With its win in the sports car category of the readers' poll "Classics of the Future 2009," the Audi R8 mid-engine sports car underlines just what a positive impact it has on the Audi brand's image, as perceived by classic car fans. The majority of the over 16,000 participating readers of the magazine "Motor Klassik" chose the R8 as the current sports car with the greatest potential for becoming a genuine classic in the future.

This is the fourth time that the German trade journal has staged this readers' poll.  Alongside 78 models from 1979, some of which have already become genuine classics, readers were also able to choose from 168 current models in seven categories. "This endorses our decision to follow up the Audi TT with a particularly emotion-stirring mid-engine sports car. In keeping with this special prize, the Audi R8 can now also be ordered with another classic, a 10-cylinder engine," says Michael-Julius Renz, Head of Sales Germany at AUDI AG. Renz thanked the readers and editorial team of "Motor Klassik" as he collected the prize yesterday evening in an appropriate setting at the historical automotive location in Stuttgart.

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With its third place, the Audi A6 scored a further success for the brand with the four rings in the category "full-size car of the modern age." The "Classics of the Future" prize is awarded every two years.