Audi R8 Coupe Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  August 21, 2013


The German auto marque, Audi, made headlines in the automobile world, back in 2005, when it said that it will build a road-legal R8. This name was renowned in motor sports arena, with R8 race car having won Le-Mans race title for five times till then. Audi R8 was shaped as a sports coupe and displayed in Paris Motor Show in 2006.

The car borrowed some of its build parameters from Lamborghini Gallardo, in areas like chassis and its engine. Audi maintained its signature in the exterior structure and cabin. Audi R8 is light, quick and leaves complete command under the hands of driver through the way it handles. The two-seater Coupe is available with two different engines and 11 different colour options for exterior. The leather upholstery in interior has its set of colour options which include Titanium Grey, Nougat Brown, Luxor Beige, Lunar Silver etc.

Powertrain & Performance

Audi R8 comes out with two different types of engines. The 5.2L V10 and 4.2L V8 engines use Fuel Stratified Injection technique, where fuel is injected into cylinders at high pressure to gain complete combustion which enhances the performance. The V8 engine gets its maximum power of 424 bhp @ 7900 rpm and the V10 runs till 8000 rpm to get its maximum power of 517 bhp. These cars have 300 km/h and 314 km/h as their top speeds with 4.2L and 5.2L petrol engines respectively. The lightweight aluminium body of the engines withstands stress produced by the engine when working at extreme conditions.

The car has 7-speed S tronic transmission system to pick engine power and pass it to wheels in best possible way. The German manufacturers have taken enough care while building the super fast vehicle. Audi quattro, the trademark technology of company is adopted in the R8. This technology makes sure that optimum torque and brake force is distributed to wheels. This avoids the wheels from skidding. The suspension system in this car uses special magnetic fields within the dampers. This will allow the system to adjust itself based on vertical movement of the wheels.

Build & Styling

On its face, Audi R8 has meshed air dams with black fins which sit below dynamically styled headlamps. The wide-track of the car is clearly visible from front. Bulky wheel arches shape themselves around the broad metal bonnet. The roof slants down to the rear of the vehicle to meet muscled haunches and meshed air dams. The haunches show off the power of this sports car. Audi designers have made use of convex and concave surfaces, underbody diffusers and automatically operated rear spoiler in order to boost the speed of the car through dynamics of its body.

The interior of the Audi R8 is engineered to resemble a cock-pit. All controls buttons and knobs are within reach of driver. The car has plush and comfortable seats which can be adjusted to change inclination position using electric controls. Different types of leather with different colour combinations are used in the cabin to match the rank of this sports vehicle. The cabin is furnished with automatic temperature control air conditioner. Bang and Olufsen audio system with 12 speakers fit in various corners of the two-seater cabin enthralls passengers with its sound. The navigation system has a colour display with high clarity which directs commuters to their desired destination.

The cabin of Audi R8 has large size airbags on front and two airbags on sides. The structure of the vehicle has impact bars on the sides which are bend-resistant. Use of magnesium and aluminium materials in the basic structure (Audi Space Frame) of Audi toughens the sports car. When such a tough and cushioned vehicle comes with Hi-Fi systems like ASR (Anti-Slip Regulator), ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) and quattro, it becomes unbeatable on road.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Electronic Stability Programme
    •  Navigation System
    •  Automatic Temperature Control AC
  • Cons

    • Low Mileage