Audi R8 Coupe (2015 -) Costs

Review by Gareth Evans on
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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.

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Running costs

As you might expect, Audi R8 Coupe running costs are high. This is a six-figure two-seat sports car, so that’s to be expected.

The one to pick if you’re concerned about fuel economy is the regular V10 – and while the cost-per-tank might not worry you, remember that with better economy comes longer range per fill-up. That could be a consideration if you’re planning many longer trips. It isn’t going to be a huge difference, though, since the normal car has a claimed fuel economy of 24.8mpg and that drops to 23mpg for the Plus model. That means it’s beaten by both Mercedes-AMG GT and Porsche 911 Turbo.

Measures employed to cut fuel bills include a coasting function for the gearbox (where it disconnects from the engine when not in use) and stop/start. It’s still a huge petrol engine though, and such techniques can only achieve so much.

Tyres are another consideration here – even the standard 19-inch alloys need some incredibly expensive rubber, and we dread to think how much a set of four 20-inch ones would cost to replace.

Smart money is on buying a car with ceramic brakes too, since these will last almost as long as the car unless you’re spending more time on the racetrack than the road. They’re top-performers too.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Fixed or variable programmes available depending upon mileage covered, but usually every year/9,000 miles. Your on-board computer will let you know.

Warranty

Three-year, 60,000-mile transferrable standard warranty, extendable up to five years/90,000 miles as optional extra.

Road tax (12 months)

£475.00 - £580.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

While both cars use the same V10 petrol engine, Audi R8 Coupe emissions depend on which version you’ve got. The cleanest is the regular model, which emits 272g/km, while the R8 V10 Plus emits 287g/km thanks to its livelier engine and gearbox combination.

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