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Everyone on this forum knows the reactions an R8 elicits. Ive had my car about 2 months and have driven it a dozen times or so. When driving through a small town, all eyes on the sidewalk are transfixed my way with mouths agape and fingers pointing. In parking lots, the questions, the camera's, the wide eyed gazes. Kids in SUV's climbing over backseats to look at the car behind them, open windows with fists pumping out... the whole nine yeards. You really do feel like a rock and roll star. Given the rarity of the car, those reactions are unlikely to wane.

Perhaps this is a stupid question but... are these reactions beginning to, in some way, take away from the experience? The joy of driving the car is undeniable but I find myself not wanting to drive it to certain places and in certain situations because I find the reactions to be, at times, unnerving. Sometimes, its a bit uncomfortable. People have actually pulled into my office parking lot, parked their car and gotten out to circle the R8. Another guy stopped his car as he finished a left turn while I was at the light.... put his car in park, rolled down his window and started asking questions while others honked. Many of you have or had other exotics and have become accustomed to similar reactions but for me, its a somewhat new experience.

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I agree with you. I have not had experiences like this before. Yesterday someone drove into my office complex, parked next to my car and started taking pictures. My cohorts could not believe it. They came to my office and said "people are taking pictures of your car."

On Sunday I had someone in a BMW follow me home and he pulled into my driveway. I stopped after 100 feet and got out of my car to see what was up. He backed out and left as I approached him. That is the third time people have follow me home.

Geez...its a car! A really fun car to drive and I love the way it looks, but it makes me self-conscious. I did not realize that the R8 would cause this much interest. Maybe this will make our cars hold their value longer. :eek:)
 

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I'm not sure one could ever get use to it. Sometimes I do feel a bit "un-nerved". For the most part I enjoy talking about the car. And some kids are just too dam cute! The other day while driving past the high school, group of guys came out of the parking lot, caught up to me and one kid hanging out the window yells: " I think I love you"...LOL...forget about the part I'm old enough to be your mother! They continued to take pictures with their cells...and that part does make me nervous...a driver taking a picture...Not good!:eek:
 

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It's certainly new to me too and I would never have believed the extent and how frequent the reactions are..

for those that drive by and give a thumbs up, I give them a small hand acknowlegement to say 'thanks for the compliment'..

at this point I'm not unnerved by them although I'm sure I will be at some point if this does continue - I would think that slowly the population will increase and novelty will wear off..
 

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All of the attention is new to me as well. I have had porsche and other audi products and nothing has come close to drawing as much attention as this car. When I purchased the R8 I expected some attention but nothing to the extent that it is occuring. There are certain times I do not drive the car because I don't want the attention. Sometimes the attention is fun, other times it can be a bit much. It is a bit uncomfortable to come out of a store and find 5 or 6 people surrounding your car with camera phones. Unfortuneatly you can't pick and choose.
 

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I would think that slowly the population will increase and novelty will wear off..
I don't think that's gonna happen. the R8 is such a low production model with maybe a couple of thousand on Earth. I have heard it said and seen it written that the R8 may be one of the most visually stunning vehicles produced in quite some time. Most people will never see one in the flesh in their lives. I don't see its allure waning any time soon. I know when I saw it on the floor of the Audi Forum for the first time... it nearly took my breath away. seeing it everyday, I've become desenitized to its looks just a bit. the things that happen to us in our travels with the car will always remind us its profound effect on those who see it. They actually followed someone to their home!! that level of awe doesn't wear out
 

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I hear everything you're saying, but personally I LOVE IT :D I can't see the interest falling off at all, as there are so few of these cars around, and they are stunning to look at. I agree with the de-sensitized comment when you own one, but I saw another one coming the other way a few weeks ago, and it took my breath away, and I was staring at it until I realised that I was actually sat in the same **** car I was drooling at!!

At the end of the day, we all know how we felt when we first ever saw an R8, and we all would stare and point if we didn't own one. We knew what we were buying from day 1, and we should take the compliments and stares etc... and be thankful that we are driving the R8 and not the one doing the pointing/staring/taking photos/walking around it/fist pumping etc...

