2021 Audi R8 Spyder

2021 MODEL
$182,100 - $208,100
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2021 Audi R8 Spyder Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 6, 2020
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Introduced in the market in 2006, Audi R8 is a 2-door convertible sports car that was previously based on the platform of Lamborghini Gallardo and now shares the platform with Huracan. The basic structure of Audi R8 has been inspired by the Audi Space Frame and is the first-ever production car that came with full LED headlamps. In 2016, Audi R8 introduced the base Spyder variant that came with a high-performing V10 engine, and one year later, in 2017, the added the higher performance variant of R8 Spyder to the range. The 2021 Audi R8 Spyder is a part of the second generation of this vehicle though the car has received a number of mid-cycle refreshes in 2018 and 2020 respectively. 

Though R8 Spyder offers a lesser number of features than most of its rivals, it is still one of the most popular luxury sports cars in the market due to its extremely powerful engine, exceptional handling, comfortable ride quality, and top-class interior. With sales figures of 927 units in 2018 in the U.S., it competes with the likes of McLaren 570S Spider, Lamborghini Huracan Spyder, and Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster. The 2021 Audi R8 Spyder is available in two different trims - base trim and performance trim. The price of the base trim starts from $190,650 and the performance trim is priced at $210,650.

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Pros

Audi Virtual Cockpit Assistance

Can be used as daily driver

Practical with good cargo space

Cons

Maintenance Cost comparably higher than the coupe version

Lacks a bit in terms of performance as compared to the rivals

What's New?

New Color Schemes

Aggressive looks


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Review video
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Interior video

Styles

2021 Audi R8 Spyder in Mythos Black Metallic color 2021 Audi R8 Spyder in Quartz Gray Metallic color 2021 Audi R8 Spyder in Florett Silver Metallic color 2021 Audi R8 Spyder in Blue Metallic color 2021 Audi R8 Spyder in Ibis White color
Mythos Black Metallic

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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 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

2021 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

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The Iron Man’s daily whiff about’ the Audi R8 is back with more aggressive looks and millions of miles of headroom. The 2021 Audi R8 Spyder is the convertible version of the R8 coupe. The R8 Spyder gets a 5.2L FSi V10 monster under the hood, which can propel you to 60 MPH from a standstill in a mere 3.3 seconds.

The R8 is a second fastest convertible supercar in its segment when it comes to a straight line speed. On the other hand, it is no stranger to the corners as well. The Audi Quattro All-Wheel-Drive setup is offered as standard and makes the R8 extremely manageable even in the worst driving conditions. It is a direct rival to the likes of McLaren 570s Spider, Mercedes Benz AMG GT Roadster.

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front View
2021 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

 
 

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Features

7.8/10

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Audi R8 Spyder comes in two new trims and they are the base trim and the performance trim. Both the trims are equipped with a 5.2 L V10 engine but the performance trim gets an updated engine that is capable of producing more power and torque. 

The available drivetrain in both trims is all-wheel-drive and both the trims get a 7-speed automated manual transmission. The MSRP of the base trim and the performance trim are $190,650 and $210,650 respectively. 

Model

R8 Spyder Base

R8 Spyder Performance 

MSRP

$190,650

$210,650

Key Features

19” 5-double spoke design bi-color anthracite finish wheels

Adds/upgrades to the previous trim:

 

Full LED headlights

20" 5-double-spoke dynamic design Milled Titanium finish wheels

 

Sport front seats

LED headlights with Audi laser light

 

Optional Nappa leather seat trim with diamond stitching

Front bucket seats

 

Anthracite inlays

Carbon sigma inlays

 

Optional dynamic steering

Optional 13 speakers, 550 watts Bang & Olufsen sound system

The Base trim, priced at $190,650 gets more or less all the features that are available in Audi R8. The only difference is that it comes with a slightly less powerful engine and some interior and exterior features are missing in this trim.

The Performance trim, priced at $210,650 comes with a more advanced engine that produces an extra 40 hp of power. It also gets some extra interior and exterior features as compared to the base variant. 

You may find the performance trim to be more attractive than the base trim but we suggest that you should go for the base trim as it gets all the features and offers an equally comfortable ride quality with smooth handling.

