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

Audi introduced a mild facelift for its mid-engined supercar in 2012 and made it quicker thanks to a new, seven-speed automatic gearbox.

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.

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AUDI R8 V8 2012 - 2015
  2 gasoline engines
  • 4.2L V8 FSI 6MT (430 HP)
  • 4.2L V8 FSI 7AT (430 HP)
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AUDI R8 V8 Brochure

AUDI R8 V8 4.2L V8 FSI 6MT (430 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2L V8 FSI 6MT (430 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4163 cm3
Power
316 KW @ 7900 RPM
430 HP @ 7900 RPM
424 BHP @ 7900 RPM
Torque
317 lb-ft @ 4500-6000 RPM
430 Nm @ 4500-6000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
188 mph (303 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
174.8 in (4440 mm)
Width
75 in (1905 mm)
Height
49.3 in (1252 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.5/62.7 in (1,638/1,593 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.2 in (107 mm)
Cargo Volume
3.5 cuFT (99 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3605 lbs (1635 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4101 lbs (1860 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11 mpg US (21.4 L/100Km)
Highway
23.5 mpg US (10 L/100Km)
Combined
16.6 mpg US (14.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
332 g/km

AUDI R8 V8 4.2L V8 FSI 7AT (430 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.2L V8 FSI 7AT (430 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4163 cm3
Power
316 KW @ 7900 RPM
430 HP @ 7900 RPM
424 BHP @ 7900 RPM
Torque
317 lb-ft @ 4500-6000 RPM
430 Nm @ 4500-6000 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
186 mph (299 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
4.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
7-speed automatic (S TRONIC)
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/40 ZR18 || 285/35 ZR18
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.8 in (4440 mm)
Width
75 in (1905 mm)
Height
49.3 in (1252 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.5/62.7 in (1,638/1,593 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.2 in (107 mm)
Cargo Volume
3.5 cuFT (99 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3660 lbs (1660 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4156 lbs (1885 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12.2 mpg US (19.3 L/100Km)
Highway
28 mpg US (8.4 L/100Km)
Combined
19 mpg US (12.4 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
289 g/km
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