2018 Audi R8

Rating8.1

Ranked #2 in Midsize Coupe

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Starting MSRP 

$138,700 - $194,400

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Key Spec of 2018 Audi R8
fuel economy

14/18/25

fuel type

Premium Unleaded (required)

horsepower

532 hp @ 7800 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2018 Audi R8 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 7, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Audi R8 has been a whole new chapter for the German car manufacturer, and it has been quite some time since the car has been up for grabs. Initially based on the Lamborghini Gallardo, the 2018 Audi R8 sees its inspiration coming from the Huracan’s books with the massive V10, a centrally-mounted engine, All-Wheel Drive, and a competitive price tag for the segment. 

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ProsConsWhat's New

Intoxicating V10 symphony

Fuel-efficiency goes for a toss

Revised engine internals

Luxurious interior for the class

Lacks the latest driver-assistance technology

New RWD-only variant - R8 RWS

Hypnotising looks

Standard Audi smartphone interface

Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

Over All Rating

8.1

Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Features7.80
Engine and Performance6.50
Fuel Economy6.50
Interior7.60
Exterior9.90
Safety9.00
Competition8.00
Notable Rankings

#2 in Midsize Coupe

#3 in Coupe


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Trims

Base$138,700 onwards

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Fixed sport suspensio
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Led head- and taillights
  • Navigation system
  • Parking sensors
  • Rearview camera

Plus$194,400 onwards

  • Carbon-Ceramic brakes
  • Five-Speaker sound system
  • Laser headlights
  • Racing-Style seats

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2018 Audi R824
Price Drop, $6110
Previous Price: $16499710 May 2022

2018 Audi R8 Spyder

quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$158,887
Est. $2,157/mo
Fair Deal
$6,948 Below market
RMV: $165,835
Bellevue, WA
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2017 Audi R812
Price Drop, $1490
Previous Price: $18249019 Jun 2022
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2017 Audi R8 Plus

plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$181,000
Est. $2,457/mo
Fair Deal
$8,023 Below market
RMV: $189,023
Dublin, OH
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2017 Audi R831
New

2017 Audi R8 Plus

plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$181,995
Est. $2,470/mo
Fair Deal
$7,359 Below market
RMV: $189,354
Orlando, FL
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2017 Audi R836
Price Drop, $4000
Previous Price: $17999914 Jun 2022
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2017 Audi R8 Plus

plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$175,999
Est. $2,389/mo
Fair Deal
$6,950.5 Below market
RMV: $182,949.5
Los Angeles, CA
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2017 Audi R841

2017 Audi R8

quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$154,998
Est. $2,104/mo
Fair Deal
$6,193 Below market
RMV: $161,191
Blair, NE
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2018 Audi R86
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $18199025 Jun 2022
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2018 Audi R8 Plus

Plus quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$180,990
Est. $2,457/mo
Fair Deal
$6,695 Below market
RMV: $187,685
Marietta, GA
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2017 Audi R832
Price Drop, $730
Previous Price: $15264403 Jun 2022
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2017 Audi R8

quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$151,914
Est. $2,062/mo
Fair Deal
$5,291 Below market
RMV: $157,205
Saddle River, NJ
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2018 Audi R86

2018 Audi R8 Spyder

quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$155,995
Est. $2,117/mo
Fair Deal
$4,893 Below market
RMV: $160,888
Cincinnati, OH
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2018 Audi R831
Price Drop, $2000
Previous Price: $14700011 Jun 2022
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2018 Audi R8

RWS 2dr Coupe (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

$145,000
Est. $1,968/mo
Fair Deal
$4,293 Below market
RMV: $149,293
Water Mill, NY
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Colors and Styles

2018 Audi R8 in Ara Blue Crystal Effect color
Ara Blue Crystal Effect

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

For an MSRP of $141,250 the Audi R8 is available in a single trim with the other trim being the more performance-oriented version of it. The German sports coupe faces stiff competition from the Lamborghini Huracan, the Acura NSX, and the Nissan GT-R. Though the latter two have four cylinders less, they have superb launch times with the agility that can easily match the VW twins on a track. 


