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Audi R8 review

Cost & verdict
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Cost & 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, but it still costs considerably more than many of its main 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 high. The R8 has good residual values, though, so if you’re planning on selling on in a few years’ time, it should still be worth a good amount, or if you want to finance one, the monthly payments will be high but competitive.

At least the R8 comes with lots of standard equipment. 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 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.

A rear parking camera and cruise control are likely to be popular options on both, but otherwise even the bright metallic paint colours are included. While even the Performance looks good value, given its equipment and performance, we’d stick to the standard model, which is even better value and just as rewarding to drive.

Four airbags come as part of the package, as does an alarm and immobiliser. A tracker is available as an official dealer-fit accessory – worth considering for the extra security it provides.

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Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 engine
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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, yet the four-wheel drive keeps it all safe and manageable, but still enormous fun. It also has possibly the best engine of any supercar car on sale, bar a Porsche 911 GT3, along with a comfortable interior that makes it supremely useable every day. For those looking for the absolute last tenth of finesse and purity from their supercar driving experience, it must be said that a 911 GT3 or McLaren 570S eclipse it (fractionally), though.

  • 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
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