Right now might be the last time you can get a first-gen Audi R8 for a relatively low price. The current second-gen R8 is on its way out and with it goes the last of the combustion engine R8s. Because the Audi R8 is a dying breed, used models are climbing in value, especially first-generation cars with a manual transmission, such as this one from Bring-A-Trailer.
The first-gen Audi R8 was always pretty universally liked but appreciation for the brand’s first-ever mid-engine supercar is starting to grow. Its stunning looks age like fine wine, its simple driver-focused interior is preferred to the modern techno-fests that are modern cabins, and its screaming naturally-aspirated engines are joys to use. However, one the biggest draw of the first-gen R8 is its manual transmission.
Like most other supercars, this current-gen R8 lacks a manual transmission option. While it’s always a shame when a sports car or supercar loses its manual transmission, it’s especially sad in the case of the R8, as the first-gen’s six-speed open-gate manual resides among the all-time greats. Beautiful weighting from the gear stick, a clicky metallic action from each shift, and the mechanical noise that accompanied said shifts made the Audi R8 one of the most exciting supercars for enthusiasts.
Expect collectors to seek out manually-equipped first-gen Audi R8s for many years to come, especially when the next-gen car goes electric. Which means values are going to go up and the prices you see now will likely be the lowest for a long, long time.
This specific 2012 Audi R8 V8 manual is an especially nice example, with only 9,000 miles on the odometer. Only 9,000 miles in ten years? That’s less than 1,000 miles per year on average, making this R8 minty fresh.
It’s a nice spec, too. Daytona Gray Pearl with red leather interior, magnetic dampers, and a titanium exhaust, all combine to make both a special looking, feeling, and sounding car.
At the moment, there are seven days left on the auction, with $45,000 being the highest bid, which means it’s likely to only go up quite a bit from there. Still, it will be likely cheaper now than it will be in the future.