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For The powerhouse of an engine gives breathtaking performance, and the car has a chassis to cope with it. It's even practical enough for everyday use.

Against The V10 version is significantly pricier than the V8.

Audi R8 Coupe

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

With monumental performance and phenomenal dynamic abilities, the R8 V10 is a truly great supercar.

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Key facts

3.9 secs
Top speed
197 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
376 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

After you’ve chosen between the V8 and V10 engines, the biggest dilemma you’ll face is whether to go for the optional S tronic semi-automatic gearbox.

Most buyers will pay the extra, and the S tronic certainly offers lightning quick gearshifts in ‘Sport’ mode, but it can be a bit jerky in town – especially when combined with the V8.

By going for the S tronic you’ll also lose the Ferrari-style slotted aluminium gate, which produces a satisfying metallic clack as you slot between ratios.

Whichever engine and gearbox you choose, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are significantly worse than an equivalent Porsche 911’s.

However, if you can afford to spend this much cash on a supercar, you probably won’t care about the hefty fuel bills.

Reader test team says:

Audi R8 Coupe 4.2 FSI 430 V8 2dr

Had the manual v8 now for about 3 months and it has so far been bulletproof. Had to change a back tyre which surprisingly only cost £290.00 fitted.…

Richard Birkbeck

4 out of 5 stars

Audi R8 Coupe 4.2 FSI 430 V8 2dr

To readers of this R8 review - take no notice of Aaron Smith's and Tom Davies' comments - they are one and the same person and regularly contribute to…

Dominic Heaton-Ellis

5 out of 5 stars

Audi R8 Coupe 4.2 FSI 430 V8 2dr

I have owned the R8 for 7 months now and i have to say its the best car i have ever owned. The car has so much presence on the road, and im sorry but…

scott black

5 out of 5 stars

Audi R8 Coupe 4.2 FSI 430 V8 2dr

I have just enjoyed 6 months ownership of this fabulous car. Every day I've had it on the road its been photographed, and not by speed cameras!! Its a…

P.J. O' Connell

5 out of 5 stars
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