Intro: It may not make sense for a breathtaking supercar to also be a practical daily driver, but the 2012 Audi R8 is just that. With a choice in engines that will get your heart racing, and the peace of mind of Quattro all-wheel drive, the R8 is a performance machine that doesn't make sacrifices.
While the R8 was originally offered as a head-turning coupe with unique side-blades, a convertible Spyder model was added to the lineup in 2011, and is stunning in its own rite. All R8's benefit from magnetic ride control, which the driver can personalize and make adjustments for road conditions with the touch of a button.
Performance: The R8 coupe and Spyder both come standard with a potent 4.2-liter V8, making 430 horsepower. Available on the Coupe and Spyder, is a 525 horsepower 5.2-liter V10. Power is sent to Quattro all-wheel drive through a 6-speed manual transmission or an optional R-Tronic 6-speed sequential automatic.
For 2012, a track-ready R8 GT coupe joins the lineup. It comes standard with a specially tuned V10,sending a bone jarring 560 horsepower to Quattro all-wheel drive through the R-tronic 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel Economy: Fuel economy for the R8 is as follows:
Features: The leather laden interior illustrates the luxury nature of the R8, while the red stitching and carbon fiber inlays remind the driver that it's a performance beast.
Even with the top down, the up-rated Bang & Oulfsen premium sound system will delight the senses, while features such as the Bluetooth microphone built into the seatbelt highlight its practical side.
A recommended option for finding those perfect driving roads is the available navigation system. Viewed through the vivid 6.5-inch touchscreen, it can deliver real time traffic and weather updates.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include electronic stability control, side intrusion door beams, tire pressure monitoring system, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2012 Audi R8 is $114,200. An R8 Spyder starts at $127,700, while a track-ready R8 GT starts at $196,800.
Warranty: The R8 is backed by a transferable 4-year, 50,000-mile basic and powertrain warranty.
Summary: Brimming with performance-driven technology and manageable to own and drive, the 2012 Audi R8 is a supercar that doesn't make sacrifices, but certainly makes smiles.