Audi R8 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
Stop-start and cylinder-on-demand technology help with overall efficiency, but the R8 is still quite costly to run
Running costs won’t be that important to R8 buyers, but it's good to know that the Audi is a £130,000 car that can deliver the kind of performance that would match more expensive supercars.
In its lower 562bhp state of tune, the R8 V10 rear-wheel-drive model has claimed economy of 22.4mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions from 285g/km. Efficiency drops slightly to 21.7mpg, with CO2 from 295g/km if you go for the 611bhp V10 Performance.
If you plan on using the car on track, then tyres and brake pads will need replacing more regularly, although the ceramic discs (standard on the R8 Performance) should last a long time. But, servicing is expensive, and three services on the Audi will set you back around £3,500.
Unsurprisingly, the R8 sits in the top group 50 for insurance, along with all of its close rivals.
Over an average three-year ownership period, expert data suggests the R8 Coupe will retain around 52 per cent of its original list price, with the Spyder model a little behind on 49 per cent. By comparison, a Porsche 911 coupe will hold onto nearer 70 per cent of its value over the same period.
In this review
- 1Audi R8 reviewThe Audi R8 is a proper supercar that's devastatingly fast, yet as easy to drive as a TT
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe V10 engine sounds fantastic, but the R8 remains an extremely useable supercar
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingStop-start and cylinder-on-demand technology help with overall efficiency, but the R8 is still quite costly to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyDramatic lines and a mid-engine layout mean the R8 is a real head-turner
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe R8 is comfortable and refined for a two-seater supercar, although you'll need to pack lightly if you're planning a road trip
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe R8 is a development of its predecessor, while a raft of electronics helps to raise safety levels