2020 Audi R8

MSRP $169,900 - $195,900

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2020 Audi R8 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Audi took a few pages from the book of Lamborghini when it introduced the Audi R8 luxury sports car in 2006. Currently, the Audi R8 is one of the most powerful production cars in the market. The R8 is wholly manufactured by the high-performance division of Audi, the Audi Sport GmbH. In 2015, Audi revealed the second-generation R8.  

The new-generation Audi R8 is upgraded with a sharper design, better aerodynamics, performance enhancements, and a ton of new luxury features. Audi is too precise and detailed with the production as every R8 is hand-made. Yet again the mid-cycle refresh brings a more upfront exterior design and a slight boost in the performance.

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Pros

Powerful V10 engine

Quattro AWD system

Luxurious interiors, even by sportscar standards

Cons

Limited cargo space

Poor fuel economy

Hefty price tag

What's New?

The recent updates of the Audi R8 were made with the 2018 mid-cycle refresh aerodynamic and sharper exterior design.

Tweaked to 30hp greater power output.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$169900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

318 cu.in.

horsepower

562 hp @ 8100 rpm

torque

406 ft-lb. @ 6400 rpm

transmission

7 speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4/14 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.4 in.

length

174.3 in.

width

76.4 in.

height

48.8 in.

curb weight

3649 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

8 cu ft.

payload capacity

551 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/16/20 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$169,900 onwards

Performance$195,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Audi R8 in Ibis White color
Ibis White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Engine and Performance

9.2

Interior

8.4

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OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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The 2020 Audi R8 Coupe is offered at a base price of $169,900. It is available in two trim levels where the top-end R8 Performance trim is priced at $195,900. With its V10 engine, standard Quattro AWD, and optional packages, it is quite a machine. For 2020, it competes with the McLaren 570S, Acura NSX, and the Nissan GT-R.


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Engine and Performance

8.4/10
Interior


2020 Audi R8 Features

The 2020 Audi R8 is available in two options. The base V10 trim is priced at $169,900 where the V10 performance trim costs an extra $26,000. Both the trims have standard Quattro AWD and optional packages. However, the Performance trim gets a track-tuned V10 engine as it delivers 49hp more power than the base trim.

Trim

5.2 V10

5.2 V10 Performance

MSRP

$169,900

$195,900

Key Features

Full LED headlamps

LED headlamps with laser

 

19-inch alloy wheels

20-inch alloy wheels

 

562 hp V10 engine

611 hp V10 engine

 

Nappa leather seat trim

Sport-tuned suspension

 

Audi parking system plus

Ceramic disc brakes

 

Audi magnetic ride

Carbon fiber heated side-mirrors

 

Audi Quattro AWD

Black grille

 

Audi MMI navigation plus

Full Alcantara Simulated Suede Headliner

Which trim should you buy?

The base trim of the 2020 Audi R8 is offered at a hefty price of $169,900. Instead of spending extra for the Performance trim, you can settle with the base trim. It offers great value with its standard package of performance, technology, design, and comfort. You can enhance the value by adding optional packages and features. The Performance trim is sports-oriented where the base trim is a more practical and feasible option. If you want an Audi R8, you should pick the base trim to get a fair value.

2020 Audi R8 Engine and Performance

9.2/10

The mighty V10 is what powers the 2020 Audi R8. The base trim gets a Twin-Turbocharged 5.2L 10 cylinder engine that boasts a massive 562hp of peak power at 8,100RPM. With that, you have a torque output of 406-pound feet at 6,400RPM. As the R8 is a mid-engined car, the low center of gravity gives it an agile and balanced ride with great handling.With the Performance trim, the same 5.2L V10 outputs better 611 hp of power at 8,250 RPM and a torque output of 413 lb-ft at 6,500 RPM. 

Both the engines are mated to a 7-Speed S-Tronic (dual-clutch) automatic transmission that ensures that you have a great throttle response. With the standard Quattro AWD, the power is delivered to all four wheels in a 50:50 ratio. The base engine sprints from 0-60 MPH in mere 3.4 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in just 11.5 seconds. The 611hp is slightly quicker than the base trim. The R8 performance trim is faster with its 3.2 seconds in the 0-60 MPH run. Also, the quarter-mile timing is much better and reaches a top speed of 205 mph.

