Alex with Audi R8 in a parking garage

2012 Audi R8 v10 gated manual

I am the proud owner of a 2012 Audi R8 v10 gated manual. The Audi R8 v10 has been my ultimate, end all be all, childhood dream car. While some of the reasons for this may feel obvious, there are a few things that really stand out to me about this car.

First and foremost, it's a gated manual super car. There weren't many "modern" cars that offered this option and Audi/Lamborghini (both under the Volkswagen Group) were the last super cars that offered the manual option up until 2014.

Second, I'm half German and have always been a fan of German engineering. Admittedly, I'm less of a fan of the stereotypes around German car owners (looking at you teenage BMW drivers).

Lastly, especially compared to the sister car which is the Lamborghini Gallardo with the same v10 engine, I really like the more rounded body lines of the R8 vs other super cars, like the Gallardo.

For many years I've had posters, model cars, and all sorts of Audi R8 trinkets around the house. It's still so surreal to me that I'm fortunate enough to live out some of by biggest childhood dreams.

Audi R8 in a parking garage


Like many car enthusiasts, there's a list of things I'm itching to do. This includes, but is certainly not limited to:

  • 20 inch Vossen wheels
  • Powder coat brake calipers red
  • GT style carbon fiber spoiler
  • Armytrix valvetronic exhaust
  • Custom carbon fiber steering wheel by Exclusive Steering
  • VF Engineering supercharger kit
  • VF Engineering tune
  • Magride delete with BC Racing Coilovers

Rear driver side view of Audi R8 in a parking garage