The R8 was Audi's flagship among its sports cars. It was a proper supercar developed together with Lamborghini. Worth mentioning that Audi owned the Italian brand, and it shared some parts with it. And that's how the Italian supercars got more reliable and how the Audi made a big step away from the bland look.
From the outside, the 2012 model was enhanced and featured standard full-LED headlights and taillights. At the front, the single-frame grille with rounded corners at the top was a big statement for the brand's image. Audi installed a pair of big side-scoops to cool the brakes. On its side, behind the doors, the carmaker installed functional air-intakes for the engine. A carbon-fiber panel enhanced the car's look, creating a visual distance between the cockpit and the engine bay.
Inside, Audi brought more comfort and luxury items than on the non-facelifted version. A pair of carbon-fiber bucket seats were available on the options list. Fine Nappa leather and carbon-fiber trims were spread around the cabin. But most of the controls and buttons were carried-over from other Audi vehicles, and that spoiled the image of a unique Audi supercar.
The carmaker placed the same V8 engine as its predecessor under the hood but improved it by ten hp. It was paired as standard to a six-speed gearbox. Starting with the 2012 model, the R8 was available with a new, seven-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox.
2006 Audi R8 Coupe 4.2 FSI V8 (420 Hp) quattro
12.78 UK mpg
27.69 UK mpg
19.35 UK mpg
Audi R8 4.2 FSI V8 Quattro 2dr
- Width (including mirrors)
- Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
- Gross Vehicle Weight
- Minimum Kerbweight
- Max. Loading Weight
- Tyre Size Rear
- 295/30 R19
- Tyre Size Spare
- Tyre Repair KIT
- Wheel Type
- 19" Alloy
- Top Speed
- Fuel Delivery
- Fuel Tank Capacity
- Fuel type
- Engine Capacity
- Engine Layout
- MID Engine North South
- Engine Power - BHP
- Engine Power - KW
- Engine Power - RPM
- Engine Torque - NM
- Engine Torque - LB·FT
- Cylinder Layout
- Number of Valves
- Drive Train
- Four Wheel Drive
- Standard Euro Emissions
- Euro 5
- Catalytic Convertor
- Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
- 11.4 m
- EC Urban
- EC Extra Urban
- Wheel Style
- 5 ARM Double Spoke
- Space Saver
- Special Edition
- Special Order
- Insurance Group
- Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
- Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
- Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
- Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
- Vehicle Homologation Class
As Audi's top model, the R8 sports car boasts a howling 602-hp V-10 engine just behind its snug two-seat cabin. It shares a lot with the Lamborghini Huracán, but the R8 is less flamboyantly styled. It's also less engaging to drive, but buyers seeking a super car that they can drive daily may find the Audi's refinement appealing. The interior is sparsely equipped, with all infotainment functions handled via the digital gauge cluster, but it's still a comfortable and upscale environment worthy of the R8's steep starting price. More cargo space would be appreciated, but that's not why you buy a car like this. You buy an R8—or its rivals, the Porsche 911 and McLaren 570S—for the fun that comes from driving it.
What's New for 2022?
