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Top Features of Base Model
- High-revving naturally aspirated V10 engine capable of delivering either 570 or 620 horsepower
- 12.3-inch, hyper-detailed Virtual Cockpit infotainment interface
- Race-bred suspension and chassis engineering
- A usable, year-round supercar
2019 Audi R8: Everything you Need to Know
About the Audi R8
The R8 is a mid-engine supercar developed by Audi in partnership with its sister brand, Lamborghini. The new Audi R8 represents the second generation of Audi supercar and makes use of the brand’s long history of winning at sports car engineering and racing.
With the naturally aspirated V10 capable of delivering a supernatural vocal note, racecar-derived engineering, and Audi’s meticulous attention to fit and finish, the R8 is the brand’s most exhilarating model.
The Audi R8’s Quattro all-wheel-drive also makes it one of the most usable supercars on sale today. And for these reasons, it remains an excellent choice in the crowded supercar community.
What’s New in the 2019 Audi R8?
The latest generation Audi R8 debuted in 2017, and much hasn’t been changed in the two years the supercar has been on sale. However, for the 2019 model year, Audi has given the R8 a handful of updates that continue to hone the model’s capabilities, both on the road and the track.
Changes for 2019 include a sharper, wider, more aerodynamic exterior designed to funnel air through the car and plant the R8 firmly on the ground. Modifications to the suspension and its geometry ensure tip-top handling, while a new optional carbon-fiber front anti-sway bar not only tightens up the R8’s steering, but also shaves 4.4 pounds off the nose.
Horsepower has been modestly increased in both R8 offerings, with the lower-tier R8 now producing 570 horsepower and the R8 V10 Performance making 620 horsepower.
The 2019 Audi R8 is available in two different versions, each of which is available as a coupe or convertible.
- Audi R8: The standard R8 uses a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 570 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive unit.
- Audi R8 V10 Performance: The Performance uses the same 5.2-liter V10 engine as the base R8, however, the engine in this model has been tuned to produce 620 horsepower and 427 pound-feet of torque. The Performance uses the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel-drive setup as the standard model. The R8 V10 Performance receives carbon-ceramic brakes as standard, as well as Audi’s LED headlights with laser high-beam technology.
New for 2019 are two colors: Ascari Blue and Kemora Gray. Other colors available include Ibis White, Florett Silver Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Tango Red Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl, Ara Blue Crystal. Audi Exclusive Paint, in both metallic and matte, is another option, which allows customers to choose whatever color they want.
What Does the Audi R8 Compete With?
The Audi R8 competes with the following cars:
The Audi R8 is a great choice for those who want the capability and peace of mind of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, as well as one of the last supercars with a naturally aspirated V10. The R8 is a supercar ready for either daily use or blitzing a racetrack on the weekend.
Exterior Design of the Audi R8
Audi’s all-new R8 features a heavily revised exterior designed to be much more aggressive than the model introduced two years ago. Exterior changes include a new front fascia that widens the R8’s hexagonal grille nearly to the supercar’s wheel arches.
And while the rear of the R8 remains largely intact from its previous iteration, a new three-part engine cover can be had in a number of options, one of which includes a full carbon-fiber treatment.
There is also a new, optional, ultra-light machined aluminum set of 20-inch wheels that can be fitted with either new summer or track-performance tires.
Although Audi has made the R8 more aggressive with its styling changes, the R8 remains one of the most subdued supercars in terms of overall appearance. The R8 isn’t as wild as its Lamborghini stablemate, the Huracan, nor is it as flamboyant as Acura’s NSX or Ferrari’s new F8 Tributo.
We enjoy the R8’s design, as it is a great mix of conservative and aggressive, being neither too middling nor too ostentatious. The Audi R8 is a supercar for those who appreciate design and engineering and don’t feel they need to be flashy.
Interior Style in the New Audi R8
R8 passengers are treated to a driver-centric cockpit with all of the instruments, buttons, switches, and readouts both easy to reach and read.
The R8’s D-shaped steering wheel takes center-stage and holds the supercar’s starter button, driver selector, race mode, and all the controls for music, navigation, and the car’s Bluetooth connectivity.
The single 12.3-inch infotainment display pulls double duty in the digital dash. As such, all navigation, music selection, audio controls, and commands are accessed in the same unit as the speedometer, tachometer, and other important readouts, like fuel capacity, coolant temperature, and trip odometer. These can either be toggled through the R8’s steering wheel or the rotary knob that sits between the driver and passenger.
