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Audi R8®
Audi R8® Facelift, Lava Grey Metallic
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Originally published on:
RailRoad Modeling

Audi R8® Facelift, Lava Grey Metallic
Item: 038249
Collection: CARS&TRUCKS
Brochure: Herpa Cars & Trucks 2012 / 11-12
Manufacturer: Audi
Type: R8

Audi R8® Facelift is a new model by Herpa. Herpa released the modified models in ibis-white and pearlescent lava-gray, with new air inlets in the front as well as modifications on the lateral blades. Herpa features a video of the Audi R8 Spyder on Herpa.TV at their website.
Audi R8®
Audi is known for their performance sedans and coupes which boast advanced electronic equipment to sense traction, torque, acceleration, and emissions. Their R8 is a 2-seat sports car with Audi’s Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system, with a big engine mounted in the middle. This powerful high-revving Audi 5.2 liter FSI® V10 generates 525 hp @ 8000 rpm;
    producing remarkable power and performance, capable of launching you from 0-60 in 3.7 seconds.
It also incorporates the ingenious Audi magnetic ride;
    ...instantaneous driver control at the touch of a button. By utilizing an advanced magnetically charged fluid whose viscosity continuously adapts to driving dynamics and can be controlled electromagnetically, the driver can select from ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ modes to customize the ride and handling.

The car has another power choice: the 4.2 liter FSI® V8.
Audi R8® facelift
This new model joins 172 other Audi models from Herpa, including nine R8 models. The model is fully assembled and packed in a lightweight plastic form-fitted tray secured in a light plastic box.

I found no flaws in the molding or assembly. The model has a very accurate shape compared to photos I have matched it to. Some parts are molded in color. The tires have no tread detail except for the very edges. Windows are clear with no distortion; you can see the interior.

Kicking the tires
The exterior features fine recessed lines for doors and hoods and panels, and deeper recesses for the grille. Herpa molds the gas cap on the right side with enough finesse that it appears to be a separate part. Underside detail is simplified. Faint windshield wipers are molded in the black chrome on the windshield. Two exhaust ports peek out from the rear bumper.

Individual clear lenses simulate the headlamps and tinted lenses simulate the tail lights.
Separate side view mirrors are attached. Soft plastic tires encompass detailed rims.

Inside is an impressive Tuscan Brown simulated Nappa leather interior featuring bucket seats, steering wheel, console, rear-view mirror, stick shift and dashboard detailing. The rear view and side mirrors lack reflective surfaces. While the interior is somewhat visible through the small clear windows, a detailed 5.2 liter FSI® V10 is very visible through the rear window! You can almost hear the rumble.
Paint and Finish
Herpa finishes are usually very good and this model is no exception. The glassy finish on the smooth plastic made the model challenging to photograph as the finish reflects so much light and background. This model is painted a pearlescent lavagrau metallic / lava grey metallic.

The laterals are painted black. Herpa also offers this model in ibisweiß / ibis white (model number 028240).

It appears that the designer rims are molded in bright silver. Chrome body trim is painted on, as is the Audi emblem and the car model. Herpa does not use decals.
Revvin’ up!
This modern sportcar model is an impressive miniature of the real thing. It looks great and has impressive detail. I appreciate the clear and tinted lenses for the lights. The finish is fantastic. However, the underside is simplified compared to the reference photos I found; the tires lack tread detail.

This is another exceptional model from Herpa for collectors, dioramaists, and modern model railroaders. I easily recommend it.

We thank Herpa for sending this model for review; please tell vendors and retailers that you saw this model here – on Railroad Modeling.
†, ‡. AUDI OF AMERICA. 2012 Audi R8. [Web.] 2012.
Highs: Impressive interior and exterior detail. I really appreciate the clear and tinted lenses for the lights. The finish is fantastic.
Lows: The underside is simplified compared to the reference photos I found. Tires lack tread detail.
Verdict: An exceptional model from Herpa for collectors, dioramaists, and modern model railroaders.
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  Scale: HO Scale
  Mfg. ID: 038249
  Suggested Retail: $14.50 ( 11 € )
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  PUBLISHED: Jan 07, 2013

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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