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2021 Audi R8 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: April 23, 2021

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Audi’s two-seater and rear-mid engine sports car is back! The 2021 R8 Coupe with its 5.3-liter V10 engine and standard Rear-wheel configuration starts with an MSRP of $142,700. Standard rear-wheel configuration on both the base R8 V10 Coupe and Spyder is the new change in the 2021 model. The base V10 produces 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, whereas the V10 Performance pumps out 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.

2021 Audi R8 V10 Specs

Audi’s famed QUATTRO all-wheel drive is available only with the V10 Performance model that starts with an MSRP of $154,900, without taxes. Also new for the 2021 R8 generation is a 30 units limited, R8 Panther edition. The 2021 R8 Panther edition is available in selected dealers only. Needless to say, the base 2021 Audi R8 is not without competition, and some of the names include the likes of - Porsche 911 Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GT, and the Honda NSX.


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Blissful, high-revving V10 engine

Comfortable ride and gorgeous layed interiors

Aggressive design language followed


Many of Audi's latest advanced driver safety aids aren't available

Is not a game changer unlike the first generation R8

What's New?

RWD made a permanent option in the lineup

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vehicle bio

base price



2dr Coupe

passenger capacity


top speed

201 mph


all wheel drive

engine type


318 cu.in.


532 hp @ 8100 rpm


398 lb.-ft @ 6400 rpm


7-speed Automated Manual


suspension front

Double Wishbone Suspension

suspension rear

Double Wishbone Suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4/14 in.



104.3 in.


174.4 in.


76.4 in.


48.7 in.

curb weight

3737 lbs.

ground clearance

4.3 in.


cargo volume

8 cu ft.

payload capacity

551 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

3.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.5 sec.


basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos

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Base $142,700 onwards

532 hp @ 8100 rpm | 5.2 L | V10 | Premium unleaded (required)

  • Adaptive Damper System
  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Full LED Headlights

Performance $196,700 onwards

602 hp @ 8100 rpm | 5.2 L | V10 | Premium unleaded (required)

  • Carbon Sigma Inlays
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Front Bucket Seats
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • LED Headlights w/ Audi Laser Light
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Colors and Styles

2021 Audi R8 in Ascari Blue Metallic color 2021 Audi R8 in Ibis White color 2021 Audi R8 in Floret Silver Metallic color
Ascari Blue Metallic

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With a starting MSRP of almost $200,000, the 30 unit limited R8 Panther Edition gets an exclusive Panther Black crystal effect exterior paint with Carbon fiber inserts throughout the body. Both the 2021 R8 V10 and the limited edition 2021 R8 Panther Edition get the same 5.2-liter FSI V10 engine that produces 532 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. The RWD chassis on the 2021 R8 is shared with the Lamborghini Huracan. The 2021 R8 V10 Performance with 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque can reach 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds, compared to the base V10’s 3.0 seconds.

Aside from looking at the bedroom poster car it is, Audi offers some serious warranty schemes with the 2021 R8 V10 and V10 Performance. For starters, it gets 12 years/ Unlimited Miles of Corrosion Warranty, 4 years/ Unlimited Miles of Roadside Assistance coverage, and last but not the least, a complimentary 1 year/10,000 miles of maintenance service Track days should be an often thing if you’re buying the 2021 R8 V10. The Audi R8 model has not faced any recalls in the near past, except for its 2017 and 2018 models, which faced some transmission fluid and airbag-related issues.

2021 Audi R8 Coupe carries over unchanged from the model year 2020
2021 Audi R8 Coupe Rear Third Quarter View

Pricing and Features

Engine and Performance

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2021 Audi R8 Pricing and Features


"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 2021 R8 coupe is available with two engine options, that are identified by the V10 and the V10 Performance Quattro badges. The base 2021 R8 V10 coupe gets a 5.2-liter Naturally Aspirated V10 engine (532 hp, 398 lb-ft), with standard rear-wheel-drive configuration. The V10 Performance with its 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque performance is also available in both Coupe and Spyder style bodies.

