Audi R8

Audi R8 Parkers 2015-07-23

The first glimpse of the Audi R8’s now instantly recognisable form was at the 2003 Frankfurt Motorshow, with the Le Mans Quattro.

  • Audi R8 Coupe (15 on)
  • Audi R8 GT Spyder (12-12)
  • Audi R8 Spyder (10-14)
  • Audi R8 Coupe (07-14)

The first glimpse of the Audi R8’s now instantly recognisable form was at the 2003 Frankfurt Motorshow, with the Le Mans Quattro.

This concept car was built to celebrate three successive wins at the French endurance race and went on to become the inspiration for the production model, which was named after Audi’s race car.

Early R8s didn’t come with the concept car’s V10 but instead used a 4.2-litre V8 that had seen service in the RS4, but used a dry sump for a lower centre of gravity.

In 2009 the mighty V10 version was released, using a 5.2-litre unit based on the Lamborghini Gallardo engine, and featured  a new set of LED headlights for the first time

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Most Popular New and Used Model Reviews

Audi R8 Spyder 2016 on

4.1 out of 5
Audi R8 Spyder 2016 on

New price range:
£124,580 - £167,985

Used price range:
£59,000 - £139,194

  • Extremely fast
  • Easy to drive
  • Safe, fun cornering
  • High-tech cabin
  • Strong resale values
  • Not much storage room
  • No one-touch roof switch
  • Expensive to run
  • Options can add silly money

Audi R8 Coupe 2015 on

4.8 out of 5
Audi R8 Coupe 2015 on

New price range:
£115,890 - £159,295

Used price range:
£52,252 - £134,865

  • Seriously fast
  • Involving handling
  • Everyday usability
  • Fantastic noise
  • Beautiful cabin
  • All-wheel drive
    • Rivals look more exciting
    • Passenger-side cabin dull
    • Not much luggage room

      Audi R8 GT Spyder 2012 - 2012

      5 out of 5
      Audi R8 GT Spyder 2012 - 2012

      New price range:
      £157,145

      Used price range:
      £39,451 - £56,000

      Blisteringly quick yet comfortable enough for everyday use, roof can be closed at up to 31mph
      Thirsty, staggeringly high emissions of 323g/km of CO2

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