When I bought my first Audi in 1995, I became a big fan of the marque; but if you had told me then that Audi would produce a V10 mid-engined aluminum supercar in just over a decade, I would have laughed at you. In fact, I think every Audi nut would have laughed at you. Looking back over Audi’s history, the R8 was so out of character with what the company produced it would be as if Ferrari were to produce a Prius. But what was particularly shocking is that it was deeper than just that; it would be as if Ferrari produced a better Prius than Toyota did. The accolades that have been thrown on the R8’s mighty shoulders are equally impressive to what that achievement would be. As the halo car for Audi, the R8 has taken the marque to a whole new level of performance as well as a completely different clientele. For example, I was able to instruct last year at a arrive and drive supercar event – there were three Ferraris, a Lamborghini, a Mercedes-Benz SLS and an Audi R8 4.2 coupe there. That the Audi to even be included in that group was a feat in and of itself, but while the line of people interested in driving the Lamborghini stretched until the horizon the brilliant R8 sat there most of the time lonely. It was ironic, because pretty much universally the instructors all said it was dynamically the best car there.
So, while it still may not be the dream car that hangs on everyone’s walls, the R8 truly offers supercar level performance at a budget price compared to the rare Italian competition. Of the R8s, the true screamer is the 5.2 liter V10, and if you want to get a little (or, a lot) wild you can spec out one in Spyder configuration, such as today’s 2011:
Model: R8 V10 Spyder
Engine: 5.2 liter V10
Transmission: 6-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 7,627 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
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– 2011 R8 Spyder –
The Coventry Motorcar is proud to present this low mile R8 in showroom condition. This is a one owner vehicle that’s only traveled 7,627 miles! With a 525hp V10 this exotic supercar won’t dissapoint while coupled to Audi’s R-Tronic dual clutch transmission. The previous owner spec’d this vehicle with a few nice upgrades over the stock R8, these include Premium Leather, Carbon Sigma Mirrors and Carbon Sigma Door Sills.
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One owner clean history and carfax
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BASE SIZE – 5.2 L
CAM – TYPE Double overhead cam (DOHC)
CYLINDERS – V10
VALVES – 40
VALVE TIMING – Variable
TORQUE – 391 ft-lbs. @ 6500 rpm
HORSEPOWER – 525 hp @ 8000 rpm
TRANSMISSION- 6-speed R-Tronic Dual Clutch
DRIVE TYPE – quattro All Wheel Drive
WEIGHTS & CAPACITIES:
DRAG COEFFICIENT – 0.36 Cd
CURB WEIGHT – 3726 lbs.
CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE – 3.5 cu.ft.
MAXIMUM CARGO CAPACITY – 3.5 cu.ft.
Double wishbone front suspension
Double wishbone rear suspension
Four-wheel independent suspension
Front and rear stabilizer bar
Bang & Olufsen premium brand speakers
12 total speakers
465 watts stereo output
AM/FM in-dash single CD player,in center console-CD , CD-controller with CD MP3 Playback stereo
Sirius satellite radio
Speed sensitive volume control
Auxiliary MP3 audio input
5.1 surround audio (discrete)
Multi-CD located in center console
Memory card slot
Radio data system
Hard drive based display w/voice activation and directions navigation system
Pre-wired for phone
Bluetooth wireless data link for hands-free phone
Real time traffic
Front console with storage
Front door pockets
Remote trunk release
Retained accessory power
Front seatback storage
Speed-proportional power steering
Universal remote transmitter (for garage door, security system, etc.)
12V front and 12V cargo area power outlet(s)
Front and rear parking sensors
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Transmission controls and audio controls on steering wheel
I’ll save you the quick price check on this car; were you to pull up to the dealership and order this car new, price starts at $174,000 without options, taxes or fees. That sure sounds like a lot, but figure it is the best part of $75,000 less than the very similar Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4 Spyder. Really then, this is a cut-rate exotic. With the top down, either engine is impressive sounding but the V10 is the one I’d want behind my shoulders, howling away as I raced up the tachometer. The car on offer today is effectively brand new, with a scant 7,600 miles covered over the last two years. As seems to be the case with most of these R8s, they aren’t losing value very quickly and are in general very well cared for as this car appears to be. The sweet spot for these cars seems to hover between $130,000 and $140,000, so I would expect the reserve is probably set fairly close to there. With a little over two days to go, bidding on this model has been strong but remains about $10,000 shy of the bottom of that market with the reserve still on. At that price, while it’s out of range of most enthusiasts who read this it is pretty incredible value for a basically new supercar.