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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic

Audi may have been the last German premium brand to show a supercar, but when it showed it, they did it properly with the R8 V8 in 2006 at the Paris Auto Show.

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.

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AUDI R8 V8 2007 - 2012
  2 gasoline engines
  • 4.2 V8 FSI 6AT (420 HP)
  • 4.2 V8 FSI 6MT (420 HP)
brochures (download)
AUDI R8 V8 Brochure

AUDI R8 V8 4.2 V8 FSI 6AT (420 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2 V8 FSI 6AT (420 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4163 cm3
Power
309 KW @ 7800 RPM
420 HP @ 7800 RPM
414 BHP @ 7800 RPM
Torque
317 lb-ft @ 4500-6000 RPM
430 Nm @ 4500-6000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
187 mph (301 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/40 ZR18 || 285/35 ZR18
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.4 in (4430 mm)
Width
75 in (1905 mm)
Height
49.2 in (1250 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3/62.8 in (1,633/1,595 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
3.5 cuFT (99 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3549 lbs (1610 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4112 lbs (1865 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11.5 mpg US (20.5 L/100Km)
Highway
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Combined
17.3 mpg US (13.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
320 g/km

AUDI R8 V8 4.2 V8 FSI 6MT (420 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2 V8 FSI 6MT (420 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4163 cm3
Power
309 KW @ 7800 RPM
420 HP @ 7800 RPM
414 BHP @ 7800 RPM
Torque
317 lb-ft @ 4500-6000 RPM
430 Nm @ 4500-6000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
187 mph (301 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/40 ZR18 || 285/35 ZR18
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.4 in (4430 mm)
Width
75 in (1905 mm)
Height
49.2 in (1250 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.3/62.8 in (1,633/1,595 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
3.5 cuFT (99 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3439 lbs (1560 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4100.6 lbs (1860 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
10.6 mpg US (22.2 L/100Km)
Highway
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
Combined
16.1 mpg US (14.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
349 g/km
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