2021 Audi R8 trims

2021 Audi R8 V10 models don’t get any package options, unlike the bit pricier V10 Performance model. Audi offers a wide range of exterior color options with the base 2021 Audi R8 V10, however, exclusive paint options will set you back by $3,900. Both Ibis White and Vegas Yellow can be availed for $0.


R8 V10

R8 V10 Performance Quattro




Key Features

LED Headlamps with LED DRLS

Quattro AWD drivetrain

19-inch anthracite finish wheels with 5-double spoke design

20-inch 5-double spoke dynamic Titanium finish wheels.


Sports seats

Front bucket seats


Optional Dynamic Steering

Optional 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System


7-speed dual-clutch S-TRONIC transmission

Carbon Sigma inlays


Paddle Shifters behind the steering wheels



Optional Nappa Leather Seat with diamond stitching


Standard S sport seats on the 2021 R8 V10 can be opted with Diamond pattern leather stitching, for an additional cost of $5,000. The V10 Performance model gets an R8 Performance design package that costs $5,000. This package gets you leather/Alcantara racing shell seats, Alcantara steering wheel with Mercato Blue Stitchings, and Blue Brake calipers.

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2021 Audi R8 Buying Advice

The base R8 V10 trim seems to be pretty enough with a lot of the equipped features and specs with the price it demands. The R8 Performance Quattro is far more expensive than the base trim and doesn’t make much sense with what it demands and what is being offered. Buying the Audi R8 Quattro Coupe won't disappoint you, because however expensive it is, the level of luxury it offers lets you forget the rest. Those with tighter budgets shall have better choices with other brands, but the Audi R8 is a perfect pack of comfort, styling, utility, and practicality with a simple interior.

The prices for the 2021 Audi R8 start at $142,700 for the Coupe and $154,900 for the Spyder.

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2021 Audi R8 Engine and Performance


"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 2021 Audi R8 is powered by a 5.2-liter Naturally Aspirated V10 FSI engine. It is available in two states of tunes. The base R8 V10 pumps out around 532 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, while the QUATTRO R8 V10 Performance produces 602 horsepower and413 lb-ft of torque. Both the 2021 R8 V10 and V10 Performance can reach from 0-60 mph in under 3.0 seconds. 

The 2021 Audi R8 Coupe shares its powertrain with the Lamborghini Huracan

Both 2021 R8 V10 and V10 Performance get a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, which is crisp and precise. Audi claims that the transmission system of the Audi R8 can shift gears in as little as 120 milliseconds. The base R8 V10 with RWD weighs less than its all-wheel-drive counterpart due to losses in components such as the prop shaft, front axles, multi-plate clutch, and front differential.

The R8 is one of the last remaining naturally-aspirated supercars of the world. 

Since the RWD chassis in the 2021 R8 is sourced from the 2021 Lamborghini Huracan Evo RWD, it gets stiffer front anti-roll bars and an electromechanical power steering that has a counter-steer torque function, that keeps the car in line on straight accelerations.


2021 Audi R8

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5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10

3.8L Twin-turbo Boxer 6

3.5L Twin Turbo V-6

4.0L Biturbo V8







7-speed S-Tronic automatic

8-Speed automatic PDK

9-Speed Dual-Clutch

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic


532 hp @ 8100 rpm 

572 hp @ 6,750 RPM

573 hp @ 6,500 rpm

523 hp @ 5,500 RPM


392 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm

553 lb-ft. @ 2,100 RPM

476 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

494 lb-ft @ 2,100 RPM

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The bigger engine does help the 2021 Audi R8 V10 attain great top speeds. The 2021 Acura NSX's  3.5L twin-turbocharged engine leads the pack in terms of power figures with 573 horsepower. The 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo follows the suit, with 572 hp. The 2021 Audi R8 V10 slots in the third spot, finally followed by the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe's 4.0L bi-turbo V8 engine has been upgraded for the 2021 model year, with 54 more horsepower, bringing the total output to 523 hp.

