Audi is a company primarily known for their executive luxury sedans and SUVs.
However, the German automaker has one product in their line-up that has served as a halo for the brand for the last 13 years: the Audi R8.
Here at the DDE Garage we built Dave his very first supercar and turned a stock Audi R8 V8
Manual transmission into the best you have all come to love and remember from its time on our
While Dave was hard on this car it was extremely well maintained while under our ownership so we are sharing the information that we relied on to ensure Dave’s Audi R8 was always serviced according to Audi’s service & maintenance schedule and specifications.
Introduced in 2006 (Type 42), the R8 looked as close to a concept car as you can get. It had its roots based on the Lamborghini Gallardo and shared similar components underneath. An all-new second generation (Type 4S) replaced it in 2015, and it is based on the Gallardo’s successor, the
The DDE Garage Audi R8 Service guide will outline the differences and
similarities in maintenance and components.
When the R8 was first introduced in 2006, it was renowned for being a striking mid-engine supercar, yet a surprisingly comfortable vehicle. The formula seemed to work, as the R8 is still in production in 2019; 13 years after it was first introduced.
There have been many variations of the R8 since it’s debut, however the focus will be on the differences between the two generations, and the 2 main engine choices.
The Audi R8 Service Guide will review the maintenance intervals, as well as what to expect at each interval.
Engine, Oil, Transmission, Clutch
At it’s debut, the only engine choice was Audi’s tried and true 4.2 L V8. A version of Lamborghini’s 5.2L V10 from the Gallardo was added as an engine option in 2009. Audi eventually dropped the V8 option in the second generation and left the V10 from the Huracan as the sole option.
Until the Type 4S was introduced, the Audi R8 was offered with either a 7-speed automatic transmission or a gated 6-speed manual transmission. The early generation cars were fitted with Audi’s R-Tronic robotized manual, and were changed for a smoother dual-clutch S-Tronic setup
during the mid-cycle refresh in 2012. The manual transmission option was dropped following the Type 4S generation.
The Audi R8 Service Guide recommends an oil change annually or every 5,000 miles, as well as these maintenance intervals for both V8 and V10 models:
(First Service at 5,000 miles, then every 18,500 miles, or annually there
Oil & filter change
Overall inspection of common wear & tear components
Inspect brake life
(First one at 15,500 miles, then every 12,500 miles or every two years
Transmission fluid change
Check Coolant and flush if necessary
Lubrication of all hinges
Change air filter and cabin filter
Check AWD clutch fluid
Fuel filter replacement
Power steering fluid check and flush if necessary
Spark plugs should be changed every 55,000 miles on all Audi R8 models. The ribbed V-Belt should be changed every 70,000 miles as well.
Both the V8 and V10 models have proven over time to be very reliable if sticking to the Audi R8.
Service Guide recommended maintenance schedule.
Brakes, Rotors, Pads, Fluid
Supercars that are in the same caliber as the Audi R8 require immense stopping power to perform well on both road and track. The R8 came with a choice of two different brake set-ups:
A conventional cast-iron set-up and a race-derived carbon-ceramic set up.
The conventional set-up uses 365 mm front brakes up front and 356 mm in the rear, while the carbon ceramics are 380 mm front and 356 rear. The advantage of the carbon ceramics is seen with the longer life expectancy and a saving of 8 lbs per corner of unsprung mass. The cast-iron brakes should generally last about 30,000 – 50,000 miles. Wear will be
significantly affected by how the car is driven especially if it’s DAILY DRIVEN the way it was designed to be driven, HARD!
The carbon-ceramics can last up to the whole life of the vehicle if treated with care under normal
driving conditions. The Audi R8 Service Guide recommends that the brakes are inspected at
every maintenance interval to track the wear and only use DOT-4 rated brake fluid.
Tires, Suspension & Alignment
The Audi R8 comes with a staggered tire size set-up, with wider tires in the rear. The type 4S second-generation R8 came with a slightly wider tire in the rear than the type 42 first-generation.
Stock tire sizes are as follows:
First Generation (Type 42)
Second Generation (Type 4S)
Tire wear can vary significantly due to improper alignment. Camber, caster, and toe all affect how the vehicle will handle and the wear pattern on the tires. Alignment is kept in check by the suspension systems, and therefore it is important to keep the suspension system in proper working order.
The Audi R8 Service & Maintenance Guide recommends inspecting the condition of the suspension system during each minor service, and replace when there is leakage from the shocks or play in the joints. Alignments should be done every time the wheels or tires are changed, or
once a year.