Audi R8 V8

Secondhand prices of Audi's V8 R8 have dropped, now the V10 model has arrived in the showrooms. Time to bag a bargain!

The arrival of the V10 R8 in Audi showrooms this month has led to a rash of V8 versions coming to market, resulting in the softening of second-hand prices. This particular example left the showroom for the first time in January 2008 and cost its original owner £83,520, but 18,000 miles later it can be yours for nearly £22,000 less.

It has most of the essential options, including satnav, magnetic ride and the B&O stereo upgrade, but it lacks electric seats (hardly essential) and the ‘blades’ on the side bodywork aren’t in a contrasting colour. The original owner used the car as his daily driver and had it serviced for the first time in February 2009, at a cost of £700. New rear tyres have been fitted at some point, but the fronts will need replacing soon.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The first thing that strikes you when you see an R8 up close is what a quality item it is. The 911 Turbo that this one is parked next to when we arrive is rendered almost invisible by the Audi’s striking looks.

It’s just as impressive when you drive it. As you’d expect, this car feels as good as new, and it’s nice to find that it has the manual gearbox, which is so much better than the semi-auto version. After stepping out of my RS6 the R8’s gearing seems remarkably low, but that’s only because its engine is so high-revving (the red line is at 8500rpm). The acceleration is impressively strong and is accompanied by a growly V8 soundtrack.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Overall, this R8 feels terrific. It’s a real alternative to the default 911 choice at this price point. It also reinforces my view that you don’t need 10 cylinders in the back of your R8 in order to have a great car

With thanks to vendor: Dove House Motor Company, Northants (01933 354144,

Extra Info

• Exterior

•  Interior

•  Mechanicals

•  Should I buy it?

Advertisement - Article continues below




EngineV8, 4163cc
Max power414bhp @ 7800rpm
Max torque317lb ft @ 4500rpm
Top speed187mph (claimed)


Audi R8 coupe

Audi R8 review

22 May 2020
Audi R8 coupe

Audi R8 RWS vs BMW M4 CS

1 Jun 2019

Most Popular


BMW M4 Competition vs Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe - German coupe twin test

The F82 BMW M4 is about to be put out to pasture, so does AMG’s recently fettled C63 S Coupe finally have its number?
18 May 2020
Advertisement Feature

Jaguar Project 8 evo reader experience

The Jaguar Project 8 is a 200mph marvel of engineering designed with one purpose in mind: to deliver the thrill of driving. We put some lucky evo read…
14 Apr 2020

The best six-cylinder engines ever – we pick our favourites

Six-cylinder engines can be found in cars of all kinds, good and bad. We collate the very best
13 May 2020
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Carrera to be turbo only, as manuals stay

Porsche confirms the 911 Carrera won’t be available with a naturally aspirated engine again, but manuals stay. For now
17 May 2020