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2021 Audi R8 Fuel Economy


The 2021 Audi R8 V10 has a mileage of 13 mpg in the city and 20 miles on the freeway, leaving a combined mileage rate of 16 mpg. But Audi has given the 2021 R8 , a humongous 21.9-liter fuel tank that extends the combined range of around 350 miles at max. Both the Porsche and Honda have better fuel-efficient figures because of their smaller V6 engine. 


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EPA estimates indicate that both the 2021 Audi R8 V10 and V10 Performance deliver the same fuel efficiency rate, on City/Highway/Combined which is 13/20/16. This makes the Audi R8 with the most highway range at 438 miles. 

2021 Audi R8 Coupe can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in just 3.6 seconds.

Both the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe and 2021 Acura NSX coupe get excellent mileage figures at 21 mpg. The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe ranks third with city/highway/combined mpg figures 16/22/18, with the R8 ranking as the least fuel efficient vehicle here at - 13/20/16 mpg for city/highway/combined. 

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2021 Audi R8 Interior


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

The interior of the 2021 Audi R8 is based on old Audi racing cars, that they call the Monoposto design. This means, that there will be no infotainment screen and instead, the 12.3-inch MMI digital instrument cluster will double up as the infotainment screen, instead. The dashboard sweeps gently and body-colored inlets around the AC vents give it a chic look. The R8 V10 gets an optional Diamond stitched Sports seat for an addition of $5,000. The 2021 R8 V10 Performance on the other hand gets standard Racing shell seats, and for the same $5000, the full-leather treatment with Diamond Stitching.

The 2021 Audi R8 gets a driver-focused cabin.

The 2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance model gets the R8 Performance design package that costs $5,000. But the base R8 V10 RWD does not get any package. The three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles includes four steering wheel-mounted satellite buttons – engine Start/Stop, Audi drive select, Performance Mode selector, and Sport exhaust. Unfortunately, being a flat-bottom steering wheel, the 2021 R8 V10 and V10 Performance models don’t get any heated options. 

2021 Audi R8 Coupe's seats are well-bolstered and extremely supportive.

Infotainment features on the 2021 R8's 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit can be controlled via the rotary dial on the center console or steering-mounted buttons. It gets Audi’s MMI navigation and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both the 2021 R8 V10 and R8 V10 Performance get the option to replace their standard audio system for the 550-watt, 13-speaker 3d surround sound system by Bang and Olufsen for $1300.


2021 Audi R8

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Seating Capacity





Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/legroom) (in)





Cargo (cu.ft) 8 9.3 3.9  10.1

Storage capacity is handsome for the 2021 Audi R8, especially when seen in comparison to the 2021 Honda  Acura. The 2021 Mercedes -AMG GT is somewhat spacious. Some of the standout interior and infotainment features on the 2021 Audi R8 V10 are

  • Google Earth
  • Central tachometer
  • Lap timer
  • G-meter
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Audi Connect
  • 8 speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth integration
  • HD Radio
  •  AM/FM stereo
  • Memory Sport seats with 18-way adjustable
  • Alcantara headliner 

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2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe cockpit area

2021 Audi R8 Exterior


The updated 2020 Audi R8 isn’t a striking shift for the dramatic supercar. 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 2020 facelift did make the upcoming 2021 Audi R8 look much more appealing than its predecessors. The new 2021 Audi R8 (76.4-inches) is wider than the Porsche 911 Coupe (74.9-inches); has the highest ground clearance at 4.3-inches. The blacked-out Singleframe grille with the honeycomb patterns along with large front air gaps gives an idea of how performance-oriented the R8 is. Standard wheels on the R8 V10 are 20”, 5-V spoke, bi-color anthracite wheels, and on the R8 V10 Performance, there’s the 20”, 5 double-spoke, Titanium wheels. The adjustable exterior mirrors get options and the sharp LED headlights get Audi’s laser light.