The base coupe and Spyder convertible receive a 30-horse boost for 2022. The V-10 now makes 562 horsepower and 406 pound-feet. Both body styles can now be had with a Sport Exhaust package and a Dynamic package. The former is self-explanatory. The latter includes ceramic brakes, unique 20-inch wheels, and upgraded racing seats with nappa leather upholstery.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
For some added flash, we'd suggest going with the Spyder. After all, with the top down, passersby will be able to get a better look at the lucky dog behind the wheel. Choosing between the standard and Performance models is a tougher decision. On the one hand, the 562-hp V-10 provides incredible acceleration and the same bellowing wail as the 602-hp car. On the other hand, rolling up to the next Cars and Coffee event with the ultimate R8 may feel just a bit more awesome.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The R8's V-10 engine is offered in two strengths, both potent enough shake your eardrums with their otherworldly exhalations. The R8's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic isn't the smoothest gearbox. It occasionally downshifts too abruptly, causing neck-snapping acceleration followed by an immediate upshift. The base R8 comes standard with an adaptive suspension, while Performance models are fitted with a more aggressive fixed-damper setup. Both soak up bumps admirably and provide a comfortable ride that you could tolerate without fatigue on long trips. The R8's supple nature comes with a drawback, however: In full-attack mode, it doesn't handle corners as confidently as its rivals, feeling more unsettled than you'd expect a supercar to be. The standard steering setup is direct and relays information from the road to the driver's hands with sufficient feel.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
An economical choice it is not. Rear-drive models do 14 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive cars fair even worse: 13 and 20, respectively. Given this poor showing, all buyers must pay a $1700 gas-guzzler tax as part of the sale price. So be it. For more information about the R8's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Minimalism never felt so luxurious. By having the instrument cluster double as the infotainment screen, Audi provides a refreshingly simple layout and lets the beautifully sculpted sport seats and high-resolution digital gauge display take center stage in the R8's cockpit. Audi allows for quite a bit of customization when it comes to interior colors and textures: Black, gray, brown, and red leather are offered in either a flat or quilted pattern with matching or contrast stitching. Overall, it's a beautifully executed cockpit with easy-to-reach controls, including the ignition button located on the steering wheel. No one buys a supercar for its practicality, and the R8 doesn't buck the segment trend by offering real cargo capacity. In our testing, it provided space for just one carry-on suitcases. Pack light.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The excellent Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster does double duty here, displaying both instrumentation and the MMI infotainment system. It feels as futuristic here as it does in Audi's other cars, such as the A4 and the TT. High-resolution navigation is standard, and the system can be controlled via voice commands, steering-wheel-mounted buttons, or a clickwheel on the center console. An onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is standard, as are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Audi offers little in the way of driver-assistance features, but the R8 coupe comes equipped with a full complement of airbags. For more information about the R8's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automatic high-beams
- Standard front and rear parking sensors
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Audi's R8 matches or exceeds all rivals in terms of warranty coverage except for the Acura NSX. The deal includes a scheduled-maintenance visit within the first year of ownership.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles
2020 Audi R8
mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger coupe or convertible
coupe, $172,850; Spyder, $185,050; Performance coupe, $198,850; Performance Spyder, $211,050
DOHC 40-valve 5.2-liter V-10, 562 or 602 hp, 406 or 413 lb-ft
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Wheelbase: 104.3 in
Length: 174.4 in
Width: 76.4 in
Height: 48.7–48.9 in
Passenger volume: 50 cu ft
Cargo volume: 4–8 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 3700–3950 lb
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.8–3.0 sec
100 mph: 6.4–7.3 sec
¼-mile: 10.7–11.3 sec
Top speed: 201–205 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 16/13/20 mpg
More Features and Specs
V8 specs r8
After purchasing the Lamborghini supercar brand, Audi thought that they can build something in the same segment. They already had the engines and transmission to do it. All they need was a good platform and a bodywork. In 2003, the Audi showed the "LeMans" concept-car after three consecutive wins at the 24h of LeMans race. Based on that, the Audi made the R8 supercar. It was a light, small, coupe with middle V8 engine and all-wheel-drive.
Inside, there were numerous parts from other Audi models, which were criticized. But the car was true to its image. The 420 hp naturally aspirated engine was mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Unusual for an Audi, it had a gate pattern for the gearshift lever, something like a Ferrari. But that didn't matter too much. The car was fast and handled very well. Unlike any other Audi, it was more rear-biased so it was prone to oversteer instead of understeer like the rest of the Audi range.
The engine was a naturally aspirated V8 and it was so reliable that it could be driven every day. It also was available with a 6-speed automatic transmission with a launch-control mode and paddle shifters behind the steering wheels. To improve stability, it had magnetorheological dampers, which could be stiffened to provide better cornering speed.
