2009 Audi R8 4.2 Quattro
2009 Audi R8 4.2 Quattro Coupe
- Gated 6-Speed Manual
- 10k Miles
- 4.2L V8
- Ice Silver Metallic
- 2018 Platinum Audi Warranty Certified: 72 Months/72k Miles
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“Just took delivery of my 2009 R8 and was immediately transformed back into childhood. It is the most exhilarating and exciting automobile I have ever driven. I traded an M6 for it, and boy, am I glad I did. What a great vehicle. Love it.” –Tgrazi6236, 12/187/08 (Owner review recorded by Autoblog.com)
As the old adage goes, “Ask the man (or woman) who owns one.” The rave reviews penned by owners of the Audi R8 Quattro (as above) over the years are matched by equally ecstatic raves from the automotive press. The R8 has been recognized four times by the World Car Awards as the World Performance Car. It has also received that group's World Car Design of the Year recognition. As Automobile magazine recently put it: “The R8 is among the very best of the supercars….”
With looks that always turn heads, it's hard to believe this design is now almost 14 years old. Introduced as a 2007 model, and named after Audi's string of LeMans-winning entries, the R8 entered the market at the high end. Porsche, Lamborghini, and Ferrari were among the competitive targets. The R8's styling was striking, and immediately identifiable. Perhaps even more remarkable was the combination of Audi's legendary build quality with ride and handling characteristics that made this sports car reliable, comfortable, and a pleasure to drive, even on a daily basis. “Unlike so many of its counterparts, the R8 isn't hard to drive, or awkward to get in and out of, or prone to unpredictable mechanical and electrical problems….” said Nelson Ireson, the Automobile magazine writer.
At just 10,000 miles---under 1,000 miles per year on average--the 2009 R8 offered here is a documented very-low-mileage car, carefully maintained at Audi dealerships by its two prior owners. It features the tried-and-true 4.2-liter V8, but unlike no other Audi, it's mounted amidships, ahead of the rear axle and beneath an expansive glass hatch. Just about every walk-around viewer of the car stops to take in the sight of the 420-horsepower powerplant. “Automotive artwork” fairly describes the view. And when the engine revs, the throaty V8 delivers its own music, a short sample of which can be enjoyed on video at the GarageKeptMotors site. The combination of the car's bespoke aluminum frame (an internet YouTube search for “Audi R8 manufacturing” will provide fascinating video of its fabrication) and double-wishbone suspension—together with the mid-engine layout and Quattro all-wheel drive—gives the R8 a planted, but comfortable ride quality.
This car's striking exterior styling is complemented by the understated marriage of Ice Metallic Silver exterior paint and the carbon-fiber “side blade” treatment on the car's flanks. One criticism of some R8s, namely that the side-blade contrast is too jarring, does not apply here; silver with carbon-sigma side-blade provides a perfect combination of subtlety with distinctiveness. This gives rise to another visual advantage: allowing the exterior black trim and the polished, split-spoke 19-inch wheels and large, drilled brake rotors to stand out.
Inside, the black enhanced leather upholstery shows off Audi's attention to detail and industry-leading build quality. Every surface exhibits virtually no wear. The sport-designed seats are comfortable yet supportive. Overall, there is an absence of the cramped feeling in many high-end sports cars. Befitting a driver's car, the gated 6-speed manual shifter and gauge cluster are the interior focal points, with the center console oriented to the driver. Absent is the over-done, video-game-like presentation found in some competitors' dashboards.
This R8's next owner will have added peace of mind from a transferable 72-month/72,000 mile Audi warranty originally purchased in 2018. A full complement of owner's literature, including the car's original factory sticker showing its $131,000 invoice price, are included in the sale.
The more than 190 high-definition photographs and the walk-around-and-startup video available at the GarageKeptMotors site faithfully present this R8. That said, we encourage interested parties to visit our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom to see the car up-close and in person. We ask only that an advance appointment be made by phone or email so that we devote our attention to our visitors and this beautiful R8.
We do not expect this R8 to be gracing our showroom for very long. Soon, someone is bound to embrace the U.K.'s Car Magazine judgment: “If you want a supercar that rides well, and won't wear you down on a long motorway drive, the R8 is your car.”