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2011 Audi R8 V8 review: A super deal?

2011 Audi R8 V8 review: A super deal?
Written by Jhon

Audi’s Halo model is the R8, and with the recent arrival of both the R8 5.2 (V10) and R8 5.2 Spyder, the entry-level V8 model has been thrown out of the spotlight. That’s unfortunate because the car shares its sexy lines (with the exception of a few styling cues) with its oil-burning big sister, is about the same speed, and stands as a relative bargain in the supercar arena.

I recently had a chance to get to know its V8-powered R8 for the better part of a week, and I must say I was so fond of the loud symphony of its 4.2-liter engine and sharp exhaust that I didn’t get much else during that time. All I wanted to do was drive.

Audi R8 red paint to win

2011 Audi R8 V8. Photo: Russell Purcell

Bold red paint, an ultra-wide stance, massive alloy wheels and ominous LED lights command attention at every intersection. The vertically-designed ‘blade’ fitted to my test car was an optional Sigma version of the carbon fiber that added an extra level of flare to the bodywork, and was a reminder of this car’s sporting competition legacy – largely derived from carbon-fibre bearing. Same name, R8 prototype racing car.

Audi R8 engine with 4.2L V8

The R8 comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission or with Audi’s R-Tronic manual transmission. Interestingly enough, this is one of the cars for which this decision will have an enormous impact on the driving experience.

My car came with the short drop guide which is the transmission of choice for most enthusiast drivers, as sliding the carefully crafted gear lever through the exposed aluminum gate while paddling through the close-ratio transmission really makes you feel part of the process.

2011 Audi R8 V8 Engine
2011 Audi R8 V8. Photo: Russell Purcell

Add the powerful competition clutch, communicative steering with light assistance and the impressive stability provided by Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system and you’ve got a recipe for one of the world’s greatest auto services.

Acceleration from the powerful 4.2-liter V8 is off the line and torque is plentiful, so picking shift points where the tachometer needle kisses the red line provides a deeply satisfying and addictive driving experience.

Of course, if you need more power, there’s the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus we reviewed here, powered by 610 hp and more power than Le Mans’ stunning endurance racing machines.

How does the 430 hp R8 Coupe perform?

I was able to escape from my worldly responsibilities long enough to take this dream machine on a full day trip that includes some of my all-time favorite routes. I planned my escape from reality to leave before weekend travelers and truck drivers clog the beautiful parts through the Fraser Valley, and the lack of traffic would allow me to do some shooting along the way.

It was still dark when I set off from historic Hope, BC along the slender strip of sidewalk Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) as it parallels the raging river that helped carve this impressive chain of valleys. The rugged landscape is characterized by steep cliffs and dense forests, so the engineers had to use a series of tunnels to allow train and automobile traffic to navigate these treacherous terrain safely.

2011 Audi R8 V8
2011 Audi R8 V8. Photo: Russell Purcell

Anticipation was killing me as I wound my way along the river as it was these long tunnels that would allow me to experience the beautiful sounds of audi like never before. As I roamed these concrete cabins shifting from gear to gear, I must admit, the powerful combination created by the sounds of the engine, the roaring exhaust, and the metallic sound of the gearshift, proved so sweet that I had to make several passes to satisfy the needs of my eardrums. Nicely tickled.

The second stage of my road machine took me from the Spences Bridge to Merritt via the Nikola Highway (Highway 8), a favorite among motorcyclists and avid drivers alike because of the angles of the knees and scenic beauty. The R8 was just the perfect tool for this curved two-track test track, as the all-wheel drive system, sporty ultra-wide tires and responsive handling made cornering maneuvers so easy to execute that it was easy to find your rhythm as a driver, which is always a plus on such a technically challenging road. .

I have to admit, the combination of engine sounds, buzzing exhaust, and the metallic clatter of the gearshift proved so sweet that I had to make several passes to satisfy the needs of my ticklish-filled eardrums.

After taking the car to sunny Kelowna for a quick photo, I made my way down the Coquihalla Connector (97C) until it met Interstate 5A near Aspen Grove. The 5A is lightly used and very enjoyable as it digs through two regional parks before coming to its end in Princeton. It definitely finds its way onto my short list of routes worth exploring if you find yourself in the area behind the wheel of a thrilling car.

The stretch from Aspen Grove to Princeton is well maintained and takes about an hour to complete at the prescribed speed. The track offers an excellent mix of turns and turns in which the driver can test his vehicle’s handling prowess. Once again, the R8 demonstrated exceptional poise, poise and accuracy with every passing mile.

2011 Audi R8 V8
2011 Audi R8 V8. Photo: Russell Purcell

The R8 proved to be such a good model earlier in the day that I took a quick tour through the heart of the fruit-growing region of BC towards Keremeos for one last photo opportunity before heading back to Vancouver. Here you will find one of the last covered rail bridges in the country. It has been refurbished and converted for automobile use and looks sparkling in its red paint, like the R8. It was here that the inquisitive RCMP pulled me in for being slower.

In fact, I was standing on the bridge taking pictures of this interesting beast and the inquisitive cop wanted to take a closer look at the car because he hadn’t seen it in person. I have no doubt that such encounters would become a regular occurrence if you owned such a special car as he said he saw me earlier today in Princeton. If you don’t like attention, the R8 is not the car for you.

As I finished the last few kilometers of my adventure and my day was over, my thoughts turned to the car as a whole, and how it represented such a complete package. The car’s spacious cabin proved to be comfortable for the duration of my trip, and surprisingly, I felt more comfortable than I thought after a long day behind the wheel.

Audi R8 interior

The car’s cockpit environment is all business but it’s uniform, so the R8 is the perfect companion to introduce an opera companion, or better yet, carve into the essence on local track day.

2011 Audi R8 interior
2011 Audi R8 V8. Photo: Russell Purcell

All the electronic accessories and comfort one would expect in a luxury car are there and they count, but the body-hugging sports seats and flat-top steering wheel will have you dreaming of Lemans glory as you zip through traffic on your daily commute to work.

Yes, I said commuting. Unlike most cars in this class, the Audi R8 is designed to be reliable and efficient enough to warrant its use as a daily driver. Try it in a Ferrari or a Lamborghini.


  • Thirsty for premium gasoline
  • Limited shipping space
  • Traffic light challenges are getting outdated very quickly

2011 Audi R8 V8 Specifications and Pictures

  • Engine: 4.2 liter, V8, DOHC with FSI direct injection
  • Horsepower: 430 HP @ 7800 HP
  • Torque: 317 lb-ft at 6000
  • 0-100 km/h: 4.6 seconds
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed R-Tronic automatic (optional)
  • Brakes: internally ventilated discs, 4-piston rear, 8-piston front
  • Charging capacity: 100 liters
  • Fuel Economy (l / 100 km): City 17.1 / Highway 10.3 / Combined 14.0

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