Given the R8’s status as a supercar, its seats are two-piece bucket construction finished in a combination of leather and Alcantara suede. Customers can also option specific color patterns and finishes throughout the cabin.
With everything so driver-focused, the forward visibility out of the R8’s cabin is brilliant. The short nose overhang and large windshield make directional changes easy and give you the confidence to place the R8’s front wheels exactly where you want them when driving the supercar to its full potential.
Furthermore, because the focus is on the driver, the R8’s technology package is also very easy to use. It’s a tidy interior that is very function-over-form. There’s nothing out of place or there just to be there.
What Technology Comes in the 2019 Audi R8?
Audi doesn’t change the technology available across the R8’s two trim packages. In both cases, the standard equipment is the sort of technology you’d expect from a supercar with a price as steep as the R8’s.
As standard, Audi’s Virtual Cockpit houses every system in a single 12.3-inch configurable display. The system includes:
- Google Earth-based navigation
- Google Voice Command
- Wi-Fi hotspot
- Bluetooth technology that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities
- Thirteen-speaker, 550-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system
- Access to all of the R8’s important readouts (i.e. speedometer, tachometer, and other gauges).
Fourteen-way heated seats are standard. Eighteen-way seats, as well as carbon-shell racing bucket seats, can be optioned.
What Kind of Safety Features Are in the Audi R8?
Audi packs it’s cars with tons of safety as standard. The new Audi R8 includes standard safety features that include:
- Audi Quattro all-wheel drive with torque-vectoring
- Front and rear acoustic sensors for easier parking and low-speed navigation
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
- Light-sensing headlights
What’s the 2019 Audi R8 Like to Drive?
In short, the 2019 Audi R8 is brilliant good fun.
The R8 is one of the last great old-school supercars. No, it doesn’t have a manual transmission, but the driving experience is one of pomp and circumstance and will plaster a foxy grin across your face for days after driving. Most of those grins will be thanks to its mid-engine design and dynamics, as well as the snappy naturally aspirated V10, which yowls to its near-9,000 rpm redline. The latter will send shivers down your spine whenever you think of it.
Behind the wheel, the R8 is a very much a scalpel’s edge, dicing up corners and canyon roads with precise accuracy and buzzy feedback through your fingertips. And thanks to a race-bred chassis and the lightning-fast dual-clutch transmission, the R8 dances to whatever tune those fingertips are snapping. It is a planted supercar, one that always feels it could be pushed a tenth more than whatever your skill-level can dole out.
The R8, however, isn’t a monastic experience where everything is so buttoned down that it removes the traditional leery supercar personality. Though the R8 is an exotic car with high deliverables, the driver is still very much in control, and if you behave like a hooligan, or disrespect the R8’s prodigious horsepower, it still has the ability to bite you.
Though the R8’s dynamics are enviable and superbly fun, the interior features too many similarities to Audi’s lower-tier models. As such, the cockpit of the R8 doesn’t feel as special as its competition. It’s nice and well put together, but not nearly as unique or expensive as its $166,150 starting price — including destination fee — demands.
Should I buy a 2019 Audi R8?
Choosing a supercar is a deeply personal decision and thus depends greatly on the customer. That said, the Audi R8 is a sharp, capable, deliciously loud, old-school supercar. It’s also likely one of the last naturally aspirated examples of the breed to be built and, therefore, could be a good investment. We’d say go for a test drive.
Should I Buy a Used Audi R8?
Used R8s can be good buys under the right circumstances and trim levels. Earlier R8 models had a few issues that result in high-dollar fixes. However, a previous generation manual V10 model will likely appreciate, as well as deliver an unparalleled supercar experience. We’d recommend you find a used R8 with a detailed service history and a certified pre-owned warranty if possible.
How Much Does the New Audi R8 Cost?
The 2019 Audi R8 goes on sale in the fall of 2019. Prices start at $166,150 for the base Audi R8, including destination fee.
Pros and Cons of the 2015 Audi R8
- Spine-tingling V10 engine
- Race-bred handling
- All-year usability
- Quattro all-wheel-drive
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard
- Rockin’ Bang & Olufsen stereo as standard
- Supportive sport seats
- Interior doesn’t match up with starting price
- Rear visibility isn’t great
- Distinct lack of advanced safety technologies, such as automatic emergency braking, lane detection, forward collision warning, or adaptive cruise control
The History of the Audi R8: Is This the Last Naturally Aspirated Supercar?
