Audi R8 Reviews

There is no doubt that when the Audio R8 first appeared on our television screens in the advertisement, there was almost an audible gasp as this beautiful machine revealed itself. It is a thing of beauty, and many a viewer would have been secretly hoping that the lottery numbers would come up, so they could get their name down on the list to own one.

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The R8 is Audi’s attempt to place itself amongst the elite super car manufacturers, Porsche, Maserati, Aston Martin, BMW and Mercedes. There is no doubt that the Audi R8 is a head turner, and no doubt will draw crowds of eager aspiring owners, but it has the power to deliver performance as well. Audi has combined a lightweight aluminium chassis and body with a 420bhp V8 4.2 litre engine which can propel the car to a top speed of 187 mph, and from a standing start to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds. Audi insist that the R8 will be a good seller on it’s own, but there is no doubt that the idea is to use the magic of the R8 to influence sales across the rest of the brand, and there will be fewer finer cars available that have the kind of influence that Audi were looking to achieve.

The designer of the R8 had in mind the Audi principles of elegant strong lines, but they also had to manage to allow huge amounts of cooling air to force its way through to the engine and brakes, hence the car has two large air intakes either side of the Audi grille. Twelve LEDs just below the headlamp cluster enhance the sleek appearance of this super car. The pronounced wheel arches added to the strong lines have a more practical use rather than simple good looks. These are designed to capture air and direct it along the contours to the engine bay.

Viewed from the rear, the V8 engine is visible through the glass case and the finned rear air intakes above the fuel pipes have been designed for maximum visual impact. The manufacturers have included an automatic spoiler which pops up when the car reaches speeds of 62mph or more. This drops down below 22mph, but has been designed so as not to ruin the sleek lines of the car.

Dream car

Dream car

Internally, the driver’s seat evokes the feeling of being in a single seater fighter plane. The dashboard has two cam shaped instrumental panels divided by a screen, rather than a usual symmetrical shape the centre console has been designed to allow greater flow of air from the vents. The console is completed with an open gated gear knob surrounded by a metal plate giving the appearance and feel of a precision tool. The gear stick handles superbly and adds to the sporty feel of the car.

The driving experience of the Audi R8 is something which has attracted huge attention. Audi seem to have got the balance of power and weight exactly right. Although the consensus is that the automatic version is best avoided, the manual gearbox has been described as one of the best manufactured anywhere. Audi have always had the ability to produce cars which are fine going in a straight line, but the R8 has meant a radical departure for Audi in that they have now managed to produce a car with this type of performance which has great handling capabilities. The outstanding road holding of the chassis combined with all wheel drive, produces smooth cornering and safe handling at speed. There is an optional ‘magnetic’ ride which alters the dampers to take into account driving conditions.

So all the driving that you will do in your free time on open roads with the wind blowing through you hair are well catered for, but it is in the area of everyday driving which the Audi R8 owner may feel slightly let down. The boot of the car is tiny and the back seats are replaced with a small ledge, leaving very little room for all your shopping items. Thick pillars at the front of the car and noticeable blind spots around the car mean that there are likely to be the odd accident and scrape whilst changing lanes or parking your pride and joy. The optional ceramic brakes are not particularly smooth, and appear to be very keen. Audi have been made aware of this fact and say they will correct this.

Mexican Swine flu : 149 die in mexico

The Swine Flu, which was first reported in Mexico, now spreads to other parts of the world, faster than expected. At least 149 people have been killed so far by this killer disease in Mexico. In addition, USA, Canada, New Zealand, European countries including Spain, France and UK and Asian countries China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, South Korea and Malaysia have raised a Swine Flu alert. Swine Flu, a common disease among the Pings, now spreads to the humans.

swine flu spreads the world

swine flu spreads the world

Canada, Spain and the united states have confirmed the cases of Swine Flu. Mexico’s government has confirmed the death toll at 149 and number of affected people at 1,995. The Swine Flu disease was first reported two weeks ago. All schools in Mexico have been closed till May 6.

