2012 Audi R8
2012 Audi R8

Easy to drive; powerful engine choices; comfortable interior; slick manual shifter.


Unintuitive electronics interface; rough shifting R Tronic transmission; limited storage capacity.


2012 Audi R8 is a driver oriented mid-engine sportscar of the company, which is designed and engineered with extreme performance in mind and with other high performance exotic sportscars in its sights.

Easy to drive, elegant and even somewhat of bargain, the R8 is a stimulating choice for exotic sportscar. For 2012 model year, the more powerful and lightweight limited edition GT version joins the lineup. The all new R8 is developed and designed with revolutionary Audi Space Frame chassis, a technology Audi created and has spent over 10 years mastering.

It provides optional Oxygen Silver Sideblades, which complement stunning proportions of R8, at the same time, increasing performance by directing air to engine intake.

The R8 is the first series production vehicle of the world to feature full LED headlamp system. Taillamps, high beam, low beam, mirror housed turn signals and daytime running lamps; all provide unmistakable, brilliant illumination.

The Audi R8 is basically a two-seater mid-engine sportscar that boasts trademark Quattro permanent four-wheel drive system of Audi. The car was introduced in the year 2006 by German automobile manufacturing company known as Audi.

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It was utterly manufactured, developed and designed by high performance private subsidiary company of Audi called Quattro GmbH and is based on Lamborghini Gallardo platform. The fundamental construction of R8 is based on Audi Space Frame and gets aluminium monocoque, which is designed around space frame principles.

The two-seater coupe is at present offered in South Africa, Bahrain, Japan, Europe, Australia, United States and Canada. In America, the R8 became available at the end of 2008 at dealers in Santo Domingo, Mexico City, Santiago, Bogota, Lima, Medellin, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Supercars are rare breed. They are designed to turn heads of most jaded sportscar aficionados and seemingly defy laws of physics. The all new 2012 Audi R8 undoubtedly accomplishes both; distinguishes itself from present and previous sportscars by offering excellent performance without the sacrifices, which other ultrahigh performance vehicles need. It is quite easy to drive and offers precise steering, comfortable seats, decent ride quality and good outward visibility. The R8 features a four-wheel drive system along with a 5.2 liter V10 engine.

The 2012 Audi R8 comes packed with total of 24 LED daytime running lamps, symbolic of Audi victories at 24 Hours of Le Mans. The performance focused R8 5.2 is renowned by quite a lot of extensive and exquisite features, these include specially designed wheels, aluminium Optic engine vents, high gloss black grille, rear diffuser and engine intakes. Its Storage package gets luggage net on rear shelf folding compartments under seats and storage nets on back of the seats for making most of the storage space behind seats. There are abundance of similarly priced models – Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Mercedes Benz SLS AMG, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, McLaren MP4-12C, Nissan GT-R, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911 and Ferrari 458 Italia. Even with quite a few drawbacks, the 2012 Audi R8 still shines brightly amongst other exotic supercars.

Variants, Body Styles and Optional Features

The 2012 Audi R8 is a two-seater premium luxury exotic sportscar, which is offered in GT 5.2 Coupe, 4.2 Coupe, 5.2 Spyder, 4.2 Spyder and 5.2 Coupe trim levels. The base 4.2 Coupe comes equipped with standard features and equipments, which include seven-speaker surround sound audio system with auxiliary audio jack, satellite radio and six-CD changer, 19 inch wheels, Bluetooth, adaptive suspension dampers, rearview auto dimming mirror, cruise control, faux suede and leather upholstery, automatic xenon headlights, 10-way power heated seats with power adjustable four-way lumbar, LED running lights, automatic climate control and automatic wipers.

The Convenience package gets rear and front parking sensors, hill start assist, auto dimming and power folding mirrors, interior storage nets and rearview camera. Also optional are carbon ceramic brakes, LED headlights, navigation system, fully leather upholstered interior, Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker premium surround sound audio system and iPod interface.

Stepping up to 4.2 Spyder variant of 2012 Audi R8 adds retractable rear window, which doubles as wind deflector and electrically powered soft top. The R8 5.2 Spyder and Coupe comes with different suspension tuning, powerful V10 engine, LED headlights, slight differences in exterior details and different wheels. The 5.2 models also come with all the optional features of 4.2 as standard, minus carbon ceramic brakes and all leather upholstery. The variety of interior trim and carbon fiber exterior trim packages are offered on all trim levels.

Engines and their Performance

Motivation for 4.2 trim level of 2012 Audi R8 comes from 4.2 liter V8 mounted engine behind passenger compartment that generates 317 pound feet of torque and 430 horsepower. The engine is paired with six-speed manual transmission with gated metal shifter.

In performance testing, it accelerated from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the time range of 4.5 seconds and offered the fuel economy of 20 mpg highway, 11 mpg city and 14 mpg in combined driving.

Powering the 2012 Audi R8 5.2 is a massive, brawny 5.2 liter powerful V10 engine, with maximum output of 391 pound feet of torque and 525 horsepower. This particular engine model accelerates from zero to sixty mph in 3.7 seconds. The fuel economy for 5.2 is 12 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 14 mpg in combined driving. The top of the line GT 5.2 boosts power output to 398 pound feet of torque and 560 horsepower and accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds. All trim levels of R8 come equipped with all wheel drive system designed to send power to all the four wheels.

Safety Features

The 2012 Audi R8 is equipped with standard safety features, which include knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, side airbags and stability control. Rear and front parking sensors are also available. In brake testing, the R8 came to a stop in 104 feet from 60 miles per hour, which is really very impressive for a sportscar in its category.

Special Features and Internal Design

The 2012 Audi R8 boasts one of the class leading, finely crafted and uniquely designed interiors slathered with high quality materials. The seats are pretty comfortable and are designed for long distance travel. Its driving position suits broad range of people. You can operate the audio and navigation controls with unintuitive, dash mounted knob situated next to display screen. The DVD based navigation system gets full color 6.5 inch LCD screen, Multi Media Interface inspired control logic for Sirius Radio and AM/FM functions, real time traffic, six-CD changer or iPod integration and two SD memory card slots.

The 2012 Audi R8’s driver information system situated in the middle of instrument cluster provides the driver an eyes forward display of pertinent information including current MPG status, scroll through phonebook, navigation directions, distance to destination, lap timer and estimated time. The maximum cargo capacity is 3.5 cubic feet front, which barely offers enough space for overnight bag and is awkwardly shaped.

Driving Characteristics

The 2012 Audi R8 is remarkably comfortable as an everyday commuter with excellent visibility in all directions. On twisting roads, its preposterous power, heroic grip and quick reflexes work together to make the 3600-pound sportscar feel nimble like a lightweight roadster. With thousands of miles logged on most gruelling test circuit of the world, North Loop of Nurburgring, its suspension system is enhanced with Magnetic Ride that provides instantaneous driver control with just one touch of a button. By using one of the contemporary magnetically charged fluid whose viscosity continuously adapts to driving dynamics and can be functioned electromagnetically, you can choose from Sport and Normal modes for customizing the R8’s handling and ride for enhanced driving dynamics, superior handling and reduced body movement on the road. So, those who are in the market looking for one of the exotic machines, here is the car for you, the 2012 Audi R8.