Powered by a V8 engine that according to test the two V10-powered models both have more than sufficient power.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed automatic is available as well.
Motor journalists internationally are impressed with the manual and say that the automatic provides quick and responsive shifts. Test drivers agree that the Audi R8 is incredibly nimble and also rides comfortably. Several remark that its standard all-wheel drive and predictable handling make it easy to drive quickly.
Fuel economy on the base R8 is an estimated 6.8/10.2 kms/100kms city/highway, which is low for its class.
Reviewers agree that the Audi R8’s interior is stylishly designed and finished with high quality materials and also find the interior to be spacious with the two bucket seats being supportive and comfortable on long journeys.
The R8 has 0.1 cubic meters of luggage space in a front-mounted boot, with limited storage space behind the seats which is not practical terms of cargo-carrying capacity.
Standard features include:
Bluetooth, satellite radio, navigation and Audi’s MMI infotainment system.
Major options include a rearview camera, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, front and rear parking sensors and an iPod connection.
Comments from International Motoring Websites
- “Though it’s beginning to get on in years, the R8 remains one of more appealing supercars on the market due to a mix of stirring driving dynamics, surprising practicality and, of course, double take-inducing good looks.” — Left Lane News
- “Highlighted by its iconic styling and unusually accessible performance, the 2015 Audi R8 maintains its special status as a midengine exotic sports car that you can drive every day of the week.” — Edmunds
- “But in the case of the R8, it’s genuinely hard to find anything that needs improvement. The styling is still admirable, the exquisite V8 and V10 engines sound better than anything this side of Maranello, and the Lamborghini-derived all-wheel-drive chassis provides exceptional handling. It may be an old-timer by automotive standards, but the R8 remains one of the best sports cars in the world.” — AutoTrader
- “What all of this means is that now more than ever, the R8 is a proper soup-to-nuts flagship, offering marrow-deep excellence in everything from a daily-use supercar to a stylish droptop to a track day hero.” — Autoblog (2014)