2011 Audi R8 – Kelley Blue Book

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Audi R8

2011 Audi R8

By all accounts, the 2011 Audi R8 is a supercar, but that doesn’t mean it’s uncompromising and hard-edged. It’s an incredibly capable performance machine, yet every bit as luxurious as it is sporting. The posh interior is loaded with electronics and bathed in leather and Alcantara. With Audi’s venerable 4.2-liter V8 providing the power, the R8 isn’t at all temperamental #8211; as the notion of a supercar might suggest.

And, with a Lamborghini-sourced V10 also available, the R8 can better compete with its most obvious rival, the Porsche 911 Turbo, along with a number of exotic Italians as well.

If you opt for the R tronic transmission, know that this is not the same unit as Volkswagen/Audi’s dual-clutch DSG gearbox. Shifts do take some time, and there is some computerized indecisiveness that can be annoying in traffic.

The fixed-roof Audi R8 carries over into the 2011 model year essentially unchanged. However, Audi has added a sleek new convertible to the lineup (reviewed separately).

power and downshifting is rarely necessary, as torque is abundant and available throughout the rev range. Despite the V8’s charms, we are absolutely enamored with the prodigious power, brutal acceleration and inspired sound of the V10 engine in the R8 5.2. In terms of transmission choices, anyone capable of actuating a clutch will find the manual transmission, with its stylish metal gate, a far more satisfying drive than the surprisingly unrefined optional R tronic transmission.

Regardless of transmission choice, according to Audi the R8 4.2 will accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 12.7 seconds. The V10 sprints from zero to 60 in a scant 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 196 mph. As would be expected, the brakes are up to the task, with 15-inch discs with eight-piston calipers in the front and 14-inch discs with four-piston calipers in the rear.

Favorite Features

4.2-liter, 420-horsepower V8

This strong and big-hearted V8 has found a fitting home in the R8 #8211; with the added bonus that it sits behind a glass panel for all to see, like fine jewelry.

Metal-gated Six-speed Manual Transmission

Audi R8

Under the Hood

The eager-to-rev 4.2-liter, 420-horsepower V8 that sits mid-chassis is essentially the same as that found in the RS 4, Audi’s premiere midsize sedan. Maximum power is provided by a new 5.2-liter V10 good for 525 horsepower. Either engine can be mated to a traditional manual transmission or Audi’s R tronic sequential-shift gearbox, which adds about $9,000 to the bill. Either way, six ratios are available and the redline is a lofty 8250 rpm for the V8 and an even higher 8700 for the V10.

Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive is standard on the R8, and offers a performance-oriented torque distribution of just 10 percent to the front wheels and 90 percent to the rears, as compared to the 40/60 torque bias in most new Audi models.

4.2-liter V8

420 horsepower @ 7800 rpm

317 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500-6000 rpm

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