The 2021 Audi R8 V10 Performance Quattro gets 20-inch 5-double-spoke-dynamic design milled cut wheels in titanium finish

RWD R8 V10 models get a carbon exterior package that adds carbon fiber to the engine compartment and carbon sigma side blades. The rear spoiler is fixed and is also made of carbon fiber. Large oval tailpipes surrounded by dominant diffuser frames give ample drama to the rear fascia of the 2021 Audi R8, as well. At 3737 lbs, the 2021 Audi R8 is the heaviest in its competition. 


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Despite measuring short, the Audi R8 gets the largest wheelbase. The R8 also gets a ground clearance of 4.3 inches, which will be raised further by 2 inches to overcome those bigger speed bump. Some of the standout exterior features of the 2021 Audi R8 are:

  • Standard LED headlights and taillights
  • Standard Audi laser light show on both variants
  • Blacked out exterior, Audi logo
  • Carbon Exterior package

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2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe rear view

2021 Audi R8 Safety

The Audi R8 hasn’t yet been rated by the NHTSA or the IIHS. The body is stiff and robust but lacks any futuristic tech integrations in the cabin, which might be slightly disappointing. For example, there's no cruise control on the 2021 Audi R8, or Lane Keep Assist for that matter.

2021 Audi R8 Rear Fascia

That said, the most prominent standard safety features of the 2021 Audi R8 include:

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • Audi Parking System with Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Dual-stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Curtain 1stRow Airbags
  • Driver and Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Back-Up Camera

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2021 Audi R8 Competition


2021 Audi R8 vs 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo

The Porsche 911 gets the smallest engine yet delivers much more power than the Audi R8 and thus has better acceleration figures. The unmatched top speed of the R8 and the smallest braking distance it offers, help it to stay in the competition strongly. The competition is tough enough and difficult to determine the best among the two. While the Audi R8 is a grand tourer that possesses all the qualities of a sports car, the Porsche 911 is more inclined toward driving pleasure. One should have their priorities fixed check out their priorities to select among the two. 

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo

2021 Audi R8 vs 2021 Acura NSX

The Japan-based Acura NSX is another big rival to the R8. Though the engine is smaller, it gets more power figures and easier acceleration than the R8. Moreover, the Acura makes out to be hugely fuel-efficient than the thirsty engine of the Audi. However, the 2021 Audi R8 looks much attractive and appealing in terms of styling and design and defeats the Acura by the way it looks. If what you need is a better performer and not the one to attract the attention of the folks, then you may go for the cheaper Acura NSX. 

2021 Acura NSX

2021 Audi R8 vs 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT

This competition gets a clear winner in the form of the AMG GT due to its fantastic looks, tech-packed interiors, driving dynamics, and cheaper price tag. Moreover, the AMG GT has further intensified its case for the model year 2021, owing to the bump in power and several other updates. The smaller engine of the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT delivers greater power and higher fuel economy, without compromising the performance or the styling. Safe and reliable Mercedes GT thus wins this race.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT


2021 Audi R8 Final Verdict

The R8 is an impressive supercar, indeed. But we think it’s a bit too expensive. Much like the Nissan GT-R, it has been coasting for years without much change apart from the price. The massive 10-cylinder engine along with all the mechanical makes it the favorite of many people. However, there are discussions going around that the brand is planning to discontinue the model after a few more years and thus no refresh has been made in the 2021 model. Being a carryover model, it does make less sense in waiting for the R8. The brand would have put some effort to push out a new one with many more features.

The Audi R8 has always been one hell of a choice for the purists.

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2021 Audi R8 V10 FAQs

Is the Audi R8 getting discontinued?

Yes, being one of the most desired cars for well over a decade, there is a high probability that Audi may pull the plug for the R8 after the 2021 model year and replace it with a powerful electric super. 

Does the 2021 Audi R8 come with paddle shifters?

