2018 Audi R8 Spyder

2018 MODEL
$177,100 - $208,100 See Inventory Prices

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Detailed Review

The do-it-all sports car, Audi R8 V10 which ditched the V8 engine for the new 10 cylinder unit is now back with its drop-top spyder version. The car has forever been a hot favorite amongst the critics and buyers alike. Although it shares a significant amount of components with the Lamborghini Huracan, it still manages to create its own unique persona.

The 5.2L FSI dual injection V10 is available in two different tunes. Both of them are a bomb to drive and the soundtrack from the back is truly one of a kind. The naturally aspirated engine produces effortless power at all times with absolutely no lag at all.

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Pros

High-revving V10 engine

Gorgeous Interior offering comfortable ride

Sporty exterior and styling

Dynamic power and handling

Fun to drive

Amazing virtual cockpit system

Cons

Narrow Shell seats

Poor fuel economy

Non-availability of Audis latest driver safety aids

Limited storage inside cabin

No manual transmission

What's New?

Black Optic Package

20-inch 10-spoke wheels


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$177100

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

top speed

198 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

318 cu. in.

horsepower

540 hp @ 7800 rpm

torque

398 lb.-ft. @ 6500 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

14 in. ventilated disc brakes/14.4 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

174.3 in.

width

76.4 in.

height

49 in.

curb weight

3957 lbs.

ground clearance

6.3 in.

capacity

cargo volume

4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.1 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.4 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

3.9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

155 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/22 mpg

highway range

464.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No


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Styles

 2018 Audi R8 Spyder in Mythos Black Metallic color  2018 Audi R8 Spyder in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2018 Audi R8 Spyder in Ibis White color  2018 Audi R8 Spyder in Florett Silver Metallic color  2018 Audi R8 Spyder in Dynamite Red color
Mythos Black Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

6.5

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

7.6

Exterior

10

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 quattro Spyder

V10 quattro Spyder

power
540 hp @ 7800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$177,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) Starting at $177,100 MSRP (14/17/22) 540 hp @ 7800 rpm, 5.2 L, V10, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 2   Ara Blue Crystal Effect
  Mythos Black Metallic
  Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  Ibis White
  Florett Silver Metallic
  Dynamite Red

 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus quattro Spyder

V10 plus quattro Spyder

power
610 hp @ 7800 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$208,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V10 plus quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) Starting at $208,100 MSRP (14/17/22) 610 hp @ 7800 rpm, 5.2 L, V10, premium unleaded (required)
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7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 2   Ara Blue Crystal Effect
  Mythos Black Metallic
  Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  Ibis White
  Florett Silver Metallic
  Dynamite Red

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.6/10
Interior

 

10/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

The starting price of $177,100 for the base R8 V10 Spyder is not exactly for the budget-friendly. But, in the end, one drive inside the Audi R8 Spyder with the top down is all you need to observe the pedigree of one last thoroughbred sports car with a naturally aspirated banger.

2018 Audi R8 Spyder Features

7.8/10

2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 is available in two trims namely the Audi R8 Spyder V10 and Audi R8 Spyder V10 plus. Standard on both the cars is the 5.2L FSI dual injection V10 engine albeit on different tunes. The engine is paired to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox that is as good as any you’d find on any sports car from the VW group with razor-sharp shifts.

Trim V10 V10 plus
MSRP $177,100 $178,175
Key Features 5.2-liter FSI dual-injection V10 5.2-liter FSI dual-injection V10
  532 hp/398 lb-ft of torque 602 hp/413 lb-ft of torque
  Audi magnetic ride Audi ceramic brakes
  Audi virtual cockpit (12.3" LCD fully digital instrument cluster) Carbon fiber engine compartment, mirrors, side sill extension, front spoiler, rear lip spoiler, diffuser, and sideblades
  Acoustic folding roof—folds at speeds up to 31 mph Acoustic folding roof—folds at speeds up to 31 mph
  • The base R8 Spyder V10 features the V10 engine tuned to produce 532 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. The list of features on the car includes the Audi Virtual cockpit with a 12.3 inch LCD instrument cluster, Audi Magnetic ride, leather seats and LED headlights amongst others.

We recommend

The R8 Spyder V10 plus might sport better power figures and a few extra features but the steeper price tag is sure to deter buyers. The R8 Spyder V10 has ample power to keep the enthusiast happy and the features list is long as well. We suggest you stick to the base model and go the top end plus model only if money is not an issue.

2018 Audi R8 Spyder Engine

6.5/10

“You’ll still have fun on a winding road in the R8 V10, a car with capabilities that are—like every supercar—far beyond the speed most drivers are willing to travel on a public street.” - Motortrend

Engine and Transmission

The engine on duty on the Audi R8 V10 is a 5.2 L FSI dual injection V10 romping out 532 hp and 602 hp in their respective trims. The transmission features a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox which is a perfect fit for the car with agile and precise shifts. The power is routed to all the four wheels through the signature Audi Quattro system.