Models

2020 Audi R8 Coupe

2020 McLaren 570S

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Nissan GT-R

MSRP

$169,900

$192,500

$157,500

$113,549

Engine

5.2L V10 

3.8L Twin-Turbo V8 

3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 with Three Electric Motors

3.8L Twin-Turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

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

562 hp @ 7,500 RPM

573 hp @ 6,500 RPM

565 hp @ 6,800 RPM

Torque

406 lb-ft @ 6,400 RPM

443 lb-ft @ 5,000 RPM

476 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

467 lb-ft @ 3,300 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.4

3.1

3.0

2.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.2

10.7

11.2

11.2

Top Speed (MPH)

205

204

191

196

The Audi R8 will cost you more than the Acura NSX and the Nissan GT-R. The McLaren 570S costs a lot more. In terms of power output, the R8 matches the McLaren 570s. The Acura NSX gets the most powerful base engine. It is followed by the Nissan GT-R. All the cars are AWD whereas the McLaren 570S uses an RWD drivetrain.

If you compare the performance figures, the Audi R8 comes last. With 2.7 seconds 0-60 MPH, the Acura NSX is the fastest one. The fastest quarter-mile run is bagged by the 570S with just 10.7 seconds on the clock. On the track, the R8 is the fastest with a top speed of 205 MPH, leaving behind all of its rivals.

How well does the 2020 Audi R8 Coupe handle?

The 2020 Audi R8 has gotten better in terms of balance and handling. With its sport-tuned suspension, the R8 is a fun-to-drive sports car with its cornering abilities and agile handling. The steering wheel feels light and offers the smallest turning radius of all cars. The 2020 R8 handles better than the previous model year.

 With its Audi space frame, the Audi R8 has a practical lightweight steel frame that makes it fast and capable. The well-balanced structure keeps it stable around the corners. With the ride control adaptive suspension, you have Audi Magnetic ride as well that uses magnetic fluid-filled shocks for utmost comfort and ride quality.

2020 Audi R8 Braking Performance

 As the Audi R8 is capable of going beyond 200 MPH, it requires advanced braking. The 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes of the R8 works with the ABS. You can avail optional Ceramic disc brakes with the Performance trim. With 8 piston calipers, you get 14.4-inch front brake rotors. At the rear, you have smaller 14.0-inch rotors with 4 piston calipers. Even after weighing more than 3,500lbs, the Audi R8 is likely to deliver a great braking performance.

Models

2020 Audi R8 Coupe

2020 McLaren 570S

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Nissan GT-R

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.4

15.5

14.5

15.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

14.0

15.0

14.2

15.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

3594 lb.

2895 lb.

3,878

3,933

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

97

N/A

103

Both the Nissan GT-R and the McLaren 570S offer the biggest brake rotors. Even the Acura NSX has slightly bigger rotors than the Audi R8. Being the lightest sports car, the McLaren 570S stops at the minimum distance of just 97 feet whereas the GT-R needs a few more feet to come to halt.

2020 Audi R8 Fuel Economy

With its standard 562 hp V10 engine and an AWD, the 2020 Audi R8 delivers just 14 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway, and 17 MPG of the combined economy. The R8 may not be a suitable ride to drive around in the city, yet it has a decent mileage on the highway as you get a maximum range of 504 miles with its massive 21.9-gallon fuel tank.

Models

2020 Audi R8 Coupe

2020 McLaren 570S

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Nissan GT-R

MPG (City)

14

15

21

16

MPG (Highway)

23

22

22

22

MPG (Combined)

17

18

21

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.9

16

15.6

19.5

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles

307/ 504/ 372.3

240/352/288

328/343/328

312/429/351

As compared to the rivals, the Audi R8 has the lowest fuel economy. Being a hybrid sports car, the Acura NSX has 21 MPG in the city. Yet Audi has made sure that the range is not that bad as it is the biggest fuel tank in the class. And that's how the Audi R8 has the longest range on the highway, even after consuming maximum fuel.

