Audi R8 V8

Autocar - - USED CARS -

NO, IT ISN’T a Fer­rari. It isn’t even Ital­ian. The Audi R8 does have an at­mo­spheric V8 in its mid­dle, how­ever, and, just like the 348, its man­ual gear­box has an open gate, so there are at least some im­por­tant sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two. The truth is you’ll need to spend up­wards of £50,000 on a 360 Mo­dena to bag your­self a mod­ern 348 suc­ces­sor, which is why on this oc­ca­sion we’re leav­ing Maranello be­hind and mov­ing on to In­gol­stadt.

That’s no bad thing, though, be­cause a looked-af­ter early R8 will be no less en­joy­able to drive than any com­pa­ra­ble Fer­rari. Orig­i­nal R8s are yet to drop to £25,000 but they can be found for around £30,000 (see p52), which doesn’t seem like a huge sum for what is a bril­liant ju­nior su­per­car. The 4.2-litre V8 is very durable, al­though it does have a thirst for oil.

ONE WE FOUND 2007 R8 4.2, 94,000 miles, £30,995

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