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Audi R8 review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Stop-start and cylinder-on-demand help 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 £116,000 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 22.2mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 288g/km. Efficiency drops slightly to 21.4mpg and 300g/km if you go for the 611bhp V10 Performance. 

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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 almost £3,500.

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Cheapest

  • Name
    5.2 FSI [540] V10 2dr S Tronic RWD
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £113,000

Most Economical

  • Name
    5.2 FSI [540] V10 2dr S Tronic RWD
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £113,000

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  • Name
    5.2 FSI V10 Quattro Performance 2dr S Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £139,805
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