2020 audi r8 first drive review: forget me not

20222021202020182017Highs Eye-catching styling, minimalist cabin still feels luxurious, roaring V-10 powertrain.Lows Not a fuel-efficient choice, cargo space is miniscule, handling isn"t as sharp as expected.Verdict The R8 wears a supercar wardrobe but is as approachable và easy khổng lồ drive as any other Audi.

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By Drew Dorian


As Audi"s vị trí cao nhất model, the R8 sports car boasts a howling 602-hp V-10 engine just behind its snug two-seat cabin. It shares a lot with the Lamborghini Huracán, but the R8 is less flamboyantly styled. It"s also less engaging to lớn drive, but buyers seeking a super car that they can drive daily may find the Audi"s refinement appealing. The interior is sparsely equipped, with all infotainment functions handled via the digital gauge cluster, but it"s still a comfortable và upscale environment worthy of the R8"s steep starting price. More cargo space would be appreciated, but that"s not why you buy a car like this. You buy an R8—or its rivals, the Porsche 911 & McLaren 570S—for the fun that comes from driving it.





What"s New for 2022?

The base coupe và Spyder convertible receive a 30-horse boost for 2022. The V-10 now makes 562 horsepower and 406 pound-feet. Both toàn thân styles can now be had with a thể thao Exhaust package và a Dynamic package. The former is self-explanatory. The latter includes ceramic brakes, unique 20-inch wheels, và upgraded racing seats with nappa leather upholstery.

Pricing and Which One khổng lồ Buy

For some added flash, we"d suggest going with the Spyder. After all, with the đứng đầu down, passersby will be able to get a better look at the lucky dog behind the wheel. Choosing between the standard và Performance models is a tougher decision. On the one hand, the 562-hp V-10 provides incredible acceleration and the same bellowing wail as the 602-hp car. On the other hand, rolling up lớn the next Cars and Coffee sự kiện with the ultimate R8 may feel just a bit more awesome.

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Engine, Transmission, và Performance

The R8"s V-10 engine is offered in two strengths, both potent enough shake your eardrums with their otherworldly exhalations. The R8"s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic isn"t the smoothest gearbox. It occasionally downshifts too abruptly, causing neck-snapping acceleration followed by an immediate upshift. The base R8 comes standard with an adaptive suspension, while Performance models are fitted with a more aggressive fixed-damper setup. Both soak up bumps admirably và provide a comfortable ride that you could tolerate without fatigue on long trips. The R8"s supple nature comes with a drawback, however: In full-attack mode, it doesn"t handle corners as confidently as its rivals, feeling more unsettled than you"d expect a supercar lớn be. The standard steering thiết lập is direct and relays information from the road to lớn the driver"s hands with sufficient feel.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

An economical choice it is not. Rear-drive models do 14 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive cars fair even worse: 13 và 20, respectively. Given this poor showing, all buyers must pay a $1700 gas-guzzler tax as part of the sale price. So be it. For more information about the R8"s fuel economy, visit the EPA"s website.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

Minimalism never felt so luxurious. By having the instrument cluster double as the infotainment screen, Audi provides a refreshingly simple layout and lets the beautifully sculpted thể thao seats and high-resolution digital gauge display take center stage in the R8"s cockpit. Audi allows for quite a bit of customization when it comes lớn interior colors và textures: Black, gray, brown, and red leather are offered in either a flat or quilted pattern with matching or contrast stitching. Overall, it"s a beautifully executed cockpit with easy-to-reach controls, including the ignition button located on the steering wheel. No one buys a supercar for its practicality, and the R8 doesn"t buck the segment trend by offering real cargo capacity. In our testing, it provided space for just one carry-on suitcases. Pack light.

The Car và Driver Difference

Infotainment & Connectivity

The excellent Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster does double duty here, displaying both instrumentation và the MMI infotainment system. It feels as futuristic here as it does in Audi"s other cars, such as the A4 & the TT. High-resolution navigation is standard, and the system can be controlled via voice commands, steering-wheel-mounted buttons, or a clickwheel on the center console. An onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is standard, as are táo CarPlay and Android auto capability.

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Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

Audi offers little in the way of driver-assistance features, but the R8 coupe comes equipped with a full complement of airbags. For more information about the R8"s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

Standard automatic high-beams Standard front và rear parking sensors

Warranty & Maintenance Coverage

Audi"s R8 matches or exceeds all rivals in terms of warranty coverage except for the Acura NSX.

Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles No complimentary scheduled maintenance

2022 Audi R8 Performance Vehicle Type: mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe or convertible

PRICEBase: Coupe, $151,895; Convertible, $164,095

ENGINEDOHC 40-valve V-10, aluminum block & heads, port và direct fuel injectionDisplacement: 318 in3, 5204 cm3Power: 562 hp
6400 rpm

TRANSMISSION7-speed dual-clutch automatic

DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 104.3 inLength: 174.4 inWidth: 76.4 inHeight: 48.7 inPassenger Volume: 50 ft3Cargo Volume: 4–8 ft3Curb Weight (C/D est): 3600–3700 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST) 60 mph: 3.4–3.5 sec100 mph: 7.5¬–7.6 sec1/4-Mile: 11.5–11.6 secTop Speed: 200–204 mph