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Things We Like in R8
  • Ergonomically designed interiors and the control switches are within the reach of the driver
  • Multiple driving modes, it’s a super car that can be used for daily commute
  • The new Audi R8 is based on the aluminium chassis which is 15 percent lighter with increased rigidity
Things We Dont Like in R8
  • Not the fastest car in India. Nissan GT-R gives it a tough competition
  • The steering wheel feels quite lifeless. It lacks feedback
  • Many of the rivals of Audi R8 seat up to 4 occupants but it can accommodate seating for 2 passengers only

Audi R8 Colors

R8 is available in 10 different colors - Panther Black, Ibis White, Brilliant Red, Ice Silver Metallic, Sepang Blue Pearl Effect, Suzuka Grey Metallic, Teak Brown Metallic, Samoa Orange, Estoril Blue Crysta and Daytona Grey Pearl Effect - Audi R8.

  • Panther Black

  • Ibis White

  • Brilliant Red

  • Ice Silver Metallic

  • Sepang Blue Pearl Effect

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Review of R8

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety


When Audi R8 was first launched, it proved to the world that Audi can make supercars. Audi R8 was the car of its own kind and not many cars could match the looks and performance of this car. Audi R8 has now entered its second generation, which will further enhance its predecessor’s legacy. The car was first revealed at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show and gets the modified platform of the same first generation model into the Modular Sports System. Due to its new platform, second generation Audi R8 weighs about 45kgs less as compared to its older version. The new Audi R8 shares some of its underpinnings with Lamborghini Huracan. The supercar receives some changes on the outer as well as inner profile with a more powerful engine underneath.
Audi has given all its blood and sweat in designing its flagship sportscar. The outer design of the R8 is simple yet appealing. The front profile gets single frame honey comb mesh radiator grille, futuristic LED headlamps and extremely smooth silhouette that makes the car more eye catching. Its low stance look and large alloy wheels on the sides makes the overall looks unforgettable. The rear spoiler and the LED tail lamps gives the car a personality of a true sportscar.
Dimensionally, the car measures 4426mm in length, 2037mm in width, 1240mm in height while the wheelbase stands at 2650mm. Audi R8 is offered in various shades such as Ibis White, Suzuka Grey metallic, Floret silver metallic, Mythos black metallic, Dynamic red, Camouflage green metallic, Tango Red metallic, Vegas Yellow, Daytona grey pearl effect, Macaw Blue crystal effect and Camouflage Green matte effect.
Coming to its interiors, Audi R8 gets some really cool bits inside the new model. It gets few buttons on the steering wheel like Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Audi R8 is draped in all-black be it the steering wheel, dashboard, door panels and seats. The use of carbon fibre and aluminium bits is quite dull and not much noticeable. Seats are covered with the premium leather upholstery and are quite comfortable. The car gets Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, 12.3-inch TFT display, air conditioning vents, audi phone box, MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and 500-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system. Its other convenient features are cruise control, climate control, electrically adjustable rear view mirror, rear parking camera with sensors, ambient lighting, height adjustable driver’s seat, lumbar support and paddle shifters.
Under the hood, Audi R8 is powered by the 5.2L V10 petrol engine that is capable of generating the power output of 610PS and and the maximum torque of 570Nm. The mill comes mated to seven-speed dual clutch S-tronic gearbox and the power is delivered to all four wheels through Quattro all-wheel drive system. Audi claims that the new R8 can go from 0-100kmph in mere 3.2 seconds and is able to hit the top speed mark of 330kmph which is extraordinary. Audi R8 gives ARAI certified mileage of 17.5kmpl.
As far as the safety aspect is concerned, Audi R8 comes with plethora of features. The list includes 8 airbags, Anti-lock braking system, Electronic brakeforce distribution, Brake assist, Traction control, Electronic stabilization control, electro mechanical power steering, hill assist, cornering lights and collapsible steering column.
In terms of pricing, as this is not a normal Audi, you have to shell out a hefty amount to own this beast. Audi R8 is available in only one variant in the subcontinent that is Audi R8 V10 Plus which is tagged at Rs. 2.72 crore. Audi R8 is built to lock horns with cars such as Nissan GT-R, Mercedes-Benz GT-R, Maserati Gran Turismo, Lamborghini Huracan, Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Porsche 911 in the segment.


