2012 Audi R8

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Updated on: April 30, 2021

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Supercars are the ultimate breed of evolution as they bring extremes of both striking designing along with precise handling and suspension that offer astonishing performance figures, which are bound to bring a smile on your face. The R8 is a successful sports car. The car does excellent in the necessary areas: performance, handling, comfort, and usability. The R8 is different from other supercars in a way that it can deliver without having the need to sacrifice other aspects like comfort in view of outright performance. For the year 2012, Audi has introduced an all-new more powerful 5.2 Litre GT version with a lot of light-weight performance-oriented options.

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Pros

Powerful engine

Sharp Handling

Easy to drive

Cons

Limited storage

Unrefined manual transmission

Difficult to understand electronic interface

What's New?

New GT variant introduced


2012 Audi R8 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

8.5

based on 39 ratings


8.4/10 Features
8.4/10 Interiors
8.8/10 Design
8.6/10 Safety
8.5/10 Reliability
8.1/10 Deal Value

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2012 Audi R8 Overall Reviews


DP

Deborah J. Perez

2012 Audi R8

quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 6M)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 7, 2021

Lord of the rings

Pros - The power of lamborghini with a lesser price, best in class coupe & comfortable drive

Cons - Cabin design is pale, No cuts and curls on outer looks and limited features.

Sports Audi is worthy of having From the track to a road trip, this car will make you love to drive and drive it hard. On the track it is well behaved allowing you to slip the back end out (to have some fun) and the brakes are incredible and predictable. I also did a track day in wet weather conditions. Absolutly flawless, instilling confidence with the all wheel drive so you can focus and have fun. The road trip was very comfortable with good visibility, low engine/road noise and no shortage of power to pass (or just have fun) whenever you need it! Audi of Meadowlands provides a far superior car buying experience to any other dealership. They go above and beyond to ensure the customer is happy with their purchase and content through the entire process.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

RG

Ruby T. Gonzales

2012 Audi R8

quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 6AM)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 20, 2021

The best exotic car

Pros - Shouldn't that be performance, sport seats, and exhaust gargles

Cons - Low end can be better, sensitive traction control

R8 is a super monster. Definately getting a new one after this Being sketical for a month between spyder and coupe, we decided to go for coupe because of the improved safety which isn't offered with R8 spyder or any convertible for that matter. What I love about my r8 is that it drives like a monster and before you know it, you're approaching the speed limit. Track driving has been amazing in it and I can understand why one wouldn't drive it mostly on the roads. Low end maybe could have been better as it feels like lacking that super car juice for a first couple thousand rpm which instantly changed past 2500 revs or so. The best part of owning an R8 is definately the gargles and it returns with when the throttle is closed. Amazing definition and makes me want to breathe whatever is coming out of those pipes. The traction control however has been ruining the driving experience because it disrupts the engine power transferred to the wheels which is not always as nice as it sounds. The only place where I was able to find a next to brand new used r8 with just 4,300 miles on the odo and substantiate price tag. We enquired about the car on phone and asked them if they can give us a few days before we would be able to visit in person. They did hold the car and when we finally went to see it, it was absolutely ravishing and exactly how Dennis had explained. No respite from paperwork though but they did throw in new cargo liner as complimentary. Wonderful customer service.

6/10
Features
8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

MH

Martha Harris

2011 Audi R8

quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 6AM)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 15, 2021

Audi R8 needs regular fixes

Pros - All wheel drive, perfect seating and good handling

Cons - Got few fixes, lacks acceleration

Unsatisfied experience from both Audi and the dealer This coupe got a few fixes, lacks acceleration. i am completely unsatisfied with the dealership experience too. As the sounds from the dash board and the interior plastics around the doors and windows can't be control evenafter a couple of visits to the dealership. this was not the car for high speeds, gets more wind noises and loose fitting sounds from the doors and the dash which was annoying.

5/10
Features
5/10
Interior
5/10
Design
5/10
Safety
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Deal Value
6/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$114200

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

top speed

186 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

254 cu.in.

horsepower

430 hp @ 7900 rpm

torque

316 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

174.5 in.

width

75 in.

height

49.3 in.

curb weight

3605 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

3.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

551 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

158 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

11/15/20 mpg

highway range

476 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base $114,200 onwards

430 hp @ 7900 rpm | 4.2 L | V8 | premium unleaded

  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • Leather Seat trim
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Assist
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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.8

Engine And Performance

8.9

Fuel Economy

8.9

Interior

8.4

Exterior

8.4

Safety

9.8

Competition

9.6

9.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.0

Overall Rating


The R8 starts at a price of $114,200 for the base variant, the Audi R8 is a good bargain when you consider its superhuman performance capabilities. Based on performance, we have picked the 3 closest rivals to the R8: the Nissan GT-R, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Lamborghini Gallardo. The 2012 R8 is a beast that provides fun with everyday driving capabilities.


