Audi R8 Model Review

Key Features

  • Starting at $169,900 MSRP*
  • 5.2 FSI 10 cylinder naturally-aspirated engine producing 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque (Available R8 Performance: 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque)
  • Seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission and quattro® all-wheel drive
  • 0-60 MPH in 3.4 seconds and top track speed of 201 MPH
  • Audi virtual cockpit with Sport mode and MMI navigation plus
  • Updated front bumper includes a new honeycomb grille with R8 badge, front spoiler lip, and lateral air intakes
  • Optional 20-inch 10-spoke-Y design forged wheels in high-gloss anthracite
  • Bang & Olufsen® Sound System with 13 speakers

About the Audi R8

Perfected on the racetrack and built on the legacy of Audi endurance racing -- the 2020 R8 features sharpened design and enhanced performance. Representing the pinnacle of performance for Audi, the R8 comes equipped with the same naturally aspirated V10 engine found in the R8 LMS race car, quattro® all-wheel drive, and a functional yet technologically advanced interior. Thanks to revised performance capabilities, every R8 model is now capable of achieving a top track speed of at least 200 MPH. Pastel Silver and Palomino Brown are two newly-available interior colors found inside the Audi R8. Standard features like the Audi virtual cockpit with Sport mode, MMI navigation plus, LED interior lighting, and Bang & Olufsen® Sound System helps you make the most of your exhilarating drive behind the wheel of the Audi R8.

Audi R8 Video

What the Critics Say

"The result is an R8 that still works as a great supercar for those who may not have previously driven a car with more than 600 horsepower. The roar of the engine and the thrill of the thrust get your heart pumping while the drivetrain and chassis make sure you don't get yourself into a situation you can't get out of." -- Roadshow by CNET

"As halo cars go, the Audi R8 is a spectacular one-its howling V-10 engine provides stomach-punch acceleration that lesser cars with the four-ringed badge can only dream about. It's an aspirational performance car, but it's surprisingly easy to live with and drive daily thanks to a comfortable cabin, a silky ride, and plenty of standard luxury features." -- Car and Driver

What's New for 2020

The Audi R8 receives an array of updates and revisions for the 2020 model year. On the exterior, the R8 features updated front and rear bumpers, darkened headlights, honeycomb grille with R8 badge, and oval exhaust pipes. V10 performance models are now offered with an Ascari Blue metallic paint color while all other R8 models can be finished in Kemora Gray metallic. Lastly, the United States will receive a total of 50 limited-production Audi R8 Decennium Edition variants which celebrates the model's ten years of powerful V10 engine performance.

Audi R8 Features

2020 Audi R8 V10 Performance Styling

RS Sport Exterior Design

Sporting enhanced exterior styling, the 2020 Audi R8 is now more dynamic looking than ever before. Highlighting its motorsport pedigree, the R8 Coupe has a sleeker look thanks to a wide front grille, signature Audi Sport oval exhaust outlets, new front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and darkened headlights. An available Carbon exterior package enhances its track heritage with Carbon fiber engine compartment trim and Carbon sigma sideblades. On the V10 performance variant, the lower trim is finished in titanium color, with an option to select carbon fiber. Exciting exterior colors such as Vegas Yellow, Ara Blue, and Tango Red reflect the adrenaline-pumping passion infused into every Audi R8.

Inspired Performance

Engineered through the lens of motorsport competition, the Audi R8 shares roughly 50% of the same parts as the R8 GT3 LMS race car. Its 562-HP or 602-HP V10 performance engine serves as the focal point for the mid-engine drivetrain, providing perfected vehicle balance through its center of gravity and dynamic weight transfer characteristics. You'll have the ability to rocket from 0-60 MPH in 3.4 seconds on your way to a top track speed of 201 MPH. Its standard seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission can shift gears in as little as 120 ms. Audi magnetic ride allows the driver to fine-tune the firmness of the dampers via an electronically charged magnetic fluid within the shock absorbers.

Audi R8 Engine Assembly
2020 Audi R8 Interior

Driver-Obsessed Interior

The race-proven design excellence of the Audi R8 continues as you take a seat behind the wheel. Reminiscent of a race car driver's cockpit, the monoposto arc dashboard shape and the multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles and satellite controls give you complete command of the action. For a personalized look, the available Carbon interior package adds Carbon Sigma high-gloss inlays that accentuate the Audi virtual cockpit and air vents. Optional Sport Seats with diamond stitching accents give you a perfected combination of comfort on the highway and support during high-speed maneuvers.

Trims & Specs

R8 Coupe V10

2020 Audi R8 Coupe V10
  • Starting at $169,900 MSRP*
  • 5.2-liter FSI® dual-injection V10 with 562 hp/406 lb-ft of torque
  • Audi virtual cockpit (12.3-inch LCD fully digital instrument cluster)
  • Audi magnetic ride
  • MMI® Navigation plus with voice control system
  • 19-inch 5-double-spoke design Bi-color Anthracite wheels

R8 V10 Performance

2018 Audi RS 7 Sportback Performance
  • Starting at $195,900 MSRP*
  • 5.2-liter FSI® dual-injection V10 with 602 hp/413 lb-ft of torque
  • Audi ceramic brakes
  • Carbon fiber engine compartment trim, mirrors, door sills, rear lip spoiler, sideblades and inlays
  • Front spoiler, rocker inlay, and rear diffuser in Titanium finish
  • Fine Nappa leather perforated seating surfaces

*Starting MSRP of $169,900 for a 2020 R8 Coupe V10 with automatic transmission. Prices exclude $1250 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.