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2009 Audi R8

  • 2009 Audi R8 Base Coupe

    Base Coupe

    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      420/317
    • ENGINE
      4.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $123,300
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2009 Audi R8 Review

The 2009 Audi R8 engine’s purr reminds you that it’s a sports car; the sport-tuned suspension is stiff, letting you feel every bump in the road. The performance and handling of the R8 will make you overlook its less than cushy ride. Its 3,400-lb. weight will have you taking corners like you’re a pro at the track. The manual shifter is a preferable choice over the six-speed shiftable automatic, unless you’re planning on driving at the track. In track conditions, the automatic transmission can shift gears faster than an experienced driver.

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Overview

The 2009 Audi R8 is a vehicle that will get you lots of attention when you’re behind the wheel. Named for Audi’s racecar that won Le Mans five times, it’s a two-door mid-engine exotic sports car that borrows its design from Lamborghini. Equipped with a 4.2-liter, 420-hp, V-8 engine and a quattro AWD (all-wheel-drive) six-speed manual transmission, it offers the sensual power and performance that sports cars possess. A six-speed shiftable R tronic automatic transmission is available as an option.

Optional equipment includes upgraded Napa leather upholstery, carbon-fiber exterior panels, and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system with voice-activation navigation. A Convenience Package adds parking sensors, hill holder (manual transmission only), and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

If you’re looking to own one of the world’s most impressive and desirable sports cars on the road today, you may want to consider the 2009 Audi R8. It offers the power, performance, razor-sharp handling and comfortable cabin that drivers can’t wait to experience.

The Range

Body styles: two-door mid-engine exotic sports car
Engines: 4.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: AWD six-speed manual, AWD six-speed shiftable automatic with paddle shifters
Models: R8 quattro coupe

What's New

  • A six-CD changer is standard on the 2009 Audi R8, as is Bluetooth connectivity.

Exterior

The 2009 Audi R8 looks like it belongs on the racetrack. From its low ground clearance to its venting that allows for engine cooling and brake venting, it will turn heads as you drive on the highway. It is designed with a glass cover over the mid-engine; the LED lights illuminating the engine draws even more attention.

Interior

The interior of the R8 is roomy for its size, and made with high-quality materials. The sport seats are contoured to provide the ultimate in comfort. One flaw with the design is that certain controls may be out of reach of the driver as they are slope toward the windshield. For example, the MMI (Multi Media Interface) controls are mounted below the LCD display screen; in most other new Audis, the MMI is located on the center console.

Cargo space is listed at 3.5 cubic feet. The space is oddly shaped due to the mid-engine placement; the trunk is not suitable for any items larger than a duffel bag.

Standard equipment includes variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger automatic retractable rear spoiler, power heated mirrors with turn signals, power door locks, power windows, cruise control, center and rear limited slip differential, front and rear double wishbone independent suspension, Audi Magnetic Ride suspension (which uses electromagnets to control shock absorbers on each of the four wheels), six-way power driver and passenger seats with power lumbar support and height adjustment, heated seats, leather/Alcantara upholstery, sport front seats, front console with storage, first aid kit, electric speed-proportional power steering, universal remote transmitter, 12V power outlets, leather/alloy tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, interior charcoal filter, climate control, alloy interior trim, carbon and leather interior trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, and 140-watt AM/FM/six-CD changer/MP3/Satellite audio system with seven speakers, memory card slot and radio data system.

Performance & Handling

The Audi R8’s 4.2-liter V-8 generates 420 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. The quattro AWD is designed to send power to all four wheels, with the majority going to the rear. The optional automatic transmission offers a computer-controlled clutch which allows you to shift either using the shift lever or the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. You may choose to switch to fully automatic mode if you desire. Equipped with the six-speed manual transmission, the R8 was clocked going from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, demonstrating that it is truly a supercar. It has been clocked at a maximum speed of 182 mph. It’s an incredibly capable supercar that’s versatile enough to be used during your workday commute. If you’re a sports car aficionado, the 2009 Audi R8 is probably on your list of cars you dream of owning someday.

Safety

Electronic stability control, four-wheel ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), remote anti-theft alarm system, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, high pressure headlight washers, dusk-sensing Xenon HID (High-Intensity Discharge) headlights, stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, post-collision safety system, self-leveling headlights, tire pressure monitoring, seat-mounted side airbags and knee airbags are standard safety equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Audi R8: 12/19 mpg in city/highway driving

You'll Like

  • Handling
  • Performance
  • Pleasing engine growl; car is an attention-getter

You Won't Like

  • MMI
  • Price tag
  • Outdated gearbox on automatic transmission

Sum Up

The 2009 Audi R8 engine’s purr reminds you that it’s a sports car; the sport-tuned suspension is stiff, letting you feel every bump in the road. The performance and handling of the R8 will make you overlook its less than cushy ride. Its 3,400-lb. weight will have you taking corners like you’re a pro at the track. The manual shifter is a preferable choice over the six-speed shiftable automatic, unless you’re planning on driving at the track. In track conditions, the automatic transmission can shift gears faster than an experienced driver.

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