Features
7.8/10

The 2018 Audi R8 comes in two flavours - the V10 RWS Coupe, the V10 Coupe, and the V10 Plus Coupe. Of this, the V10 Coupe has been segregated on the basis of their drivetrain, with the rear-wheel drive only trim being introduced as the R8 RWS. If one wants luxury and comfort, the base Coupe does the job very well with some of the features including keyless entry and ignition, heated leather seats with 14-way power adjustability, dual-zone climate control, and digital instrument cluster. Some of the other highlighting features on the trim levels are:

Trims

V10 RWS

V10

V10 Plus

MSRP (RWD)

$141,250

-

-

MSRP (AWD)

-

$159,000

$196.950

Key features

19-inch wheels

Adds to/replaces with features of V10 RWS

Adds to/replaces with features of V10 

 

LED headlights and tail lights

Automatic high-beams

Increased engine output

 

Black exhaust tips

Illuminated door sills

Carbon-ceramic brakes

 

Fixed sport suspension

Adaptive suspension dampers

Laser headlights

 

14-way power and heated leather seats

18-way power-adjustable seats with pneumatic side and leg bolsters

Five-speaker sound system

 

Keyless entry and ignition

Additional leather upholstery

 
 

Rearview camera

13-speaker and 550-watt sound system

 
 

Digital instrument cluster

   
 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

   
 

Navigation

   

We recommend

The Audi R8 is a very lucrative car and as such, is recommended in every trim level. If we were to brainstorm and select one trim, we’d buy the mid-range V10 Coupe because of the considerable upgrades it adds to the RWS like AWD, adaptive dampers, and the leather upholstery. 

Engine and Performance
6.5/10

The 2018 Audi R8’s gem lies in its soul - a rev-happy 5.2L V10 which screams all the way up to 8,000 RPM and is rated at 540 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque. This gem of an engine is further available with two drivetrain options - RWD and AWD - along with two states of tune. The lower tune sets the aforementioned output while the higher tune bumps up the power to 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. In any case, the engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for the smoothest shifts that there can be, both on the road and on the track. 

For the acceleration runs, the RWS can do the 60 MPH run in just 3.5 seconds with the quarter-mile coming in barely 11.6 seconds while the AWD shaves 0.3 seconds to 60 MPH and 0.2 seconds off the quarter-mile time. But when the V10 Plus is taken into account the times reduce drastically to just 2.9 seconds to 60 MPH and a quarter-mile time of just 10.9 seconds, making it the fastest road-going Audi yet. 

Models

2018 Audi R8 RWS Coupe

2018 Lamborghini Huracan 

2018 Acura NSX

2018 Nissan GT-R

MSRP

$141,250

$241,945

$157,500

$113,549

Engine

5.2L V10

5.2L V10

Twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 + 3 Electric Motors

Twin-turbocharged 3.8L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

9-speed automatic

6-speed dual-clutch automatic

Power 

562 hp @ 8,100 RPM

602 hp @ 8250 RPM

573 hp @ 6,500 RPM

565 hp @ 6,800 RPM

Torque

406 lb-ft @ 6,400 RPM

413 lb-ft @ 6500 RPM

476 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

467 lb-ft @ 3,300 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.4

2.5

3.0

2.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.2

10.4

11.2

11.2

Top Speed (MPH)

205

202

191

196

Both the Audi and the Lamborghini share the same platform and hence their engines are also the same, to an extent. While the Audi is tuned for 562 horsepower, the Huracan leans more towards the R8 V10 Plus’ tune with an output of 602 horsepower with which it just demolishes the competition in terms of acceleration and pace. The most surprising (or not) entry in the acceleration times is the Godzilla, with just 0.3 seconds off the Huracan’s pace in the run to 60 MPH. 

2018 Audi R8: Handling and performance

If one sets the equation correctly, the 2018 Audi R8 is a hooligan in the RWD only setup and can easily drift once all the controls are off. Once floored, the car just loses its rear-end and its just the driver and the smoke of burning rubber all around. The supercar is “super”easy to drive with the predictable engine characteristic and the superb gearbox that keeps all the power to the ground, leaving the driver with a boy-racer smile on their face. The seats are super comfortable for long drives and the leather upholstery is another feather to its cap. 

If one wants better handling, the AWD is a better option and keeps it easy for the driver to hoon around without fearing for loss of traction. The car grips very well and one can easily give more power to the front wheels to stick to the tarmac and make corner exits fun. For the people considering daily-ing the car, it is very much manageable with the adaptive dampers making the drive comfortable while the light-yet-precise steering makes it easy to maneuver through traffic. 

2018 Audi R8: Braking performance

The 2018 Audi R8 is a massively fast car which is pretty evident in its timings and as such, one will track the car once. One thing that will constantly give peace of mind is the braking capability of the German sports car which is anchored by 14.4-inch rotors at the front and 14.0-inch rotors at the rear. All the four rotors are ventilated to dissipate the heat effectively while carbon ceramics are on offer for the RWS and V10 Coupe, while it is a standard fitment on the V10 Plus Coupe. 

