Audi R8 review

Category: Sports car

Section: Introduction

Audi R8 2021 front
  • Audi R8 2021 front
  • Audi R8 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi R8 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi R8 2021 interior detail
  • Audi R8 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi R8 2021 rear tracking
  • Audi R8 2021 front left tracking
  • Audi R8 2021 front tracking
  • Audi R8 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi R8 2021 rear light detail
  • Audi R8 2021 front right static
  • Audi R8 2021 engine detail
  • Audi R8 2021 steering wheel detail
  • Audi R8 2021 driver display detail
  • Audi R8 2021 interior detail
  • Audi R8 2021 front
  • Audi R8 2021 rear cornering
  • Audi R8 2021 interior dashboard
  • Audi R8 2021 interior detail
  • Audi R8 2021 interior infotainment
  • Audi R8 2021 rear tracking
  • Audi R8 2021 front left tracking
  • Audi R8 2021 front tracking
  • Audi R8 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Audi R8 2021 rear light detail
  • Audi R8 2021 front right static
  • Audi R8 2021 engine detail
  • Audi R8 2021 steering wheel detail
  • Audi R8 2021 driver display detail
  • Audi R8 2021 interior detail
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Introduction

What Car? says...

A spaceship landing in the brand's line-up. That’s how the Audi R8 was described – by Audi – when it arrived well over a decade ago.

Back then, we were used to Audi’s considered approach to its everyday models and also its flurries into motorsport, most notably with the legendary Audi Quattro rally car. But a supercar? That was new. That was news. And, a decade or so on, the R8 has garnered the respect of its rivals.

It comes in a variety of power outputs, although none of them serve up any less than well north of 500bhp. All versions come with an S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, but there’s a choice of rear-wheel drive or quattro four-wheel drive. 

Is all that enough to make it the pick of a talented bunch of seriously respected supercars? Read this review to find out. And whichever car you settle on, visit the free What Car? New Car Buying service to see how much we can save you on scores of makes and models, including the Audi R8.

At a glance
New car deals
Target Price from £126,885
or from £1,774pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £119,000
RRP price range £126,885 - £162,990
Number of trims (see all)2
Number of engines (see all)2
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)petrol
MPG range across all versions 21.7 - 22.4
Available doors options 2
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £9,219 / £11,891
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £18,439 / £23,782
Available colours