2008 Audi R8


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$50,120 - $50,263
$109,000 - $118,000

Pros & Cons

  • Unique, aggressive styling is sure to turn heads
  • Great value relative to more costly exotic competitors
  • Comfortable and roomy seating, especially for a sports car
  • Dynamic handling allows both racing and daily driving capabilities
  • Available transmissions could be better
  • Odd styling details
  • Poor rear visibility

8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.1
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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2008 Audi R8 Overview

The all-new Audi R8 is a viable competitor to iconic and exotic sports cars such as the Porsche 911 and Ferrari F430. It's Audi's first attempt at both a mid-engine sports car and an exotic, with the R8 sharing basic components with Lamborghini's mid-engine Gallardo. Review after review praises the Audi's unique styling and superb handling, with many noting its excellent everyday drivability. "THE VERDICT: Sports-car perfection from an unexpected source," states Car and Driver.

Of course, the R8 isn't without its faults -- though they are minor. These include reports of light steering feel and a slower straight-line performance than top rivals. Still, the Audi is less than half the price of the Lamborghini and less than a fourth as much as the Porsche Carrera GT. But buyers beware: the R8's price can increase quickly -- by as much as $20,000 -- when fully loaded.

The Audi R8 comes equipped with a 4.2-liter V8 engine and six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed R tronic automatic. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard.

  • "The craftsmanship, performance, exoticism and near perfection of this street car, combined with the history of the R8 race car, are going to make this newest Audi a winner, just like the Le Mans-winning race cars with which it shares its name." -- Road and Track.
  • "The R8 may be cross-shopped with Porsches, AMG Mercedes, Aston Martins, Jaguars, Ferraris, or even Lamborghinis, but what counts is that it really does have a character of its own, with a feel that's more like exotics that cost more." -- The Car Connection.
  • "As for the price, I concede that $110,000 and up is stiff money for an Audi. But this is, hands down, the most exotic car you can buy for that kind of cash. The Aston Martin V-8 Vantage is certainly beautiful, and the Porsche GT3 is a hero on the track, but the midengine R8 has more in common with cars in the $200,000 club, like the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ferrari F430, than with its nominal competitors." -- New York Times
  • "After putting the R8 through its paces at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and in the surrounding desert roads, we found the car's stirring performance and stand-alone style do justify the price -- at least for buyers who can look beyond the logo on the hood." -- Forbes
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