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2008 AUDI R8 4.2 V8 - MANUAL GEARBOX

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This Audi R8 is a very smart and unmolested example of one of the best all-rounders of the supercar genre. It is powered by the 4.2-litre V8 engine producing 414bhp, coupled to the sought-after six-speed manual transmission. The odometer shows 49,560 miles from new.

First registered in September 2008, this R8 left the factory finished in handsome Phantom Black pearl effect paintwork, complemented by a black leather interior. It rides on 19-inch five double-arm spoke alloys finished in gloss black. There are three previous registered keepers on the log book, and the current owner acquired the car around one year ago.

Its bodywork and paint are reported to be in excellent condition today, with the seller reporting only minor stone chips. The paintwork looks smooth and even around the panels, and as the photo gallery shows, it presents superbly overall. Its 19-inch wheels are in great shape, with no kerbing damage or paint defects. The brake callipers are also painted in gloss black, to round off this car’s dark aesthetic.

Inside, the black leather upholstery is in very good condition, showing only modest wear commensurate with the age and mileage. There is some creasing on the driver’s seat, and a minor mark on the squab cushion, but the bolsters on both seats present well. Some small nicks in the leather are visible along the transmission tunnel, handbrake grip and steering wheel rim, and the knurled metal gear knob appears to be marked from ring contact. Overall though, the cabin still looks smart, and is suitably well-appointed.

Factory-fitted equipment includes Audi Navigation Plus, a CD changer, climate control, heated seats, and front and rear parking sensors. The seller reports no electrical issues whatsoever, and there are no warning lights on the dashboard.

This R8 4.2 V8 is reported to be running and driving well, and was last seen by a main dealer in May 2019 at 42,389 miles, when Colchester Audi performed a vehicle health check and replaced the nearside rear shock absorber that was found to be leaking. Prior to this, it had an inspection service and LongLife oil change in November 2018 at 40,232 miles at Ipswich Audi, when the brake fluid was also renewed.

The most recent MOT test was carried out on 23 April 2019 at 42,017 miles, which resulted in a first-time pass with the only advisories regarding the aforementioned leaking shock absorber, as well as worn rear tyres, which have also since been replaced. The current MOT certificate remains valid until 11 November 2020. It is fitted with very recent Pirelli P Zero tyres on the front axle, and Toyo Proxes T1 Sport tyres on the rear, which also have ample tread.

This Audi R8 remains in its original and unmodified factory specification, and is an excellent example of one of the definitive ‘everyman’ performance cars. The combination of the 4.2-litre naturally aspirated V8 and six-speed manual gearbox is becoming increasingly sought after, and is now undoubtedly something of a modern classic. This is an opportunity not to be missed if you have been seeking a clean and unmolested example of the breed.

Summary of service history:

  • 19/02/2010 - 2,100 miles
  • 04/03/2010 - 7,282 miles
  • 03/09/2010 - 8,870 miles
  • 14/09/2011 - 13,881 miles
  • 09/05/2013 - 19,633 miles
  • 29/08/2013 - 20,923 miles
  • 09/03/2015 - 26,492 miles
  • 16/09/2015 - 28,442 miles
  • 30/11/2016 - 35,225 miles
  • 20/11/2018 - 40,232 miles

All UK-registered cars and motorbikes on Collecting Cars are run through an online HPI check. This vehicle shows no insurance database markers for damage or theft, and has no finance owing.

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