2009 Audi R8 Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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What Changed for 2009:

  • Standard 6-disc CD changer
  • Standard HomeLink garage door opener
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free phone interface
  • New optional high-gloss polished version of standard 19-inch, twin-spoke alloy wheel
  • Carbon fiber options include Sideblade, interior inlays, engine compartment trim
  • Audi Navigation Plus no longer a required option
Overview
The R8 is the name of Audi's five-time Le Mans 24 Hours-winning racecar. It is also the designation for Audi's flagship 2-seat mid-engine sports car. Featuring an Audi Space Frame (ASF) aluminum body and a mid-mounted 420-hp V-8 engine with quattro permanent all-wheel drive (AWD), the R8 demonstrates Audi innovation and experience learned from years of involvement in motorsports. According to the maker, the 2-seater looks, and handles, like nothing ever seen in an Audi showroom-from the forward-mounted cabin for optimal weight distribution, to the \"side-blade\" air deflector feeding and cooling the engine.

For 2009, the R8 adds a 6-disc CD changer, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, and HomeLink garage door opener as standard equipment. Carbon fiber options and new high-gloss polished version of the standard 19-inch alloy wheels are also available.

Model Lineup
While there is only one model (and one engine choice) available for the 2009 R8, the standard equipment level of the flagship Audi sports car is generous enough to please even the most discerning buyer, the maker says. Standard features include bi-Xenon headlights with LED lighting, 19-inch, 5-double-spoke cast alloy wheels, and a 7-speaker, 140-watt audio system with a full-color 6.25-inch LED monitor. An anti-theft alarm and leather/Alcantara interior appointments are also standard.

Optional equipment on the Audi R8 includes a 465-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with 12 speakers, exclusively designed for the interior of the Audi. The upgraded stereo includes a microphone-based vehicle noise compensating system to adjust audio levels to the ambient noise changes inside the cabin. Wheels can be upgraded to 19-inch, 5-double-spoke polished alloy, and a large palette of exterior colors and optional interior trim and leather packages are at the customer's disposal-including the choice of color or material of the Sideblade air deflector flanking each side of the R8 (available carbon fiber options include Sideblade, interior inlays and engine compartment trim). Available packages include Enhanced Leather (Leather package plus additional leather elements); Leather (Nappa leather seats, door inserts, emergency brake handle and door handle); and Premium (with the Audi parking system with rearview camera, hill-hold assist, auto-dimming heated/folding exterior mirrors and storage package).

Powertrain
The 4.2-liter V-8 engine in the 2009 Audi R8 delivers 420 hp at 7800 rpm and 317 lb.-ft of torque at 4500-6000 rpm. No less than 90 percent of the torque is available from 3500 to 7600 rpm. According to Audi, the dry-sump V-8 powerplant is able to propel the R8 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, on to a top speed of 187 mph. Customers may choose between a traditional 6-speed manual transmission or the Audi \"R tronic\" sequential-shift gearbox-complete with a joystick-like gearshift on the center console and paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The power is sent to the pavement through quattro, Audi's race-proven permanent AWD system. In the R8, quattro has been adapted with a rear-wheel bias for the performance application in a mid-engine vehicle. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (manual) and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (R tronic).

Safety
The 2009 Audi R8 is equipped with standard front air bags, seat-mounted side air bags, and knee air bags for both the driver and passenger. Both driver and passenger seat are also equipped with pre-tensioning seat belts. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard, as well as LED daytime running lights and a low-tire-pressure warning system.

The limited-production 2009 R8 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
According to Audi, the R8 is the first series-production car to offer LEDs for all of the vehicle's headlight functions. Using one multi-chip LED and a series of concentrically arranged reflector shells, the LED system offers lower energy use and a longer service life compared to more common incandescent auto bulbs, the company claims. The R8 can also be equipped with an optional magnetic dampening system, Audi's Magnetic Ride adaptive suspension. Instead of conventional damper fluid, the shocks are filled with a fluid that can vary viscosity based on applied magnetic fields. This allows the dampening characteristics to change from sport to comfort in a matter of milliseconds.

