Introduced in the mid-2000s, the Audi R8 is the German brand's "halo" sports car, an exotic mid-engined two-seater.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
For 2020, the R8 undergoes a facelift that brings updated styling and a new engine with more power. There are also minor changes to the R8's lists of standard and optional features.
The R8 comes in standard and Performance trims, the latter being built around a more potent version of Audi's 5.2L V10 engine. Both trims use a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and Audi's quattro AWD.
R8's standard kit comprises a magnetic ride suspension, digital gauge cluster, Nappa leather upholstery, high gloss exterior trim, puddle lights, LED headlights and taillights, heated/power-adjustable sport seats with pneumatic side bolsters, a built-in garage door opener, navigation, MMI Touch infotainment system, a smartphone interface with Bluetooth, automatic climate control, advanced parking system, cruise control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass, automatic high beams, and 19-inch wheels.
Performance trim adds 20-inch wheels, sport suspension, carbon fibre exterior trim, laser headlights, ceramic brakes, and black tailpipes.
A diamond quilted leather package brings upgraded upholstery, 18-way power sport seats, and a headliner in Alcantara.
As of this writing, Audi had not published fuel consumption estimates for the R8's new engine. However, we don't anticipate major changes from the 2018 model, which was rated at 17.1/11.3 L/100 km (city/highway).
Audi's competition for the R8 comes largely from other European automakers. There's the Porsche 911, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT, and BMW's i8. Other competitors are the Acura NSX, and various models from Aston Martin, Ferrari, and Audi's corporate cousins at Lamborghini.
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