The R8 you’re looking at is a first-generation model which, to our eyes, is more visually-appealing than its successor. This one is painted in Ibis White and sits on a set of polished 19-inch wheels still with the original Pirelli tires – so factor in a replacement set because they’re already eight years old.
As appealing as the exterior is, though, it’s the powertrain that really makes this R8 special. In the listing, it is revealed that this is one of just 53 R8 Spyders built for the 2011 model year with the V8 engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Audi no longer offers the R8 with a stick-shift, and we’ve got no doubt that those with the manual will prove to hold their values better than the R-Tronic semi-automatic and seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch models.
There’s no denying that the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 is an absolute charmer too, delivering 430 HP at 7900 rpm and 316 lb-ft (428 Nm) of torque. Sure, today’s supercars are much more powerful, but 400+ horses sound more than enough to us – plus, unlike this one, the vast majority use forced induction, which takes away some of magic provided by the instant throttle response and pure sound delight of an V8 without any turbochargers.
As for the interior, it incorporates Nougat Brown Nappa leather across the seats and door panels. It also includes the available Convenience Package, navigation, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. The cabin, just like the exterior, appears to be in superb condition.
At the time of writing the car, which has just 8,250 miles (13,277 km) on the odo, had attracted a highest bid of $63,000 with just three days left in the auction.