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UPDATED: Jul 30, 2019

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On the list of top exotic supercars, the 2012 Audi R8 is in the same  field as the Ferrari FF, The Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari California, Aston Martin DB9, Mercedes SLS AMG and more.

Although the 2012 R8 can compete with the exotics when it comes to performance, it’s something of an orphan when it comes to price. Starting at $114,200 for the base model, the R8 is significantly more affordable than most other supercars.

For instance, the SLS AMG is the next most affordable vehicle in this class, and it starts at $183,000. However, the R8 costs more than twice as much as the most expensive midrange luxury sports car, the Porsche Cayman.

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Audi R8 Reviews

According to the auto press, the R8’s strengths are typical for a sports car: tight handling, epic performance, and an eye-catching exterior. It also has a luxurious interior, though, which can’t be said of some midrange exotics like the Lotus Exige or Elise, or the Chevrolet Corvette.

The Audi R8’s weaknesses are also typical of any exotic sports car including limited interior and cargo space, awkward entry and exit, poor visibility and tank-like fuel economy.

How much is auto insurance for an Audi R8?

Estimated annual auto insurance rates for the 2012 Audi R8 are $3,485, which is less than you’ll pay to insure most other high-end exotics. For instance, it costs roughly $3,713 a year to insure a Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe, which starts in the ballpark of $160,000.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG costs around $20,000 more than the Turbo S, and its annual auto insurance bill is estimated at $4,374.

Lower-priced luxury sports cars like the Porsche Boxster, the Porsche Cayman and the BMW Z4 are substantially less expensive than the R8 to insure.

For instance, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) estimates that it will cost just $1,778 per year to insure a Porsche Boxster Spyder, which starts at $61,800. That means that over five years, Spyder owners will save more than $7,500 in car insurance premiums alone compared to R8 drivers.

To insure a Porsche Cayman S, which costs just a few thousand dollars more than the Spyder, the typical driver will pay $1,947 annually, the NADA reports.

The entry-level price for the BMW Z4 sDrive35is is comparable to the Cayman’s, and it is expected to cost just $1,430 per year to insure. Mercedes-Benz SLK auto insurance averages around $1,753 annually.

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Audi R8 Maintenance Costs

The R8’s sticker price is nearly twice as much as that of the typical midrange sports car, and its maintenance expenses are higher as well. The NADA projects that maintenance bills for the Audi R8 will total around $4,921 after five years.

For the Porsche Cayman S, the 5-year maintenance cost is expected to exceed $3,500, and BMW Z4 sDrive35is owners are projected to pay 5-year maintenance bills of around $2,744. Scheduled maintenance costs for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLK will total close to $3,627.

Although the Audi R8’s warranty includes four years of roadside assistance, it does not include free maintenance like the warranties for some other luxury sports cars. This means that the first out-of-pocket maintenance bill for most owners will be due during the first year of ownership, and will total about $350.

The second-year maintenance bill for the Audi R8 will cost about the same as the first-year bill, while the third-year overhaul will total nearly $2,700. The R8’s fourth-year and fifth-year maintenance bills should each total around $750.

Audi R8 Repair Expenses

The R8 is covered by a 4-year/50,000 mile warranty, which is comparable to the coverage offered for BMWs and Mercedes. Exotics manufactured by Lamborghini and Ferrari typically feature shorter warranties.

For most drivers, the R8’s warranty will expire between the beginning of the fourth and fifth years of ownership, so the first out-of-pocket repair bill of roughly $1,079 will be due during this time.

Between the beginning and end of the fifth year of ownership, most owners will pay about $1,618 for repairs, for a total 5-year repair bill of $2,697 for the Audi R8.

Both the Mercedes SLK and the BMW Z4 sDrive35is are less costly to repair than the R8. The SLK should rack up approximately $2,124 worth of repair bills over five years, according to the NADA. For the Z4, that figure will be closer to $2,224.

The cost of five years’ worth of repair bills for the Porsche Cayman S should total around $2,857, and the Porsche Boxster Spyder’s 5-year bill will be just over $3,800, the NADA reports.

Audi R8 Safety Features

No crash testing has been performed on the Audi R8, since it is a limited-production vehicle. However, it has an extensive list of safety features that include dynamic stability and traction control for skid prevention, as well as active head restraints to reduce whiplash.

The vehicle’s headlights are self-leveling for additional safety during night driving, and the R8 is equipped with a post-collision safety system to disable certain vehicle features and alert authorities if a serious crash occurs.

The 4-wheel anti-lock braking system features ventilated discs for both the front and rear wheels, and there’s also an electronic brake force distribution system.

Audi R8 Performance

Reviewers appreciate the R8’s combination of on-road drivability and track-worthy acceleration and handling. The V8 model generates 430 horsepower, and the optional V10 engine produces 525 horsepower.

If you can get your hands on one of the 90 R8 GT units available in the U.S., you’ll enjoy sport suspension and a V10 engine that cranks out 560 horsepower.

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