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

The Audi R8 is known as one of the most reliable cars since its introduction in the market in 2006. In its 14 years of journey, it has received just 3 recalls in 2011, 2018, and 2019. Audi is also one of the topmost brands in producing the most reliable cars and the 2020 R8 Spyder has also received a satisfactory rating in J.D. Power report. Apart from the reliability, the warranty coverage of Audi R8 Spyder is world-class and is much better than its rivals.

Reliability and Ownership Costs

The 2021 Audi R8 Spyder is a powerhouse with the monstrous engine and high performing features. According to the J.D. Power Report, which gives ratings on the basis of reliability, quality, owner's experience, driving experience, and resale value, the 2020 Audi R8 has received an overall rating of 3.5 stars. In the 2020 J.D. Power U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, Audi has occupied the 15th position which is one below the industry standard. Audi also ranked 14th among the reliable brands in the 2020 Consumer Reports. 

Priced at $190,650, maintaining an Audi R8 Spyder can be very expensive but it requires lower maintenance costs than many of the competitors. On average, you will require approximately $3,000 per year to maintain an Audi R8 Spyder. Audi is highly focussed on maintaining the quality standards of its cars and R8 Spyder is not an exception to this. In case, any problem arises regarding the standard quality of a vehicle, it is rectified through recalls. However, the 2020 Audi R8 has not received any safety recall and it is hoped that the new model of 2021 will also not receive any recalls.

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

The true ownership cost for the Audi R8 Spyder, over a span of 5 years comes out to be about $150,289. Being a supercar, the R8 does take a bit of care to be maintained and always be at its best behaviour. The Maintenance Cost for a 5 year or 75,000 miles duration comes out to be $12,093, which is surely an eye watering number. 

Warranty

Audi R8 Spyder offers a more attractive warranty coverage than all of its rivals. It offers a bumper-to-bumper basic warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes faster. There is a corrosion perforation warranty of 144 months/unlimited distance, which no other car in this segment will offer. It also comes with a powertrain warranty of 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes earlier and a maintenance coverage of 1 year or 10,000 miles, whichever is earlier. Moreover, there is also roadside assistance coverage for 48 months/unlimited distance. 

Criteria

Period

Bumper-to-bumper basic warranty

4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes faster

Powertrain warranty

4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes earlier

Corrosion perforation warranty

144 months/unlimited distance

Maintenance coverage

1 year or 10,000 miles, whichever is earlier

Roadside assistance coverage

48 months/unlimited distance

Among the rivals, McLaren 570S Spider gets the worst warranty package. Lamborghini Huracan gets 36 months of bumper-to-bumper warranty with an option of buying an extended warranty for 3 to 4 years. Mercedes AMG GT R Roadster also offers impressive warranty coverage. It has a 48 months/50,000 miles New Vehicle Limited Warranty with an option for buying an extended warranty for 1, 2, or 3 years.

Miles per Dollar

With an average maintenance cost of $562 for the first year, the Audi R8 does an average of 26 miles per $1. Moreover, considering that the R8 is a high strung performance car, 26 miles per dollar seems like a very efficient number. 

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Buying Advice

Audi R8 Spyder is one of the most favored sports cars out there in the market. There is no such difference between the two trims. Both the trims are similar in terms of cabin space and quality, comfort, driving experience, and features. All the important features are present in the base trim. The extra $20,000 for the performance trim is just because of the upgraded V10 engine that gives 602 horsepower. 

If you are willing to go for the powerful engine then performance trim is a better option but apart from that, base trim and performance offer the same performance. Therefore, we will suggest you go for the base trim if you are going to use it for regular purposes as the driving experience will be similar.

Is buying a used car Audi R8 a good idea?

The 2021 model belongs to the second generation of Audi R8 Sypder that was introduced in 2017. So if you are going for an old model, you will miss certain important updates. Firstly, in 2020, it received a facelift and a new engine was introduced that improved the power of the base trim by 30 hp. The 2020 model has also seen a number of interiors and exterior updates. Secondly, in 2018, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were added as a standard feature. Thirdly, the 2017 model came with a completely redesigned interior with a more upscale cabin, having a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit interface. Therefore, you can save a lot of money by buying a used Audi R8 Spyder but it will not be a wise decision as the newly updated model is much more powerful, performs better, and looks more gorgeous than the previous models.

