What used Audi R8 coupe will I get for my budget?
Unbelievably for a car so special, you can buy an R8 from as little as £30,000. This will get you an early 2007 V8, with what for a supercar we could consider an average to high mileage for the year, say around 60,000, from either a private sale or a trade dealer. Between £35,000 and £45,000 will buy you good, clean examples from either 2007 or 2008, with a below-average mileage and from an independent dealer. Upping the money to £45,000 to £50,000 will get you 2009 and 2010 cars with a low mileage, again from a trusted dealer. Between £50,000 and £60,000 will get you the cheaper Spyder models, and later, or low mileage, regular cars.
How much does it cost to run a Audi R8 coupe?
It may be the sensible supercar and cost less to run than some of its Italian thoroughbred rivals, but the R8 still won't be exactly cheap to run. For example, the early V8-engined R8 will consume petrol at the average claimed rate of about 20.8mpg, according to the government figures, and taxing it will be correspondingly high. All of these R8s were registered before the tax changes of April 2017 came into force, and therefore tax is based on CO2 emissions.
Economy actually improved on the later V8 cars despite the power increases – even more so after the R8's refresh in 2012 – but don’t expect to see much better than 20mpg from the V10 versions. Tyres and brakes will be of a higher performance level and will cost more than average, too.
Audi recommends an annual service for the R8. These services aren’t cheap, especially at an Audi dealer, but there are a number of specialists who will take on this work for you for less outlay and some prestige dealers will offer bespoke servicing packages when selling an R8.