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  • Launched in 2015
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  • Petrol
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    2015
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The best all-round supercar

Best bits

  • Brutal straight-line performance
  • Powered by Audi’s legendary V10
  • Refined and comfortable at low speeds

Not so great

  • Not as sharp as its rivals to drive
  • Frightening thirst for fuel 
  • Early models lack essential kit

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Overall verdict on the Audi R8

"It might not be as sharp to drive as a Porsche 911 or McLaren 570S, but the Audi R8 remains one of the most accomplished supercars on sale. Easy to use, comfortable and wonderfully refined, the R8 surpasses its rivals for everyday useability, while its vocal V10 and sophisticated four-wheel-drive system make it surprisingly easy to master."

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Motoring clichés are easy to come by, but every now and again a car comes along that’s so brilliant that it qualifies for every stock phrase you can find. The Audi R8’s one of those cars: it’s revolutionary, a game-changer and it really does handle like it is on rails. Definitely one of the best sports car you can buy today.


On the open road the R8 is scintillating, with outstanding acceleration and a wonderful soundtrack that builds with the revs. The V10 is theatrical, flamboyant and high-revving. It starts up with a chorus of crackles and pops plus it thunders along at sub-30mph with surprising grace.


The steering is light and responsive while the large mirrors provide excellent all-round vision. The pedal action is also refined, which means you can apply small amounts of brake or throttle in traffic, without the usual supercar jarring. 


The seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox works well with the V10, holding the gears in the corners and providing rapid changes as you push it on the straights. The R8 is fitted with a set of driving modes that let you tailor the handling and exhaust note, but there's plenty of fun to be had in even the most sedate settings.  


While the steering impresses, it still lacks the precision of the Porsche 911 or McLaren 570S, which feel sharper. However, the R8 rides extremely well and will easily cope with the roughest of surfaces. 


In fact, as a daily driver at urban speeds, the R8 is the best in the business and this means it’s one of the best high performance cars for daily driving. 


If you're looking for the convertible version, you need our Audi R8 Spyder (2017-) review.

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5.2 FSI [540] V10 2dr S Tronic RWD

  • 2021
  • 2,000 miles

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  • Lookers Audi Newcastle
  • Northumberland, NE47LA
Price:£124,999
PCP: £1,664.90/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £1,664.90, Customer Deposit: £18,749.00, Total Deposit: £18,749.85, Optional Final Payment: £65,298.75, Total Charge For Credit: £17,321.10, Total Amount Payable: £142,320.10, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 72ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Audi R8 right for you?

The Audi R8 is a very fast but forgiving supercar. All versions are easy to drive, well-equipped and comfortable over long journeys. 


If you’re unfamiliar with the performance and handling characteristics of 200mph high-performance vehicles then the R8 will be a good place to start. The cabin is luxurious, spacious and easy to use. Top-spec models get a comprehensive package of parking sensors and cameras, which means you won’t have to spend 15 minutes trying to successfully park at your local supermarket. 


The naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine may look and sound intimidating, but this engine is one of the most predictable high-performance engines on the market. The power delivery is smooth and predictable, while the seven-speed automatic gearbox is smart and will not hesitate on either the up or downshift. 


The R8 doesn’t feel as cutting edge as its rivals at speed: the steering is slightly overpowered and the four-wheel-drive system can make it difficult to explore the car’s limits. The four-wheel-drive system provides mind-boggling levels of grip, but it has its limits and only veteran drivers will be able to read the minute tell-tale signs of when they are being surpassed. 


However, for everyday comfort and easy to use, we rate the R8 as the best all-round supercar. 


What’s the best R8 model/engine to choose?

The Audi R8 is unlikely to disappoint. It’s fantastic to drive, brutality fast and comfort for everyday driving. However, if you want to get the most out of your R8 experience, we’d encourage you to buy one of the facelifted models (sold from 2019 onwards). 


The mid-life update provides higher levels of standard equipment and important tweaks to the suspension and steering. Audi’s ‘virtual cockpit’ system also became a standard, replacing the traditional instrument dials with a 12-inch HD screen. 


The V10 is offered with two outputs, with the range-topping models getting the most power. Owing to its higher equipment levels and enhanced exterior styling, we think the V10 Plus/Performance versions provide the best R8 experience. 


What other cars are similar to the Audi R8?

The Porsche 911, McLaren 570S and Honda NSX are all key rivals to the Audi R8. Both the Porsche and McLaren are sharper and more involving to drive, while the Honda has lower fuel costs due to its hybrid powertrain.


The R8 is easier to live with on a day-to-day basis, with its refined low-speed handling and useful driver tech making it easier to use. Audi’s comprehensive parking assistance package (fitted as standard) makes parking a breeze. 


If you want a comfortable supercar with a luxurious interior then the Audi R8 will probably be the car for you. The R8’s cabin is far superior to the 911, 570S and NSX, with higher quality materials used throughout. Audi’s infotainment system is also head and shoulders about anything that’s produced by Porsche, McLaren and Honda right now. 


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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Audi R8 a good car?

Very much so, although did we don't expect anything less from a company like Audi. The R8 is good because it's comfortable and refined enough to use every day but also astonishingly quick.

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How fast does an Audi R8 go?

None of them are slow, but the quickest will get you to 62mph from standstill in 3.1 seconds.

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Is the Audi R8 a supercar?

While the car it's based on - the Lamborghini Huracan is a nailed on supercar - some would say the Audi badge disqualifies the R8 from being a supercar. We don't agree - the R8 is the supercar you can live with every day.

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What makes the Audi R8 special?

It's a two-seater sports car that has a V10 engine mounted amidships. It's arguably one of the only supercars you can stop off at Tescos with to pick up a few things up on your way back from giving it a damn-good thrashing on track.

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