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Here’s Why This R8 Based Supercar By An Italian Design Studio Costs 10 Times As Much

Ummmmm. Well then. This seems like it might be a bit too over the top considering what you get.

The Audi R8 is a masterpiece in design. It is gorgeously sculpted, handles like a supercar should, is insanely quick/fast, and is widely considered by many to be the best everyday supercar in the world. You may get arguments from the Porsche faithful saying the 911 Turbo S is, but that’s an argument for another day. What we’re here to talk about is this.

What Is THAT Thing?!

What you’re seeing above is an R8 based supercar by Italian design firm Italdesign. The creativity was all used up on the cars they make, not their company name. Italdesign are the same people responsible for the Alfa Romeo 159, the 1974 Volkswagen Scirocco, and the Daewoo Lacetti. They’ve taken an R8 and rebodied it. In my eyes it looks as if a Nissan GTR, a Glickenhaus scg 003, and a Lamborghini Huracan had a love child. The results are astonishing and I think it looks amazing.

But is it worth it?

I’m sorry, it costs how much?

The MSRP on a base model R8 is around $169,000 on average in the US. This thing, which has no name and really is just an R8 with a new body, will set you back a shocking £1.3 million GBP and nearly £2 million with options. Yowsa.

But why is it this much? You should be able to get the same stats as a normal R8 V10: 600bhp, 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds, and a 205mph top speed. 10 times the price only gets you a new look and that seems to be it. But then you see that only 5 will be made and you understand. The exclusivity this car comes with is only one in five people in the world. It’s close to the Lykan Hypersport in exclusivity and people are willing to pay that premium for something this rare.

We’ll likely see the car in the flesh by end the end of the year. Personally, I can’t wait.

h/t: Car Throttle

Written by Gregson

Gregson's love affair with cars began at a young age thanks to his father who introduced him to racing. He's been a fan ever since he saw his first race live at Watkins Glen at the age of 5. He loves GT3, F1, Rally, Touring, and Le Mans styles of racing. Intermediate knowledge of internal combustion engines. Any reading done for pleasure is devoted to automotive journalism. Gregson owns a WRX and can 4-wheel drift directly into your hedges, no sweat. He currently is a Senior Copywriter for McCann Torre Lazur specializing in pharmaceutical advertising. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Kate and their dog Savannah.

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