2022 Audi R8

MSRP $114,700 - $148,700

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2022 Audi R8 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Putting all the speculations of an electric-powered Audi R8 to rest, the 2022 Audi R8 has been launched for yet another year with a 562 hp, naturally aspirated V10 engine. Under the skin, the Audi R8 has a lot of similarities with the terrific Lamborghini Huracan. The changes on the 2022 R8 are subtle yet significant this time. The 2021 Audi R8 Performance trim's engine has been made the base engine for 2022 while the 2022 R8 Performance trim gets a higher state-of-tune of the same V10 engine seen on the base model. While other changes are in the form of more optional packages available on the lower trims.



Keeping all the changes into consideration the 2022 Audi R8 starts at $143,000 and will breach the $200,000 mark if had in the top trim with added optional packages. That being said, the 2022 Audi R8 is now faster and edgier than last year. While its ride and handling have been a benchmark and will remain so this year too. With this, the 2022 Audi R8 rivals the German trio Porsche 911 CarreraMercedes-Benz AMG GT, and BMW M8 Gran Coupe, the Japanese duo Nissan GT-R and Acura NSX.

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Pros

Handsome and edgy styling

Practical despite being a supercar

Comfortable and luxurious interior

Excellent exhaust note

Cons

Lack of advanced safety feature 

Limited cargo capacity

Huge premium for the AWD model

What's New?

2022 Audi R8 offers more performance on the base RWD model

New sports exhaust and dynamic package


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$148700

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

318 cu.in.

horsepower

562 hp @ 4475 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 6300 rpm

transmission

7-Speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Double Wishbone

suspension rear

Double Wishbone

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4/14 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

174.4 in.

width

76.4 in.

height

48.7 in.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/23 mpg

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Base$114,700 onwards

Performance$148,700 onwards

  • Carbon-fiber accents
  • Fixed rear spoiler
  • fully adjustable sport seats
  • Sport exhaust system

Colors and Styles

2022 Audi R8 in Ara Blue Crystal Effect color
Ara Blue Crystal Effect

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

Pricing and Features

9.0

Engine and Performace

9.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.5

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


For 2022 Audi has given the base trim of the R8 with a more powerful motor than last year while the Performance trim takes the same engine but comes with an even higher state-of-tune. With these changes now the fastest Audi R8 hits 0-60 MPH in under three seconds which has helped it close the gap in timing against the rivals. Being a sports coupe the R8 is an exceptional car as it has the sports car pedigree without compromising on the comfort and practicality of a daily driver. What made the R8 even more special is its amazing warranty on offer. The R8 gets 12 years or unlimited miles of Corrosion Warranty, 4 years or unlimited miles of Roadside Assistance coverage, and a complimentary 1 year or 10,000 miles of maintenance service.

2022 Audi R8 Coupe front view
2022 Audi R8 Coupe rear view

7.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2022 Audi R8 Features

7.5/10

"The R8 is the quick and sharply styled halo car from Audi that's nearly as nice a daily driver as the A4." - Car And Driver

The 2022 Audi R8 is available in two trims namely Base and Performance. Both trims are powered by the same V10 engine but in different states of tune. Also, the base trim comes with RWD as standard while the Performance model gets Audi's Quattro AWD system. While the price of the 2022 Audi R8 ranges between $143,000 and $197,000. Most of the features are standard on the Base trim and are listed below in the table. That said, Audi does offer two optional packages for the Base trim namely the Premium package and Dynamic package.

The former package adds extended leather upholstery, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, and faux suede interior inserts. While the latter package gets you upgraded leather upholstery, carbon-ceramic brakes, and race-inspired seats trimmed in Nappa leather. The latter package's features are standard on the Performance trim.