8.8/10
Pricing and Features

8.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.9/10
Fuel Economy

8.4/10
Interior

8.4/10
Exterior

9.8/10
Safety


2012 Audi R8 Pricing and Features

8.8/10

There are 3 main trims available for the 2012 Audi R8, namely the 4.2 Coupe, the 5.2 Coupe, and the GT 5.2 Coupe with 2 engines and 2 transmission options. The price starts from $114,200 and goes all the way up to $196,800 for the top-of-the-line trim. As standard, all the trims get 19” wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, cruise control, automatic xenon headlights, LED running lights, automatic wipers, automatic climate control, heated 10-way power seats (with four-way power-adjustable lumbar), leather upholstery, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Bluetooth, a 7-speaker sound system with six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack, and satellite radio.

Trim

4.2 Coupe

5.2 Coupe

GT 5.2 Coupe

MSRP (4.2L V8) 

$114,200

N/A

N/A

MSRP (5.2L V10) 

N/A

$149,000

$196,800

Key Features

V8 Engine

Additional or replacing features of 4.2 Coupe

Additional or replacing features of 5.2 Coupe

 

19” wheels

V10 Engine

More powerful V10 Engine

 

Automatic wipers

Different suspension tuning

Carbon fiber finished interior and exterior trim package

 

Adaptive Suspension Dampers

 

 

 

LED running lights

 

 

We Recommend 

We recommend the Audi R8 4.2 Litre Coupe V8 with manual transmission. It offers really high-class performance, and you can always enjoy the luxury. If performance with city driving is on your mind, then the 5.2L Coupe can be your choice. Otherwise, if you only want performance, then the GT Audi is the choice to go for.

2012 Audi R8 Engine and Performance

8.9/10

The Audi R8 comes with 2 engine options. The base engine is a 4.2L V8 which makes 430 hp @7,900 rpm and 316 lb.-ft @4,500-6,000 rpm. The other option is a 5.2 L V10, and it makes 525 hp @8,000 rpm and 391 lb.-ft @6,000 rpm. The recently introduced GT trim has a differently tuned 5.2L V10, which makes a whopping 560 hp @8,000 rpm and 398 lb.-ft @6,500 rpm. You can choose from a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automated manual gearbox. The manual transmission is the preferred. The Audi R8 comes with AWD as standard. The coupe reaches the 60 mph mark in a quick 4.4 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds.

Model

Audi R8

Nissan GT-R

Lamborghini Gallardo

Chevrolet Corvette

MSRP

$114,200

$89,950

$187,900

$49,600

Engine

5.2 L V10

3.8 L V6

5.2 L V10

6.2 L V8

Drivetrain

All-wheel drive

All-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Rear-wheel drive

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automated manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

Power (HP)

430

530

550

430

Torque (lb.-ft)

316

448

397

424

0-60 MPH (s)

4.4

2.9

3

4.2

Quarter mile (s)

12.6

11.2

11.1

12.5

Top Speed (mph)

186

194

198

190

The GT-R tops the 0-60 mph with a time just under 3 seconds, beating even the Lamborghini. Our R8 though takes a sweet 4.4 seconds to reach the mark, with the quarter-mile coming up in about 12.6 seconds. It has the lowest top speed number. The Gallardo has the highest top speed, and the rear-wheel-drive helps. In such a close battle, aerodynamics plays an important role clearly, and the GT-R and Gallardo have a lot of things going for them.

2012 Audi R8 Fuel Economy

8.9/10

Fuel economy is probably the last thing to worry about when buying performance cars. But since this is a review, we have to let you know which one might be the most gas-guzzling of the lot. The quality of fuel used plays a major role in the performance of these cars. The R8 offers 11 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 14 mpg combined.

Model

Audi R8

Nissan GT-R

Lamborghini Gallardo

Chevrolet Corvette

MPG (city)

11

16

12

16

MPG (highway)

20

23

20

26

MPG (combined)

14

19

15

19

Fuel capacity (gallons)

23.8

19.5

23.8

18

Range (city/highway)

261.8/476

312/448.5

285.6/476

288/468

The R8 has the largest fuel tank. It has the least city mileage, but the highest highway range along with Gallardo. The GT-R is the best in the city with its 16-mpg mileage. Surprisingly, the corvette gets the smallest fuel capacity, but it offers a middle ground in terms of mileage in the city as well as the highway in this comparison.

