2021 Audi R8

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2021 Audi R8 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 10, 2020
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Audi has been one of the most successful luxury carmakers in the market. With the stand-out design, powerful engines and luxurious interiors, Audi has always shown distinction. The Audi R8 comes in Coupe and Convertible forms. The V-10 engine of the Audi R8 is extremely powerful and displaces 5.2 liters. With classy looks, a fast and responsive powertrain, and a full set of features cramped into a minimalistic cabin, the 2021 Audi R8 gets good props in the segment and starts from $169,900.. 

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Pros

Blissful, high-revving V10 engine

Comfortable ride and gorgeous layed interiors

Standard all-wheel drive

Aggressive design language followed

Cons

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?

The Audi R8 is expected to be a carry forward model for 2021. Not many changes are to be expected in the 2021 model since the outgoing model received major updates in 2020 in terms of exterior overhaul. The 2021 Audi R8 is also rumored to be the last of the naturally aspirated R8’s.


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Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Audi R8 Review video

Styles

2021 Audi R8 in Deep Black Pearl color
Deep Black Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine And Performance

9.2

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

8.4

Exterior

9.9

Competition

9.6

8.6

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Audi R8 Base

Base

power
562 hp @ 8100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$169,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) Starting at $169,900 MSRP (14/17/22) 562 hp @ 8100 rpm, 5.2 L, V-10, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 2

2021 Audi R8 Performance

Performance

power
602 hp @ 8100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
17 combined

$195,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Performance quattro 2dr Coupe AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) Starting at $195,900 MSRP (14/17/22) 602 hp @ 8100 rpm, 5.2 L, V-10, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 2

Expert Review

8.6

Overall Rating


The Audi R8 shares the powertrain with the most-loved Lamborghini Huracan and goes easier to drive all-day. The Audi R8 competes against the Porsche 911 Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GT and the Acura NSX. The R8 comes out to be poorer in fuel efficiency than many of its rivals and offers lesser features than the others. The 10-cylinder supercar roars on the roads, and the noise from the exhaust elevates his enthusiasm for speed. 

2021 Audi R8 Coupe Front Third Quarter View
2021 Audi R8 Coupe Rear Third Quarter View

7.8/10
Features

 
 
 

9.2/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.4/10
Interior

 

9.9/10
Exterior

 
 

9.6/10
Competition

 
 

2021 Audi R8 Features

7.8/10

There are two main trim levels available for the Audi R8; namely the Quattro and the Performance Quattro. The R8 gets a 5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10 engine which screams and makes you go wild on the road with its Rear-wheel drive. A long list of features is not the one you get from the Audi, which makes slight disappointment when competing with the rest of the cars in the class. The standard Quattro is priced at around $169,900 whereas the performance trim goes up to $195,900. 

Trim

Quattro

Performance Quattro

MSRP

$169,900

$195,900

Key Features

LED Headlamps

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

 

Sports seats

LED Headlamps with Audi laser light

 

Optional Nappa Leather Seat with diamond stitching

Front bucket seats

 

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

Optional 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen Sound System

 

Optional Dynamic Steering

Carbon Sigma inlays

 

7-speed dual-clutch S-TRONIC transmission

 
 

Paddle Shifters behind the steering wheels

 

The R8 Quattro priced at $169,900 comes with almost all the expected features. The V10 on the Quattro trim is detuned to produce 562 hp.

The Performance Quattro comes with somewhat more features and Bang & Olufsen Sound System as optional with a base price of $195,900. The V10 makes 602 hp in the performance trim and gets carbon-fiber inserts splashed around the car.

2021 Audi R8 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Audi R8 is an extremely reliable car in the market. Being a sports car, the R8 seems to be more practical and simple in design and maintenance. Unlike the Supercars of the past, modern day supercars are much more reliable and offer better reassurance. 

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The Audi is far more pricier than more capable rivals in the competition. The iconic Porsche, or the powerful AMG GT from the Mercedes, or even the more efficient Acura NSX seems to be more affordable and cheaper than the R8, which shall be justified with the unmatched sophistication and head-turning looks. 

Category

1st Year

2nd Year

3rd Year

4th Year

5th Year

Total

Insurance

$1,710

$1,770

$1,832

$1,896

$1,962

$9,170

Maintenance

$562

$1,062

$1,103

$3,837

$5,529

$12,093

Repairs

$0

$0

$0

$1,097

$1,688

$2,785

Taxes & Fees

$15,560

$2,083

$1,744

$1,463

$1,226

$22,076

Financing

$8,854

$7,120

$5,270

$3,297

$1,193

$25,734

Depreciation

$19,066

$12,441

$10,169

$11,394

$9,955

$63,025

Fuel

$2,902

$2,989

$3,078

$3,171

$3,266

$15,406

Cost of Ownership

$48,654

$27,465

$23,196

$26,155

$24,819

$150,289

However, Audi builds trust with its high-quality vehicles which assure fewer failures on the roads. However, the R8’s massive V10 engine is thirstier than any of the rest, which compels you to stop at the fuel station frequently. 

