2020 Audi R8 Spyder

2020 MODEL
$182,100 - $208,100
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2020 Audi R8 Spyder Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 13, 2020
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Karan Harit

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Being an icon ever since Robert Downey, Jr. drove the first production version in Iron Man 2, the Audi R8 Spyder returns with a bang in 2020. The Frankfurt Auto Show gave us a glimpse of the look and feel of the new top-down trim of Audi’s “sensible supercar”. We are delighted to say that we are not disappointed.

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Pros

Sleek design

World-class infotainment system

Powerful engine and handling package

Cons

Less exciting to drive than similar-powered convertibles

Slightly inferior automatic transmission

What's New?

New color schemes

More power on the base trim engine

Optional Carbon-fiber featurettes for the Performance trim

A more elegant exterior design


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$182100

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

318 cu.in.

horsepower

562 hp @ 8100 rpm

torque

406 lbs.-ft. @ 6400 rpm

transmission

7-speed automated manual

chassis

frame type

monocoque

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.4/14.4

dimensions

wheelbase

104.3 in.

length

63 in.

width

76.4 in.

height

49 in.

curb weight

3957 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

4 cu ft.

payload capacity

551 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

11.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/22/17 mpg

highway range

424.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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Videos
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Styles

2020 Audi R8 Spyder in Ibis White color 2020 Audi R8 Spyder in Blue Metallic color 2020 Audi R8 Spyder in Florett Silver Metallic color 2020 Audi R8 Spyder in Mythos Black Metallic color 2020 Audi R8 Spyder in Quartz Grey Metallic color
Ibis White

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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


2020 Audi R8 Spyder Base

Base

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

$182,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) Starting at $182,100 MSRP (14/17/22) 562 hp @ 8100 rpm, 5.2 L, V-10, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed automated manual all wheel drive 2

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Performance

Performance

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

$208,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Performance quattro 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) Starting at $208,100 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 new 2020 Audi R8 Spyder will be available in two trims: base and Performance. Both are largely similar when it comes to appearance and aesthetics. The major difference is in the engine and performance. The base Spyder has a 5.2L V10 producing 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. If that is not enough, the Performance Spyder gets an overhauled V10 at 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque.

The gap year proves fruitful for the Audi R8, as it carries on the premium technology prowess over with an excellent bump in performance. This makes the R8 Spyder finally stack ahead of its competition, challenging the McLaren 570S Spider and the Lamborghini Huracan Convertible in terms of performance.

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Front View
2020 Audi R8 Spyder Rear 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

 
 

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Features

7.8/10

The R8 is available as a convertible in two trims, the base Spyder and the Performance Spyder. The base trim is good enough in itself with a 562-hp 5.2L FSI V10 engine. Able to deliver a robust package at less than $190,000, it is rather good value. However, if you need to edge out the competition on your weekend track day, you may go for the Performance trim. This one boasts an even more powerful 602-horsepower V10. You also get options to play around the body with carbon-fiber, making it even lighter. This all results in an R8 that can easily attain top speeds past the 200-mph mark.

Trim

R8 Spyder

R8 Performance Spyder

MSRP (AWD)

$184,650

$210,650

Key Features

5.2L FSI V10

Upgraded 5.2L FSI V10 engine

 

562 hp

602 hp

 

406 lb-ft of torque

413 lb-ft of torque

 

550-watt Bang and Olufsen sound system as standard

Optional Carbon fiber exterior panels

 

Multiple engines and handling modes

Optional carbon fiber seats and gear

 

State-of-the-art infotainment system

 

What would we recommend?

The Audi R8 Spyder has all the major interior and exterior features the same on both trims. You should go for the base Spyder trim since it is an all-in-one package on its own.

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Engine and Performance

9.2/10

The 5.2L FSI V10 is untouched by any supercharger or turbocharger feathering. Thus, it is quick to deliver the power of 562 horses as soon as you put your foot down. While it lacks the exhilaration of similarly powered cars, it does provide a good balance between practicality and all-out performance. It can be a good cruiser when driven in Comfort mode or tear up the back roads with Sport mode. The Performance trim turns it up a notch by adding 40 more horses, making the experience more intense. It gives those looking for an edge over the competition just enough push to dominate any track day you may have in mind.

The S Tronic transmission does its job well no matter which of the engines sits under the hood. The shifts are smooth and seamless even if you are using the paddle shifters. The car never feels out of line when downshifting. Once you put the transmission in automatic mode, you can barely notice the shifts out on the open road. Unless you are really flooring the pedal, it offers a pleasant experience when out on a relaxing drive.

Models

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

MSRP

$184,650

$211,800

$262,450

$159,850

Engine

5.2L FSI V10

3.8L Twin-Turbo V8

5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

Drivetrain AWD RWD AWD RWD

Transmission

7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic

7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic

7-speed Dual Clutch Automatic

9-speed Dual CLuthAutomatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

562@8,100

562@7,500

602@8,250

550@5,750

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

403@6,400

443@5,000

412@6,500

480@1,900

The Performance trim may level up the playing field,  bu the base V10 has some trouble matching up to its rivals. Though the naturally-aspirated engine feels good, the numbers suggest a turbo or two wouldn't go amiss. The entirety of the R8 Spyder's competition has more torque, which further translates to better acceleration for most of them. The composed AWD may also strip you of some drifting fun, something every petrolhead gets the kick out of on a regular basis.