Models

2018 Audi R8 RWS Coupe

2018 Lamborghini Huracan 

2018 Acura NSX

2018 Nissan GT-R

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.4

14.4

14.5

15.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.0

14.0

14.2

15.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,594

3,423

3,878

3,933

60-0 MPH (feet)

100

101

102

104

The Audi R8 and the Huracan share very similar rotor sizes but the heavier R8 stops on a shorter distance than the lighter Huracan. All the cars stop in very similar distances but on-sheet, the R8 leads the game and is closely followed by the Huracan and then the NSX. The near-4000 lbs Godzilla does a good job at stopping as well. 

Fuel Economy
6.5/10

With a powerful car like the 2018 Audi R8 in equation, fuel economy is a question that goes in for a toss because the huge 5.2L V10 sitting in the centre of the car is a fuel-chugger and as such, returns barely 14 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway for a combined 18 MPG from a 21.9 gallon fuel tank. While this might not be the best figures out there, the range on offer is certainly not the worst. 

Models

2018 Audi R8 Coupe

2018 Lamborghini Huracan

2018 Acura NSX

2018 Nissan GT-R

MPG (City)

14

14

21

16

MPG (Highway)

23

20

22

22

MPG (Combined)

17

16

21

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.9

23.0

15.6

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles)

307/504/372

322/460/368

328/343/328

312/429/351

The Acura NSX is the most fuel-efficient car in the segment owing to the hybrid nature and a twin-turbocharged V6 for its disposal, with the MPG in the city being 50% more than that of the Audi and the Lamborghini. The one area it suffers the most is the fuel-tank capacity which is not sufficient for racking up miles on the highway. The Audi gets the most MPG on the highway with the estimated range being upwards of 500 miles. 

Interior
7.6/10

The 2018 Audi R8’s interior is minimalistic and remains true to its sporty roots with just the basic “luxury” inside the cabin. The overall interior design is very minimal which is reciprocated with the overall cabin design. The door panels and the dashboard have a very basic design, with the carbon fiber trim adding a bit more visual enhancement to the whole interior. In the centre, there is no infotainment system to enable maximum on-road concentration while on the drive. There are three knobs for controlling the climate control while there is a small cubby, gear lever, drive controls, and a couple of cup holders. 

The seats are one piece and are upholstered fulli in leather with solid bolstering on the top and on the bottom area. These seats are fully power-adjustable with the RWS getting 14-way adjustability while the higher trim gets 18-way adjustability on offer. There are no rear seats because, obviously. The cabin space is decent for the segment with plenty of headroom for both the front passengers to enjoy. 

Models

2018 Audi R8 Coupe

2018 Lamborghini Huracan

2018 Acura NSX

2018 Nissan GT-R

Seating capacity

2

2

2

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom; inches)

38.5/55.1/40.9

N/A

38.3/57.6/42.8

38.1/54.3/44.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom; inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

33.5/50.0/26.4

Cargo capacity (cu. ft.)

8.0

3.5

4.4

8.8

The Acura gets the most spacious cabin with the most space for the occupants to enjoy but is not as gifted as the GT-R when it comes to legroom, of which the latter has an “abundance”. The GT-R also gets rear seats which are rather compromised for adults but can easily fit in kids and children who’d love a spin in the car. The coupe also gets the most trunk space which is nearly a cubic feet more than the R8’s. 

Some of the highlighting interior features of the 2018 R8 are:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Illuminated door sills
  • Microfiber suede headliner
  • 14-/18-way power-adjustable seats with heating
  • Keyless entry and ignition

2018 Audi R8: Infotainment features

The 2018 Audi R8 doesn’t have a primary infotainment screen on offer in either of its trims but what you do get is a digital instrument display which sits behind the steering wheels and at a very convenient angle for the driver. This display measures 12.3 inches diagonally and shows all the primary information along with the different driving mode selected and also changes the whole display accordingly. The brightness is adequate for the driver to see clearly at a glance with the information spread out evenly. 

The R8 comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across all the trims. The music is output via a 5-speaker setup on the RWS but the higher trim gets an impressive 13-speaker and 550-watt sound system that gives a whole new feel to the music being played inside the cabin. Some of the highlighting features include:

  • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster 
  • Bluetooth
  • Satellite radio
  • Navigation
  • Apple CarPlay 
  • Android Auto
  • Two USB ports
  • One 12V outlet
  • 5-/13-speaker sound system
Exterior
9.9/10

The 2018 Audi R8 shares its underpinnings with the Lamborghini Huracan and as such, has a very similar base design on top of which the GErmans have done their magic and created a very handsome-looking product with an integrated rear spoiler and two big gaping exhaust pipes. The gem of the design is the impressive V10 which is put on display for the others to cherish and appreciate. The vents function and serve a purpose - reduce aerodynamic drag. 