Models Audi R8 Spyder V10 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster
MSRP $177,100 $174,100 $122,750 $157,000
Engine 5.2 L Premium Unleaded V-10 3.8 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded H-6 5.0 L 8- cylinder 4.0 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Transmission 7-Speed Dual-clutch Automatic 7-Speed Dual-clutch Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Dualcluth Automatic
Horsepower 532hp 540hp 575hp 550hp
Torque 398lb.-ft. 486lb.-ft. 516 lb.-ft. 502lb.-ft.

In comparison with rivals, the Audi R8 Spyder V10 is actually the least powerful car with the Jaguar F-Type SVR bettering it by almost 50 hp. On the price front as well, the rivals fare much better with a cheaper price tag than the R8 V10 Spyder.

Acceleration

The Audi R8 Spyder with its naturally aspirated motor delivers manic acceleration all the way up to its 8,500 rpm redline. There is just so much power available at the tap of the pedal all the way up to the rev limit that it truly feels unreal. The best part is actually how the car behaves like a gentleman even when you press the pedal to the metal.

Models Audi R8 Spyder V10 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster
0-60 MPH 3.5 Sec 3.6 sec 3.5 sec 3.6 sec
Quarter mile 11.5 sec 11.0 sec 11.2 sec 11.3 sec
Engine 5.2Liters V-10 3.8Liters H-6 5.0 Liters 4.0Liters V-8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

10.4 8.4 7.5 10.4

All the car in the segment feature similar 0-60 mph timings of around 3.5 second. However, it's the 911 Turbo Cabrio which is the fastest to complete a quarter of a mile at 11.0 seconds. The Audi along with the MB AMG GT C Roadster is the most polluting emitting out 10.4 tons/yr of CO2.

Ride and Handling

"The R8 is more than just a performance car. It’s remarkably livable as a daily driver, subpar visibility aside. The V10 models feature magnetic dampers underneath that provide a ride that’s either stiff as a board or remarkably compliant, depending on what drive mode is selected."-TheCarConnection

The new 2018 Audi R8 grips the road like any supercar out there. Body roll is minimal and the wide tires claw the tarmac tight. However, clever engineering means all this does not come at the cost of ride comfort.

Braking

The Audi R8 Spyder V10 features 14.4-inch brake rotors in the front and 14-inch rotors in the rear. The braking efficiency with very little brake fade even after hard usage. Just with a slight push of the pedal, the car stops in an instant.

Model Audi R8 Spyder V10 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster
Brake Front (in.) 14.4 15 15.0 15.4
Brake Rear (in.) 14 15 14.8 14.2
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3957 3671 3769 3825
60-0 MPH (ft.) 111.0 97.0 97.0 99.0

Notably, the Audi is the heaviest car in the segment with a curb weight of 3957 lbs. In comparison with rivals, Audi R8 Spyder V10 takes the longest distance to stop from 60 mph at 111 ft. While all the other rivals feature similar stopping distances of less than 100 ft.

2018 Audi R8 Spyder Fuel Economy

6.5/10

“You’re probably not buying an Audi R8 to save fuel, but you may be surprised that it is reasonably thrifty.” - Carconnection

Like all thoroughbred sports cars, the Audi R8 Spyder was never meant for fuel economy. Being a naturally aspirated engined car, the efficiency is definitely deterred by the omission of turbochargers. The R8 features a mileage of 18 mpg combined which puts it at the bottom end of the list of rivals.

Model Audi R8 Spyder V10 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster
MPG (city) 14 19 15 15
MPG (highway) 22 24 23 20
MPG (combined) 18 21 18 17

The Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio is the most fuel-efficient car in the segment with a fuel economy of 21 mpg combined.

2018 Audi R8 Spyder Interior

7.6/10

"Instead, the Spyder version has a glass rear window that can be lowered even with the top up. Doing so allows for an even more unfiltered sound experience." – Car and Driver

Seats and Comfort

The Audi R8 Spyder features seats which are perhaps the most comfortable in business. Wrapped in nappa leather the seats are surprisingly comfortable to sit on and they won’t disappoint you on long journeys either.

Model Audi R8 Spyder V10 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster
Passenger capacity 2 4 2 2
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.5/55.1/40.9 38.8/52.0/45.8 36.8/56.5/42.8 39.5/ 58.3/39.5
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) N/A 33.2/48.5/27.0 N/A N/A

Although there is seating for 2 people only, they are bound to have one of the better times in their lives complete with an awesome soundtrack emerging from the back. The Audi R8 Spyder V10 features front room of 38.5/55.1/40.9 inches (Head/Shoulder/Leg) which puts it on par with all the other rivals.

Infotainment

Although there is no dedicated infotainment screen on the R8 V10, it does have a 12.3-inch screen behind the steering wheel where generally the speedometer resides. It features the Audi Virtual Cockpit interface which allows it to double as an infotainment screen. The screen is controlled by a host of buttons and knobs available behind the gear lever or on the steering wheel.

Cargo Volume

Being a rear-engined car, the Audi features a trunk in the front rather than the back. The trunk is actually the smallest in the segment at 4.0 ft.cube. It is barely enough to fit two medium-sized duffel bags let alone luggage for long journeys.