2012 Audi R8 Interior

8.4/10

Performance with top-notch luxury is exactly what the R8 offers. Comfortable seats with a driving position that will suit many people for long hours in the driver’s seat is what you get with this supercar. The central console is positioned in a way away from the driver, which makes it hard to reach it. Also, the knob used for accessing navigation and audio controls is very uneasy. However, features such as heated seats and climate control help you relax. Overall, it is a very plush interior to be in.

Model

Audi R8

Nissan GT-R

Lamborghini Gallardo

Chevrolet Corvette

Seating capacity

2

4

2

2

Front row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.1/54.8/N/A

38.1/54.3/44.6

36/57.8/45

37.7/55.2/43.1

Second row

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

N/A

33.5/50/26.4

N/A

N/A

Trunk space

(Cubic ft)

3.5

8.8

3.9

22.4

Most of the cars have a total seating capacity of 2 passengers. Only the GT-R is a 4-seater sports car. The legroom offered is pretty decent in all the cars. In terms of cargo capacity, none of the cars are good for long-distance driving. The Corvette has the most trunk capacity with a total volume of 22.4 cubic feet, adequate enough to fit two luggage bags without any difficulty, which is a rare achievement in the segment. In comparison, only the GT-R enjoys the luxury of an extra row of seats in the rear. Major interior features include-

  • Interior active charcoal air filter
  • Cruise control
  • Electrochromatic inside rear-view mirror
  • Front door pockets
  • Optional interior trims to choose from

How intuitive is the 2012 Audi R8’s infotainment system?

The infotainment system on the R8 is not the best to use or understand, but it is well equipped with a large number of standard features. Across all the trims, you get Bluetooth connectivity and auxiliary audio input, and the infotainment is connected to a 7-speaker sound system. Although to get the best out of this infotainment system, we do recommend you get the 12-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system. Some standout infotainment features include:

  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • USB Connection
  • CD Player
  • Navigation

2012 Audi R8 Exterior

8.4/10

The 2012 R8 gets full marks in the design segment. It's sporty, charming, and a head-turner wherever it goes. The noticeable difference in styling is across the trims, where you can go from a classic look to an aggressive look. The higher the trim, the sportier it looks. Everything about the car is a design harmony. It is sleek, yet very imposing. It maintains the mid-section engine flair and is complemented by the wide fenders, large air intakes at the front and sides, and the low sloped roofline. The topless Spyder models are even more attractive. It stays true to its sports car tag with the low height and short wheelbase.

Model

Audi R8

Nissan GT-R

Lamborghini Gallardo

Chevrolet Corvette

Curb Weight (lbs)

3605

3829

3042

3208

Length (in)

174.5

183.9

171.1

174.6

Width (in)

75

74.6

74.8

72.6

Height (in)

49.3

53.9

45.9

49.1

Ground clearance (in)

4.3

5.4

5

4

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

109.4

100.8

105.7

The R8 has a total length of 174.5 inches. It is 75 inches wide and 49.3 tall. The R8 has a wheelbase of 104.3 inches. Though the difference in dimensions and overall proportions may seem microscopic, the GT-R is both the longest and tallest car in the segment along with the longest wheelbase. It is also the heaviest, whereas the Lamborghini is the lightest car in this comparison. Some of the noteworthy exterior features are:

  • 19" wheels
  • Spoiler
  • Beautiful rims
  • Sleek LED lines
  • Audi Parking System Plus W/Rearview Camera 

2012 Audi R8 Safety

9.8/10

The R8 scores big on safety and also maintains the brand’s reputation for manufacturing pretty safe cars. The car offers Quattro all-wheel-drive, dual front, side, and knee airbags, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control. The optional extras, though not entirely safety-related, can aid the driver in being safe. They are the parking sensors and a rear-view camera. Though standard on V10 models, they are definitely a desired feature for the V8’s too, as they make backing up and positioning the car much easier. Some of the important safety features are:

  • ABS
  • Traction control
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Airbags
  • Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring

2012 Audi R8 Final Verdict

The Audi R8 might look expensive with its hefty price tag, but as we said, it is a bargain in comparison. It has the potential to win you the drag races, and also impress anyone you want to with its bold but calm design. It is a performance-oriented car but also makes sure that there are no shortcomings in the interiors. You will cherish the luxurious cabin and drown in its comfort. This car is no loser, and in fact, can give competition to cars more expensive than the R8, therefore, it's a recommended pick in the segment.

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Lord of the rings

Sports Audi is worthy of having

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7

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The best exotic car

R8 is a super monster. Definately getting a new one after this

by Ruby T. Gonzales

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Audi R8 needs regular fixes

Unsatisfied experience from both Audi and the dealer

by Martha Harris

8

User Overall Rating

what a machine.

This is must have racing car

by Karla A. George

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The sporty performance car

loved it completely

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