Yes, the 2021 Audi R8 gets paddle shifters as standard apart from the Tip-Tronic function that can be used via the gear selector.

Do Audi R8 hold their value?

The value of used supercars depends upon a lot of factors. However, in the case of the R8, well it generally holds its value pretty well and has always been a hot sell in the used exotic cars market. 

What is the annual maintenance cost of an Audi R8?

On average, an Audi R8 will demand approximately $3000 for the sake of maintenance on an annual basis. Though the amount is pretty hefty, still less expensive than many other supercars of this segment.

Which is faster Audi R8 or Lamborghini Huracan?

Studies show that on a flat-track, the Audi R8 has slightly higher top speed at 205 mph, compared to the Lamborghini Huracan's 202 mph.

2021 Audi R8 Consumer Reviews and Ratings


based on 39 ratings

8.4/10 Features
8.4/10 Interiors
8.8/10 Design
8.6/10 Safety
8.5/10 Reliability
8.1/10 Deal Value


sport car
adaptive suspension
city road
gigantic power
quick response
suspension damper
tronic transmission
pedal push
comfort drive
airbag occupancy
passenger knee
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curtain airbags
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2021 Audi R8 Overall Reviews



2021 Audi R8

Performance quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 7, 2021

Thrills of a naturally aspirated.

Pros - Power pack engine, Sprint from 0-60mph in only 3.4 secs, Better stability while driving

Cons - Price range, Comparatively low fuel economy.

The engine,drive as well as vehicler is reliable in terms of warranty coverage. This naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 engine is a gigantic power of about 602 HP. The quick response steering and sublime adaptive suspension dampers will provide you comfort drive at any turn and any kind of road respectively. The swiftness of drive, smoothness of Quattro 7 speed S tronic transmission and lightning speeds you can achieve by the pedal push is extremely sporty, especially when the engine is just 3 inches back of your head. Though it is a supercar, the drive goes well around on city roads too. It has a classic muscular design with staggered tire fitment, the tire being 5 double spoke milled cut wheels having Titanium finish. The extendable spoiler gives furthermore a splendid appearance. Jeff was a pleasure to work with. He promptly responded to all my inquiries, and offered a great deal. The servicing at Audi was no so great as they did not find the problem with my Q5 initially.

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Dennis R. Russell

2021 Audi R8

quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 26, 2021

Drivers treat

Pros - Blast to drive, looks amazing, super-refined motor

Cons - None

Drives like a dream I have always fancied Audi R8 over any supercar/sportscar because of the way it drives and looks (drove one of my friends). It may not be the most powerful car out of the competition but it sure is the best when it comes to handling. Plus, it is far better than anything on the road at the price point. Handles like a dream and always attracts appreciation from random people I had a very pleasant experience. If you are looking for a car, head over to Audi Reno Tahoe. They are honest, hardworking people and will make your car buying experience a breeze.

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Ramona R. Tang

2021 Audi R8

quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 24, 2021

2021 Audi R8

Pros - Power, brakes, handling

Cons - Ground clearance

Proper sports car I use it as my weekend vehicle and it is a pretty good drivig package. The engine and gearbox feels pretty smooth and direct. Throttle inputs does push you in your seat the moment you floor it. Carbon fiber engine compartment trim, mirrors, door sills, rear lip spoiler, sideblades and inlays Racing shell seats in Fine Nappa leather to hug me in place. Front spoiler, rocker inlay, and rear diffuser in Titanium finish. 20" 5-double-spoke-dynamic design, milled, Titanium wheels One of the safest car in the Audi lineup. Bumper to bumper Warranty: 4 year or 50,000 miles Goes above $212k Great people and well trained staff

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Thrills of a naturally aspirated.

The engine,drive as well as vehicler is reliable in terms of warranty coverage.

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Drivers treat

Drives like a dream

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Proper sports car

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This trim being overpriced, I will opt for lower trim

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R8 is a quick and sharply styled halo car from Audi

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