2012 Audi R8 5.2 Quattro
Deciding to design, build, and produce the R8 was one of the single best decisions the Audi brand has made in recent years. It gave Audi a flagship supercar to compete with the heavy hitters from Porsche, Ferrari, and Lamborghini. When it launched, Audi had almost everything right: it was beautiful to look at, well balanced and light weight from an all-aluminum body and structure, and had a ton of grip thanks to Audi’s typically great Quattro System. It was missing one thing however; brute force.
Fast forward to 2009, when Audi finally figured it out and implemented their brilliant decision to drop in the 5.2L V10 from the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. What a wonderful pairing that engine and R8 chassis turned out to be! With 525 hp @ 8,000 rpm, it helped propel the R8 into true supercar territory and it finally made a viable option to owning a Porsche.
Audi wasn’t finished though. They then did something truly insane and chose to produce a small number of V10 R8’s with a 6-speed gated manual transmission. As a manual it is an absolutely brilliant car to drive. It is quite easy to match the revs when downshifting and the shifter makes an engaging “clack-clack” sound – a sound that you always thought you would have to buy a classic Ferrari to enjoy. Truly, the R8 is a special car.
This 2012 Audi R8 for sale at Driven is extremely rare. According to Audi, only 212 of the V-10 manual coupes were delivered in the USA. And of these, it appears this car is the only one in the Audi exclusive paint color Suzuka Gray Metallic. Thus, a 1 of of 1. This R8 has over $10,000 in carbon trim options, including the side-blades, side mirrors and interior trim. It has optioned white-faced instrument dials, and an enhanced black leather interior package with red stitching. The car has undergone full exterior and interior detailing along with a service including engine oil and filter change, brake fluid flush, cabin filters replacement, and installation of a protective film on the windshield. This V10 manual R8 has a clean CarFax report showing a detailed service history with two owners in Michigan and Texas. The car comes with owner’s manual, service records, 2-remote keys, the original Window Sticker, and documentation from Audi documenting the car as 1 of 1 out of a total 212 V10 manuals.
|Engine||V10 F DOHC 32V|
|Number of Gears||6|
|Body Color||Suzuka Grey|
|Number of Doors||2|
|Secondary Interior Color||Red|
|Drive Wheel Configuration||RWD|
|Curb Weight||3,990 lbs|
|Number of Keys||2|
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