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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Audi R8 Coupe review.

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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

It's not cheap, but initial buyers will probably be well off enough not to worry too much about purchase price. 20mpg, high insurance costs and expensive servicing are other factors that will be worth enduring to be one of the few owners of an R8 in the UK. The Audi should be a slow depreciator too, able to retain about half of its original price after three years.

Remember you'll still be losing around £40,000 though.

With its large 4.2-litre petrol engine and average fuel consumption figure of just 20mpg, it's no surprise that the R8 performs badly on the eco front. It emits 332g/km CO2, which although is about average for a sports coupé, is exceptionally poor compared to the average family car. The V10 is significantly more powerful, but economy remains similar at 19mpg, while emissions rise to 351g/km of CO2.

Opting for the R Tronic actually sees this drop to 327g/km of CO2. Post-2012 cars have better emissions but none are what you would call green. The V8 is the best of the lot with CO2 emissions of 294g/km.

The R8 has been thoroughly developed, and should have no more problems with reliability than any other Audi model. Ensure it is serviced according to schedule, and no major problems should arise.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 128p £2,645 - £3,063 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
4.2 FSI Petrol 289 g/km (Min) £570
4.2 FSI Petrol 349 g/km (Max) £570

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £570
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 49 - 50
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.