Air Conditioning Active charcoal air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Front side curtain airbags
Audio System Antenna Type: diversity · 6 disc in-dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · Radio Data System · Remote control: audio · Satellite Radio: SiriusXM · Speed Sensitive Volume Control · Total Number of Speakers: 7 · 140 watts
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 15.0 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 14.0 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Door sill trim: aluminum · Door trim: leather · Floor Mats: front · Foot pedal trim: aluminum · Parking brake trim: leather · Shift knob trim: aluminum · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Ashtray · Cargo area light · Cruise control · Cupholders: front · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Footwell lights · Lighter element · Multi-function remote: with removable valet key, trunk release, keyless entry with panic alarm, keyless entry · Power outlet(s): two 12V · Power steering: speed-proportional · Steering wheel mounted controls: paddle shifter, cruise controls, audio · Storage: door pockets, sunglasses holder · Tool kit · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Driver Seat Adjustable lumbar support: 4-way power · Heated · Power adjustments: 10
Drivetrain 4WD Type: full time · Axle ratio: 3.46 · Center differential: viscous · Locking differential: rear, front
Engine Alternator: 190 amps · Battery saver · Mid-Mounted Engine
Exterior Features Exhaust: quad exhaust tips · Front bumper color: body-color · Grille color: black · Paint: two-tone · Rear bumper color: body-color · Rear spoiler: electronically controlled
Hybrid Deceleration Fuel Cut-Off
Instrumentation Compass · External temperature display · Fuel economy display: MPG, range · Multi-functional information center · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: lamp failure, low fuel, engine oil, coolant, tire fill alert
Lights Ambient lighting · Daytime running lights · Headlights: self-leveling, HID · Tail and brake lights: LED, LED rear center brakelight
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated
Passenger Seat Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated · Power adjustments: 10
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Parking sensors: rear
Seatbelts Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front · Seatbelt warning sensor: driver and passenger
Seats Driver seat power adjustments: reclining, height · Front seat type: bucket · Passenger seat power adjustments: reclining, height · Upholstery: leather · Upholstery accents: faux suede
Security Anti-theft alarm system · Engine immobilizer
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Steering Steering ratio: 17.3
Suspension Active · Driver Adjustable Suspension: ride control · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: double wishbones, strut · Front shock type: monotube · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: double wishbone · Rear shock type: monotube · Sport Suspension · Suspension control: magnetic
Telematics Navigation system: DVD navigation system · Phone: cellular phone
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance
Tires and Rims Wheels: aluminum
Wheels Wheel locks: front and rear · Wheel spokes: multi-spoke
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing · Power windows: front · Rear defogger · Tinted: windshield
Price $109,000 MSRP
Body Style Coupe
Engine 4.2L 420 hp V8
Seating 2
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
20MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD



Transmission Options

Drivetrain AWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
20MPG highway
6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
13MPG city
19MPG highway


Driver AirbagOptional
Passenger AirbagOptional
Front Side AirbagsOptional
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsOptional
ABS BrakesOptional


Air ConditioningOptional
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Optional
Passenger: Optional
Power WindowsOptional
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--


4.2L 420 hp V8
Power 420 hp @ 7,800 RPM
Torque 317 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM


Maximum Seating2 seats
Fuel Tank Volume23.8 gal
Front Legroom41 in
Back Legroom--
Wheelbase104.3 in
Length174.4 in
Width79.9 in
Height49.3 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume3.5 cu ft
Audi's quattro redefined rally racing, and Audi's R8 racecar turned Le Mans into a company party. Audi's first supercar, appropriately badged the R8, brings a new generation of refineme... Read More
Audi's quattro redefined rally racing, and Audi's R8 racecar turned Le Mans into a company party. Audi's first supercar, appropriately badged the R8, brings a new generation of refinement to the mid-engine sports car. It melds racecar precision with luxury sports-car refinement at a price point well below Mercedes, Porsche, and Ferrari.
With the R8 size does matter. Weighing in at 3,500 pounds, it's 500 lbs. heavier than the venerable Acura NSX, and its 104.3-inch wheelbase exceeds that of a Ford Escape SUV by one inch. But look what's engineered between those wheels.
The R8 has more leg-, shoulder-, and headroom than a Mercedes SL or Porsche 911 Carrera. Audi enjoys showing off two golf bags stowed behind the two seats in the plush R8 cockpit. Noted for great interiors, Audi indulges lucky inhabitants with a multi-function flat-bottom race-inspired steering wheel, heated 10-way power seats that include 4-way lumbar adjustment, and "monoposto" design that orients the controls and instruments toward the driver.
Placed midway in that long wheelbase and behind its occupants is an all-aluminum, 4.2-liter, direct-injection V8 that spins out 420 horsepower at about 400 rpm below its 8,250-rpm redline. And oh what a trip to that redline. Above 3,000 rpm an exhaust flap opens, and you know this Audi and its R8 racetrack cousin are blood relatives. Once that siren's song is unleashed, say goodbye to the EPA estimates of 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.
Power flows through either a short-throw six-speed Graziano manual transmission or a $9,000 optional R-Tronic hydraulic clutch system using paddles for manual shifting. The all-wheel drive system is rear-drive biased, never sending more than 35% of torque to the front wheels, which keeps understeer to a minimum. This mid-engine layout with all-wheel drive had some road testers plastered to the windows in hard cornering.
Straight-line heroics befit a supercar, with some testers beating Audi's conservative figure of 4.6 seconds for the 0-62-mph jump by turning in a 4-second-flat 0-60 blast with the R-Tronic transmission. Audi posits a 185 mph top end.
Safety standards match these blazing performance figures. Standard equipment for driver and passenger includes full-size dual-threshold airbags and seat-mounted chest side and knee airbags. The car also features a trio of crash-activated safety features: fuel-supply cut-off, battery cable interrupt (to minimize chances of a short-circuit), and safety unlock for the doors.
When the road begins to twist and turn, the R8 crouches low and flashes through the turns without the least hint of fade on its super brakes. Comparisons to the Acura NSX conclude that the Audi R8 represents a very civilized and sophisticated advance for the mid-engined supercar.