Audi R8 

  • $146k built in Germany
  • 2010
  • 518 HP 5.2L
  • 195 mph
Its output is astonishingly well distributed across the entire rev range, a consistent swelling from sub-2000 rpm to redline at a stratospheric 8700.
by MotorTrend (May, 2008)
Now, there is actually nothing in the world wrong with a V10 that puts out 525 horsepower, 391 pound-feet of torque and revs to 8,750 rpm faster than you can say "direct injection.
by AutoBlog (Dec, 2009)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Audi R8


R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
3.4 s
4.7 s

Top speed

R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
195 mph
S7 Sportback
155 mph


R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
7.6 s

Top Gear track time

R8 5.2 FSI Quattro

1/4 mile

R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
11.5 s
S7 Sportback
12.4 s

Nurburgring time

R8 5.2 FSI Quattro

Data points Key details of the Audi R8


R8 5.2 FSI Quattro


R8 5.2 FSI Quattro
518 HP
750 HP

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


On the heels of an outstanding 4.1-liter V-8 diesel launched in 2005, this 6.0-liter V-12 is armed with two of everything: injection pumps, variable-geometry turbos developing 38 psi of boost, intercoolers, and exhaust pipes loaded with the latest catalysts, particulate filters, and urea-injection sanitizers.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)
Unique engine programming and intake and exhaust systems are the chief differences in the Audi engine over the Italian job, although both engines are made in the same plant in Hungary.
by Car and Driver (May, 2009)
The six-speed manual with a beautiful gated shifter is much more rewarding and avoids the multi-thousand-dollar stupidity tax ($9100 on the coupe) for choosing the two-pedal transmission option.
by Car and Driver (Mar, 2010)


Even though the V8 version always has been and remains excellent, the take rate is actually 2 to 1 in favor of the V10.
by MotorTrend
So while its steering is not quite as crisp as the V10’s, its chassis has a better overall balance.
by EVO (Mar, 2011)
And at 569 lbs, the aluminum V-10 weighs just 68 lbs more than the V-8.
by MotorTrend (Dec, 2008)


of torque at 6500 rpm, the GT features a host of modifications that improve its handling and track durability and lower its weight.
Blink-quick swaps are paddleshift pull away, with downshifts accompanied by a nice rev-matched throttle blip.
by AutoBlog (Nov, 2012)
The drill for maximum performance is to engage the launch-control function by braking and selecting the R tronic sport setting.
by Car and Driver (Apr, 2007)


The V10 hurls itself down the road convincingly enough, but the smooth, rich, surprisingly relaxed character of the engine hasn't changed.
by Top Gear (Jan, 2012)
Top up, it’s surprisingly quiet and comfortable, but it’s better down to let in the V-10’s glorious cacophony.
See the Audi R8 V10 Spyder in action on video here Read about evo’s long-term Audi R8 V10 Spyder.
by EVO (Mar, 2011)


Ultimately, we prefer the stainless-gated clack of the six-speed manual for maximum driver involvement, but this is still an engaging setup and one of the best dual-clutch units on the market.
by AutoBlog (Nov, 2012)
With the help of launch control, a first for the R8’s manual transmission, we managed the 0-to-60 dash in 3.7 seconds and a quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds at 121 mph.
by Car and Driver (May, 2009)
The standard six-speed manual has been very satisfying since the R8's launch, but the old Lamborghini-derived R-Tronic single-clutch gearbox left a lot on the table in terms of refinement.
by AutoBlog (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Audi
Price $146,000
Type of car Production car
Year 2010
City mileage 11 MPG
Highway mileage 17 MPG


Body style Coupe

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 6.88 lb/hp
Maximum hp 518 HP @ 8,000 RPM
Maximum torque 392 ft-lb @ 6,500 RPM
Max RPM 8,700 RPM
Engine placement Mid
Weight distribution 44%/56%
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,564 lb
Width 76 in
Height 49.3 in
Length 174.6 in
Front track width 64.5 in
Wheelbase 65 in

road tests

Top speed 195 mph
1/4 mile 11.5 s
0-60mph 3.4 s
0-100mph 7.6 s
0-200kph 11.8 s
Lateral acceleration 1.2 g
Top gear time 1:21.60
20.6km nurburgring time 7:44.0
Laguna seca lap time 1:40.20
Hockenheim short lap time 1:10.90


Drivetrain Permanent Quattro 4WD w/Electronic Diffential Lock (EDL)
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears


Displacement 5,200 cc
Cylinders V10
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Bore/stroke 3.33 in / 3.65 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves
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