2008 Audi R8

  • 2008 Audi R8 Base Coupe

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2008 Audi R8 Review

A high-performance automobile and a successful introduction to the six-figure sports car market.

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The 2008 Audi R8 is a powerful and beautiful high-end sports car.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual with overdrive, six-speed R tronic
Models: Audi A8 Coupe Quattro

What's New

The 2008 Audi R8 represents Audi’s first mid-engine sports car. This model marks Audi’s first attempt to break into the six-figure exotic sports car market.


The Audi R8’s body flaunts a sleek and modern design with a rear spoiler. The R8’s alloy wheels measure 19 by 11 inches and come equipped with 295/30R19 91Y high-performance tires. Exterior features include variable intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers and a rear windshield equipped with a defogger. The wide wheelbase assists the all-wheel drive and the electromagnet shock absorbers in keeping the car stable on twisty roads or when travelling at high speeds on the highway.


The driver and passenger seats have a six-way power adjustment and lumbar support, while the driver’s seat features a multi-level heating device. Power accessories include power mirrors, remote-locking doors, and remote power windows. The interior has a total of seven speakers, so the 140-watt stereo sounds good with the in-dash CD and MP3 player, which comes with a media card slot. The carbon and leather trim on the doors and dash highlights the interior with a modern style that catches the eye and maximizes comfort. The interior of the Audi R8 features a modern, sporty look that gives the driver and passenger the feel of a high-end sports car.

Performance & Handling

The 2008 Audi R8 reaches 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and reports a top speed of 187 mph. Equipped with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive, the R8 allows drivers to drive hard with confidence. The all-wheel drive gives extra assurance that the R8 will maintain solid traction. The electromagnet shock absorbers ensure a smooth ride, even with rough roads. This makes some highways feel smoother than they would in other sports cars, as the all-wheel drive holds on to the roadway and maintains the car’s balance.

The R8 sports car offers a modern look and plenty of power and speed, but is also designed for everyday driving. The electromagnetic steering and shock absorbers with electromagnetically controlled fluids help the car adapt to the different surfaces of different roads. All-wheel drive grants some extra stability and control on highways that have a lot of high-speed turns and prevents the high-performance tires from losing traction. The steering has the lowest-rated performance in comparison with all the other features when it comes to the R8’s handling abilities, leaving some of the pickiest drivers feeling uncomfortable and unsatisfied. The traditional-style manual transmission is recommended over the brand’s own R tronic transmission because the R tronic does not shift very smoothly and experiences lapses in power.


The Audi R8 comes with four-wheel anti-lock ventilated disc brakes that use electronic brake force distribution. Side-mounted airbags are included in addition to the driver and passenger airbags. An automatic tire pressure monitoring system and stability and traction control assure safe handling. The child seat anchors keep young ones safe. The passenger restraint system prevents whiplash. The self-leveling and dusk-sensing headlamps maximize visibility during and after dusk.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi R8: 13/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Smooth ride
  • Attractive body style
  • Reliable brakes
  • Dependability

You Won't Like

  • Steering and handling
  • R tronic transmission leaves gaps in power between shifts
  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

A high-performance automobile and a successful introduction to the six-figure sports car market.

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