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Audi R8: Buying guide and review (2007-2015)

Audi R8: Buying guide and review (2007-2015) Classic and Performance Car
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The Audi R8 arrived on the motoring scene in 2007, and redefined the affordable supercar category. The usual Audi sports car recipe of front-mounted turbocharged engine and four-wheel drive was effective, but had not troubled the opposition much in terms of driving dynamics. Moments of genius such as the original Quattro and the B7 RS4 were few and far between, however with the introduction of the R8 that all changed. Here was a junior supercar which could not only match the class leaders but also beat them at their own game. 

Initially available with a dry sump version of the RS4’s 414bhp V8, the rear biased four-wheel drive system and mid-engined layout gave the Audi’s new player the handling and pace to back up its stunning looks. Audi gave the opposition a bit of time to regroup before releasing the 518bhp 5.2-litre V10, which took the fight to Ferrari and turbocharged Porsches. Being part of the VW group means that the R8 shares components with its more flamboyant Lamborghini Gallardo cousin, especially in V10 guise, as well as some of the best bits from the Audi performance parts bin.

The first generation R8 has done wonders for the Audi brand, a well-balanced chassis and a pair of great engines have allowed it to shake up the junior super car establishment. The R8’s mix of performance and affordability is still as relevant today as it was at its launch.
 
Which one to buy?
 
Available as a manual V8 at launch the R8 offerings swelled out to include a Lamborghini derived V10, a convertible and numerous limited edition models.

Most UK models were available with a manual gearbox as standard, and a six-speed R Tronic gearbox as an option. This R Tronic was criticised by some for its low speed jerkiness but came into its own when pressing on, but the 2012 face-lift saw the introduction of an improved seven-speed R-tronic gearbox, as well as some external and internal changes intended to freshen up the design. 

A number of limited edition models were sold such as the R8 GT which was a lighter more focussed R8 V10, as well as the R8 V10 Plus and LMX. These all featured ever increasing power outputs making sure to keep just a few horsepower below their Lamborghini stable mates. These are the ones to have if owning the ultimate first generation R8 is your aim.

Most people will automatically assume the V10 is the one to have, but the V8 is plenty fast enough accompanied by a satisfyingly deep exhaust note and while the V10 is appreciably faster in a straight line you would need a long empty stretch of road close to home to make the most of the extra power on a regular basis.

Optional ceramic brakes are worth having if you plan to do regular track days, otherwise the standard disc and brake setup is more than up to the job. The other option that is a must both on and off the track are the magnetic ride shock absorbers which improve ride comfort while keeping the car planted in the twisties.

Performance and specs

2008 Audi R8 V8 Coupe
Engine 4163cc, 32valve DOHC V8 
Power 414bhp @ 7800rpm 
Torque 317lb ft @ 4500-6000rpm
Top speed 187mph
0-62mph 4.6 seconds 
Fuel consumption 19.3 mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed manual/six- or seven-speed semi–automatic 
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2650mm
Length 4431mm
Width 1904mm
Height 1252mm
Weight 1560kg
 
Common problems

Parts are still widely available and while servicing charges are not the same as they would be for your A4 they are on the lower end of the scale in supercar terms. Reliability has been very good on the R8 and there are precious few issues to be concerned about.

• A recall was carried out on cars built between April 2009 and August 2011 for a fuel pipe that was located too close to a heat shield. Check that your car has had this checked out if it was built during this time frame.

• Servicing can be either time or mileage based, except on the GT models which have fixed service intervals. Avoid cars with patchy service histories as despite their inherent reliability, missed services can cause problems.

• Some owners have noted that second gear on manual cars can suffer from crunching synchros if the gearboxes have been abused. 

• V10 models tend to have higher running costs especially if the carbon ceramic brakes need replacing, not to mention the fuel consumption increase over the V8 cars.
 
Model history

2007: Audi R8 coupe launched. Initially available in coupe body style and 414bhp V8
2009: R8 V10 released. 5.2 litre V10 produces 525bhp. LED headlights, larger brakes and updated body styling differentiate the models
2010: R8 V10 Spyder introduced with same mechanicals as V10 coupe and soft top electronically folding roof. R8 GT launched featuring an uprated 552bhp V10 engine with a 100kg reduction in weight
2011: R8 V8 Spyder introduced with electronic soft top folding roof and a slightly uprated 428bhp V8. R8 GT Spyder launched with same mechanicals as R8 GT. R8 V8 limited edition for UK market introduced with 100 units built. Bespoke paint and trim options including R8 GT alloy wheels mark this model out
2012: Major facelift carried out on all R8 models with changes to LED headlights to all models, uprated 7 speed S Tronic gearbox and new bumpers and trim. R8 V10 plus model available in coupe body style featured uprated 542bhp V10 engine and model specific interior and exterior trim items.

