2022 Audi R8

MSRP $142,700 Est.

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2022 Audi R8 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 18, 2021

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Audi announced recently that the 2022 Audi R8 will be a carryover model with better performance and extra packages, dispelling all the rumors about an all-electric powertrain. The R8 was introduced back in 2006 as a practical and fun-to-drive supercar. Despite its stellar capabilities and high praise, the Audi R8 always remained in the shadow of the popular Porsche 911, with less than 1,000 units sold annually compared to the 911, which sold more than 10,000 units. Initially, the R8 was available with a V8 engine. But with the launch of the second generation model back in 2015, the more powerful V10 engine became standard along with the 7-speed automatic transmission.

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Pros

Handsome and edgy styling

Practical despite being a supercar

Comfortable and luxurious interior

Excellent exhaust note

Cons

Safety feature can be improved 

Limited cargo capacity

The huge premium for the AWD model

What's New?

2022 Audi R8 will be a carryover model with some minor updates

More performance from the performance RWD model

Addition of 30 horsepower to RWD trim engine

New sports exhaust and dynamic package

New Nappa leather upholstery


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$142700

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

engine type

displacement

318 cu.in.

horsepower

562 hp @ 8100 rpm

torque

406 lbs.-ft. @ 6400 rpm

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4/14 in.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/22 mpg

highway range

424.6 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures


Trims

Base $142,700 Est. onwards

562 hp @ 8100 rpm | 5.2L | V-10 | premium unleaded (required)

Colors and Styles

2022 Audi R8 in Ara Blue Crystal Effect color 2022 Audi R8 in Florett Silver Metallic color 2022 Audi R8 in Ibis White color
Ara Blue Crystal Effect

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The R8 also received a minor facelift back in 2018 with a redesigned front and rear end, more performance, bigger brakes, a more direct steering rack, and a lot more. With the performance updates for 2022, we can expect prices to range from $146,500 to $199,095 for the coupe models. The R8 shares its platform and engine with the Lamborghini Huracan and can be considered as a more practical and comfortable alternative designed for day-to-day usage. Competitors include the aforementioned Porsche 911 Turbo,Mercedes-AMG GT R, and Nissan GT-R.

2022 Audi R8 Features

The Audi R8 is available in 2 trims: Base RWD and Performance Quattro for 2021. Both trims are expected to be the same for the 2022 model. RWD base trim will be receiving a 30hp additional boost to the engine. It falls in a price range that extends from $1,47,995 for its base variant and goes up to $1,99,095 for its top-rack variant. There will be upgraded racing seats with Nappa leather upholstery. 

Trim

Audi R8 Base (RWD)

Audi R8 Performance Quattro (AWD)

MSRP*

$1,47,995

$1,99,095

Features**

Nappa leather seating surfaces 

In addition to base RWD trim*

 

Tire pressure monitoring system

Nappa perforated leather seats

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control system

Carbon fiber fixed rear wing

 

Apple CarPlay and android auto

LED headlights with Audi laser light

 

MMI Navigation plus

 

Sports suspension

 

20” anthracite wheels

20" titanium wheels

 

Garage door opener

Titanium rocker sill inlay, rear diffuser, and front lip spoiler

 

Driver and front-passenger advanced airbags

Alcantara headliner

 

Cruise control system

 
 

Audi virtual cockpit

 
 

Anthracite inlays

 

*expected price **2021 MY reference

We Recommend

We recommend going for the RWD trim. It is a better option to go because it shares nearly all the features of the Performance Quattro. An added 30 HP makes it more alluring than before. Even without the additional traction of Performance Quattro AWD, Audi R8 RWD can provide an impressive grip and performance.

Price:

The 2022 model will continue to be available in both RWD and AWD models. The base performance RWD model is expected to start at $146,500. The top-end AWD model starts at $1,99,095 and gets a power bump to 602 hp, carbon-ceramic brakes, improved suspension, sports exhaust, carbon-fiber rear exhaust, and racing shell seats.

Release Date:

There is no official announcement made by the brand. We can expect the 2022 model to hit the showrooms by the fall of 2021. But given the pandemonium created due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the launch date can go till late fall 2021.

2022 Audi R8 Engine and Performance

The 2022 model will get the same 5.2L V10 engine with increased power output to 562 hp and the torque bumped up to 406 lb-ft on the base RWD model. The engine is paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Audi will also offer the new Sports Exhaust Package on the RWD model, which adds a blacked-out performance exhaust. The new Dynamic Package will bring features like carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, and racing shell seats for the AWD model.