On the side, the 2018 R8 carries on the cionic side blades which are exclusive to the German coupe. The wheel sizes start at 19-inches and rise to 20-inches on the AWD model and the more powerful V10 Plus Coupe. The overall design is stunning and surely a headturner. On the front, the design is simple with Audi’s LED headlights and a big grille up front. 

Models

2018 Audi R8 Coupe

2018 Lamborghini Huracan

2018 Acura NSX

2018 Nissan GT-R

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,594

3,423

3,878

3,933

Length (inches)

174.3

178.0

176.0

185.4

Width (inches)

76.4

76.1

73.3

74.6

Height (inches)

48.7

45.9

47.8

53.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.3

N/A

3.8

4.3

Wheelbase (inches)

104.3

103.2

103.5

109.4

The GT-R remains the heaviest of the segment due to all the extra it offers over the others and that said, it is also the longest due to the rear-row of seating and the big trunk space. The Audi R8 isn’t the longest but has a good cabin space inside for the people to enjoy. The longer wheelbase does help in maintaining stability around the corners but, on the other hand, makes it a bit difficult to drive around the city. 

Some of the highlighting styling features are:

  • LED headlamps
  • Functional vents
  • Black honeycomb grille
  • 19-/20-inch alloy wheels
  • Twin-tube exhausts
Safety
9.0/10

The 2018 Audi R8 gets a strong monocoque chassis made of a rigid aluminium structure that ensures safety while keeping the weight in check as well. The majority of the car’s weight is focused mostly on the V10 that is there in the middle of the chassis and also provides a good balance. As for the driver-assistance features, there aren’t many in the sports coupe but Audi has planned to lace the upcoming 2020 model year with the best-possible features in the market. Some of the highlighting safety features on the car are:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Aluminum monocoque construction
  • Side impact beams
Competition
8.0/10

2018 Audi R8 Vs. 2018 Lamborghini Huracan

The Lamborghini Huracan does take up the competition a notch up with the more powerful tune on the, technically, same engine and hence is the quicker one but the Audi R8 has affordability on its side and can also be had as a RWD for way less than the Huracan’s RWD counterpart. Also, since the engine is the same there isn;t much difference to the overall driving experience. The R8 is also a wee bit better in MPGs and also has more space to carry more stuff. 

2018 Audi R8 Vs. 2018 Acura NSX

Comparing these two, the R8 is pure muscle with its naturally-aspirated V10 while the Acura NSX is a more eco-friendly approach that has more mass-appeal among its peers. It has a battery pack which helps in weight distribution while the fuel-economy is pretty impressive for the class it competes in. The Audi, on the contrary, is a more driver-focused machine and feels at-home on a track. 

2018 Audi R8 Vs. 2018 Nissan GT-R

The Audi R8 is an all-out no-compromise sports coupe that's meant to do one thing - set lap times. It is more fun to drive and drift about whereas the Nissan GT-R is all about being quick, comfortable, and having composure. You can see a R8 drift around and a GT-R overstepping other cars on a drag strip. The R8 is precise, agile, committed, and full of German over-engineering while the Godzilla is a comfortable sports cruiser, comparatively, and has a lot of comfort for long drives. 

Final Verdict

The 2018 Audi R8 is meant to be one of the sportiest cars around and, ideally, should be a bare-minimum offering with agile handling and a massively powerful engine. The German manufacturer has made the package in such a way that there’s a bit of luxury and comfort as well to drive the supercar daily. The only thing that might lack is a good MPG, but, who cares about that when there’s a NA V10 symphony following you everywhere?

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$164900

body style

2dr Coupe

engine type
displacement

318 cu in

horse power

532 hp @ 7800 rpm

torque

398 lb.-ft. @ 6500 rpm

transmission

7 speed Automated Manual

dimensions
length

174 in

wheelbase

104 in

width

76 in

curb weight

3649 lbs

Height

49 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
cargo volume

8 cu ft

passenger capacity

2 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

14/17/22 mpg

highway range

481.8 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Audi R8 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$135,390
5 Year Cost To Own
$131,239
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $131,239
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$14,746$10,290$8,411$9,428$8,236$51,111
Insurance$1,875$1,941$2,009$2,079$2,152$10,056
Fuel$3,382$3,483$3,588$3,696$3,806$17,955
Maintenance$667$1,186$1,332$4,065$5,872$13,122
RepairsNANANA$1,112$1,706$2,818
Financing Interest$7,281$5,856$4,335$2,711$981$21,164
Taxes and Fees$12,325$765$698$643$582$15,013
Total Cost-To-Own$40,276$23,521$20,373$23,734$23,335$131,239
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