Most UK face-lifted models were 2013 cars with orders being taken from mid 2012. Limited edition R8 LMX V10 introduced with only 99 units built. Power was up to 562bhp and featured a first-for-Audi laser head lighting technology. Limited edition versions of V10 models built for Chinese and US markets
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• www.r8talk.com
• www.audiownersclub.com/forums
• www.audiownersclub.co.uk
 
Summary and prices

There is a huge range of cars to choose from, the recent release of the new R8 may have something to do with that, but the older generation cars are still in demand and residual values are generally excellent.
 
You won’t see much change from £40,000, even for one of the earliest V8 models. Mileages can be high in supercar terms, but this should not dissuade you from a well looked after example. V10 models start at £60,000 and R8 GTs are still around the £100,000 mark.
Whether you settle for an early V8 or the last of the line V10 Spyder, the first gen R8 is a great supercar with the looks to match. Throw in the practical aspects of reliability and reasonable running costs, and you can have your supercar cake and eat it.
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 10th Dec 2015
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    Variant name:Spyder Plus ,Derivative:Plus ,Variant: 5.2 FSI V10 Plus Quattro 2dr S Tronic Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 Plus Quattro 2dr S Tronic

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 2529 mi
    • Engine size: 5.2
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    £49,990 £49,990

    Variant name:QUATTRO ,Derivative:MK1 (TYP 42) ,Variant: 2011 11 Audi R8 4.2 V8 FSI Quattro 430BHP We are delighted to be able to offer this pristine example, low mileage 11 Reg Audi R8 4.2 V8 FSI Quattro 430 BHP 2 Door Coupe which has been meticulously maintained and cared for to the highest of standards mainly by Audi and is finished in Ibis White with contrasting Carbon Sigma Side Blades and with Full Black Leather upholstery which is one of the best colour combinations available in the super car range. No expense has been spared on the optional extra spec which includes Satellite Navigation Plus System, Carbon Side Blades, Audi Parking System Plus, Bang & Olufsen Sound System, Electric Front Seats, Heated Seats, Light Package, Audi Music Interface, TPMS and Cruise Control with a total cost of £8465. Also includes Bluetooth, 19" Alloys, 4 Way Exhaust System, Electric Adjustable Spoiler, Sports Suspension, Audi Quattro 4 Wheel Drive Technology and much more. Viewing is essential as we are confident you wont find a better example available on the market !

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    • Mileage: 29141 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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    Variant name:V10 PLUS QUATTRO ,Derivative:MK2 (R8 2) ,Variant: 5.2 FSI quattro 610 PS S tronic Parking system plus with reversing camera, Fine Nappa leather upholstery and trim with stitched diamond design, LED headlights with Audi Laser Light and High-beam assist, R8 Sport Seats, Sound & Comfort Pack, Audi Sport Pack, Driver Assistance Pack, Fuel tank - 83 litres, Sport exhaust system, Dynamic steering, Audi Magnetic Ride, ISOFIX child seat mounting for front passenger seat, Pneumatic seat backrest and side bolster adjustment, 20" '10-spoke Y design' alloy wheels in matt titanium, diamond cut finish (20" x 8.5J 245/30 front tyres and 20" x 11J 305/30 R 20 rear tyres), Extended Fine Nappa leather Package, High-beam assist, LED headlights with Audi Laser Light, Cruise control, Bang and Olufsen Sound system

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    • Engine size: 5.2
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    Variant name:Spyder ,Variant: 5.2 FSI V10 Quattro 2dr S Tronic Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 Quattro 2dr S Tronic, Massive spec including SportS Exhaust, Cruise Control, Reversing Camera, Bang&Olufsen Sound System, Full Leather Package, 19" 5 Arm Twin Spoke Alloys, Ceramic Front Brakes, Electric Memory Seats with Lumbar Support, FinE Nappa Leather with Diamond Stitch, Leather Sport Steering Wheel, Audi Smart Phone Interface, Audi Phone Box, Audi LED Headlamps with Laser High Beam.