What Changed for 2009:

  • Standard 6-disc CD changer
  • Standard HomeLink garage door opener
  • Standard Bluetooth hands-free phone interface
  • New optional high-gloss polished version of standard 19-inch, twin-spoke alloy wheel
  • Carbon fiber options include Sideblade, interior inlays, engine compartment trim
  • Audi Navigation Plus no longer a required option
Overview
The R8 is the name of Audi's five-time Le Mans 24 Hours-winning racecar. It is also the designation for Audi's flagship 2-seat mid-engine sports car. Featuring an Audi Space Frame (ASF) aluminum body and a mid-mounted 420-hp V-8 engine with quattro permanent all-wheel drive (AWD), the R8 demonstrates Audi innovation and experience learned from years of involvement in motorsports. According to the maker, the 2-seater looks, and handles, like nothing ever seen in an Audi showroom-from the forward-mounted cabin for optimal weight distribution, to the \"side-blade\" air deflector feeding and cooling the engine.

For 2009, the R8 adds a 6-disc CD changer, Bluetooth hands-free phone interface, and HomeLink garage door opener as standard equipment. Carbon fiber options and new high-gloss polished version of the standard 19-inch alloy wheels are also available.

Model Lineup
While there is only one model (and one engine choice) available for the 2009 R8, the standard equipment level of the flagship Audi sports car is generous enough to please even the most discerning buyer, the maker says. Standard features include bi-Xenon headlights with LED lighting, 19-inch, 5-double-spoke cast alloy wheels, and a 7-speaker, 140-watt audio system with a full-color 6.25-inch LED monitor. An anti-theft alarm and leather/Alcantara interior appointments are also standard.

Optional equipment on the Audi R8 includes a 465-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with 12 speakers, exclusively designed for the interior of the Audi. The upgraded stereo includes a microphone-based vehicle noise compensating system to adjust audio levels to the ambient noise changes inside the cabin. Wheels can be upgraded to 19-inch, 5-double-spoke polished alloy, and a large palette of exterior colors and optional interior trim and leather packages are at the customer's disposal-including the choice of color or material of the Sideblade air deflector flanking each side of the R8 (available carbon fiber options include Sideblade, interior inlays and engine compartment trim). Available packages include Enhanced Leather (Leather package plus additional leather elements); Leather (Nappa leather seats, door inserts, emergency brake handle and door handle); and Premium (with the Audi parking system with rearview camera, hill-hold assist, auto-dimming heated/folding exterior mirrors and storage package).

Powertrain
The 4.2-liter V-8 engine in the 2009 Audi R8 delivers 420 hp at 7800 rpm and 317 lb.-ft of torque at 4500-6000 rpm. No less than 90 percent of the torque is available from 3500 to 7600 rpm. According to Audi, the dry-sump V-8 powerplant is able to propel the R8 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, on to a top speed of 187 mph. Customers may choose between a traditional 6-speed manual transmission or the Audi \"R tronic\" sequential-shift gearbox-complete with a joystick-like gearshift on the center console and paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The power is sent to the pavement through quattro, Audi's race-proven permanent AWD system. In the R8, quattro has been adapted with a rear-wheel bias for the performance application in a mid-engine vehicle. EPA fuel economy is estimated at 12 mpg city/19 mpg highway (manual) and 13 mpg city/18 mpg highway (R tronic).

Safety
The 2009 Audi R8 is equipped with standard front air bags, seat-mounted side air bags, and knee air bags for both the driver and passenger. Both driver and passenger seat are also equipped with pre-tensioning seat belts. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are standard, as well as LED daytime running lights and a low-tire-pressure warning system.

The limited-production 2009 R8 has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
According to Audi, the R8 is the first series-production car to offer LEDs for all of the vehicle's headlight functions. Using one multi-chip LED and a series of concentrically arranged reflector shells, the LED system offers lower energy use and a longer service life compared to more common incandescent auto bulbs, the company claims. The R8 can also be equipped with an optional magnetic dampening system, Audi's Magnetic Ride adaptive suspension. Instead of conventional damper fluid, the shocks are filled with a fluid that can vary viscosity based on applied magnetic fields. This allows the dampening characteristics to change from sport to comfort in a matter of milliseconds.