Audi’s R8 first debuted at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show as the Audi Le Mans Quattro. As a concept, the Le Mans Quattro used a twin-turbocharged V10 engine developed from Lamborghini’s Gallardo. The reception to the supercar warranted a production greenlight but with a host of modifications to the original concept.
The first-generation Audi R8 bowed at the 2006 Paris Motor Show and looked remarkably similar to the Le Mans Quattro concept. But after extensive testing, the twin-turbocharged V10 was removed in favor of a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 developing 414 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Later in the first-generation R8’s lifecycle, a 5.2-liter V10 would be added, as well as a host of special editions. The first-generation R8 was also one of the last supercars that could be bought with a manual transmission, which made for a unique and rewarding driving experience.
Following the initial R8’s success, the second generation was introduced after a lengthy co-development with Audi’s sister company, Lamborghini. The new model aimed to be sharper, faster, and louder than its predecessor; but Audi also made the R8 more usable and technologically advanced. And while most of the R8’s competitors have swapped their naturally aspirated engines to turbocharged or hybrid powerplants, the R8 has kept its old-school induction system.
That choice, however, could spell doom for the R8, as there are no current plans for a third generation. Audi has cited future hybrid costs that would likely preclude a third act for the R8. Only time will tell if Audi decides to continue the R8 lineage, though if the German company decides to ax the R8, it will drive up the price for these final supercars, meaning they could make for a great investment.
Specs & Key Features of the 2015 Audi R8
- Body Style
- quattro Coupe
- 4.2L FSI V8 DOHC
- 430 hp
- 6-Speed Manual
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- All Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- CD Player
- Cruise Control
- DVD Player
- Heated Seats
- LED Lights
- Leather Seats
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Sat Nav
- Satellite Navigation
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 4.2L FSI V8 DOHC
- Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
- Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
- 3.46 Axle Ratio
- Engine Oil Cooler
- 95-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- 190 Amp Alternator
- Magnetic Fluid-Filled Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Sport Tuned Adaptive Suspension
- Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 23.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
- Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Double Wishbone Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Wheels: 19" 5-Double Spoke Forged Aluminum Alloy
- Tires: 235/35 91Y 19 Front & 295/30 91Y 19 Rear -inc: Summer
- Wheels w/Silver Accents w/Locks
- Spare Tire Mobility Kit
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper
- Colored Bodyside Insert
- Black Side Windows Trim
- Body-Colored Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
- Composite/Aluminum Panels
- Power Spoiler
- Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
- Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
- Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Perimeter/Approach Lights
- LED Brakelights
- Radio: AM/FM/Satellite w/Channel Preset Capability -inc: Audi concert radio, Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) operating logic, 6.5" TFT color display, in-dash CD player for navigation DVD, audio/mp3 CD, navigation DVD for US & Canada including Hawaii (not Alaska), 2 SD card inserts to play MP3 audio data (music), phase diversity; improved reception for both AM/FM bands, RDS (Radio Data System) displays radio station call letters and other information, GALA (Graduated Audio Level Adjustment) varies volume based on vehicle speed, 3 language settings and voice guidance (English/French/Spanish), Audi sound system w/7 active speakers, 5-channel amplifier and 140 watts total output, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth telephone preperation w/seat belt microphone, SiriusXM Satellite Radio w/90 day trial subscription and RDS Traffic w/4 year subscription
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Glove Box Mounted 6-Disc Remote CD, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Steering Wheel Controls
- Audio Theft Deterrent
- Digital Signal Processor
- Window Grid Diversity Antenna
- Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
- 3-Step Heated Sport Seats -inc: 8-way power front seats w/4-way power lumbar adjustment and 2-way fore/aft position adjustment, 2-way seat height and 2-way seat base and back angles adjustment
- Driver Seat
- Passenger Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Oil Temperature, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Sport Leather/Aluminum Steering Wheel
- Front Cupholder
- Front Cigar Lighter(s)
- Valet Function
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access and Power Fuel
- HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
- Cruise Control
- Automatic Air Conditioning
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Aluminum Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Alcantara Simulated Suede Door Trim Insert
- Aluminum Gear Shift Knob
- Alcantara Leather Seat Trim
- Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
- Full Floor Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Front Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim
- Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
- Underhood And Cargo Space Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
- Driver And Passenger Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Redundant Digital Speedometer
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Analog Display
- Seats w/Leather Back Material
- Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints
- Perimeter Alarm
- Engine Immobilizer
- 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air Filtration
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Driver And Passenger Side Airbag Head Extension, Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners