2010 Audi R8

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2010 Audi R8 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2010 Audi R8 was new.

The 2010 Audi R8 is admired for its sporty yet comfortable nature. Combined with head-turning style and a luxurious cabin, it gives higher-priced exotics a run for their money. "Overall, the R8 is an impressive supercar achievement and a great drive," writes Consumer Guide.

Pros & Cons

  • New 525-horsepower V10 engine option
  • Sporty ride, yet comfortable enough for daily use
  • Original, attention-grabbing exterior design
  • Spacious cabin features supportive seats for two
  • Transmissions received mixed reviews
  • Exterior side blades not liked by all
  • Some ergonomic quirks and little cargo room
  • Hampered rearward visibility

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Audi R8 has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 45 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.6
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2010 Audi R8 Overview

Introduced in 2008, the R8 is Audi's first attempt at manufacturing a mid-engine sports car, let alone an exotic. Throughout the 2008 and 2009 model years, critics applauded Audi for meeting its goal, but still wished for a stronger engine. Audi satisfies their desires in 2010 with the introduction of a 525-horsepower V10 engine -- the same as in the 2010 Lamborghini Gallardo.

"Audi has been telling us that the R8 would become a glorious combination of German practicality and Italian exuberance, and this drive in the 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro shows us that the Bavarian company has delivered on this promise beyond our wildest expectations," writes Edmunds. In addition to its out-of-this-world exterior design, the 2010 Audi R8 is praised for its combination of lightening speed, sporty handling dynamics and daily driving comfort. Plus, its cabin is roomy and offers comfortable, supportive seating for two. Though the 2010 Audi R8 isn't without faults, they're largely insignificant when taken as a whole.

Other Sports Cars to Consider

If you're in the market for an exotic sports car, also check out the 2010 Aston Martin Vantage. It costs about the same as the 2010 Audi R8, but trumps it in nearly every category. And while it's true that the 2010 Audi R8 is quicker off the line, few exotics match the Vantage's silky smooth transmission and comfortable sports handling.

Details: 2010 Audi R8

The 2010 Audi R8 is available in two trims, the 4.2 and 5.2. A 525-horsepower V10 engine is new for 2010.

  • "To drive it is to mind-meld with a sophisticated being that can be an unholy freakin' animal.
    James Cameron's film 'Avatar' dreams a world where humans can telepathically plug into beautiful blue creatures of extraordinary power and speed, with glittery feline eyes and rock-hard butts. Audi beat him to it." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "To say Audi's R8 is a very special car is an understatement. Not only does it possess Hollywood-level look-at-me styling, incredible handling and top-notch workmanship, but it does all this while asking for few, if any, concessions from its driver and passenger. That's unlike most exotic sports cars, which are any combination of hard to get in and out of, difficult to see out of, are so low the air dam nearly scrapes on Botts dots...or they're just hard to drive." -- Road and Track
  • The "Audi R8 is a supercar, but that doesn't mean it's uncompromising and hard-edged. It's an incredibly capable performance machine, yet every bit as luxurious as it is sporting.  ... Then again, it had better be really good if it is to compete with its most obvious rival, the Porsche 911 Turbo." -- Kelley Blue Book

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