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Audi R8 Spyder running costs and reliability

2010 - 2014 (change model)
Running costs rating: 4 out of 54.0

Written by Graeme Lambert Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.
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Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 19 - 22 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
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In a word Audi R8 Spyder running costs are big. Very big. If you can afford the price tag then the top band road tax, 20mpg average fuel consumption and high running costs, then running an R8 isn’t going to worry you.

The Spyder also tips into the top insurance groups so a few years no-claims will certainly help but not a lot. In comparison to other exotic supercar brands, however, running costs on the Audi R8 are likely to be more favourable.

With the S tronic, Audi R8 Spyder emissions with the V8 are rated at 294/km CO2 and the V10 310g/km. Both barely manage more than 20mpg on average.

Go for the manual version and emissions rise to 337g/km of CO2 and fuel consumption improves to just over 20mpg. That still puts it in the top band for showroom and road tax though.

Audi has a strong reputation in this field and Audi R8 Spyder reliability should be fine. Handbuilt in its own bespoke production facility, it’s certainly well put together – the build quality inside is the equal of any rival.

That V8 engine is used in plenty of other Audi products, without issue, while the V10 is even used by Lamborghini for its Gallardo supercar.