There are few cars in the history of the four-ringed brand that are as icy cool as the first-gen Audi R8 Coupe. Everything from its looks to its incredible engine to its sharp handling all combine to make it one of the coolest cars the brand has ever made. We’d even argue that the first-gen R8 is actually cooler than the current car, and could become a highly desirable classic one day. This specific 2009 Audi R8 Coupe currently listed on Bring-A-Trailer is a perfect example of that.
This 2009 Audi R8 was just listed today, which means there are seven days still left on the bid. Yet, it’s already up to $30,000. Its fantastic condition, ultra-low mileage and desirable spec are all reasons why this car will be highly sought after in the future.
It’s finished in grey with black leather/Alcantara interior, which is one of the very best color combos for the first-gen Audi R8. But what makes this car desirable is the fact that it’s sporting the 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8, rather than the V10 on newer models, and it has a six-speed manual gearbox.
That free-breathing V8 was a gem and it’s still lovely to use today. It revs beautifully, can rev past 8,000 rpm and makes an incredible noise. But the six-speed manual is actually one of the car’s biggest highlights. It’s a gated manual with a heavy metal shift lever, making it extremely satisfying to use, as it makes a very distinct metallic *clink* when shifting into each gear. It’s lovely.
It’s not incredibly fast, the first-gen Audi R8 V8. With only about 420 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, it’s not the fastest car in the world. However, the way it sounds and feels makes up for its relative lack of power. This specific car actually had its engine replaced at around 6,000 miles but the work was done at a reputable Audi dealer and it’s since done around 24,000 miles on the new engine. So there shouldn’t be an issue there.
With naturally-aspirated engines all but dead, manual transmissions all but dead and the gasoline-powered supercar on its way out, this Audi R8 is one of the very last cars with that combination. Hell, even in it’s day, a mid-engine, naturally-aspirated, all-wheel drive supercar with a manual gearbox was a rare combination. Now, it’s practically a unicorn. So getting one of these and storing it for awhile is likely a good idea, both financially and emotionally.