While the Bird Flu is found among the poultry products, Swine Flu is found among the pigs. It normally does not affect the humans, but has emerged as a killer disease, for the first time. According to Physicians, cooking pork at an internal temperature of 71 degree Celsius, will kill the Swine Flu virus.Some of the common symptoms of Swine Flu are fever, headache, uneasiness and sore throat. The stocks have plummeted across the world, as the Swine Flu spreads. Travel Industry and Airlines Industries. According to World Bank, the Swine Flu pandemic could cost the world $3 trillion.

The Indian government has issued an advisory, asking its citizens to restrict visits to Mexico, US, Canada, New Zealand and France, which are seen as most affected by Swine Flu outbreak.

Backlash 2009 results
ECW Championship
Jack Swagger vs. Christian – WINNER : Christian


Chris Jericho vs. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat – WINNER : Chris Jericho
Kane vs. CM Punk – WINNER : Kane


“I Quit” Match
Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy
– WINNER : Jeff Hardy
WWE Title on The Line
Triple H, Batista %26amp; Shane McMahon vs. Randy Orton %26amp; The Legacy – WINNER : Randy Orton


World Heavyweight Championship
Last Man Standing Match
John Cena vs. Edge
– WINNER : Edge

TATA NANO – Car For You

Owning a car is definitely one of the ultimate dreams of everyone. But with the high cost of vehicle ownership, meaning not only the car itself but the cost of maintaining a car, one can only wish for the invention of the world’s cheapest car, a unit that is affordable yet never lacking on the excellent features and the admirable details. Thankfully, that wish is now granted – welcome the Tata Nano, the world’s cheapest car.

tata nano

tata nano

Spacious interiors, sensibly-designed hood and driver’s diagnostic panel (speedometer, tachometer) conveniently in the middle of the dashboard affords pleasant driving experience. Despite the affordable price tag, car owners are assured of the strength and power of a regular-priced compact car. It has tow cylinders for fuel efficiency, 624cc and 33 horsepower, all neatly packaged in the back of this spacious car model. But the question ultimately boils down to the price tag? And the ultimate answer – $2,000, more or less. Yup, less than what you would pay for an exclusive dinner of Angus beef, caviar and champagne in one of those certified Hollywood celebrity den in New York City. During the launching, it has a $1,980 dealer price.

World's Cheapest Car

World's Cheapest Car

Tata Nano cars are set to be exported in Southeast Asia and Africa in a few years, and possibly the United States given the poorer state of Americans these days. The first 100,000 units have been already booked for April in earnest first-come, first-served markets.

WWE Backlash 2009

Here is a preview of WWE Backlash with predictions included.


C.M. Punk vs. Kane

These two were recently drafted to Smackdown. This should be a decent match as Punk has a very entertaining and athletic style, while Kane is one of the more athletic big men in the WWE. Punk beat Kane out in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at Wrestlemania and then beat him again on Raw this week, while Kane beat him in a tag match on WWE Superstars. If they hope to rebuild Kane as a monster heel on Smackdown, he needs to win here. Punk has a world title match in his back pocket and really doesn’t need the win here.

Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat vs. Chris Jericho

Jericho, who was recently drafted to Smackdown, continues his feud with WWE legends this Sunday against Ricky Steamboat. Steamboat has looked pretty good in a couple of tag matches and it will be interesting to see if he can hold his own in a 1 on 1 match. Jericho is a consumate pro and can have a good match with just about anyone. Steamboat was one of the best pure wrestlers in his prime and he still has something left. This should be a fairly entertaining match. The legends rarely beat the current superstars and a loss here would kill Jericho’s momentum, so expect him to come out on top.

Jeff Hardy vs. Matt Hardy (I Quit Match)

These two real-life brothers will go at it once again. This has been an entertaining feud featuring an “extreme rules match,” a “stretcher match” and it will now culminate with an “I quit match.” The stipulation is a little unusual since neither of these two is a submission wrestler. However, these two pros are likely to put on another good match. Matt is on the biggest roll of his career and is on the verge of breaking into the main-event picture. A loss would kill his momentum so he needs another win here. Don’t expect Jeff to say “I quit,” though. That would make him look weak. Expect Matt to win on a referee stoppage.

