Parkers overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 4.8

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.5 - 4.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 21.2 - 22.2 mpg
  • Walk away if you expect it to be cheap-to-run
  • Thirstier than its key rivals
  • Servicing and consumables also pricey

Audi R8 Coupe running costs infographic

As you might expect, Audi R8 Coupe running costs are high. This is a six-figure two-seat sports car, so there's no escaping expense if you're running one.

The one to pick if you’re mildly concerned about fuel economy is the regular V10 – and while the cost-per-tank might not worry you, remember that with better economy comes longer range per fill-up. That could be a consideration if you’re planning many longer trips. It isn’t going to be a huge difference, though, since the normal car has a claimed fuel economy of 24.8mpg and that drops to 23mpg for the Plus model. That means it’s beaten by both Mercedes-AMG GT and Porsche 911 Turbo, both with smaller, turbocharged powerplants.

Measures employed to cut fuel bills include a coasting function for the gearbox (where it disconnects from the engine when not in use) and stop/start. It’s still a huge petrol engine though, and such techniques can only achieve so much.

Servicing is expensive, but can be carried out at any of the 114 Audi Centres (dealerships) nationwide. 

Tyres are another consideration here – even the standard 19-inch alloys need some incredibly expensive rubber - 20-inch rims are shod with tyres sigificantly more expensive again.

Smart money is on buying a car with ceramic brakes too, since these will last almost as long as the car unless you’re spending more time on the racetrack than the road. They’re top-performers when it comes to stopping effectively.

Audi R8 Coupe emissions infographic

While both cars use the same V10 petrol engine, Audi R8 Coupe emissions depend on which version you’ve got.

Cleanest is the regular model, which emits 272g/km, while the R8 V10 Plus emits 287g/km thanks to its livelier engine and gearbox combination.

  • Impressive levels of build quality
  • Mechanical components used elsewhere
  • Only a single recall so far

Audi R8 Coupe emissions infographic

There isn’t much to worry about here. Audi R8 Coupe reliability should be on par with any of its rivals – if not better. The main engine and gearbox components have been used before so they’re tried-and-tested, while the interior feels robust and of an extremely high quality.

That said, the solitary recall that the R8 has been subjected to revolved around a potential oil leak with a gearbox component.

This isn't something to be overly concerned about as by now all the necessary remedial work will have been undertaken.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £475 - £580
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Insurance group 50
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