The incredible Audi R8 is getting even more praise. This time, they won not one, but three awards from the Canadian Automobile Awards.
First up is the 2008 Canadian Car of the Year award by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. There were 11 other “best new” cars to chose from, which the journalists drove and evaluated, finally choosing the R8 as the victor.
The second award was the AJAC’s Best New Design award for 2008. This actually surprises me a little bit. While I personally love the R8’s design, it is controvertial, and I do hear many people say that it’s ugly. I say they’re crazy. Lastly, the R8 won the AJAC Most Coveted Vehicle award, which is no surprise. The R8 is pure car lust, from the looks, to driving, to the sound, the power, and overall “want it now” factor.
Congrats to Audi for making such an excellent car and getting so much completely deserved attention.
The nerds over at the Association of German Engineers just awarded Audi with the 2009 Mechatronic Innovation Award for their dynamic steering system. The system dynamically adjusts steering forces and steering ratio depending on how you’re driving.
Innovative, aerospace power-transmission technologies, highly sensitive sensors, and digital data networking: Audi dynamic steering integrates the collective know-how from numerous mechanical and electronic systems for enhanced driving pleasure and safety.
This is the system that makes it easy for you to navigate around parking lots at low speeds with minimal steering input, and tightens up the faster you go for straight-line stability. This is one of those systems that you don’t really notice when driving, and that’s the point. It’s made for driver comfort and pleasure, and is another one of those transparent features that make Audis so nice to drive.
The system is available on the new A4, S4, A4 allroad, A5, S5, A5 Cabriolet, and Audi Q5.
The Audi R8 won the 2009 “Classic of the Future” award in the Sports Car category from Motor Klassik readers. Sounds about right, considering the attention and praise the R8 has received since it was launched in 2008, not to mention the Godfather-inspired commercial aired during the 2008 Superbowl.
Motor Klassik readers chose from 168 different models in seven categories, and the R8 got top spot. With the R8 V10 coming soon, the car will certainly be considered a classic in a decade or two.
In a related note, the Audi A6 snagged third place in the “full-size car of the modern age” award. Congrats Audi!