The 2018 R8 had reported a recall issue due to problems in the Powertrain, while in 2017 the R8 got recalled twice, one for Airbag and the other for the powertrain itself. However, recent R8s haven’t reported any recalls, which means that reliability and customer satisfaction have been taken into greater consideration by the brand. 

Warranty

The warranty coverage for Audi R8 stands best among the competitors except for the Acura NSX. You also get a complimentary scheduled maintenance visit within the first year of ownership. Limited warranty, a powertrain warranty, and complimentary maintenance are assured for a standard period, which helps you relax with brand assistance.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

4 years or 5000 miles

Powertrain Warranty

4 years or 5000 miles

Complimentary Maintenance

1 year or 1000 miles

The segment is caught by the Acura NSX for getting its buyers fully satisfied with their warranty figures. The powertrain warranty goes up to 6 years or 7000 miles, which isn’t offered by the Audi or even the bimmer or the Porsche. 

Moreover, coverages are given for the Hybrid components within 8 years or 100,000 miles. The majestic Mercedes-AMG GT gets the same coverage as offered by the Porsche 911 or the Audi R8, but excludes the Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance. 

Miles Per Dollar

The Audi R8 will have a MPD (miles per dollar) ratio of 1.14. This means the R8 runs for 1.14 miles for every dollar you spend on it. This ratio is achieved by factoring all the running costs including taxes, fuel costs and insurance to the average distance covered in a year which comes to $13,073 and 15,000 miles respectively. .

2021 Audi R8 Buying Advice

The base R8 Quattro 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 and humble interior.

Is buying a used Audi R8 a good idea?

The Audi R8 was the car that could turn out the conventional belief that Audi is a maker of sophisticated luxurious cars alone, and shall not be expected in the market of the sports cars. The R8 came out to be one of the usable and reliable fun-to-drive supercars and stacked-up with the monstrous Lamborghinis and Ferraris. 

Thus for people who are looking for a used Audi R8 can go for it . The older 4.2L V8 later upgraded to a 5.2L V10 from 2008 adds up power and performance. The R8 in its 2012 model year, underwent a refresh and got equipped with a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission with some exterior and interior improvements as well. So you shall surely keep the R8 at the top of your list if planning to get a used sports car.

2021 Audi R8 Engine and Performance

9.2/10

The Audi R8 2021 is powered by a 5.2-liter Naturally Aspirated V10 FSI engine which pumps out around 562 horsepowers and 406 lb-ft of torque. The 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission sends the power to all the wheels. The AWD drivetrain lets you get a range of driving modes, but the stiffness of the springs isn’t being adjusted during this. 

2021 Audi R8 Coupe Engine

The engine is peppy and gets you the best power figures than many of the other sports cars in the market. Being similar to the Lambo’s Huracan Evo on the mechanical side, it pushes out a lot of power whenever the throttle is downed. 

Models

2021 Audi R8

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT

MSRP

$169,900

$161,800

$159,300

$162,900

Engine

5.2-liter NA V10

3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six

3.5-liter twin-turbo V6

4.0-liter bi-turbo V8

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed S-Tronic automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

9-speed dual-clutch automatic

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Power

562hp @ 8100 rpm 

540hp @ 6400 rpm

573hp @ 6500 rpm

577hp @ 6250 rpm

Torque

406 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm

486 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm

476 lb-ft @2000 rpm

516 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm

Even though Audi gets the biggest engine in the class, it isn’t the most powerful in the competition. The AMG GT gets you a massive 577 horsepower followed by the 573 horsepowers from the Acura NSX. The R8 comes third with its 562 horsepowers and a 406 lb-ft of torque which is the least among all. 

2021 Audi R8 Acceleration and Braking Performance

The massive 562 horsepower from the 5.2L V10 NA engine drags the R8 from zero to 60mph in 3.4 seconds which is good indeed, but not the best in the class. The quarter-mile race is completed in 11.5 seconds, which however is least in the competition. The Audi R8 gets you to a top speed of 205 horsepowers, which is the class-leading figure. 

2021 Audi R8 Coupe Accelerate 0-60 MPH Just In 3.4 Sec.

The R8 is equipped with a 14.4” front brake rotors and a 14” rear brake rotors which help the vehicle to brake extremely well, with the shortest braking distance of 96 feet to halt from 60 mph. The stopping distance is best in this category followed by the 99 feet from the brakes of the Porsche 911. 

Models

2021 Audi R8

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT

0-60 (seconds)

3.4

2.9 

2.7 

3.4 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.5 

11.1 

11.2 

11.2 

Top Speed (mph)

205 

198 

191

191

60-0 (ft.)