As for the question "are these reactions beginning to, in some way, take away from the experience?" the answer is a firm NO WAY :D :D :D
 

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I absolutely love the attention the R8 gets :D

I haven't found it the slightest bit worrying and I really enjoy the way it allows you to somehow connect or communicate with complete strangers :)

I'm so used to it now that my concern is that if I ever have to sell it I won't be able to handle it and I'll be like some has-been old Celebrity ; sad , embittered ,desperate for attention and people pointing in pity instead :(

"See that poor old down-and-out over there" they'll say "You won't believe it but he was once that famous bloke in the R8" :eek:
 

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It is something you need to get used to. I have experienced all of the same including having people get out of their cars at red lights to run up to the car and give me a thumbs up and then run back to their cars to beat the light! I am not a thumbs up kind of guy so I have had to develop an appropriate wave so as not to seem aloof or snobish.

Kids are, of course, the best. I was at a soccer match recently and there was a young boy in an Ironman costume who almost fell over when he saw my car in the parking lot.

One thing that I have found is that all the attention is positive. Driving the car is like a public service; it brings smiles to people's faces which is always nice to see.

There are, of course, times when I am returning to my car to find it surrounded by admirers but when I am not in the mood to chit chat so I simply walk on and return a bit later.
 

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I love everything I am hearing! Thanks for sharing some of the experiences and its nice to see the reactions are not regional or age specific. I forgot to mention the woman that proposed to me at a red light... its a good thing I had my wedding ring on because she the furthest thing from a MILF!:eek: Had she looked a bit different, however... ;)
 

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Impossible to maintain a low profile in this car, or sneak in anywhere. You're an instant ROCK STAR!
 

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It's a mixed bag for me. Some days I am fine with all the attention, and there are other days that I would prefer to be left alone. Overall though, I would say that the rock star treatment is positive. Especially when kids are involved - I never get tired of seeing them go nuts.

One of my best experiences was crossing the U.S. border from Canada. It was on a Saturday and there was two lines open. Both of them long. I get to the window and the customs/immigration lady looks at the car. She asks me a few questions, but then decided to come out of her booth.

She told me I needed to open the trunk and started walking to the back. So I told that the trunk was in the front. Then she says "you need to get out here and open it - I'm not touching this thing" She looked in the trunk, and made me close it. Then she goes to the back, and says "now I need you to open this". So I did, and then she proceeds to ask exactly what kind of car it was, how many HP, etc. She was oblivious to the people waiting in line to cross the border.

Then the guy who is supposed to be working the other line leaves his post and says to me "have you heard about our mandatory test drive program sir?". The he proceeds to ask me a bunch of questions, and tells me that mine is the first one he had ever seen. These people see a lot of cars. So now, I have both lines trying to cross the border at a standstill.

Anyway, I finally got on my way, but I suspect there was a lot of irate people in line behind me.
 

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;)I have long used the term SBRF for interesting cars I've driven (Small Boy Recognition Factor). I'm still waiting for my R8 (but I hear it's getting close!), but clearly it sounds like its SBRF will be off the charts. Older pre-teen and teen aged boys are a prime appreciation group for "hot" looking cars, and they LOVE IT when you talk to them about the car! Don't pass up that pleasure!

I'm revealing my age by telling this story, but I still remember clearly when, at age 13, a neighbor girl's father came home with a brand new '55 Ford T-bird. She was kind of cute, but I was absolutely smitten with her dad's car and positively drooled everytime he drove by. A '55 T-bird may sound pretty mundane in today's world, but if you were car aware in the US in 1955, it was like NOTHING you'd ever seem or even imagined (though I had had a previous fling with loving another neighbor's '48 MG TC at about age 10!).

I definitely will not ignore the SB's who are interested in my R8.
 

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Wow. I have never seen the crowds of people around the car that people on here have talked about. Sometimes there are a few kids or a curious parent/son looking at the engine in the back.


The other day I had to run some errands and stopped at REI for a quick look. There were a couple of teenagers taking a pretty close look at the car when I returned. I surprised them a little bit by clicking the unlock button. They just commented on how "cool" the car looked. I made them play rock/paper/scissors then took the winner for a quick ride around the block. That made his day... :)
 

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These posts put a big smile on my face. :eek:) It really is a fun car to drive.
 

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My lady had FUN,FUN, FUN, 'till daddy took the R 8 away!!:)
 

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I don't know what you're all talking about! :confused: I live in central London and use my R8 every day but the car rarely attracts a second glance. :( There are even three R8s in the underground car park of my apartment block! To add insult to injury, I picked up a girl for a date recently and she didn't even notice I'd switched cars from my previous BMW Z4!!

Head out of town though and it's a different matter...! And the roads are better too! :)
 
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