Trim

Base

Performance

MSRP

$143,000

$197,000

Features

562-hp, 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine

In addition to 'Base' trim

 

20-inch alloy wheels

602-hp, 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine w/ Quattro AWD

 

Front and rear parking sensors

Carbon fiber fixed rear wing

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

LED headlights with Audi laser light

 

12.3-inch display screen (Audi virtual cockpit) w/ navigation

Sports suspension

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

20-inch lightweight titanium alloy wheels

 

Heated front seats

Carbon-fiber interior trims

 

Nappa leather seating surfaces 

Alcantara headliner

 

Automatic high beam

Nappa perforated leather seats
 

Retractable rear spoiler

 
  Wireless device charging pad  

2022 Audi R8 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

"However, no competitor can match the R8 for drama and raw aural assault, with the R8's V10 howling all the way to 8,700 rpm, making a beautiful shriek through each gear." - Car Buzz

The 2022 Audi R8 is powered by a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine which puts out 562 hp of power and 406 lb-ft on torque, a bump of 30 hp and 8 lb-ft from the 2021 R8 model. While the same engine when had in the Performance trim cranks out 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Irrespective of the trim you go with there is a sole 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The base trim comes standard with RWD while the R8 Performance gets Quattro AWD as standard. The more powerful V10 on the 2022 R8 helps it do 0-60 MPH in a shade above 3 seconds while the R8 Performance goes from 0-60 MPH in just 2.8 seconds. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission offers lightning-quick gearshifts although it remains very eager to downshift which results in seat pinning acceleration.

 2022 Audi R8 Coupe engine bay

Being a sports coupe the R8 has a well-balanced chassis and the handling remains flawless allowing you to exploit the full potential of this beast. The steering feedback also needs special mention as the unit not only delivers accurate and crisp feedback but also remains well-weighted across all kinds of speeds. As for the ride quality the base trim is the most comfortable to be in while the Performance trim with a more aggressive suspension setup also delivers surprisingly forgiving ride quality. Moving on to the braking, the standard setup felt sufficient and displayed minimal fade even while continuous braking. While the optional ceramic brakes which are standard on the Performance trim are the ones to go for if you are regular on tracks or prefer an even stronger raking setup.

Models

2022 Audi R8

2021 Porsche 911

2021 Nissan GT-R

2021 BMW M8

MSRP

$146,500

$122,400

$113,540

$130,000

Engine

5.2-Liter Naturally Aspirated V10

3.0-Liter Twin-Turbo Flat-6

3.8-Liter Twin-Turbo V6

4.4-liter Twin-Turbo V8

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed PDK automatic

6-speed dual-clutch automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

562 hp @ 4475 RPM

443 hp @ 6500 RPM

565 hp @ 6800 RPM

600 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque

406 lb-ft @ 6300 RPM

390 lb-ft @ 2300 RPM

467 lb-ft @ 3300 RPM

553 lb-ft @ 1800 RPM

0-60 MPH (secs)

3.2 3.0 2.9 3.1 

Quarter-mile (secs)

N/A 11.2 11.2 N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

205 182 196 189

Both the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and Nissan GT-R continue to dominate the acceleration times, reaching 0-60 MPH in 3.0 seconds flat and under 3.0 seconds respectively. While the BMW M8 Gran Coupe was just one-tenth of a second slower than the 911. On the other hand the only naturally aspirated powered sports coupe here, the Audi R8 is the slowest to hit the 60 MPH mark. Although when it comes to pricing the R8 is the most expensive in its base form compared to the other three coupes.

2022 Audi R8 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The 2022 Audi R8 with RWD has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 14 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway while the R8 with AWD returns 13 MPG in the city and 19 MPG on the highway. Although to compensate for the poor gas mileage Audi does give the 2022 R8 a generous 19.3-gallon fuel tank which results in 440 miles plus range on the highway and 320 miles plus range under mixed driving conditions from a full tank of gas.

Models

2022 Audi R8

2021 Porsche 911

2021 Nissan GT-R

2021 BMW M8

MPG (City)

14

18

16

15

MPG (Highway)

23

23

22

21

MPG (Combined)

17

20

18

17

Fuel Capacity (gal.)

19.3

17.6

19.5

20.1

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined) (mi.)