Available Trims for the 2009 Audi R8
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 4.2L (2dr Cpe Man quattro) Transmission Manual MSRP 114200.00 Engine 4.2L/254 City/Hwy MPG 12/19
Name 4.2L (2dr Cpe Auto quattro) Transmission Automatic MSRP 123300.00 Engine 4.2L/254 City/Hwy MPG 13/18
Name 5.2L (2dr Cpe Man quattro) Transmission Manual MSRP 0.00 Engine 5.2L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 0/0
Name 5.2L (2dr Cpe Auto quattro) Transmission Automatic MSRP 0.00 Engine 5.2L/- TBD - City/Hwy MPG 0/0

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INTERIOR
  • Leather/Alcantara seat trim
  • 10-way pwr heated sport seats -inc: 4-way pwr lumbar, headrests
  • Center console -inc: (2) cupholders, storage
  • Floor mats
  • Tilt/telescopic manually adjustable steering column
  • 3-spoke flat-bottom leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Backlit instrument cluster w/auto brightness control
  • Driver info system w/on-board computer
  • Pwr locks
  • Pwr windows
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Advanced anti-theft vehicle alarm system
  • Valet key
  • HomeLink garage door opener
  • Automatic climate control
  • Rear window defogger w/timed shut off
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/compass
  • Illuminated glove box -inc: sunglasses holder, auxiliary pwr outlet
  • Ashtray & lighter
  • Micro metallic gray trim w/aluminum accents
  • Storage compartments in doors
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake
  • Aux pwr outlet in trunk
  • 3-spoke flat-bottom leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel w/audio controls -inc: alloy paddle shifters
  • Fine nappa leather seats
  • Audi navigation system plus
  • Leather door inserts
  • Leather-wrapped interior door handles
  • (2) storage nets on back of seats
  • Luggage net on rear shelf
EXTERIOR
  • 19" 5-arm double spoke alloy wheels w/locking wheel bolts -inc: P235/35R19 front & P295/30R19 rear summer performance tires
  • Tire mobility system -inc: sealant & 12V compressor
  • Audi space frame (ASF)
  • "Tone-in-tone" side blades
  • Automatically extending rear spoiler w/manual operation feature
  • Aluminum fuel filler door & door sills
  • Single-frame high gloss black grille
  • Bi-xenon headlights w/light sensor
  • LED brakelights
  • Pwr heated mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals
  • Wipers w/rain sensor
  • 19" 10-spoke Y-design forged aluminum alloy wheels w/locking wheel bolts -inc: P235/35R19 front & P295/30R19 rear summer performance tires
  • Flared rocker panels
  • High-gloss black air inlet grilles w/outlet grilles at rear
  • Flared sideblades
  • Aluminum optic engine compartment vents
  • Enlarged rear diffuser
  • Single-frame high gloss black grille w/vertical and horizontal chrome slats
  • Full LED headlights
  • Auto-dimming heated folding pwr mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals
  • Tail light styling pkg
MECHANICAL
  • 4.2L DOHC FSI 32-valve V8 engine
  • Dry sump lubrication
  • 6-speed manual transmission w/dry double-plate clutch
  • quattro permanent all-wheel drive system
  • Electronic differential lock (EDL)
  • Front/rear 4-link suspension
  • Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping system
  • Servotronic electromechanical pwr steering w/speed-dependent pwr assistance
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes
  • Dual twin exhaust
  • Tool kit
  • 6-speed R tronic automatic transmission -inc: "shift-by-wire" technology, automatic & sport modes
  • 5.2L FSI V10 engine
  • Oval exhaust pipes
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic rear brake pressure distribution (EBD)
    • Electronic stabilization program -inc: sport & disable settings, anti-slip regulation (ASR)
    • Side intrusion door beams
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Dual-stage front airbags with occupant sensing for passenger side
    • Seat-mounted head-thorax side airbags for front seats
    • Dual front knee airbags
    • 3-point seat belts -inc: belt tensioners, force limiters
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Crash sensor -inc: fuel supply shut off, battery disconnect, doors unlock
    • Audi advanced parking system w/rearview camera
    • Audi hill hold assist
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/6-CD changer -inc: MP3 capability, Sirius satellite radio, aux input jack
    • 140-watt, 7-speaker sound system
    • Bluetooth hands-free interface
    • Bang & Olufsen sound system -inc: 465 watt amplification, digital signal processing (DSP), subwoofer in bass reflex cabinet, (12) loudspeakers

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