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 6903 mi
    • Engine size: 5.2
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  • AUDI R8 5.2 FSI V10 Spyder R Tronic Quattro 2dr 2010

    £55,000 £55,000

    In truly immaculate condition throughout with no dents, scratches or repairs | Beautifully maintained | Full Audi Service History (9 services) | Full Audi Extended Warranty | Bang and Olufsen sound system | Audi Parking System Advanced with rear view camera | New Pirelli P Zero tyres all round | Audi Homelink Garage door/gate opening system | R Tronic gearbox | Cherished number plate included | 19inch 10-spoke Y design alloy wheels | Black paint | Lunar silver extended Fine Nappa leather package | Magnetic ride suspension | Tyre pressure monitor | Navigation Plus SatNav | DVD player and 2 SD card slots | Auxillary audio socket | 6 CD auto changer | Bluetooth phone connectivity | Heated and electrically adjustable seats | Auto-dimming and folding door mirrors | Cruise control | Climate control | Xenon lights | Separate LED day running lights | Hill hold assist | Light and rain sensor pack, including auto-dimming rear-view mirror, automatic headlights and automatic windscreen wipers| Light package including LED lights illuminating footwell | 2 keys Black, 5+ owners, GBP 54,900

    • Mileage: 34000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.204
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    £104,995 £104,995

    DESCRIPTION We are proud to be able to offer you this stunning example of the Audi R8 V10 Plus Quattro, which is a 16 Registered Example, In Vegas Yellow with Black Leather Interior, having covered only 15,879 Miles by 2 Owner from New. EXTERIOR The exterior is presented to you in the gleaming Vegas Yellow, which truly suits the Audi R8 V10, featuring contrasting Alloy Wheels in Black. In an immaculate and umbleamished condition all around. INTERIOR The interior is upholstered in Diamond Quilted Black Leather with Alcantara Roof Lining, which perfectly contrasts with the bright exterior. Which is in an immaculate condition throughout. SPECIFICATION The already huge specification of the Audi R8 is vastly enhanced by the following options: Vegas Yellow Solid Paint Finish 20" 10 Spoke Y Gloss Black Alloy Wheels LED Headlamps with Audi Laser Light Sports Exhaust System Driver Assistance Pack Cruise Control Reversing Camera Sound and Comfort Pack Illuminated Door Sill Trims Bang and Olufsen Sound System Full Leather Package Audi Magnetic Ride Seating Comfort Electric Front Seats with Lumbar Memory Front Sports Seats Leather Seat Trim Contrast Stitching Fine Nappa Leather Diamond Quilted Alcantara Diamond Headlining High Beam Control Child Seat Anchor in Front HISTORY The Service History is as follows: 09/06/2017 - 14,061 Miles - Audi Main Dealer The MOT is not yet due until June 2019 The car sits on Pirelli P-Zero Tyres all around. Tyre Sizes: Front: 245 x 30 x ZR20 (90Y) Rear: 305 x 30 x ZR20 (103) We have the original Owners Guide, 2 Keys. To arrange a viewing, please contact our team on 01772 663777. Viewing strictly by appointment. Prior to offering for sale, all cars are subject to the AMARI Inspection, a stringent 170 point investigation of the car cosmetically, electrically and mechanically. Our resident master technicians attend to all issues prior to offering the car for sale, using the very latest and best diagnostic equipment, state of the art tools and methods. Our highly qualified master technicians can carry out servicing on all road cars, from the standard family hatch back to the latest Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin... We are the only independent dealer with full Ferrari SDX Diagnostics and the Lamborghini LARAS Diagnostics systems. Our fully equipped workshop enables us to attend to any electrical, and mechanical issues, from intricate electrical repairs and renewals, to brake disc Skimming and air conditioning recharging. Before collection all cars go through our exhaustive detailing process (can take up to three days) using only the worlds finest Swissvax products, carried out by our professional certified Swissvax trained technicians, covering every aspect of the car inside and out. Collection and delivery throughout the UK can be offered through the most reputable manufacturer championed company who use only the very latest covered car transporters with extensive experience of transporting cars across the world. Vehicles are supplied with a three month warranty *Exclusions Apply. We offer part exchange and finance facility on most cars. AMARI Lifestyle Limited T/As AMARI SuperCars is authorised & Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (663066)

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    • Engine size: 5.2
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