Summary, Prices, Specs

By May 3, 2012


The Audi R8 is fast and agile, stops quickly and draws admiring stares. And it does so with daily livability and turn-key reliability. You could drive one of these to the office in the rain, go parts shopping, then do a few laps at your favorite track all in one day, changing nothing more than the radio station or iPod track. The R8 is an exotic that doesn't need to be treated like one.

G.R. Whale filed this report after his test drives of R8 Spyder and coupe models with V8s and V10s in Southern California.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Audi R8 Coupe 4.2 ($114,200); Spyder 4.2 ($127,700); Coupe 5.2 ($149,000); Spyder 5.2 ($162,700); Coupe 5.2 GT ($196,800); Spyder 5.2 GT ($210,000)
Engines:430-hp 4.2-liter V8; 525-hp and 560-hp 5.2-liter V10
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automated manual
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags, head/chest side-impact airbags, knee airbags, pop-up rollbars on Spyder; electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, all-wheel drive
Safety equipment (optional):rearview camera
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Neckarsulm, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Audi R8 5.2 quattro Spyder ($162,700)
Standard equipment:leather 10-way power, heated sport seats, climate control, tilt-telescoping flat-bottom multifunction steering wheel, AM/FM/CD/MP3/Sirius stereo, HomeLink, Bluetooth, cruise control, trip computer, bi-xenon headlamps, magnetorheological shocks, 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, 465-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system, navigation and rearview camera
Options as tested (MSPR):none
Destination charge:$1250
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$163950
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:5.2-liter dohc 40-valve V10
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):525 @ 8000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):391 @ 6500
Transmission:6-speed manual
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:12/19 mpg
Wheelbase:104.3 in.
Length/width/height:174.6/75.0/49.0 in.
Track, f/r:64.5/62.8 in.
Turning circle:38.7 ft.
Seating Capacity:2
Head/hip/leg room, f:37.7/NA/NA in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:N/A
Cargo volume:3.5 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Suspension, r:independent, coil springs, antiroll bar
Ground clearance:N/A
Curb weigth:3979 lbs.
Tires:235/35YR19 front, 295/30YR19 rear, Pirelli P Zero
Brakes, f/r:vented drilled disc/vented drilled disc with ABS, EBD, Brake Assist
Fuel capacity:21.1 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of May 3, 2012.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-367-2834 -