Audi R8 V8 manual: Spotted


Believe it or not, the Audi R8 has been with us for over a decade. Eleven years to be exact; plenty of time for it to have built multiple variants, including the V10, which pushed the model well into supercar territory. But it didn't start there: Ingolstadt's original goal for its mid-engined masterpiece was to pinch some of Porsche's buyers - and to that end it plumbed in as much usability as it could into its breath-taking design.


This included the first engine. While its Lamborghini-badged sibling got a 5.0-litre V10 from the beginning, Audi wisely opted to graft on the 4.2-litre V8; a unit already proven in the B7 generation RS4, and only in need of a dry sump to befit its new home behind the driver's seat. The match - obviously complimented by the rear-bias all-wheel-drive system - was one made in heaven.

Its 420hp sounds relatively humble now (given the proximity of the latest TT RS) but its pairing with the R8's space frame construction and a particularly feel some sort of traction, delivered one of the great driver's cars on the early 21st century: compliant, biddable and sound tracked not only by a naturally-aspirated V8, but also the swashbuckling noise of an open-gaited six-speed manual 'box.


Throw in the relative practicality and comfort of a high-end Audi interior, and the R8 looked good value even at launch. Today, with starting prices significantly lower than the RRP of a range-topping TT, the model is an outrageous steal. True, there are some to be avoided - but there are also plenty like this 2008 car presented in Silver with oxygen silver side blades over the standard black.

With full Audi service history and only 44,000 miles on the clock, you'd like to think it's virtually immune to depreciation - in fact, keep it for long enough and we rather think it might start going the other way. And when you consider what else you could have for the same ballpark (a Cayman S or a Mustang perhaps?) none offers the cache or the deft ability of the first R8. Only those running lights might put you off - and that's surely the worst kind of nit-picking


AUDI R8
Engine
: 4,163cc, V8
Transmission: six-speed manual, quattro all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 420@7,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 317@4,500rpm
MPG: 20.7
CO2: 349g/km
First registered: 2008
Recorded mileage: 44,000 miles
Yours for: £40,995

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  • Debaser 18 Oct 2017

    Love these, though they are surprisingly impractical (the boot is way smaller than in a 911, and apart from that there's only a shelf behind the seats for storage).

    Agree with the power comment - they can feel underwhelming under acceleration, though I think they are more impressive when it comes to high speed acceleration. For a car with 'only' 420hp it'll accelerate when over 150mph well enough.

  • Shnozz 18 Oct 2017

    I agree re the practicality and it's part of the reason I ruled one out. I don't need to carry a fridge but even a weekend away would be pushing it, let alone a European jaunt. Add to that the mahoosive barn doors in a normal car park.

    Then you have to consider there is a very practical, 4(ish) seat TT-RS with a luggage swallowing hatchback and a very similar interior that, with a quick remap, is sat 2" off your bumper. Made the R8 a hard car to justify, even if it has many attributes that neither the TT-RS nor other cars of that price range have.

  • cerb4.5lee 18 Oct 2017

    Always liked these, especially with that manual and I'd love a go in one to see what they're like to drive, I've gone off N/A engines over the last few years and worry it might leave me a little flat...but really hope it won't.

  • Krikkit 18 Oct 2017

    Shnozz said:
    I agree re the practicality and it's part of the reason I ruled one out. I don't need to carry a fridge but even a weekend away would be pushing it, let alone a European jaunt. Add to that the mahoosive barn doors in a normal car park.

    Then you have to consider there is a very practical, 4(ish) seat TT-RS with a luggage swallowing hatchback and a very similar interior that, with a quick remap, is sat 2" off your bumper. Made the R8 a hard car to justify, even if it has many attributes that neither the TT-RS nor other cars of that price range have.
    I don't think they're directly comparable really. OK they're both handsome Audis with 400+hp, but I bet the drive is chalk and cheese.

  • PistonBroker 18 Oct 2017

    These do seem very good VFM.

    My day-dreaming has gone next level recently and I've started up a spreadsheet tracking prices of stuff I fancy. An early R8 just like this one is well on the radar.

    I've always wanted 911, but the reality is I'll scratch my Porsche itch with Boxster/Cayman first and these almost seem like a more logical progression from those. Running an R53 MINI as a stopgap has revealed any perception of a 911 being more practical because it has back seats is wrong as my 8yo just moans about lack of space!

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