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2021 Audi R8 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 14, 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. One such distinct move by the "Lord of the Rings" is the prodigy that goes by the name - the Audi R8. With all the growing concerns toward the environment, and with the green brigade hell-bent on choking the free-breathing cars, the R8 comes out as a rebel, with its howling naturally aspirated V10 engine singing aloud the battle cries. 

Speaking of the 2021 Audi R8, the German auto-marque has not done much for the sake of what we could have called a true revamping. However, what does come as a breeze of freshness is the fact that the R8 now gets an RWD drivetrain as standard. The Audi R8 comes in Coupe and Convertible forms. The V-10 engine of the Audi R8 is extremely powerful and accompanied with those sassy, snazzy, and classy looks, the Audi R8 is true "beauty in motion". The prices of the 2021 Audi R8 start at $142,700. 


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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?

RWD made a permanent option in the lineup


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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

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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 its powertrain with the most-loved Lamborghini Huracan and goes easy on the driver to drive all-day. The R8 comes out to be poorer in fuel efficiency than many of its rivals and offers lesser features than the others. However, what the R8 is capable of doing is tantalizing your senses. It's easy in a turbocharged world to overlook the spellworking of a naturally aspirated car. However, the R8 makes sure to give its rivals a sticky note on their forehead with its sharp engine responses at high revs and the scintillating crescendo of sound.  

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

However, being into the market for almost about 12 years now, there are rumors about Audi ditching the R8 post-2021 and replacing it with a new and more powerful electric super, the e-Tron GTR. Yet, until the all-new earth-saving Audi supercar emerges, there's this glorious engine and the impending apocalypse that the 2021 Audi R8 brings upon its rivals such as the Porsche 911 Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GT, and the Acura NSX.


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2021 Audi R8 Coupe carries over unchanged from the model year 2020
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 V10 and the V10 Performance Quattro. Both the trims of the 2021 Audi R8 gets a 5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10 engine that screams and entices your wildest of instincts. However, the mill underneath the hood of the Performance Quattro trim is tuned to churn out more number of ponies than the base V10  trim.

2021 Audi R8 V10 and R8 V10 Performance Quattro.

Apart from this, another difference comes in the form of drivetrain, while the base V10 happens to be a rear-wheel driven monster, the V10 Performance Quattro trim, as the name suggests, is armed with the Audi's famed Quattro AWD drivetrain. 

Trim

V10

V10 Performance Quattro

MSRP

$142,700

$196,700

Key Features

LED Headlamps

Quatrro AWD drivetrain
 

Sports seats

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

 

Optional Nappa Leather Seat with diamond stitching

LED Headlamps with Audi laser light

 

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

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

 
     

A long list of features is not something that comes complimentary with this Audi, which is kind of a bummer for the R8 when competing with the rest of the cars in the class. Considering the price of the 2021 Audi R8 Coupe, which starts at $142,700 for the base V10 Coupe, and tops-out at $196,700 for the V10 Performance Quattro, a long list of features and amenities is something that every potential buyer would expect. 

However, it's not the Audi R8's character to cater to you with a luxurious treatment. Rather, this German brute is focused, and extremely focused to send your hearts racing every time you stab that throttle. 

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 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. 

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. 

Being the flagship model of Audi, the R8 has always been an epitome of quality and reliability.

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. 

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

Speaking of the ownership cost of the 2021 Audi R8, well this brute is expected to shell out a sum of approximately $150,289 from your wallets in the name of ownership costs, over a span of 5 years. Though the amount is wholesome, yet at par with the segment standards (after all, you are not buying a Prius!). This amount includes a number of costs such as insurance, taxes and dealership charges, depreciation, repairs, fuel, financing, etc.

Warranty

The warranty coverage for the 2021 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 an 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.


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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 base Audi R8 V10 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 you are planning to get a used sports car.

2021 Audi R8 Engine and Performance

9.2/10

In an era where most of the supercars make use of inhalers, be it the turbo or the super, there's one badass out there that still dares to breathe free, and this OG is none other than the Audi R8 Coupe. 