2020 Audi R8 Interior

8.4/10

Being a luxury brand, Audi never fails to surprise us with its premium interiors. The R8's cabin is designed with fine Alcantara leather upholstery and contrast stitching. You have up to 7 color options, out of which 3 of them are dual-tone color options. The sports-oriented luxury cabin is focused on the driver. The optional package adds a whole lot of carbon fiber. As simple as it looks, the dashboard inside the Audi uses soft-touch plastic and fiber. 

From the driver's perspective, the sporty dashboard is designed with an all-digital instrument cluster by Audi virtual cockpit that also acts as infotainment with the Audi MMI system. The sports steering wheel is wrapped in leather with numerous controls and paddle shifters. The bucket seats are softened with the Nappa leather trim. As standard, you have 18-way power seat adjustments with pneumatic side and leg bolsters. 

The seats are quite comfortable and spacious. You can avail yourself of the sport seats with the Performance trim. The optional features add a full leather package with diamond stitching which makes the cabin plusher. When it comes to convenience, you have an automatic dual-zone air-conditioning, manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated seats, one-touchdown power windows, illuminated locking glove box, 2 12V Dac outlets, and steering operated cruise control with a driver's footrest.

Models

2020 Audi R8 Coupe

2020 McLaren 570S

2020 Acura NSX

2020 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 (cubic feet)

8.0

N/A

4.4

8.8

Apart from the Nissan GT-R with its 4 seats, all the sports cars offer 2 person seating capacity. As compared to the rivals, the Audi R8 has decent seating space for both the driver and the passenger. The GT-R offers a rear bench seat as well which is cramped. You have a good amount of headroom and legroom where rivals offer better legroom as well. In terms of cargo space, the mid-engined R8 has a cargo capacity of just 8.0 cubic feet. The GT-R has a bigger trunk. NSX on the other hand has less than 5.0 cubic feet of trunk capacity. Some of the standout interior features are as follows:

  • Alcantara and Nappa leather trim
  • Sport Leather/Aluminum Steering Wheel
  • Heated Front Racing Shell Sport Seat
  • Automatic air-conditioning
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel

What's there to keep you entertained?

 With its typical sports car interior, Audi has integrated the infotainment display with the instrument cluster. A 12 inch Audi virtual cockpit is there for you. It works with the Audi MMI system to deliver you a unique entertainment experience. The MMI navigation plus adds Google Earth and a real-time traffic display.The Audi music interface has 2 USB ports and a 3.5 mm aux support. Moreover, you have an in-dash CD player and Bluetooth connectivity too. 

There's a SiriusXM radio subscription with a radio data system to keep you connected. With the Audi smartphone interface, you get Apple CarPlay device integration for Apple devices.The Infotainment is mated to the premium sound system with 5 speakers and a 140 W amplifier that makes the music come alive inside the cabin. The all-digital gauge cluster displays real-time information such as assistance features and safety alerts.Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows::

  • Audi MMI system
  • MMI navigation plus
  • Audi music interface
  • CD player
  • SiriusXM radio subscription
  • Audi smartphone interface
  • Bang and Olufsen speakers (optional)

2020 Audi R8 Exterior

The 2020 Audi R8 has changed a lot within its 14 years of reign. The sharp design of the R8 looks both upscale and stylish yet it reminds us of the actual design lines from the past. As it is inspired by Lamborghini, the R8 has a mesmerizing exterior design with edgy body panels and carbon fiber elements. The front fascia gets sharp LED headlamps and an aerodynamic bumper with an integrated signature grille at the center. The massive V10 engine is neatly packed behind the front seats with a cross membrane and is visible from the huge rear windshield. To check the engine, the windshield can be opened up.

 At the rear, you have a sporty spoiler placed just above the sleek LED taillights. The rear grille covers most of the area above those roaring twin exhausts that are big enough to make you deaf. The aerodynamic beltline ends with air ducts to keep the engine cooled. The R8 sits on 19-inch 5 double-spoke forged alloy wheels. You get bigger 20-inch wheels with the R8 performance trim. The rims are bi-colored with an anthracite finish. To customize your R8, you have optional packages that add carbon fiber accents to the side mirrors and the beltline air ducts. The black theme adds black exterior accents including front and rear grilles.

