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Fleets of Fancy: Audi R8 5.2 V10 Coupe

Why should I want it?

A striking low-slung supercar, the Audi R8 is now in its second generation, and has been completely reworked. Now coming only with a 5.2-litre V10 engine, but still in Coupe or Spyder bodystyles, there’s also a Plus version tweaked to offer a mammoth 610hp. The engine is mounted low behind the driver and beautifully visible through a Perspex screen, and fires up via a big red button on the steering wheel. Which is nice.

Why can’t I have it?

It’s very loud and not very subtle. Which may or may not be seen as criticisms. Two seats, a huge emissions figure and very limited luggage space in the front trunk also don’t help.

Arguments to use on the fleet manager

Audi is a mainstream fleet brand, so it works on a single badge policy. It’s also not a traditional supercar in terms of being tough to drive in traffic, and has a great driving position. And it’s looks great.

A More sensible alternative

Fleets of Fancy - Audi R8 - More fleets Alternative - Audi A5

Very different scales, but the 218hp Audi A5 Coupe gets under 120g/km of CO2 but still manages to cover 0-62mph acceleration in 6.2 seconds and looks very pretty. It’s also got a proper boot and can house a couple of small people in the rear seats. And costs getting on for a third of the price of an R8, even in S-Line Quattro form

 

Factfile

Audi R8 5.2 V10 Coupe
Economy:24.8mpg
Emissions:272g/km
Performance:3.3 seconds / 198mph
Power:540hp
Price:£120,645