The 2021 Audi R8 is powered by a 5.2-liter Naturally Aspirated V10 FSI engine which, in its basic tune, pumps out around 532 horsepowers and 392 lb-ft of torque. Bring the upturned R8 V10 Performance Quattro in the picture and the power figures further elevate to 602 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. 

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

The 5.2L V10 engine of the 2021 Audi R8 is further mated to a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission which is crisp, precise, and just as smooth as your favorite brew (Miller time already!). According to the claims made by Audi, the 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission is capable of shifting gears in as little as 120 milliseconds. 

Speaking of drivetrain, the 7-speed automatic transmission of the 2021 Audi R8 delivers all the grunt to the rear wheels of this coupe by default.  Well, that's until and unless you bring the R8 V10 Performance Quattro in the frame, which, as the name suggests, happens to equip and AWD drivetrain. 

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

The R8 RWD weighs less than its all-wheel-drive counterpart due in part to the loss of components such as the prop shaft, front axles, multi-plate clutch, and front differential.

Models

2021 Audi R8

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe 

MSRP

$169,900

$170,800

$159,300

$139,000

Engine

5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10

3.8L Twin-turbo Boxer 6

3.5L Twin Turbo V-6

4.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed S-Tronic automatic

8-Speed automatic PDK

9-Speed Dual-Clutch

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

Power

532 hp @ 8100 rpm 

572 hp @ 6,750 RPM

573 hp @ 6,500 rpm

523 hp @ 5,500 RPM

Torque

392 lb-ft @ 6400 rpm

553 lb-ft. @ 2,100 RPM

476 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

494 lb-ft @ 2,100 RPM

Even though Audi gets the biggest engine in the class, it isn’t the most powerful in the competition. 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 which boasts 54 more horsepower than before, bringing the total output to 523 hp. 

2021 Audi R8 Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2021 Audi R8's 5.2L naturally aspirated mill is the last remaining soldier against an army of the new-age turbocharged and hybrid engines. The massive 532 horsepower from this engine drags the 2021 Audi R8 from zero to 60mph in 3.6 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 the least in the competition.

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

Bring the V10 Performance Quattro in the picture, and with its 602 ponies simply waiting to be unleashed and destruct, post a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.2 seconds.

The naturally aspirated mill tends to struggle a bit in these sprinting fixtures when placed against the rivals that utilize the inhalers. However, these healthy pair of lungs outshine the ones on the ventilator in the long run, as the 2021 Audi R8 gets you to a top speed of 205 horsepowers, which is the class-leading figure. 

The acceleration figures of the 2021 Audi R8 may not seem outright impressive when placed against the rivals. However, what works in the favor of this "Lord of the Rings" is the harmonious exhaust note your eardrums are blessed with, every time you hit the gas.

The R8 has always been a corner carver.

Furthermore, For a heightened driving experience, the driver can choose the “Dynamic” mode in the standard Audi drive select and set the Stabilization Control ESC to “Sport.”

Commenting on the halting prowess, the 2021 Audi R8 is equipped with 14.4” front brake rotors and 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

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe 

0-60 (seconds)

3.6

2.8

2.7

3.7

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.5 

10.7

11.2

N/A

Top Speed (mph)

201

198

191

194

60-0 (ft.)

96

92

103

96

Though the acceleration figures aren’t the 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. 

Comparing the rivals, the 2021 Acura NSX posts the best in class 0-60 acceleration figures. The Porsche 911 Turbo ranks second in the 0-60 fixture but shows some serious skill in the quarter-mile game, all credits to its best in class torque figures.


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2021 Audi R8 Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The 2021 Audi R8’s V10 engine is thirsty, in fact, very thirsty. The 2021 Audi R8 V10 can roll for 13 miles in the city or can glide through 20 miles on the freeway for every gallon of gasoline you feed it. Sum up these figures, and you get a combined mpg of 16, which indeed is poor. 

However, the R8 tends to compensate for this shortcoming via the means of a cavernous fuel tank. The 2021 Audi R8 gets a fuel tank capacity of 21.9 gallons, which implies that this beast can go a fair share of distance before finally asking you to take a refill break. 