How fast is the New Audi R8 Spyder?

The R8 gives an instantaneous response off the line. Its acceleration is sweet but controlled. You don’t get a breakneck-worthy start, but it will go to 60 mph from naught in 3.3 sec, which is more than good enough. The top speed is 202 mph, which is greater than both the Mercedes AMG GT(198 mph) and the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder(199 mph).

2020 Audi R8 Spyder goes to 60 mph from naught in 3.3 sec

Model

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.3 

3.1 

3.4 

3.8 

Quarter Mile (sec)

11.5 

11.0 

11.6 

12.1 

Top Speed (MPH) 205 204 202 189

Engine

5.2L FSI V10

3.8L Twin-Turbo V8

5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8

Emissions(Tons/yr of CO2 at 15k mi/yr)

9.2

8.0

9.9

8.2

In a quarter-mile drag, the R8 leaves most of its competition biting the dust surpassed only by the wild McLaren 570S Spider. The Lamborghini Huracan falls behind despite the same engine due to Audi's excellent Quattro AWD that grants it more traction. The heavyweight Merc comes last. Its large twin-turbo V8 is just not enough to pull its hefty body quick enough.

What about the Braking performance?

The latest update to the R8 Spyder gives carbon-ceramic brakes as standard to all trims. This gives it a very good braking power over the rest of its competition. It can come to a full stop from moving at 60 mph within 97 feet. It is only a slither past the 95-feet braking distance of 570S spider, making it the second-best braking car in its segment. No small feat, considering the Audi weighs more than 3,500 lbs.

2020 Audi R8 Spyder has a Front Brake of 14.4 in.

Model

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

Brake Rotors Front (in)

14.4

15.5

15.0

15.4

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

14.0

15.0

14.0

15.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

3572

2989

3399

3560

60-0 MPH (ft)

97

95

105.6

105.4

Does it have the Handling prowess of a Lamborghini Huracan?

Audi won a number of rally championships back in the day when they first introduced the Quattro 4WD drive system. Fast forward to today, and the advanced Quattro system within the Audi R8 Spyder still carries on the legacy in a high note. You can use the R8 to commute every day, and still, be ready when the moment is right and you fancy a race. The four drive modes on the Audi Drive-Select lets the car know if you want a relaxing drive across Route 66 or a blistering lap of Laguna Seca. The suspension is equipped with magnetic fluid pistons and adjust according to the same settings.

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Rear View

The AWD drivetrain keeps the car in control of the driver at all times. The steering feels nimble and to-the-point. A great choice to have some fast-paced fun around the track. But don’t go expecting long drifts even with the traction control turned off. In addition, there are also several driver-assist systems that make the car semi-autonomous for long drives.

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Fuel Economy

6.5/10

Packing in a powerful V10 engine, the fuel economy of the R8 seems like an acceptable trade-off. With a combined EPA-rated fuel economy of 16 mpg, you are quite eligible for the $1,700 gas-guzzler tax that goes with all low mileage supercars. Still, the 21.1-gallon fuel tank grants it a decent range, so it might not be a bad choice for a grand tour. Just so long as the tour has plenty of gas stations.

The McLaren is the one that leads the class. Its light carbon-fiber chassis allows it to make the most in terms of fuel economy, though a smaller fuel tank might devolve it added advantage. The Merc comes in a close second with a combined EPA rated mileage of 18 mpg. The Lamborghini Huracan takes the bottom of the barrel. It can't even complete a single lap of Nurburgring with a gallon of premium fuel.

Model

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

MPG (City)

13

17

13

16

MPG (Highway)

20

24

19

22

MPG (Combined)

16

20

15

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 21.1 19 21.1 19.8
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 274/422/337 304/437/380 N/A 297/416/356

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Interior

8.4/10

Unlike most supercars, the Audi R8 Spyder focuses on the overall experience of the occupants rather than pure performance. The 2020 update gives the car an electronically removable roof with some enhanced acoustics to make it a bit quieter in the cabin. The interiors are laid out in beautiful hand-crafted Nappa leather, pleasing to both sight and touch.

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Front Seats 

There is plenty of room in the seats, despite the fact this is a mid-engine car with a massive engine. The seats are 8-way power adjustable and the steering wheel is tilting-and-telescopic. There is also a dual-zone climate control standard for all trims. All these features make the comfort level reach a height where you can’t get cramped or tired even after a long drive.

Model

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

Seating Capacity

2

2

2

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.5/54.8/41.0

N/A

N/A

N/A

How is the Infotainment System?

As does the interior shine for the R8 Spyder, so does the infotainment system. The Audi Virtual Cockpit comes as standard. It boasts a 12.3-inch interactive display at the center console. The touchscreen is easy to use and customizable. Although the voice control is not that great, Audi does equip the R8 Spyder with an MMI touch tech, enabling you to write instructions in your own hand rather than navigate through screens. And then there is the awesome 13-speaker 550-Watt Bang & Olufsen sound system. It provides the quality of sound most closed-door concerts don’t match, so it may give the Burmester audio system on the Mercedes AMG GT some close competition.

