VIDEO: Is the First-Gen Audi R8 V8 the Perfect First Supercar?

Since its debut, the Audi R8 has been considered the everyday supercar of choice. Being mid-engine and very fast, it absolutely qualifies as a supercar. Yet, its comfort, ease of use and interior quality make it perfectly livable everyday. In this new video from JayEmm, we take a look at whether or not those qualities make it the best first supercar.


We’ve long been outspoken fans of the first-gen Audi R8. In fact, I personally think it’s among the very best cars Audi has ever made. In the top five at least. Not only is it easy to drive but it also feels very special. In this video, the owner of the car talks about how and why it feels more special than even the Porsche 911 of the time.

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Two of the reasons why the first-gen Audi R8 feels so special are its engine; a 4.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8; and its gearbox; a six-speed, open-gate manual. Combine those two and you instantly get something that feels special, feels exciting each and every time you drive it. Even just puttering around town, those two make the R8 an event.


However, it isn’t without fault. It can suffer from some corrosion on some of its body panels over time and, if your car has the optional magnetic shocks, they can be quite an expensive repair when they eventually go bad.


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There are also some complaints about its interior bits. Not necessarily their quality but the fact that they seem sourced from the Volkswagen parts bin. That might be true but, in the case of buying an entry-level supercar, that can actually be a good thing. If you have a sensor go wrong or something from the interior break, you can look up the part number and cross-reference it with VW Group part numbers and likely replace it for a lot cheaper.


All-in, if you want an entry-level superar, something that can offer you supercar thrills and looks for a fraction of what a new supercar costs, the first-gen Audi R8 is for you. Not only is it thrilling to drive, great to look at and surprisingly quick but it’s affordable, easy to live with and comes from a brand with a great dealer network.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.