I have an airport car for that (an old Ford Escort).

5. Speed humps are a pain. But take them slowly and its fine. Watch out for vicious slopes in muli-storey car parks. But taken slowly its OK.

Take the time to get used to it. You will be nervous at first, and above all ENJOY !!!!!
 

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one thing I've noticed with parking - the car is a magnet for other people with nice cars. I guess they figure I'm not going to ding the door of their (almost always) bimmer :)
 

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My other car is a Range Rover which I happily drive anywhere and leave anywhere without the slightest concern about vandals , parking dinks etc

I just can't come to terms with treating the R8 the same and always feel a little uneasy every time I park it up and walk away.

It's a little heart stopping when you return to find it surrounded by a gang of Hoodies but thankfully so far they have always been just admiring it and want to talk about it - one group declared they had been guarding it during my absence. It seems to be the one "supercar" that generates unanimous approval and admiration from all ; no bitterness or disparaging glances just thumbs up and smiles :)

My advice is to force yourself to drive it at every opportunity because although perhaps not totally realistic as a daily driver (certainly not compared to the Rangie) the feelgood factor and sheer driving pleasure is absolutely supreme :D
 

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don't worry - everything will be fine.

drive mine almost every day.
as others have said, dont be surprised if you scrape bottom coming out of certain garages. also, careful not to rub rims up to a curb while parking (especially without the camera). besides that, DRIVE IT!!!!
 

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sounds like you're in for a fun weekend :)
 

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Enjoy your weekend!!

Just been to see mine which has arrived at the dealer early too... have to say it looks amazing in the 'flesh'! I went for the titanium wheels with daytona grey & CF blades - for me definitely the right choice (if a bit 'Mad Max'). Now have to wait 5 days whilst it's prepped & the CF blades are flown over & fitted (it arrived with standard silver blades by mistake somehow.... dealer has been v helpful though). Can I survive without sleep for 5 days??!!!
 

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OH MY GOD - Worth the wait or what! Totally awesome car and can't believe the thumbs up, and smiles this car gets. No problems so far with any speed bumps, drives, steep hills etc... Only problem is concentrating on work today, as I want to be out in it all the time. FANTASTIC.
 

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RC - Some piece of kit, eh? We live in the Highlands and happen to get tickets to the Eng v SA game at Twickenham this Sat, and happen to be avoiding the plane. We are going to be flying by road! Will thumbs up to you as we fly past Nottingham. Have a great time with the car.
 
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