• Sep 29, 2006
With the successful debut of the R8 in Paris yesterday, the next logical question is when is it going to hit dealers and what's it going to cost? Auto Motor Und Sport answers the latter in a recent article on their website, stating that the 420 HP, V8 FSI-equipped model will come in at 104,400 Euros. The currency conversion puts that at about $135,500US, at today's rate, but we'd expect that figure to be closer to the $100k mark when playboys and well-to-do recent divorcees pick up their own in the summer of 2007.

Additionally, Road & Track put their crack team of photochop gurus on a rendering of the R8 in drop-top form, which can be viewed here and is rumored to be available in early 2009.

[Source: Auto Motor Und Sport (translated) via The German Car Blog]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      $80,000 tops, and maybe $100,000 for the V10
      • 8 Years Ago
      Autoweek says Audi is planning to make 3500 per year.
      http://autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060927/FREE/60927003&Profile=1056

      That is a HUGE number. I'm an Audi guy, on my second S4, but think they'll have trouble selling half that many.

      (BTW, that fugly side panel is distinctive, all right, just like a dog turd on the side of a car would be distinctive.)

      I say when you see an R8 driving around next year, it will probably have dealer license plates on it. Most folks spending that much will insist on a Porsche or Mercedes badge.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So when will people figure out that currency conversion is useless when determining the price of a car? It'll be nowhere near $135k when it goes on sale here. Nowhere near.
      • 8 Years Ago
      let's get to the bottom of the case here.

      the only reason I'm spending that kind of dough on a car is to impress other people.

      Screw that. Impress the ladies.

      And if u tell a gal u're trying 2 impress that u drive an audi R8, they'll go, "hmmm, ok."

      But if u tell the same gal that you drive a ferrari, a porsche or even a bentley, u're getting that gal in ur bed. And she may not even ride in ur car.

      She doesn't know and frankly doesn't care that the Audi is more expensive than the ferrari or porsche...

      What the folks at Audi need to do is build a name brand..

      It's gonna be expensive, though...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Funny...without even reading the comments...that was my first thought. Who the hell is going to buy a heavy ass AWD audi with only 420HP HP for 100+K.

      MAYBE $70....maybe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wouldn't pay 135,000 for this piece a crap 4.2 engine.
      Maybe a brand new engine thats unique I would.
      But a warmed over 4.2 I would not.

      This car is cut and paste of all audi parts from all the car lineups in all the brands. At 135,000 I would expect uniqueness. Honda can sell a car that has nothing to do with any other car, The S2000, for 32,000 dollars. And it goes 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. This Audi is bullshit.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really dont know what in this car is worth 135,000.
      Looks?
      Well looks can be bought for maybe 10,000 at an aftermarket shop and done on any car.

      What a joke
      • 8 Years Ago
      Look bottom line great car but asking too much.
      As the previous guy said, this is a bunch of parts from every other car. This should make it cheaper. Why the hell is bringing parts from everything else make this more expensive than everything else? An Audi A8L with W12 engine is cheaper than this. Comon, who is Audi kidding?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ford sold GTs at well above this price level. It all depends on the level of performance the car can deliver, and how many they want to sell.

      Response to the first post: A Vantage isn't a mid-engine car, the Bentley is a 165k front-drive-based nose-heavy pig, and the Gallardo starts at $175k. If the Audi offers much of the performance and character of the Gallardo, for over $50,000 less, there will be takers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      There should be a much larger price seperation between the V8 version of the Audi R8 (much less the V10 version) then the Lamborghini Gallardo -- why would anyone opt for the V8 R8 if the Gallardo is only $15k more?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Somehow teh Alfa C8 stole the show from this car. and the Alfa is exponentialy more beautiful and desirable than this Audi. I bet the regular Corvette will be faster than this car, not to mention the C6.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Many very unknowledgeble people here. It will most likely cost in between 90 and 100,000. The RS4 for about 75k hasn't had any problems in selling. The R8 will do fine, considering the grand total of 5,000 R8 built a yar, and probably 2-3 thousand for the states.
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