Models

2021 Audi R8

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe 

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 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo posts the best in class mpg figures, followed by the mpg figures of the 2021 Acura NSX Coupe. Though both these supercars have similar combined mpg figures, Porsche outshines the Acura on the freeway, while the Acura beats the Porsche in city lanes (hybrid at work). 

The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe ranks third with city/highway/combined mpg figures 16/22/18, finally followed by the R8. 

2021 Audi R8 Interior

8.4/10

The sporty vibe and the apex predator instincts continue inside the 2021 Audi R8. Open the door of this sinister and you are greeted with a cabin that does look plush, but we'd rather give it the adjectives sharp and snazzy. 

The 2021 Audi R8 gets a driver-focused cabin.

The 2021 Audi R8 Coupe gets a driver-focused interior as it is expected from any sports car. The interior gets the prime superior quality and sporty seats. As standard, you get anthracite inlays all over the car but you can upgrade to the premium Nappa leather upholstery by paying extra.

The sports seats are nice and snug and hold you tight in place. You sit close to the ground but the cabin is roomy enough to offer you a good amount of head, leg, and shoulder room. 

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

The interior layout of the Audi R8 may seem outdated to a layman, but it'll surely woo the heart of a purist. One of the most intriguing elements of the Audi R8's interior is its steering wheel. 

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. Just grabbing the steering wheel of the Audi R8 gives you all the astronaut vibes, ready to command this spaceship.  

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 further enhances your mood inside. 

Models

2021 Audi R8

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe 

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

Apart from the standard configuration, Audi also offers a number of packages that can help you customize your R8's cabin in accordance with your psyche. Some of the most prominent interior design packages of the 2021 Audi R8 that you can check out, come by the names - R8 Performance Design Package, Carbon Interior Package, and Diamond Stitch Full Leather Package. 

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. 

The 2021 Audi R8 does not get a separate infotainment screen.

The system is quite user-friendly and gets the MMI touch tech. Some of the most prominent infotainment features that the 2021 Audi R8 possesses includes:

  • Google Earth
  • Central tachometer
  • Lap timer
  • G-meter
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Audi Connect
  • 8 speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth integration
  • HD Radio
  •  AM/FM stereo

Apart from the standard 8-speaker audio system of the 2021 Audi R8, there’s an optional Bang & Olufsen 13 speaker, 550 Watt audio system on offer which takes the in-ride entertainment experience to the very next level, and we suggest you consider this option as it enhances the feel of pulling this baby. 


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2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe steering wheel
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe shift knob
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe front seats
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe engine
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe cockpit area
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe cockpit area

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.

The 2021 Audi R8 is one of the most compact vehicles in its segment.

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 of the money spent. 

However, in case the standard Audi R8 is not seductive enough to catch your fancy, you can always go for the R8 V10 Performance Coupe as it sure looks a lot more menacing than the base trim. The 2021 Audi R8 V10 receives several cosmetic cues that distinguish this from the lower trim.

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

Be it the 20-inch 5-double-spoke-dynamic design milled cut wheels in titanium finish, or the carbon fiber finished sideblades, mirror housings, and rear spoiler, or the black oval tailpipes, the R8 V10 Performance is expensive but surely looks worth the extra bucks. 

Models

2021 Audi R8

2021 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe

2021 Acura NSX Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe 

Curb Weight (lbs)

3737 

3,636

3878

3666

Length (inches)

174.3

178.6

176.1

179.4

Width (inches)

76.4

74.9

87.3

76.3

Height (inches)

48.8

51.3

47.8

50.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.3

N/A

3.7

3.8

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 basic Coupe grille
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe front view
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe front view
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe headlamp
2021 Audi R8 basic Coupe rear view mirror
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 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, some of 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

9.6/10

2021 Audi R8 vs 2020 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 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. 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 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. Moreover, the AMG GT has further intensified its case for the model year 2021, owing to the bump in power and several other updates. 

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT

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.

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.

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

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


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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. 

Used Audi R8 for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2020 Audi R8 4 Great Deals Out of 131 $165,000 131 Listings
2018 Audi R8 0 Great Deals Out of 20 $124,975 20 Listings
2017 Audi R8 0 Great Deals Out of 40 $115,000 40 Listings
2015 Audi R8 0 Great Deals Out of 11 $75,900 11 Listings
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