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7.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 3.9
Safety: N/A
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2015 Audi R8 Review

The 2015 Audi R8 has ludicrous engine power and rock-star handling. Unfortunately, this supercar has lower reliability ratings than most of its rivals and out-of-this-world ownership costs – both of which banish it to the bottom of the class. 

Pros & Cons

 

  • Powerful lineup of engines
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • World-class handling

 

 

  • Nearly nonexistent cargo space
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Astronomical purchase and ownership costs

 

2015 Audi R8 Overview

Is the 2015 Audi R8 a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Audi R8 is a good car, but it’s really only an option if you have extremely deep pockets. You’ll get blistering performance and make a statement in Audi's flagship coupe, but many rival sports cars offer better reliability and cheaper ownership costs – without sacrificing the thrilling ride you're after.

Used 2015 Audi R8 Performance and Interior

The 2015 Audi R8 comes standard with a 430-horsepower V8 engine that can rocket the car to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. For even more supercar force, find a model with one of two available V10 engines. These monstrosities put out 525 or 550 horsepower, with zero to 60 mph times as quick as 3.3 seconds. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with all engines, though a seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic automatic transmission is available. Predictably, the Audi R8 gets poor fuel economy. Estimates range from 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with the V8 engine and automatic transmission, to 11 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway with the V8 and manual. Audi R8 V10 models slot between those figures.

The Audi R8 features standard Quattro all-wheel drive, which helps provide athletic handling even when pushing the car to its limits. Steering is direct and sharp, and the brakes easily bring the car to a stop. Some models may have performance ceramic brakes that can better stand up to hard driving habits (like driving on a track).

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The 2015 R8 is a two-seat coupe that features standard 12-way power-adjustable, heated seats wrapped in leather and suede. Some models may have full Nappa leather upholstery. The seats themselves are comfortable enough for long cruises. While space for people may be good, space for stuff is not. The R8 has a small storage area behind the seats, and a front trunk that can only hold a few small bags.

Standard features in the R8 include automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker audio system, and an infotainment display screen. You might also find amenities such as navigation, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and iPod integration. The main infotainment control knob is located on the center of the dash, which can make it hard to reach. Other infotainment adjustments are finicky and unintuitive.

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Used 2015 Audi R8 Prices

Average prices for a used 2015 R8 range from around $96,000 for a base V8 model to about $127,500 for an R8 V10 Plus. What you actually pay will depend on the car’s location, mileage, and features. Prices can also fluctuate with demand.

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We Did the Research for You: 63 Reviews Analyzed

Shopping for a used car can be a lot of work. We’ve done the hard part and analyzed dozens of professional testimonies for you in our 2015 Audi R8 review. Our research also includes safety and reliability data, cost of ownership estimates, and more.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking the best cars, trucks, and SUVs for 10 years, and our editorial staff has decades of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or incentives from car companies, and another team handles all the advertising on our site.

How Reliable Is the 2015 Audi R8?

The 2015 Audi R8 has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. That score is considered average for all cars on the market, but it’s low for the R8’s class.

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How Safe Is the R8?

The 2015 R8 did not undergo any crash testing, which is common for luxury performance vehicles. While there are no standard driver assistance features, some Audi R8s may come with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors.

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Should I Consider Another Used R8?

The 2015 Audi R8 is the last year of the supercar’s first generation, which began with the 2008 model year. There were few major changes between the 2014 and 2015 model years, so you can likely save money and get a very similar car by shopping for an older R8. Audi did not produce the R8 for 2013; the 2014 model saw a heavy refresh from 2012.

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Which Used Audi R8 Is Right for Me?

The 2015 R8 is available in Coupe and Spyder (convertible) body styles, and in V8, V10, and V10 Plus trim levels. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive is standard, with either a manual or S tronic automatic transmission. Most features can be found in any trim level, so you'll have to balance your budget against the performance you desire. The base model is no slouch, but if you have the cash, the 550-horsepower V10 Plus is the way to go.

For more peace of mind with such an expensive purchase, consider a certified pre-owned R8. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

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2015 Audi R8 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi R8 or 2015 Nissan GT-R?

The 2015 Nissan GT-R has slightly better reliability and lower ownership costs than the R8, which gives it an edge in our rankings. Both cars feature standard all-wheel drive, though the GT-R boasts a maximum of 600 horsepower. In reality, there's no clear winner when it comes to performance. The GT-R seats four and has more cargo space, making it slightly more practical than the Audi coupe. And though the Nissan's interior quality doesn't match many rivals in the segment, it still comes with attractive standard features like leather seats, navigation, a rearview camera, and a Bose stereo.

Which Is Better: 2015 Audi R8 or 2015 Porsche 911?

The Porsche 911 is one of the most quintessential luxury sports cars on the market, and the 2015 version sits high atop its class. Though you'll probably spend about as much to buy and own one as you would an R8, the 911 boasts class-leading reliability. Several different engines, 19 trim levels, and various features make it easy to find a 911 that suits you. Porsche's flagship sports car offers some of the best driving dynamics on the market, along with an elegant and modern interior. Plus, most 911 models seat four, giving you a little more utility if you need it. In our comparison test, the Porsche 911 is the winner.

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