2015 Audi R8

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Audi R8. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Handling potential
  • Distinctive styling

The Bad

  • Sideblade air intake appearance
  • MMI controller

Notable Features of the 2015 Audi R8

  • New Limited Edition Performance Package available
  • New sport exhaust for V-10 available
  • Mid-engine sports car
  • Six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Coupe or roadster
  • All-wheel drive

What Is the 2015 Audi R8?

The 2015 Audi R8 is a two-seat, mid-engine sports car that competes with the Ferrari 458, Dodge Viper, Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R and Maserati GranTurismo. Trim levels include the 4.2, 5.2, 5.2 Plus, 5.2 Carbon and 5.2 Competition. The numbers reflect engine size: 4.2 refers to a 4.2-liter V-8, while 5.2 is a 5.2-liter V-10. Both traditional coupe and Spyder (soft-top convertible) body styles are available.

What's New on the 2015 Audi R8?

The 2015 Audi R8 introduces some new options, including a diamond-stitched Alcantara headliner and sport exhaust for models with the V-10 and an automatic transmission.

How Does the 2015 Audi R8 Compare to Other Coupes?

While the 2015 Audi R8 is undeniably a supercar, with supercar power and supercar speed, it also has a milder side that competitors like the Nissan GT-R don't. This isn't a car that feels wound up all the time; it's as at home in more casual driving settings as it is on a track.

Fuel economy is not a strong point for any V-10 supercar, but for what it's worth, the automatic R8 5.2 Plus offers an EPA-estimated 13/22/16 mpg city/highway combined, which is slightly better than the Maserati GranTurismo (13/21/16 mpg) and slightly worse than the Nissan GT-R (16/23/19 mpg) and Porsche 911 Turbo S (17/24/20 mpg).

In terms of interior appointments and comfort, the Audi R8 doesn't distinguish itself much -- for good or ill - compared with competing models. Cargo space is, however, the model's Achilles' heel; it offers a dedicated cargo area up front that's only 3.5 cubic feet. That's less than the 911's 4.1 cubic feet and pales in comparison to the GT-R's 8.8 cubic feet and the GranTurismo's 9.2 cubic feet.

What Features in the 2015 Audi R8 Are Most Important?

The 2015 Audi R8 comes standard with a 4.2-liter V-8 engine that produces 430 horsepower and 317 pounds-feet of torque; this engine comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Every Audi R8 is equipped with Quattro all-wheel drive. Optional engines include a 5.2-liter V-10 that makes either 525 hp and 391 pounds-feet of torque or 550 hp and 398 pounds-feet. Ceramic brakes and a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters are also available. 

Other significant standard features include 19-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, sideblade air intakes behind the doors, a transparent canopy behind the seats that shows off the engine, dual exhaust tips, a power-extendable rear spoiler, leather and Alcantara sport seats, a six-CD changer and Bluetooth connectivity. Notable available features include carbon-fiber trim, a Bang & Olufsen stereo and a navigation system with Audi's Multi Media Interface.

As is required in all new cars, the 2015 Audi R8 comes equipped with antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system. The R8 also features knee airbags and seat-mounted side-impact airbags. 

Should I Buy the 2015 Audi R8?

The 911 Turbo S can easily keep pace with the Audi R8 under any driving conditions, and the GT-R is significantly more affordable than the Audi, but the 2015 R8's looks are stunningly distinct. Stylistically, it's nearly the platonic ideal of a supercar, and if that's what you're looking for, you may have found your match - as long as you don't plan on bringing too much stuff with you.

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What Drivers Are Saying


An amazing everyday car

by Bpessell from West Hills, CA on November 8, 2017

My R8 Spyder is my everyday car. I currently have over 34,000 miles and I love it. I am getting ready to buy the new one. I have not had any problems and it is fun to drive. Just pricey. Read full review



by Me on September 13, 2017

You won't really get a "bang for you buck" with this car. It has great handling, but the transition between gears felt off. The sound system was also kind of "wonky". Not much room to have stuff like ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2015 Audi R8 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Audi R8 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain warranty


  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The R8 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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