- The practical supercar
- Gorgeous from almost every angle
- Thriling V-10
- Fantastic handling
- Finely executed details
- Limited cargo space
- Entry and exit are tough
- Rearward visibility is poor
The 2015 Audi R8 is a supercar fit for daily driving, thanks to its German precision and Italian powerplant.
The 2015 Audi R8 is It’s approachable, comfortable, incredibly fun to drive, and, for the 2015 model year, the R8 is updated to get the most out of the last year of production for this generation.
Though due to be replaced by an all-new model soon, the current R8 is no less attractive as a do-it-all, every day supercar.
The entry R8 is still a 420-horsepower, 4.2-liter V-8-powered Coupe, paired with a convertible, or Spyder. The 525-horsepower, 5.2-liter V-10 Coupe and Spyder likewise carry into 2015. All 2015 R8s share updated appearance and interior features, mostly minor tweaks, but collectively, a visible refinement of design.
Comfort and convenience items in the interior are typically coupe-minimal, but at the same time, more than merely adequate. Audi's MMI navigation with real-time traffic, Bluetooth, and excellent audio cover the expected bases. The seats and space in the cabin will encourage you to enjoy the time you spend there. And though the cargo space is a bit limited, it's still one of the most practical supercars or super sports cars around.
The 2015 Audi R8 hasn't yet been crash-tested by the official agencies, but with Audi's full design and specification of a modern safety suite, including dual-stage airbags, knee airbags, head and thorax airbags, stability control, rearview camera, and more to help reduce the effects of an impact.
Rated as high as 14/23 mpg city/highway with the 4.2-liter V-8 and dual-clutch transmission, or as low as 12/19 mpg with the 5.2-liter V-10 and manual transmission, the Audi R8 isn't exactly green, even for a car of its performance caliber.
The best change that came last year was the replacement of the previous S Tronic transmission with a new dual-clutch unit. No longer balky and uncooperative, the R8's dual-clutch is now the preferred gearbox--unless you really want to row your own gears. Nearly sentient in its prediction of downshifts and its steady, rapid upshifts, even skipping gears to respond directly to multiple downshift requests, the new gearbox is now a must-have for all but the purists. For the purists, there's still a six-speed manual.
Also new for last year was the V10 Plus model, which raises the standard R8 V10's 525 horsepower to a slightly more exhilarating 550 horsepower. That's still not outrageous in these days of 650-plus horsepower muscle cars, but combined with the weight savings over the standard V-10-powered car, the R8 V10 Plus is as nimble as the V-8-powered R8. Together, the extra power and lightness make it a standout performer, particularly when paired with the new dual-clutch transmission.