The screen also serves as a display for the rear-view parking camera. Once you activate Sport mode, it changes to show your lap times, instantaneous power output, G-level, and other performance-focused statistics.

Can it carry some luggage?

Audi R8 Spyder is certainly more practical than any of its predecessors. Even if the roof is taken into account, the R8 has a trunk volume of 4 cubic feet, about half of what you get in the coupe. It offers the ability to carry a few bags on your next trip. Though not much impressive to the casual user, it is certainly better than the Huracan, which enables you to carry nothing more than a pair of flip flops. Both the McLaren and Mercedes fare marginally better with their trunk space, though not enough to make it a deal-breaker.

Model

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

4.0

5.0

N/A

5.8

2020 Audi R8 Spyder gear shifter
2020 Audi R8 Spyder interior display
2020 Audi R8 Spyder Infotainment system
2020 Audi R8 Spyder seats
2020 Audi R8 Spyder Interior

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Exterior

9.9/10

It is clear that Audi has been busy with giving the 2020 R8 Spyder a facelift. The headlights are darker and now located on a sharper edge. There are 3 faux inlets above the grille, clearly inspired by the R8 LMS GT3 and GT4 race cars. The chin spoiler comes in black or gold as standard. However, with an extra $4,800 you can get the carbon-fiber exterior package. This makes the R8 look like a proper supercar, with carbon fiber compartment trim, sideblades and spoiler.

The color schemes also get an update, with a wider range of colors to choose from. Some new additions include the Kemora Gray and Ara Blue Crystal. The Performance trim allows you to blackout all Audi badges and paints the ceramic brake pads as red.

Model

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

Curb Weight (lbs)

3572

2989

3399

3560

Length (in)

174.3

178.4

175.6

179

Width (in)

76.4

76

75.8

76.3

Height (in)

49.0

46.3

46.5

50.7

Ground Clearance (in)

6.3

3.6

5.3

4.9

Wheelbase (in)

104.3

105.1

103.2

103.5

Audi R8 Spyder is certainly a high-headed car. It has a ground clearance of 6.3 inches, making it suitable for speed bumps on city roads. Its roof also sits 49 inches above the ground, giving it a decent height and more practicality. This gives you the ability to reach those drive-through windows present in your favorite to-go restaurants, rather than a Lambo where you may have to park and get out of your car to actually eat something.

2020 Audi R8 Spyder exterior images
2020 Audi R8 Spyder side view
2020 Audi R8 Spyder
2020 Audi R8 Spyder
2020 Audi R8 Spyder
2020 Audi R8 Spyder

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Safety

There most likely won’t be any crash tests for the 2020 Audi R8 Spyder, either by the NHTSA or the IIHS. Nevertheless, you can be rest assured to be safe to drive it. The R8 Spyder has enough tech in place to ensure no crash happens at all. A number of driving assists are present in the R8, including Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assists. The car is also equipped with Audi Parking Control, a system that prevents a collision when your car is backing out or going into a parking spot. All thanks to an array of ultrasonic sensors enveloping the skirts of the car.

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact beams
  • Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist
  • Dual-stage Driver and Passenger side-mounted airbags
  • Audi Parking System; Front and Rear parking sensors
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Dual-stage Driver and Passenger front airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver and Passenger Side Airbag Extension
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Back-Up Camera

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Competition

9.6/10

Audi R8 Spyder vs McLaren 570S Spider

The McLaren is no doubt the superior car if you race them both for a lap around your local track. It is faster, lighter, and has a gritty attitude. However, in terms of practicality, it measures nowhere near the R8 Spyder. The R8 is a bit more soothing and appealing to a larger audience. Not everyone is a racing enthusiast. Having a superior infotainment system and a ride better for long tours, the R8 is a better companion that gives you something for every situation.

2020 McLaren 570S Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder vs Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

The Lamborghini has much less going for it when you compare it to the Audi R8 Spyder. It is slower, inferior in handling, has no cargo space whatsoever and a poorly rendered infotainment system. It makes you question why you would pay the extra $78,000. It is surprising as well that the Huracan, having basically the same engine as the R8, is less economical.

2020  McLaren 570S Spyder

Audi R8 Spyder vs Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

While both the AMG and R8 were designed for the track, the Audi comes out superior in driving. The Audi’s more powerful V10 makes it faster and the Quattro drives more nimble than the Merc's RWD. The AMG gets ahead in the on-roads department. Although, it is too large to be turned easily within confined spaces. You may go for the AMG GT if you want a cheaper car and enough space to accommodate 4 people.

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Roadster

2020 Audi R8 Spyder Final Verdict

The 2020 R8 Spyder will become available in US markets early next year. It shows much improvement, both as a sports car and a grand tourer. With more power and electronics combined with the tried-and-tested Audi technology, we might have the perfect balance of down-to-earth usability and loud-and-fast track fury. Audi is certainly heading once again. Now we are even more excited to see what else Audi has got up their sleeves, especially with the R8 e-Tron, for the future.