Model Audi R8 Spyder V10 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster
Cargo Volume  (ft.3) 4.0 4.4 7.3 6.2

This car is definitely best left alone on airport runs due to its apparent utility shortage. The Jag F-Type SVR features the biggest boot in the segment at 7.3 ft.cube closely followed by the Mercedes Benz AMG GT C Roadster at 6.2 ft.cube.

Interior Features

List of interior features on the 2018 Audi R8 Spyder includes.

  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Audi Virtual cockpit
  • Paddle Shifter
  • Electronic gear level
  • Optional Bucket seats

 

2018 Audi R8 Spyder Exterior

10/10

“The 2018 Audi R8 doesn't have the immediate emotional impact of exotics from Italy or England. Yet its distinctive grille and headlights make it unmistakably Audi. This generation R8 uses almost 50 percent of its parts with the R8 LMS race car, yet it's visually similar to its predecessor.” – Kelley Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

Audi claims that the 2018 R8 V10 Spyder now features a stiffer and firmer chassis that is lighter than the outgoing model as well. Even then, it’s the heaviest car in the segment with a curb weight of 3957 lbs. Not only is it the heaviest but also the widest at 80.2 inches.  Overall, the Audi looks like a mean and attention-commanding machine from the outside.

Model Audi R8 Spyder V10 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Jaguar F-Type SVR Convertible Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C Roadster
Curb weight (lbs.) 3957 3671 3769 3825
Length(in) 174.3 177.4 176.0 179
Width(in) 80.2 74 74.2 79
Height(in) 49.0 51.0 51.6 49.6
Ground clearance (in) 4.3 4.2 3.9 4.9
Wheelbase (in) 104.3 96.5 103.2 103.5
Track width (in) F/R 64.5/63.0 60.7/62.6 63/65 66.1/65.0

In comparison with rivals, the Audi is the shortest with a height of 49.0 inches. Although the Audi is the widest it’s the AMG GT C Roadster that is the lengthiest at 179 inches.

Exterior Features

The list of exterior features on the 2018 Audi R8 Spyder includes,

  • LED Headlights
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Hexagonal front grille
  • Rear diffuser
  • Cloth convertible top
  • Glass rear engine compartment separator

 

2018 Audi R8 Spyder Safety

None of the crash testing agencies have tested the Audi R8 Spyder yet but being the flagship Audi sports car, one can expect paramount safety standards on the vehicle. The list of safety features is extensive as well with advanced active safety features making on to the list.

Safety Features

  • Active rollover protection system
  • Anti-theft alarm system with immobilizer
  • Driver and front passenger knee airbags
  • Front head/thorax side airbags
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic Stability Control with secondary collision brake assist and traction control
  • Driver single stage airbag  and front passenger dual –stage airbag

 

2018 Audi R8 Spyder Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet vs Audi R8

Porsche 911 Turbo has a huge legacy behind it and it has always been regarded as the epitome of mid-level Sports cars. It features driver dynamics that some say beat even the best and most powerful of the hypercars. In its Cabrio form, however, it is very similar to the R8 V10. Although both of them feature exotic looks but it’s the 911 which is a little more roomy and comfortable from the inside.

However, the soundtrack that comes from the naturally aspirated R8 is something that the Porsche is never going to match. Other than that, the styling on the R8 is a little more exotic as well. All in all, this a tough decision and is bound to boil down on personal preferences owing to the similarities on both the cars

Jaguar F-type SVR vs Audi R8

The Jag F-Type SVR is the most powerful and brutal of the Jags out there. Just like the Audi, it features AWD as well to complement its bonkers power delivery. The interior is well appointed as well but it just falls short of what the Germans have to offer. One also can’t deny that the Jag is a car that out there to eat you alive with its jaw-dropping and unforgiving power delivery.

All in all, the Jag does produce a soundtrack that parallels the one on the Audi but that’s about the only thing that it parallels. The Audi is an overall better car but it also sports a price tag that is much dearer than the Jag.

Mercedes Benz AMG GT C Roadster vs Audi R8

The Mercedes Benz AMG GT C Roadster is another car that offers open-air thrills with exhilarating performance. While the Audi is calm composed and much civilized of a sports car the Merc follows a more barbarous approach. The car is endlessly long and features a giant grille up front.

The engine on the Audi is a sweet revving and more powerful unit the Merc features a brash engine which produces a deep, tarmac shattering rumble. Although the R8 V10 is more powerful and a sleeker looking vehicle, one can’t rule out that the Merc too is brilliant at what it does while offering a better utility package and cheaper price tag than the R8 V10 Spyder.

2018 Audi R8 Spyder Final Verdict

As Audi themselves say, the R8 V10 is ‘last of a kind’. In the time of turbocharged engines, the R8 features a naturally aspirated 10 cylinder engine in all its might. The power delivery all the way till the rev limit is simply awe-inspiring. With the top down, the melodious engine note will please even the biggest critic.

The story on the inside is no less of an event either. With gorgeous Nappa leather seats and a minimalistic but suave dash, each and every element gels together in a perfect symphony. The R8 V10 Spyder is much more than just a crazy fast sports car, it’s a statement in itself.

Also checkout the 2020 Audi R8 Spyder.