The sports car world was very surprised when Audi presented the first-generation R8. Nobody expected such a bold move from Audi or such a great sports car. The R8 is a supercar with its mid-mounted V8 engine and design but at sports car prices that make it available to a broader audience (via Supercar Nostalgia).
The engine itself is an actual piece of art, a naturally aspirated 4.2 liter V8 and 420 HP. Packed in a lightweight body and mated to a perfect dual-clutch gearbox, the R8 V8 was capable of attacking some Italian exotics with no problem.