2015 Audi R8

Pros: Supercar performance capabilities; traffic-stopping looks; base models are relatively reasonably priced as mid-engined exotic cars go

Cons: Minuscule cargo room; difficult entry and exit; restricted rear visibility

CG Says: The 2015 Audi R8 gets a couple new trim options and an available sport exhaust option, but is otherwise unchanged. The R8 offers head-turning style, pulse-quickening performance, and superb build quality, yet is quiet and comfortable enough for daily commuting. It’s as thirsty as any high-power car, and aluminum-intensive construction makes it more costly than some rivals with equal or better speed and handling. Still, most buyers shopping for vehicles in this price class can afford a more practical second or third car, and low production insures the exclusivity such people expect. Overall, the R8 is an impressive supercar achievement and a great drive. Our pick is the smooth, yet extremely powerful V8. The V10 models are faster, but we don’t think the gains justify the steeper pricing.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 2
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices V8 coupe: $115,900
V8 Spyder convertible: $129,400
V10 coupe: $153,900
V10 Spyder convertible: $166,100
V10 Plus Spyder convertible: $173,500

Base Engine
4.2-liter V8
Horsepower
430
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
11-14
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
20-23

Optional Engine
5.2-liter V10
Horsepower
525
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
12-13
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19-22

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2015 Audi R8 Spyder