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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. 

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.

Insurance

Unsurprisingly, the R8 sits in the top group 50 for insurance, along with all of its close rivals.

Depreciation

Residual values for the R8 aren't perhaps quite as strong as you might think. Over an average three-year ownership period, expert data suggests the R8 will retain around 52% of its original list price. By comparison, a Porsche 911 coupe will hold onto nearer 68% of its value over the same period.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    5.2 FSI [540] V10 2dr S Tronic RWD
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £117,225

Most Economical

  • Name
    5.2 FSI [540] V10 2dr S Tronic RWD
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £117,225

Fastest

  • Name
    5.2 FSI V10 Quattro Performance 2dr S Tronic
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £144,030

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