The AWD model will remain the same mechanically and still produces 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. With the added power, we can expect the RWD model to hit 60 MPH in 3 seconds and cross the quarter-mile in 11.3 seconds, while the more powerful AWD model is capable of hitting 60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and can cross the quarter-mile in an impressive 10.7 seconds. The 5.2L V10 engine is also shared with the Lamborghini Huracan along with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unlike the Audi R8, the Lamborghini Huracan produces a lot more power and torque, with even the base models producing more than 600 hp.

Models

2022 Audi R8 RWD

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe*

2021 Nissan GT-R Track Edition AWD*

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT-R Coupe*

MSRP

$146,500

$174,300

$113,540

$167,650

Engine

5.2-Liter Naturally Aspirated V10

3.8-Liter Twin-Turbocharged Flat-6

3.8-Liter Twin-Turbocharged V-6

4.0-Liter Twin-Turbocharged V-8

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed PDK automatic

6-speed dual-clutch automatic

7-speed DCT automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

562 @ 6300

572 @ 6500

600 @ 6800

577 @ 6250

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

406 @ 4475

553 @ 2250

481 @ 3600

516 @ 2100

*2021 MY specs used for reference

Both the 911 Turbo and Nissan GT-R continue to dominate the acceleration times, reaching 60 MPH in just 2.7 seconds and crossing the quarter-mile in under 11 seconds. The Audi R8 RWD sits in the middle with a 0-60 time of 3 seconds. Even though the AMG GT-R gets a big V8 engine, it is the slowest of the bunch, taking 3.5 seconds to reach 60.

2022 Audi R8 Fuel Economy

Since the 2022 model retains the same 5.2L V10 engine, we can expect similar EPA ratings of 14 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highways, similar to the 2021 Audi R8 RWD. Combined with a massive 21.9-gallon tank, the R8 gets an impressive best-in-class range of up to 500 miles on the highway, helping it retain its grand touring image.

Models

2022 Audi R8 RWD

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe*

2021 Nissan GT-R Track Edition AWD*

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT-R Coupe*

MPG (City)

14

15

16

14

MPG (Highway)

23

20

22

20

MPG (Combined)

17

17

18

16

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.9

17.6

19.5

19.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

306/503/372

264/352/299

312/429/351

277/396/316

*2021 MY specs used for reference

The Nissan GT-R is still the most efficient of the bunch with a combined rating of 18 MPG, followed by the Porsche 911 with 17 MPG. As expected, the AMG GT R with its big V8 engine guzzles gas and only returns 16 MPG combined despite the lower performance. When comparing the overall range, Audi offers the most at 372 miles, thanks to its best-in-class fuel tank capacity of 21.9 gallons.

2022 Audi R8 Interior

The 2022 R8 will continue to get the sporty and minimalist interior with a huge digital driver’s display doing all the work. New Nappa leather upholstery is expected to be added to the interior feature for the 2022 model. All the controls are well placed and easy to access. The whole dashboard is tilted towards the driver with a cocooned feeling. The minimalist design extends to all the controls, except the steering wheel, which gets several integrated controls including the engine start button. Audi also offers a lot of customizability with plenty of textures and colors on offer in different patterns. Unfortunately, even with all the practicality on offer, the R8 is still held back by the limited cargo capacity like most supercars. 

Build quality is excellent with low NVH levels even at highway speeds. Unlike rivals like the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo, the Audi R8 like the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R can only seat 2 passengers because of its mid-engine layout, which also limits cargo space. The R8 has a decent trunk capacity of 8 cubic feet, but rivals except for the 911 Turbo have higher trunk capacity. The AWD model also gets racing shell seats as standard, which is also available on the RWD model with the new Dynamic package.

Models

2022 Audi R8 RWD

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe*

2021 Nissan GT-R Track Edition AWD*

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT-R Coupe*

Seating Capacity

2

4

4

2

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.5/55.1/40.9

N/A

38.1/54.3/44.6

39.5/58.4/N/A

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

N/A

N/A

33.5/50/26.4

N/A

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

8

4.6

8.8

10.1

*2021 MY specs used for reference

With plenty of adjustability on offer, finding a comfortable riding position is an easy affair with all the controls easily reachable. There is plenty of space on offer with a generous amount of legroom and headroom, however, the lack of interior storage spaces is glaringly obvious which limits the practicality. When comparing the cargo space at the back, Mercedes offers the most at 10.1 cubic feet.