Christian vs. Jack Swagger (ECW Title Match)

Nice to see the ECW title defended on pay per view. For some reason, it was not defended at Wrestlemania. Swagger is a very good young wrestler with a lot of potential, while Christian is a cagey veteran with a very entertaining style based on his great athleticism. If this is given enough time, it should be a nice match. Swagger has had very few successful title defenses and he needs a big pay per view win over a credible opponent. Expect him to pick up a dubious win.

Edge vs. John Cena (World Title Last Man Standing Match)

These two will write another chapter in their great rivalry. These two, along with the Big Show, are coming off a very strong match at Wrestlemania. They have great chemistry and always put on a fun match. Expect an entertaining back and forth match with numerous 8 and 9 counts. This type of match favors Cena and it is hard to pick against him in a big match, but considering the fact that Smackdown has no world title right now, expect the ultimate oportunist Edge to somehow figure out a way to pull it out and bring the title back to Smackdown.

Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Ted Dibiase vs. HHH, Batista, Shane McMahon (WWE Title Match)


The stipulations in this match are that if anyone on Orton’s team pins anyone on HHH’s team, Orton wins the title, and if anyone on HHH’s team gets counted out or disqualified, Orton also wins the title. Wouldn’t expect a very good match here. Batista is likely to have some rust, Shane is a part-timer, Rhodes and Dibiase have never been in such a high profile match, and Orton and HHH had a very lackluster match at Wrestlemania. That’s not a good formula for a quality match. They have teased the possibility of Orton winning the title on a DQ but that would not be a good idea as it would make him look weak as the new champion. If he beat someone other than HHH, it would also make him look weak. Considering the fact that he beat HHH on Raw, don’t expect HHH to lay down for him once again. HHH’s team will win but someone other than Orton will take the loss in order to keep him as a strong challenger.

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ipl schedule 2009…


April 19: Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers (Newlands, Cape Town); Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab (Newlands, Cape Town)

April 20: Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth)

April 21: Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians (Kingsmead, Durban); Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab (Kingsmead, Durban)

April 22: Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings (Kingsmead, Durban); Royal Challengers v Deccan Chargers (Newlands, Cape Town)

April 23: Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth)

April 24: Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers (Wanderers, Johannesburg)

April 25: Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings (Newlands, Cape Town); Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians (Kingsmead, Durban)

April 26: Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab (Newlands, Cape Town); Royal Challengers v Delhi Daredevils (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth)

April 27: Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians (Newlands, Cape Town); Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers (Kingsmead, Durban)

April 28: Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria)

April 29: Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab (Kingsmead, Durban); Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers (Kingsmead, Durban)

April 30: Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria); Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria)

May 1: Royal Challengers v Kings XI Punjab (Buffalo Park, East London); Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders (Kingsmead, Durban)

May 2: Rajasthan Royals v Deccan Chargers (Wanderers, Johannesburg); Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth)

May 3: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers (Kingsmead, Durban); Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders (Buffalo Park, East London)

May 4: Deccan Chargers v Chennai Super Kings (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth)

May 5: Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders (Kingsmead, Durban); Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals (Kingsmead, Durban)

May 6: Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria)

May 7: Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria); Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria)

May 8: Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians (Buffalo Park, East London)

May 9: Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab (Outsurance Park, Bloemfontein); Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth)

May 10: Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils (Buffalo Park, East London); Royal Challengers v Mumbai Indians (Wanderers, Johannesburg)

May 11: Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals (Outsurance Park, Bloemfontein)

May 12: Royal Challengers vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria); Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria)

May 13: Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils (Kingsmead, Durban)

May 14: Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals (Kingsmead, Durban); Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers (Kingsmead, Durban)

May 15: Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils (De Beers Diamond, Oval, Kimberley)

May 16: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians (Wanderers, Johannesburg); Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth)

May 17: Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils (De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley); Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers (Wanderers, Johannesburg)

May 18: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria)

May 19: Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers (Wanderers, Johannesburg)

May 20: Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab (Kingsmead, Durban); Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders (Kingsmead, Durban)

May 21: Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria); Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria)

May 22: Semifinal 1 at Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria

May 23: Semifinal 2 at Wanderers, Johannesburg