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Audi R8 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£128,295
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Compared with supercars such as the Ferrari 488 GTB and Lamborghini Huracan, the R8 looks good value. However, it still costs considerably more than many other rivals, including most versions of the Porsche 911. With its fire-breathing V10 engine, it's obviously not going to be cheap to run, either, and insurance, servicing costs, fuel consumption and road tax will all be extremely pricey. The R8 depreciates slowly, though, which will help if you’re planning on selling on in a few years’ time, and is also good news if you’re planning to buy your R8 on finance – its hefty residual value will keep monthly instalments competitive.

The R8 comes with lots of standard equipment, too. Highlights include 19in alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, heated leather sports seats, climate control, a multi-function steering wheel, sat-nav, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and keyless entry/start.

Performance models bring more power, but also a 20in alloy wheel design, high beam assist, carbonfibre accents outside, carbon-ceramic brakes, bucket seats in a finer leather and a different sports steering wheel. While its price doesn’t look outrageous, given its equipment and performance, we’d stick to the standard model, which is even better value and just as rewarding to drive.

The R8 doesn’t come with as much safety and security kit more down-to-earth Audis – you get four airbags, as does an alarm and immobiliser, and that’s about your lot. A tracker is available as an official dealer-fit accessory – worth considering for the extra security it provides.

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Verdict

The R8 does everything a proper supercar should – and then some. It's rampantly quick in a straight line, especially the Performance version. Its four-wheel drive system keeps things safe and manageable, but you can still have enormous fun. It also has one of the best engines of any supercar car on sale, along with a comfortable interior that makes it remarkably useable every day. For those looking for the absolute last tenth of finesse and purity from their supercar driving experience, though, it must be said that a McLaren 570S eclipses it, while a 911 is both more involving to drive and more practical.

  • Mighty V10 engine pace and noise
  • High quality and comfortable nterior
  • Refined when needed
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Not as practical as some
  • Fractionally less sweet to drive than the best rivals