2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Audi R8 - Road Test Specs

2010 Audi R8 Coupe

(5.2L V10 AWD 6-speed Manual)


Model year2009
Style5.2 Quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$150,200
Options on test vehicle19-Inch Forged Alloy Wheels With Performance Tires (No Charge), Alcantara Headliner in Black ($1,300), Carbon-Fiber Engine Compartment Covers ($3,600), Carbon-Fiber Sigma Interior Inlays ($2,500), Carbon-Fiber Sigma Side Blade ($2,300), Enhanced Leather Package ($3,500), Metallic and Pearl Effect Paints ($650)
As-tested MSRP$164,050


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeDirect-injection dry-sump 90-degree V10
Displacement (cc/cu-in)5,204cc (318 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable intake and exhaust valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)12.5
Redline (rpm)8,700
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)525 @ 8,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)391 @ 6,500
Transmission typeSix-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)1st = 4.373, 2nd = 2.709, 3rd = 1.925, 4th = 1.502, 5th = 1.239, 6th = 1.035, FD = 3.077, R = 3.713


Suspension, frontIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs, two-position driver-adjustable magnetorheological dampers
Suspension, rearIndependent, double wishbones, coil springs, two-position driver-adjustable magnetorheological dampers
Steering typeHydraulic-assist speed-proportional rack-and-pinion
Steering ratio (x:1)17.3:1
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelPZero R01
Tire typeHigh-performance asymmetrical and directional
Tire size, front235/35ZR19 91Y (39 psi)
Tire size, rear295/30ZR19 100Y (36 psi)
Wheel size19-by-8.5 inches front -- 19-by-11 inches rear
Wheel materialAluminum
Brakes, front14.4-inch ventilated and cross-drilled disc, eight-piston fixed caliper
Brakes, rear14.0-inch ventilated and cross-drilled disc, four-piston fixed caliper

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)2.4
0-60 mph (sec.)3.7
0-75 mph (sec.)5.3
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)11.8 @ 118.5
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)3.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)27
60-0 mph (ft.)104
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)70.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g).97
Sound level @ idle (dB)49.9
@ Full throttle (dB)83.7
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsI tried a number of launches at various rpm (5,000, 5,500,... 7,000), and found each one produced wheelspin, yet ultimately met with a slight bog before the all-wheel drive sorted things out and the car hooked up and left. Best launch was at 6,500 rpm with an aggressive clutch engagement. The R8 5.2 leaps out of the hole and I found the 2nd-gear synchro a little tired and reluctant to engage about half the time. Third gear was happy, and I never found the gated shifter arduous or a problem at all. Hard rev limiter right at redline and man does this thing sound awesome.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsIt took at least nine stops for the brakes to reach optimal performance where the distances plateaued around 104 feet. Extremely hard pedal and zero dive (with dampers in Sport) with negligible squirm. Astounding performance.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSkid pad: With stability control off, the R8 has excellent balance on the threshold of obvious understeer with only throttle adjustments needed to maintain a perfect arc. With stability control on, however, the system induced oversteer and rotated the car, enabling it to achieve a slightly better 0.97g figure, a worthwhile improvement above the 0.95g lap with stability control off. Slalom: The R8 has always felt as if it should go through the slalom more quickly than it does. This one is no different and is limited by understeer (with stability control off) and it required more steering lock to go around each cone than I would've expected. It also felt really wide, so I had to remind myself to turn in late to avoid cone strikes. Best runs were all "slow-in, fast-out" to maintain steady throttle progression. If you start getting busy with the throttle, you'll end up busy with the steering -- right before the car spits you out of the course.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)92.31
Wind (mph, direction)1.6 head/crosswind

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)12 city/20 highway/15 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)11.7 worst/19.8 best/15.1 average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)23.8

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,715
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,724
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)44/56
Length (in.)174.6
Width (in.)76.0
Height (in.)49.3
Wheelbase (in.)104.3
Track, front (in.)64.3
Track, rear (in.)62.8
Turning circle (ft.)38.7
Legroom, front (in.)Being researched
Headroom, front (in.)Being researched
Shoulder room, front (in.)Being researched
Seating capacity2
Cargo volume (cu-ft)3.5


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance1 year/5,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front with head protection chambers
Head airbagsNot available
Knee airbagsdual front
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution, hill-hold
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

New Car Buying Guides

See which cars and trucks our editors recommend