270/ 444/ 328 317/ 405/ 352

312/ 429/ 351

302/ 422/ 543

The Porsche 911 is still the most efficient of the bunch with a combined rating of 20 MPG, followed by the Nissan GT-R with 18 MPG. As expected, the BMW M8 with its big V8 engine guzzles gas and only returns 17 MPG combined which is similar to what you get from the R8 powered by a big V10.

2022 Audi R8 Interior

8.0/10

"The sleek, understated design blends with high technology for a modern cabin that's easy to acclimate to." - Edmunds

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 available as an option on the base trim and standard on the Performance trim for the 2022 model.  The whole dashboard is tilted towards the driver with a cocooned feeling. 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. 

 2022 Audi R8 Coupe front seats

Build quality is excellent with low NVH levels even at highway speeds. Unlike rivals, the Audi R8 can only seat two passengers because of its mid-engine layout, which also limits cargo space. The R8 has a decent trunk capacity of 8 cubic feet, but rival like the M8 offer double-digit cargo capacity. That said, the AWD model also gets racing seats with a fixed backrest as standard, which is also available on the RWD model with the new Dynamic package.

Models

2022 Audi R8

2021 Porsche 911

2021 Nissan GT-R

2021 BMW M8

Seating capacity

2

4

4

4

Front (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (in.)

38.5/ 55.1/ 40.9

N/A

38.1/ 54.3/ 44.6

40.6/ 57.2/ 42.1

Rear (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) (in.)

N/A

N/A

33.5/ 50.0/ 26.4

37.1/ 54.6/ 36.6

Cargo Capacity (ft³)

8.0

4.6

8.8

12.4

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, BMW M8 offers the most at 12.4 cubic feet.

 2022 Audi R8 Coupe dashboard

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. 

Interior Features:

  • 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

9.0/10

All the elements that made the R8 stand out on the road are there: mid-engine design, side intakes, low profile, two doors.  -TheCarConnection

The 2022 Audi R8 will build on the recent facelift that the sportscar achieved. The 2022 R8 gets 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 rear tail lights.

 2022 Audi R8 Coupe 

Audi also offers a carbon fiber rear spoiler further enhancing the rear design. The same is deployable on the base trim but the Performance trim gets a fixed spoiler. Another difference between the base and Performance is the extensive use of carbon fiber on the latter and other lightweight materials like titanium alloy wheels. 

 

Models

2022 Audi R8

2021 Porsche 911

2021 Nissan GT-R

2021 BMW M8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3571 3487

3935

4480

Length (in.)

174.4

177.9

185.4

200.9

Width (in.)

76.4

72.9

74.6

76.5

Height (in.)

48.7

51.1

53.9

55.9

Ground clearance (in.)

N/A

4.9

N/A

5.1

Wheelbase (in.)

104.3

96.5

109.4

119.2

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 BMW M8. The curb weight of the Porsche 911 is not far from the R8 while the BMW M8 is the heaviest among all.

Exterior Features:

  • 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

7.5/10

Being a low-volume high-performance sports car, the 2022 Audi R8 is not likely to be tested by either the NHTSA or IIHS just like the previous year's models. The R8 also lacks several active safety features, including automatic emergency braking, which is standard on most regular cars.  The 2022 R8, however, will get an array of airbags along with automatic headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system, and a cruise control system.

Safety Features:

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

2022 Audi R8 Competition

8.0/10

2022 Audi R8 vs 2021 Porsche 911

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S gets a smaller turbocharged engine than the Audi R8's naturally aspirated V10. 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.

2021 Porsche 911

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.

2021 Nissan GT-R

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 Final Verdict

8.0/10

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.


FAQs on the 2022 Audi R8:

How fast is the 2022 Audi R8?

The fastest 2022 Audi R8 goes from 0-60 MPH in 2.8 seconds and hits a top speed of 205 MPH.

How much to pay for the 2022 Audi R8?

The prices of the 2022 Audi R8 coupe ranges between $143,000 and $197,000.

Is the Audi R8 reliable?

Sadly, the Audi R8 hasn't been rated for reliability by J.D.Powers.

Where is the Audi R8 built?

The 2022 Audi R8 is built in Audi's Germany plant.

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