Audi R8 (2015-present)

The Audi R8 is the sensible supercar that you can use every day - but it's still got a roar

Strengths & Weaknesses


Supercar performance
Can be used as an everyday car
Turns head swithout being too outlandish


Little storage space
Expensive to run
Steering less precise than rivals'
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Owners will likely baulk at the sentiment but the Audi R8 has always been the sensible supercar choice. It can be driven every day, yet happily keep pace with offerings from Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini.

This is partly down to Audi's quattro four-wheel-drive technology, which removes some of the hairier moments typically associated with powerful rear-wheel-drive cars, as well as the marque's constant push for the latest in-car technology and driver assistance packages. The latest second generation car, which comes in both Coupéand drop-top Spyder versions, is arguably the most technically capable yet.

It's also wider, the styling is sharper and the option of a 4.2-litre V8 engine has been jettisoned in favour of just one powerplant: a powerful 5.2-litre V10. The Coupé version comes in V10 or V10 Plus variants, the latter sporting bespoke exterior styling features and an output of 602bhp, putting it on par with the Lamborghini Huracan.

Inside, the car features Audi's stunning Virtual Cockpit instrument panel, which replaces the traditional binnacles and dials with a 12.3-inch interactive TFT display. From here, the driver can adjust everything from multimedia to vehicle settings, while satellite navigation is beamed to the display with the option to adapt the layout on the move. It is a tech-lovers paradise but it will be the driving experience and stunning exterior styling that will likely draw the most attention.

The 5.2-litre V10 is a throwback to the glory days of Formula 1 and boasts a soundtrack that isn't too far off the elite racers, while the seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission, dubbed S-Tronic - complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters - is about as close to a racing experience as one can get on the road.

The Spyder is 50 per cent stiffer than the outgoing counterpart; making it the stiffest open-top machine money can buy. That translates into greater cornering control, as the reduced flex in the chassis allows the car to remain flat and predictable when roads get challenging, making it almost as potent when driven flat-out as its fixed-head counterpart.

It's also difficult to find a more exciting sensation than lowering the origami-style electronic roof, which can be achieved in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, and listening to the bellow of the V10 engine as it reverberates off tunnel walls. Of course, customers will have to part with vast sums of cash to get in on the action. But with Coupé models starting at £119,520, the Audi R8 looks like a bargain compared to its big brother, the Lamborghini Huracan, which is marginally faster and arguably more tantalising, but it is less technically impressive inside and no way near as comfortable over longer journeys.

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Audi R8 Engines 

5.2-litre FSI V10

There isn't much in the way of engine choice with the Audi R8 but that isn't a problem, as this motor delivers performance and thrills by the bucket load. It develops a staggering 533bhp in the V10 models, which is enough to propel the machine from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 197mph.

And if that isn't enough, Coupé customers can opt for the V10 Plus model, which uses 602bhp to drop the 0-62mph sprint time to 3.2 seconds. Plus, the soundtrack is phenomenal, especially when enjoyed with the roof lowered in the Spyder version, but Audi has also made some attempts to reduce the running costs. Cylinder on demand technology sees an entire bank of cylinders deactivated when the car is up to cruising speed. That means it is technically a five-
cylinder machine at certain points in a journey, which uses less fuel and helps improve the overall mpg figure.

To add to this, Audi has also introduced a freewheeling or coasting function, which cuts the revs when the driver releases the accelerator. This works best at motorway speeds and allows the car to coast in certain situations to reduce the load on the engine and improve fuel consumption. Regardless, drivers will struggle to tget close to 20mpg mark in real-world driving conditions.

Audi R8 Trims 

There are no trim levels with the Audi R8 per se, but the German marque will allow customers to go absolutely bananas with the options list in pursuit of a highly personalised machine.

For example, the carbon fibre 'Sideblades' can be carefully embossed with the driver's name or company logo at a cost, but more typical optional extras include a powerful Bang & Olufsen sound system, hand-stitched  leather seats, bespoke paint options, illuminated interior elements and unique alloy wheel designs.

The R8 V10 Plus model comes with an additional fixed rear spoiler, gloss carbon exterior details, twin-spoke 19-inch wheels and the powerful Audi carbon ceramic brake set-up, which can also be specified as an optional extra. The drop-top Spyder version also boasts its own unique exterior styling touches, such as smaller carbon Sideblades and hood compartment airoutlets, but customers can customise their cars to an impressive level.

Audi R8 Prices

5.2 fsi v10 quattro 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 24.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

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5.2 fsi v10 rear wheel series 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 22.8mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £96,345

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Audi R8 Audi Sport Performance Parts

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  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy
  • Gears automatic

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Audi R8 Plus

5.2 fsi v10 plus quattro 2dr s tronic

  • Doors 2
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 23mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £120,723

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