96

99

103

100

Though the acceleration figures aren’t best in this competition, the Audi R8 gets you the best braking performance with the smallest set of brakes. The performance of the brakes is an important factor that elevates the confidence of the driver on the roads, especially at extremely high speeds.

2021 Audi R8 Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The 2021 Audi R8’s V10 engine is very thirsty. It gets you 13 miles in the City, 20 miles on the highway and 16 miles combined per gallon. The tank capacity seems to be the largest which helps improve the range, especially on the highway. 

Models

2021 Audi R8

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT

MPG (City)

13

19

21

16

MPG (Highway)

20

24

22

22

MPG (Combined)

16

21

21

18

Fuel Capacity

21.9

17.6

15.6

19.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

285/438/350

334/422/370

328/343/328

317/436/356

The Acura and Porsche get you the best fuel economy in this competition offering 21 mpg combined. The R8 is the thirstiest among all and offers the least mileage. 

2021 Audi R8 Interior

8.4/10

The R8 Coupe gets a driver-friendly interior as it is expected for any sports car. The interior gets the prime superior quality and sporty seats. The available bucket seats and Nappa leather trim give you ample comfort for travel The seats are spacious and supportive with 8-way power-adjustment which helps you settle in a perfect driving position. 

2021 Audi R8 Coupe Front Seat

The flat-bottom multi-purpose steering wheel is highly responsive and sporty. You can switch between different driving modes. A dual-zone climate control system and an available 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system enhances your mood inside. 

Models

2021 Audi R8

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT

Seating Capacity

2

4

2

2

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

39/55/40.9

39.4/55.6/39.2

38.3/57.7/42.9

39.5/55.6/45.2

All these cars are having similar space available inside, but the Porsche offers 4 seats in advance. But the rear seats are too small to accommodate adult passengers. 

How’s the 2021 Audi R8’s infotainment system?

The 2021 Audi R8 gets the well-known Audi Virtual Cockpit which equips a high-resolution digital driver’s display. The big 12.3-inch screen shall be personalized according to one’s wish. The instrument cluster itself converts into an infotainment unit and does all the functions as coordinated by the driver. This demands half the attention of the driver since everything lies within this 12.3” screen in front of the driver. 

2021 Audi R8 Coupe Dashboard

The system is quite user-friendly and gets the MMI touch tech. The digital display gets you features such as Google Earth, Central Tachometer, G-meter, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Audi Connect. 

2021 Audi R8 Exterior

9.9/10

The Audi R8 has received a facelift in the year 2020, which makes the car much more aggressive and eye-catching than the predecessor models. The LED DRLs and large front grille give a rich look from the front. The shape is as of the 2008 model but the facelift now makes the looks far better and iconic.

2021 Audi R8 Third Quarter View

From the side profile, we shall observe that the body is split into two pieces and looks muscular and sporty. The tires are differently sized. The extendable rear spoiler, the sporty diffuser, and the enormous exhaust seem unique and appealing. However, there are a larger number of fake vents here and there in the front, side, and rear. Though the looks improve with these, being fake reduces the value for the money spent. 

Models

2021 Audi R8

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

2020 Acura NSX

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT

Curb Weight (lbs)

3737 

3517

3878 

3627 

Length (inches)

174.3

177.4

176.1

179

Width (inches)

76.4

74

87.3

76.3

Height (inches)

48.8

51.1

47.8

49.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.3

4.2

3.7

4.9

Wheelbase (inches)

104.4

96.5

103.5

103.5

Even after being the smallest in terms of length, the Audi R8 gets the largest wheelbase in the segment. The R8 also gets a ground clearance of 4.3 inches, which shall be raised further by 2 inches while you encounter a bigger speed bump. 

The looks are really attractive and eye-catching. It stands out in the crowd with its sleek and modern exterior aspects along with the traditional shaping. 

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 a lot of the advanced safety and driver assistance features that its rivals offer. There aren’t any stand-out safety features or futuristic tech integrations in the cabin, which is slightly disappointing to the Audi fans. That said, the Audi R8 offers some decent safety features:

  • 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

2021 Audi R8 Competition

9.6/10

2021 Audi R8 vs 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

The Porsche 911 gets the smallest engine and delivers lesser power than the Audi R8. However, Porsche has better acceleration figures. The unmatched top speed of the R8 makes and the smallest braking distance it offers, helps it to stay in the competition strongly. 

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

The competition is tough enough and difficult to determine the best among the two. One shall check out their priorities to select among the two.

2021 Audi R8 vs 2020 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. 

2020 Acura NSX

However, the Audi R8 is very 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 Audi R8 vs 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT

This competition gives a clearer win to the AMG GT due to its fantastic looks, tech-packed interiors, driving dynamics, and cheaper price tag.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT

The smaller engine here delivers greater power and higher fuel economy, without compromising the performance or the styling. Safe and reliable Mercedes GT thus wins this race.

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. But 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 efforts to push out a new one with many more features.