Where the Audi R8 looks staggering from the outside, there seems to be a little disappointment when we see the interiors. While the carmaker hasn’t left any stone unturned in terms of build quality, use of material and overall fit and finish, the furnishing is not supercar-like and seems substandard. The cabin including the dashboard, seats, steering wheel and the door panels, all are splashed in black. And while there are bits of carbon-fibre and brushed aluminium all around, they lack the youthful and energetic feel as should be in such a car. The carmaker could have used contrasting upholstery and stitching to make it as robust and lively as it’s on the outside.
But on the flipside there are seriously some cool bits. The ergonomics of the car is one of the best in class as all the buttons and controls are within the reach of the driver. Similar to what we see in Lamborghinis and Ferraris, the Audi R8 too has a lot of buttons on the steering wheel including controls for driving dynamics, engine start/stop, sports exhaust, infotainment and gear changing. The car comes with company’s Virtual Cockpit which is 12.3 inch TFT display essentially performing all the functions of conventional instrument panel with total driver focus in mind. The high definition display allows toggling between several screens and offers functions for music, navigation and other vehicle settings.
Then there are chrome finished ac vents with in-built mini screens carried over from the siblings. Further, the deluxe automatic air-conditioning regulates the air flow, air temperature, flow through ventilation and footwell quite efficiently. There are other nice touches including the exclusively created rubberised mat just ahead of the gear lever where all the stuffs such as phone, bottles, etc. can be stored. The car-like seats which are optional, are not driver oriented and appears no more than a fixed racing buckets to snug you in place. These seats are adorned in leather while contain only a thin layer of foam. Another drawback is that the backrest can’t be reclined while the controls of the fore and aft are also manual. However, you do get powered height adjustment.
The three-spoke flat bottomed steering wheel is also rake and reach adjustable, so getting into the sweet spot takes just half a minute. In terms of space, as the engine is mounted at the rear, there is hardly 112L of space in the bonnet but sufficient for a couple of carry bags. Come to the inside and the space is limited here as well and hardly will you find any cubbyholes to store your knick knacks.


The design of the Audi R8 is really breath-taking. The design has evolved over the years and wherever you take this car, it manages to grab eyeballs with majority of them want to have a selfie. There are striking lines all over the vehicle. At the front, the large hexagonal mesh grille is reminiscent of the sibling TT while the LED headlights gel well with the edgy grille which is finished in Anthracite gloss gray lending it rather unconventional look. The smooth silhouette is a result of the coupe-like roofline while the low stance adds more to its aerodynamic appeal.
The carmaker could have used gunmetal or piano black alloy instead of aluminium ones integrating silicon crystals, but it does look spectacular. The rear profiles follows the same lean and mean styling with fresh dual trapezoidal exhausts finished in black. However, the main highlight at the rear is the carbon fibre lip spoiler which makes its intentions clear.

Mileage Running Cost

Talking about mileage in a supercar is a crime. However, if you are really keen in knowing the fuel economy then on paper it can give combined fuel economy of 8kmpl. But the real world numbers will obviously be different. During usual driving conditions you would expect from such a car, the mileage would be around 4 kmpl. But if driven sedately it can churn out 6kmpl, which is very much acceptable.

Comfort Suspension

In countries like India with pitiable road conditions, living with supercars can be a bit difficult. But the carmaker has designed new Audi R8 and tuned the suspension in such a way to give utter comfort on the go, especially seeing the fact that it has razor-thin tyres. The ground clearance of the car is fair, even on some rough roads it can give surprising results.
Where the car comes with brownie points in terms of city ride and handling, it really shines while handling the corners. And this surefootedness is ensured by Audi’s Quattro system which stays fixed to the ground while taking a smooth line entering and exiting the corners. The mechanics inside eliminates any chances of body roll. However, a bit of directness in the steering could have been better.

Engine Performance

The second generation R8 borrows the same 5.2L naturally aspirated V10 petrol engine from the predecessor. But the good news is that it now churns more horses and is more responsive than ever. Step your foot on the accelerator and the purists will enjoy the musical notes coming from the powertrain. The aural riot is the result of the 610PS power and earth shattering torque of 560Nm which helps the supercar reach the triple digit speed with the blink of an eye.
The engine in conjunction with the lightning quick 7-speed dual clutch S-tronic gearbox takes the car from halt to 100kmph in just 3.2 seconds of time with the ability to reach the electronically limited top speed of 330kmph. The car charges ahead like a bullet and the time you look at the speedometer, you will realize that you have already crossed the 100kmph mark. A portion of credit of the blistering performance goes to the aluminium chassis with carbon-fibre reinforced plastics which has reduced the weight by 15 percent, simultaneously increasing the rigidity by 40 percent.
The shift of the gearbox is smooth and swift and works in perfect harmony with the engine. Overall, the performance of the vehicle is nothing short of extraordinary and well enough to get the vehicle labelled as a supercar.

Braking Safety

The large carbon fibre disc brakes do a fantastic job in shedding the high speeds within seconds. Further, the presence of anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist give you dominance over the road. Other safety aspects in the car include 8 airbags, traction control, electronic stabilization control, cornering light and collapsible steering column among others.

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