Standard features on the R8 include Nappa leather upholstery, 18-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, digital driver display which doubles up as the infotainment display with rotary controls, voice commands, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Navigation, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot power-retractable rear spoiler, 5-speaker stereo, wireless charging, and a push-button start. The absence of a center display does limit passenger involvement, but the huge driver’s display can easily juggle all functions without being too confusing. Some notable interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control system
  • Optional 13 speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with digital compass
  • Wireless charging
  • Audi virtual cockpit
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

2022 Audi R8 Exterior

The 2022 Audi R8 will continue to get similar styling with an edgy and handsome design. The mid-engine layout lends it a low and sporty design with the elegant cabin pushed forward and a short angled-down hood. With the recent facelift, the R8 received a trapezoidal grille with vents on the side below the headlights, giving it a futuristic look. The rear end was also redesigned with a huge grille going across below the headlights. Audi also offers a carbon fiber rear spoiler further enhancing the rear design.

Models

2022 Audi R8 RWD

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe*

2021 Nissan GT-R Track Edition AWD*

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT-R Coupe*

Curb Weight (lbs)

3594

3635

3935

3686

Length (inches)

174.4

178.6

185.4

179

Width (inches)

76.4

74.9

74.6

79

Height (inches)

48.7

51.3

53.9

50.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

104.3

96.5

109.4

103.5

*2021 MY specs used for reference

The R8 is the shortest one in terms of height and length as compared to rivals, but it has an impressive wheelbase, not the largest one because the largest wheelbase belongs to the Nissan GT-R. The curb weight of AMG GT R and 911 Turbo is not far from the R8, but the Nissan GT-R is the heaviest among all. Some notable exterior features include:

  • Huge trapezoidal front grille with side vents
  • Blacked out exhaust tips
  • Dual exhaust outlets
  • LED automatic headlights with LED DRLs
  • Carbon-fiber rear spoiler
  • Large air intakes on the sides
  • Electric retractable rear spoiler

2022 Audi R8 Safety

Being a low-volume high-performance sports car, the Audi R8 is not likely to be tested by either the NHTSA or IIHS. The R8 also lacks several active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, which is standard on most regular cars. The R8, however, does get an array of airbags along with automatic headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a cruise control system. Some notable safety features include:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic headlights
  • Garage door opener
  • Stability and Traction control
  • Rearview camera

2022 Audi R8 Competition

2022 Audi R8 vs 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo

The 911 Turbo gets a smaller turbocharged engine than the Audi R8. The 911 is also a lot easier to live with, thanks to a spacious cabin with seating for 4 passengers. The 2022 R8 has a wider wheelbase as compared to the Porsche 911 Turbo. When comparing the engine output, although the power output is very close, Porsche takes a huge lead when considering torque. Porsche is quite more expensive than Audi, so in the end, it all comes down to you as to what you want from your coupe.

2022 Audi R8 vs 2021 Nissan GT-R

Even though the GT-R is still surprisingly fast, it feels outdated now because of its aging design and drivetrain. The GT-R, however, does get a more spacious cabin with seating for 4 passengers like the 911 and also gets more cargo space for improved practicality. The GT-R is faster than the Audi R8 by a huge margin and offers more practicality, but the R8 is the better choice thanks to the modern design and technology. 

2022 Audi R8 vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT R

The Audi R8 is significantly faster than the AMG GT R even though the AMG gets a bigger and more powerful engine. The Audi R8 also handles better, thanks to its sorted suspension setup and mid-engine layout compared to the tail-happy AMG GT R. Overall, the Audi R8 is the better choice of the two, thanks to its balanced and easy-to-drive nature. The R8 also offers more highway fuel economy in contrast to the AMG GT R.

2022 Audi R8 Final Verdict

The 2022 Audi R8 will be a compelling choice especially with the upgraded RWD model with more power. The newly available sport exhaust and dynamic packages improve the base model significantly, bringing a lot of features reserved for the AWD model down the food chain. Overall, there is tough competition from the rivals, but the Audi R8 is still a good option for customers looking for a comfortable and practical supercar that can be used daily.

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