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Kyosho Audi R8 360 view

Kyosho Audi R8 360 view

The R8 is uncharted territory for Audi, a company better known for its brace of stylish and capable sedans. Sure they’re sporty, and in the case of the “S” series (and the mind-blowing RS variants) performance is on par with the best its German competitors BMW and Mercedes can offer. Yet Audi’s image remains more focused on all-weather-prowess than lap times. That all changes with the introduction of the R8 — Audi’s mid-engine supercar designed to take on not the Teutonic 4-door market, but rather the sportscar elite like Ferrari and Porsche. With a 420hp V8, stunning looks, and an AWD system tuned for hot-lapping, this beauty from Ingolstadt is a serious contender. Kyosho has rendered a 1:18 version of this, the most appealing street car in Audi’s history, in spectacular fashion. Textured interior, detailed engine, and outstanding finish do the R8 proud, making this one ready to give the diecast elite a run for their money.

Updated: June 30, 2011 — 11:33 AM

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