Usually when Edmunds InsideLine borrows a car from a manufacturer for long-term testing, their goal is acquire a brand-new vehicle for 12 months of everyday driving hitting 20,000 miles on the odometer. However, when it came to the Audi R8, InsideLine had to make a sacrifice.
Supposedly Audi said that they will only supply InsideLine with an R8 for long-term testing under two conditions. One, Audi said that the test can only last for three months. And two, the car already had to be a part of Audi’s media fleet.
InsideLine usually tells automakers like that: “Bring us a brand-new car for 12 months or you can stuff it where the sun don’t shine.” But when it came to the R8, the rules had to be broken. Audi provided the guys at InisideLine with an R8 that was sitting in Atlanta, Georgia, with 7,000 miles on it.
Edmunds says it will still drive the car up to 20,000 miles and is ready to make their cross-country trip from Atlanta, Georgia to Santa Monica, California. You can follow the result of their tests at InsideLine’s Long-Test Blog.