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Audi R8

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Overview of the Audi R8

Learn about the Audi R8

Summary

With bold styling and mid-engine design, the Audi R8 was introduced in 2007 to challenge existing high-end supercars. Whether you go for the two-door coupe or convertible Spyder, the Audi R8 is styled inside and out for maximum visual impact. When coupled with a powerful V8 or V10 engine and standard luxe options, the R8 is designed for thrills, whether on the workday commute or exhilarating drive on a long country road. A roomy cabin, intelligent use of space and butter-smooth ride means that this two-seater has practicality as well as performance in its pedigree.

Safety

Standard safety features of the Audi R8 as of 2008 include:

  • Seat-mounted and knee-protecting front airbags
  • Anti-lock disc brakes to maintain steering ability
  • Traction and stability control, to prevent loss of handling

Front and rear parking sensors, a navigation system and a rearview camera are additional safety options on the 5.2 L engine.

Interior

The Audi R8 interior matches its premium exterior. In earlier generations of the R8 around 2010, standard features include:

  • Automatic climate control, which adjusts heating or cooling perfectly to the set level
  • Heated and power-adjusted supportive leather seating
  • A flat-bottom, multi-function steering wheel, though some say this feels awkward

While the cabin is roomy enough for even the tallest performance car enthusiasts, some drivers feel the R8's low roof and platform makes it tricky to enter and exit. From 2016 onward, the R8 is equipped with Audi's virtual cockpit, with a monitor placed in front of the driver instead of the central panel.

Technology

The standard Audi music interface was added to the R8 in 2012, but some drivers found its controls less than intuitive. Additional features on the 2012 4.2 coupe include:

  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Standard LED running lights
  • Standard auto-dimming rearview mirror 
  • Optional navigation system
  • Optional Bang and Olufsen stereo system

Space

The Audi R8 owes its comfortable interior to a long wheelbase. In addition to providing ample room up front for two people, there is space enough behind the driver and passenger to hold some larger items. A small storage compartment, less than four cubic feet, is available in the front trunk. Unusually for a supercar, the R8 interior has plenty of smart spaces to stash small items—more than your standard cupholders.

Comfort

When measured against other exotic car models, the Audi R8 remains both a quiet and comfortable contender. Early models of the R8, with the 4.2 L V8, had 420 hp and acceleration of zero to 100 km in 3.2 seconds. With the larger 5.2 L V10 engine, that increases to 525 hp with a top speed of 330 km/h. In newer model years, even larger engines are available. Surprisingly, for a supercar, many drivers report that the Audi R8's suspension and handling make it a comfortable daily car.

Pros and cons of the Audi R8

  • Two-seat, mid-engine supercar
  • V10 engine available in 540 or 610 horsepower
  • All-wheel drive
  • Low roofline can impede entry and exit
  • Limited storage space
  • Road noise can hamper voice recognition
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the Audi R8

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats2
  • Doors2
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption16 - 17.5 L/100km
  • Highway consumption9.5 - 11.7 L/100km
  • Width1940 mm
  • Length4426 mm
  • Trunk space227 L
  • Cargo space227 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Audi R8

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the Audi R8 2017 - present is available in 3 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
Available across all trims:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Adaptive bending lights
  • Cornering lights
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Glare-free high beam
  • Headlight cleaners
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Automatic parking (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Front sensors
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • USB port for front passengers
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
3 engines are available with the Basic trim:
5.2 L - Gas - 532 hp
City consumption:16 - 17.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.5 - 11.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:572 - 634 km
5.2 L - Gas - 540 hp
City consumption:16.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:11.2 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:587 km
5.2 L - Gas - 562 hp
City consumption:17.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:11.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:557 km

Plus trim features and specs

Available with the Plus trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the Plus trim:
  • Four-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Glare-free high beam
  • Headlight cleaners
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Front sensors
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • USB port for front passengers
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
2 engines are available with the Plus trim:
5.2 L - Gas - 602 hp
City consumption:17.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:11.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:504 km
5.2 L - Gas - 610 hp
City consumption:16.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:11.2 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:517 km

performance trim features and specs

Available with the performance trim:
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
Available across all trims:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Power steering
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Tire repair kit
Available with the performance trim:
  • Four-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Glare-free high beam
  • Headlight cleaners
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD disc changer
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Front sensors
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Start stop system
  • USB port for front passengers
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
1 engine is available with the performance trim:
5.2 L - Gas - 602 hp
City consumption:17.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:11.7 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:491 km

Frequently asked questions about the Audi R8

The top speed of an Audi R8 depends on year and trim—older R8s have a maximum 315 km/h speed while newer ones can reach up to 330 km/h.

Older versions of the Audi R8 fell a little short of the performance requirements for a supercar. The 2020 R8 has the torque, transmission, handling and brakes of a supercar.

The mid-engine Audi R8 provides storage space under the front hood and behind the front seats.

“R” stands for "Roadster". The Audi R8 shares its name and almost half its parts with the Audi R8 GT3 LMS race car.

While the exact amount depends on year and trim, newer Audi R8s exceed $200,000, while older versions may be found at almost half that figure.