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Fuel type Petrol
Engine size 5204
Engine size 4200
Engine size 5.2
In MK2 model 'Type 4S' form, Audi's R8 got sharper, smarter and faster. Turning away from the tide towards turbocharging, it uses an aurally magnificent normally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 and promises race-bred but road-ready four wheel drive performance able to justify its new-found junior supercar status. Buyers in search of this kind of car must take this one very seriously indeed. Let's check out the pre-facelift version as a used buy.
With the original R8, Audi set out to prove that it could build a junior supercar. With the MK2 'Type 4S' model, it did. The aim here was twofold: to perfect the original package and then prove it capable of edging towards the more exclusive territory occupied by Lamborghini, McLaren and Ferrari. A step too far?
No. The four rings don't give this car the rarefied appeal of a Huracan or a 488 GTB, but in most meaningful respects, this MK2 model can match them car-for-car. Unlike its Italian rivals, it feels bullet-proof. And unlike a Porsche 911 Turbo, it makes a six-figure statement. Audi has clearly benchmarked both approaches and here blended Latin exclusivity with Teutonic day-to-day usability, creating a finished product that's difficult to beat if you want a car of this kind you could drive every day. But does this second generation R8 have quite the charm of the original? Maybe not, but then to some extent, that's the price of progress - quite a hefty price in this case.
Ultimately though, we'll take this R8 as it is, loving its looks, its classic configuration and its determination to stick with melodic normally aspirated power. It's a very Audi supercar. And there's nothing quite like it.
Borrowing £7,500 on a Hire Purchase agreement over 48 months, a representative APR of 18.5% and a deposit of £0.00,
the amount repayable would be £216.89 a month, with a total cost of credit of £2,910.72 and a total amount
payable of £10,410.72.
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