Models

2020 Audi R8 Coupe

2020 McLaren 570S

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Nissan GT-R

Curb Weight (lbs)

3594 lb.

2895 lb.

3,878

3,933

Length (inches)

174.3

178.4

176.0

185.4

Width (inches)

76.4

N/A

73.3

74.6

Height (inches)

48.7

47.3

47.8

53.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.3

3.7

3.8

4.3

Wheelbase (inches)

104.3

N/A

103.5

109.4

After the lightweight McLaren 570S, the Audi R8 Coupe is the lightest sports car in the class with its Audi space frame. In terms of length, the R8 is the smallest car. With a widebody design and a decent height, the Audi R8 has a massive ground clearance of 4.3 inches. The monocoque structure is laid on a wide 104.4-inch wheelbase. The Acura NSX is the closest rival to R8 in terms of dimensions and size. Some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • LED headlamps
  • Aerodynamic design
  • Black honeycomb grille
  • Carbon fiber elements
  • Twin-tube exhausts

2020 Audi R8 Safety

The 2020 Audi R8 gets a rigid aluminum structure with its monocoque construction. The lightweight structure adds both to performance and rigidity. Most of the weight the R8 holds belongs to the massive V10 engine. The R8 Coupe is safer than the convertible as it can protect the occupants better with its strong body shell. However, it has not been rated by the two topmost organizations for the safety tests due to its high cost.

The R8 is properly equipped with advanced safety and driver assistance features to keep you safe on the road. For the starters, you have adaptive cruise control, Audi park distance control, and a tire pressure monitoring system. The cabin is protected with advanced airbags and safety belts. There's a lane keep assist system as well. Some of the standout safety features of the 2020 Audi R8 Coupe are as follows:

  • Aluminum monocoque construction
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Audi parking system plus Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Side Impact Beams

2020 Audi R8 Competition

2020 Audi R8 Coupe vs 2020 McLaren 570S

 The Audi R8 is moving up the class quickly to compete with the top supercar manufacturers such as McLaren. Both R8 and 570S have similar power output where the McLaren offers a better acceleration with its carbon-fiber lightweight structure. The McLaren 570S competes with the Performance trim to deliver a similar driving experience.

2020 Audi R8 vs 2020 Acura NSX

 The Audi R8 delivers a pure supercar experience with up to 600 hp of pure power. The Acura NSX on the other hand is a hybrid sports car that can be both fast and friendly. With its greater power output, it takes down the R8 easily. When it comes to the overall experience of ride and comfort, the Audi R8 is way ahead of the NSX.

2020 Audi R8 vs 2020 Nissan GT-R

 The Audi R8 drives like a charm both on the track and on the road. With its handling, it can find its way out of the traffic. The Nissan GT-R is more of a practical approach to both performance and space. However, it lacks the luxury touches and technology that are offered by Audi. A tuned-up R8 can take down the GT-R with its 205 MPH of top speed.

2020 Audi R8 Final Verdict

The Audi R8 is a purebred supercar designed for the ones who want to experience the thrill of track racing on road. Among the rivals, the R8 is the only car powered by a V10 engine except for the Lamborghini Huracan. The best thing about Audi is that they keep on updating their cars every year with something better.

Among the unchanged rivals, the Audi R8 offers a fresh design, the latest cabin features, amazing comfort levels, and robust performance, and a unique luxury experience. The available options and packages give you the chance to customize your R8 as per your choice. With the Decennium edition package, it becomes a stand-out.

 The 2020 Audi R8 Coupe is a one-of-a-kind machine in the whole lineup of Audi. It is an affordable Lamborghini in disguise. The new generation brings lots of changes to its driving experience, handling, and performance. Yet you can drive your R8 every day as it is too amazing to resist. At $169,900, the 2020 Audi R8 Coupe can be your first-ever supercar without hurting your bank balance too much.

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