Audi R8 Coupe (2015 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Gareth Evans on
4.8
When the Audi R8 Coupe was launched back in 2007 it quickly became known as the user-friendly supercar. It was fast, reliable and easy to drive.

5 out of 5

Buying new

You’re not going to get much of a discount on a new R8 from an Audi dealership because frankly, the firm doesn’t need to sell them. They’ll go regardless.

We doubt you’ll find a decent deal at a broker or car supermarket either, primarily because most don’t stock cars like this and also because of the amount of optional extras we’re dealing with. The vast majority of buyers will want to personalise their R8.

If you’re worried about resale value then pay special attention to options – especially in terms of bodywork or interior colours. Unusual schemes might appeal to you, but how many buyers are you going to put off?

The thing is, you might not get much financial help from an Audi dealer, but you will get great service. The firm is known for treating customers very well, and the salesfolk they employ generally know their stuff. It won’t be cheap, but it’ll be a good experience.

5 out of 5

Buying used

This is an unashamed performance car, and one that’s very capable on the race track. With that in mind, it’s essential that you look very carefully over a prospective purchase. It could even pay to commission an engineer’s report on the car prior to buying if you’re not entirely confident yourself.

Fundamentally, any R8 you look at buying should be immaculate and come with a full Audi service and maintenance file. Some owners might look to specialists for servicing, which isn’t usually of the same quality, but whether you feel you can rely on their work is up to you.

It goes without saying that wheels and tyres should be in perfect condition at the point of sale, and make sure it has the right tyres on it too rather than cheap ones fitted simply to get the car sold. All paint and interior trim should be free of scratches and blemishes; all electrical systems operational.

Try to determine whether the car has been driven on a race track or not. If so, it could have encountered lots of abuse, especially for the brakes and gearbox. If the car has standard R8 V10 brakes, check the pads have good life left. If it has the ceramic brakes of the V10 Plus it’s less of a worry, since those should last almost as long as the car.

It’s absolutely vital you carry out a Parkers Car History Check to make sure the car you’re going to buy doesn’t have a hidden history.

See 24 used Audi R8 Coupes for sale, starting at £72,950

5 out of 5

Selling

This is a supercar from a premium car manufacturer, so selling an R8 shouldn’t pose too many problems if you’ve kept your servicing and maintenance records up to date.

It’s crucial your advert is as comprehensive as possible. Take a lot of clear pictures and if possible a walk-around video with the engine on. List all spec and optional equipment, and anything else that might help a prospective buyer decide to come and view your car.

Get any minor damage – such as alloy wheel kerbing and bodywork dents – fixed before advertising the car for sale, and make sure there’s enough life left in the tyres too. If not, replace them with quality rubber (preferably the same as Audi installs) even if it seems a false economy. It’s details like that which will make the difference to a buyer.