Audi R8 Specifications
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Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro Specs
With a fuel consumption of 14.6 litres/100km - 19 mpg UK - 16 mpg US (Average), 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 4.6 seconds, a maximum top speed of 187 mph (301 km/h), a curb weight of 3605 lbs (1635 kgs), the R8 4.2 FSI Quattro has a naturally-aspirated V 8 cylinder engine, Petrol motor.
This engine produces a maximum power of 420 PS (414 bhp - 309 kW) at 7800 rpm and a maximum torque of 430 Nm (317 lb.ft) at 4500 - 6000 rpm. The power is transmitted to the road by the all wheel drive (AWD) with a 6 speed Manual gearbox.
On the topic of chassis details responsible for road holding, handling behavior and ride comfort, the R8 Stock tire sizes are 235 / 35 on 19 inch rims at the front, and 235 / 35 on 19 inch rims at the rear. For stopping power, the R8 4.2 FSI Quattro braking system includes Vented Discs at the front and Vented Discs at the rear.
The R8 model is a car manufactured by Audi, sold new from year 2007.
Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro Engine Technical Data
|Engine type - Number of cylinders :||V 8|
|Engine Code :||-|
|Fuel type :||Petrol|
|Engine Position :||Mid-engine|
|Engine size - Displacement - Engine capacity :||4163 cm3 or 254 cu-in|
|Bore x Stroke :|| 84.5 x 92.8 mm|
3.31 x 3.62 inches
|Number of valves :||32 Valves|
|Compression Ratio :||12.5|
|Maximum power - Output - Horsepower :||420 PS or 414 bhp or 309 kW @ 7800 rpm|
|Maximum torque :||430 Nm or 317 lb.ft @ 4500 - 6000 rpm|
|Drive wheels - Traction - Drivetrain :||AWD|
|Transmission Gearbox - Number of speeds :|
Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro Fuel Consumption (Economy), Emissions and Range
|Fuel Consumption - Economy - Combined:|| 14.6 L/100km |
19 mpg UK / 16 mpg US
|Fuel Consumption - Economy - Open road:|| 10.2 L/100km|
28 mpg UK / 23 mpg US
|Fuel Consumption - Economy - City:|| 22.1 L/100km|
13 mpg UK / 11 mpg US
|Range :||513 Km or 319 miles|
|Fuel Tank Capacity :|| 75 L |
16.5 UK gallons
19.8 US gallons
|CO2 emissions :||349 g/Km (Audi)|
Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro Performance
|Top Speed :||301 km/h or 187 Mph|
|Acceleration 0 to 60 mph (0 to 96 Km/h) :||3.9 s|
|Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) :||4.6 s|
Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro Size, Dimensions, Aerodynamics and Weight
|Num. of Doors :||2|
|Wheelbase :||265 cm or 104.33 inches|
|Length :||443.1 cm or 174.45 inches|
|Width :||190.4 cm or 74.96 inches|
|Height :||125.2 cm or 49.29 inches|
|Aerodynamic drag coefficient - Cx :||0.34|
|Front Brakes - Disc dimensions :||Vented Discs (380 mm)|
|Rear Brakes - Dics dimensions :||Vented Discs (356 mm)|
|Front Tyres - Rims dimensions :||235/35 R19|
|Rear Tyres - Rims dimensions :||235/35 R19|
|Curb Weight :||1635 kg OR 3605 lbs|
|Weight-Power Output Ratio :||3.9 kg/hp|
|Trunk / Boot capacity :||100 L|
What engine is in Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro?
The Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro has a V 8, Petrol engine with 4163 cm3 / 254 cu-in capacity.
How many horsepower (hp) does a 2007 Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro have?
The 2007 Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro has 420 PS / 414 bhp / 309 kW.
How much does a Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro weighs?
The Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro weighs 1635 Kg / 3605 lbs.
What is the top speed of a Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro?
The Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro top speed is 301 Km/h / 187 mph.
Is Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro All Wheel Drive (AWD)?
Yes, the Audi R8 4.2 FSI Quattro is All Wheel Drive (AWD).