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Engine and Performance

9.2/10

The 2021 Audi R8 Spyder will be available in two different trims - the first one is the base Spyder and the second one is the performance Spyder. The base trim has a 5.2L FSI V10 engine that nicely blends practicality with performance and can produce a power of 562 horsepower and a torque of 406 lb-ft.

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Engine Bay

The performance trim gets an upgraded V10 engine that increases the power to a horsepower of 602 and a torque of 413 lb-ft. These powerful engines are nicely supported by an S Tronic transmission that is smooth and swift. It also gets steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to make your experience more enthralling. The 7-speed-dual-clutch transmission is enough to deliver power on all four wheels. 

Models

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

MSRP

$190,650 

$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 power produced by 5.2L Naturally Aspirated V10 engine of Lamborghini Huracan Spyder is maximum at 602 HP though the performance trim of V8 Spyder also produces the same. All the rivals offer better torque figures than Audi R8 Spyder.

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Acceleration and Braking Performance

The 2021 Audi R8 Spyder offers excellent yet controlled acceleration, with just 3.3 seconds taken to reach 60 mph and 11.5 seconds to reach the quarter-mile mark, which is more than average in this segment. 

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Accelerate 0-60 MPH in just 3.3 secs

The brakes have been improved with carbon-ceramic brakes introduced as a standard feature in all the trims. With the introduction of new brakes, the braking performance has improved and it takes a 97 feet stopping distance for 60-0 mph. 

Models

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

0-60 MPH (sec)

3.3

3.1

3.4

3.8

Quarter Mile (sec)

11.5

11

11.6

12.1

Top Speed (mph)

205

204

202

189

60-0 MPH (ft.)

97

95

105.6

105.4

Audi R8 Spyder offers better acceleration than Lamborghini Huracan Spyder and Mercedes AMG GT Roadster. McLaren 570S Spider offers the best acceleration in this segment with just 3.1 seconds taken to reach 60 mph. McLaren also occupies the first position in terms of braking performance with a stopping distance of 95 feet and Audi R8 occupies the second position in this segment.

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The 2021 Audi R8 Spyder is a supercar that focuses mainly on power and performance rather than on fuel economy. Having a fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons, it offers a city mileage of 13 mpg, a highway mileage of 20 mpg, and combined mileage of mpg. The mileage figures are quite satisfactory for a supercar with an impressive range. 

Model

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

MPG (City)

13

17

13

16

MPG (Highway)

20

24

19

22

MPG (Combined)

16

20

15

18

Fuel Capacity 

21.1

19

21.1

19.8

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) 

274/422/337

304/437/380

N/A

297/416/356

McLaren 570S Spider once again is the most fuel economical car in this segment with a city mileage of 17 mpg, highway mileage of 24 mpg, and combined mileage of 20 mpg. Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster also offers better mileage than Audi R8 Spyder

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Interior

8.4/10

The Audi R8 Spyder can accommodate only two adults. It gets standard heated sports seats with Nappa leather upholstery. The V10 performance model gets standard racing shell seats with optional 18-way power-adjustable seats. The interior is top-class with the most comfortable seats, enough side bolstering, support, and ample passenger space. The racing shell seats are more comfortable but they are not ideal for daily rides. Moreover, power-adjustable seats will make your journey more comfortable. The entire interior such as the dashboard, the center console, the doors, and every corner is equipped with premium leather. There is also an option carbon-fiber trim present. To give a sporty look, the doors are also designed with carbon fiber and with LED lights surrounding them. However, there are no LATCH connectors for ensuring the safety of the children. 

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front Seats

If you are looking for large cargo space then Audi R8 Spyder will not satisfy you. Sports cars usually come with very limited cargo and interior storage space and is not ideal as a family car. However, it is enough for a weekend getaway for two people. It gets a total storage space of 8 cubic feet, which is more or less similar to its rivals. Little spaces are allotted behind the seats to store your luggage. 

Some of the interior features in Audi R8 are as follows:

  • Door sill trims with aluminum inlays
  • Audi exclusive carpet and floor mats
  • Audi exclusive luggage compartment lining in Alcantara
  • Audi exclusive sill trim in fine Nappa leather
  • Seat backrest covers painted in Audi exclusive color

Model

Audi R8 Spyder

McLaren 570S Spider

Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Mercedes-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

The Audi R8 Spyder does provide 41” of legroom for its occupants, which is a decent amount of space for a supercar. The supercars have a reputation of being a bit claustrophobic, however, with the R8 Spyder, things are different. The R8 is a practical car and can be easily used as a daily driver as well. The cabin is spacious and you get a clear view of the surroundings. 

