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2008 Vs 2014 R8 V8

Old 05-13-2019, 12:04 AM
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Hello All,

Are there any major differences, other than clear body differences between the 2008 and 2014 R8 V8?

I am about to buy my first R8 and I need to decide between the two. The 08 also has magnetic suspension option.

Did they solve the A/C compressor failing in the 14? Or the magnetic suspension failing? I hear these two things fail quite randomly, i'm wondering if this was ever corrected by 14.

Any major differences in the 14 worth noting?
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:57 AM
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When it comes to a low production car like the R8 it's almost always newer=better. 6 years is a huge difference.
Bear in mind some early R8's had frame issues which if not addressed can lead to frame failure.
Is the '08 a lower price or extremely less mileage than the '14 ?
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:54 PM
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08 is only like 5k less, which is weird, the 14 is just priced very low. both auto, both magnetic suspension, the 14 insurance is like ~200 more a month
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Old 05-20-2019, 10:47 AM
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The differences in the R8 V8 as far as I know:

- 4.2L engine HP from 420hp to 430hp in 2011
- Front frame reinforcements from 2010-2011 model year (hit or miss on exact timing)
- Head unit updated in 2009 model year
- Gauge cluster updated to white backlighting (instead of red) in 2009
- NO updates to magride or AC compressor through the years that have shown to reduce or eliminate premature failures
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bought a 2014, FMl on the A/C compressor and magride. I just assumed it would be better...

oh god the germans have failed me....
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