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Infotainment System

The 2021 Audi R8 gets a standard user-friendly MMI infotainment system with a 12.3-inch standard touchscreen that shows all the information related to the vehicle and is also configurable in nature. Other standard feature includes Audi’s virtual cockpit, HD Radio, Bluetooth, Satellite Radio, 13 speaker 550-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation, WiFi hotspot, two USB ports, voice control, handwriting recognition, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. 

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Interior
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Interior
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Interior
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Interior
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front Seats
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front Seats
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Instrument Cluster
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Instrument Cluster
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Gear Shifter
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Gear Shifter

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Exterior

9.9/10

The 2020 Audi R8 Spyder received a facelift and various changes were introduced in the exterior design such as darker headlights, 3 faux inlets above the grille, chin spoiler, etc. and many new color options were also added. The 2021 model will be completely based on the previous year’s model and will carry on a similar exterior look. 

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Side View

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

However, there are certainly new additions to the exterior of the car like a honeycomb grille design, small fangs on the side of the car, a front lip spoiler, the R8 logo on the front grille, etc. The base model gets new 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels whereas the performance model gets 20-inch wheels. R8 comes with the highest curb weight of 3572 lbs among the rivals with Mercedes AMG GT Roadster having the second-highest curb weight of 3560 lbs in this segment.

Some of the exterior features of the 2021 Audi R8 includes:

  • Fixed rear wing in gloss carbon
  • Engine compartment cover in gloss carbon
  • Tank cap in aluminum with R8 logo and electric locking
  • Model name R8 on the rear; V10 emblem on the side of the front hood
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Rear View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Rear View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front Angle View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front Angle View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front Angle View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Front Angle View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Side View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Side View
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Wheel
2021 Audi R8 Spyder Wheel

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Safety

The safety rating of the 2020 Audi R8 Spyder is not available and the previous models of R8 Spyder are also not tested by NHTSA. However, built on a strong and powerful platform with plenty of safety features, Audi R8 has received positive reviews from buyers regarding its safety. 

Various safety features that are present in the 2021 Audi R8 are:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Audi Parking Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Dual-state airbags
  • Outboard front lap and shoulder safety belts

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Competition

9.6/10

2021 Audi R8 Spyder vs. McLaren 570S Spider

The MSRP of the 570S Spider costs around an extra $20,000 than that of the base trim of R8 Spyder. However, in terms of power figures, both the cars produce almost similar power with McLaren producing a slightly better torque. McLaren is available in RWD whereas Audi R8 is available in AWD. Though the 570S Spider comes with lesser top speed, it offers better acceleration than the R8 Spyder. In terms of mileage, the 570S Spider gives the best mileage in this segment. It also offers a slightly larger cargo space. However, the warranty coverage of McLaren is worst in this segment and that of Audi is best in this segment.

2021 McLaren 570S Spider

2021 Audi R8 Spyder vs. Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

Priced at $262,450, Lamborghini Huracan comes with the most powerful engine in this segment. However, the acceleration and handling of the R8 Spyder are slightly better. Audi R8 Spyder is more fuel-efficient also. All other features are more or less similar.

2021 Lamborghini Huracan Spyder

2021 Audi R8 Spyder vs. Mercedes AMG GT-Roadster

The AMG GT Roadster is slightly cheaper than the Audi R8, having an MSRP of $159,850. However, R8 Spyder comes with a better engine and offers better acceleration. On the other hand, the AMG GT Roadster is more fuel-efficient. It also offers more passenger space as well as cargo space and the warranty coverage is also impressive.

2021 Mercedes AMG GT-Roadster

 

2021 Audi R8 Spyder Final Verdict

If you are looking for a powerhouse that would be a thrill to drive rather than utility or practicality, then the 2021 Audi R8 Spyder will be a very good buy for you. With a high-performing engine and a royal cabin space, it is a heaven for all car enthusiasts. Though the mileage is slightly less than its rivals, it offers one of the best driving experiences in this segment. The warranty coverage is also extraordinary so without any further thinking, go for this car.