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2018 Audi R8
Select a Different Model (5 Available): 5.2 (Auto) Coupe
Fair Market Price $ 171362
MPG (EPA) 14 CTY /22 HWY
Horsepower 540@7800
Torque 398@6500
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2018 Audi R8 MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Explosive acceleration
  • Sexy exterior design
  • Well-appointed interior

You Won't Like

  • Understeers too much at its limit
  • No traditional multimedia screen on the dash

New for 2018

The 2018 Audi R8 is now available with laser LED headlights and comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A new Black Optics package option adds 20-inch alloy wheels, Mythos Black side blades, Titanium Black exterior trim, and gloss black exhaust tips. Anthracite interior trim now comes standard on the R8 V10 while the R8 V10 Plus gets Carbon Sigma high gloss inlays.

Vehicle Summary

The 2018 Audi R8 is the flagship supercar of the Audi brand. The car features a mid-engine layout, comes standard with all-wheel drive and comes in either coupe or convertible body styles.

Overview

A 5.2-liter V-10 paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is the only powertrain combination available. In the R8 V10 and R8 Spyder, it makes 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque or 610 hp and 413 lb-ft on the R8 V10 Plus. EPA fuel economy ratings stand at 14/22 mpg city/highway for all variants. Cargo space in the R8's front trunk is 8.0 cubic feet.

Standard features include full LED headlights, Nappa leather upholstery, heated 18-way power adjustable seats, the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, Audi's MMI interface with navigation (in the instrument cluster), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry/start, 19-inch alloy wheels, Audi Drive Select, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system (optional on the R8 V10 Plus). Optional features include a dynamic steering system, a full leather interior, 20-inch alloy wheels, and contrast stitching for the seats. Audi will also allow you to customize your R8 with exclusive exterior colors for an extra charge.

Safety

The NHTSA and IIHS haven't crash tested the 2018 Audi R8. Active safety tech isn't available in any variant of the Audi R8.

What We Think

In a 2017 First Test, we said that despite the minimalist design, the R8's cabin is well-built and packed with tech such as the Virtual Cockpit system. On the road, the R8 offers explosive acceleration especially the 610-hp R8 V10 Plus despite having a high-revving engine. Its handling is also excellent and its steering is crisp and sharp, making it great to drive on winding mountain roads. At the 2016 Best Driver's Car competition, however, the Audi R8 V10 Plus only placed seventh due to it being overly precise and clinical on the track. Additionally, the car had a tendency to understeer when pushed hard to its limit.

We recently tested a 2017 R8 Spyder and found that even with the less powerful version of the 5.2-liter V-10, it has strong acceleration, just not as violent as the R8 V10 Plus when launching. In most driving situations, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic shifts smoothly; however, in Sport mode it's rougher and less refined. As with most supercars, the R8 Spyder offers excellent handling but the steering doesn't have as much feel as one would expect. The interior, as with most Audi vehicles, is well built and features a minimalist design. In this case, the R8 Spyder lacks the traditional screen on the dash for the infotainment system, leaving only the Virtual Cockpit as the place where all information is displayed.

Cool Fact

The Audi R8 is closely related to the Lamborghini Huracan since both use the same V-10 engine and dual-clutch transmission.

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2018 AUDI R8 SPECIFICATIONS
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FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V10 5.2 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, S tronic® 7 Speed Automatic
Trim
5.2 (Auto) Coupe
Class
Luxury Performance Car
Horsepower
540@7800
Standard MPG
14/22
Body Style
Coupe
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
2/2
Package Invoice Retail

20" Wheel Package

INCLUDES: Tires, Front P245/30R20 Performance Summer; Tires, Rear P305/30R20 Performance Summer; Wheels, 20" Alloy
$1395 $1500

Full Leather Package

CONTAINED IN: [PL8] Diamond Stitch Full Leather Package
$2790 $3000

Black Optic Package

INCLUDES: Gloss Black Exhaust Tips; Mythos Black Sideblades; Tires, Front P245/30R20 Performance Summer; Tires, Rear P305/30R20 Performance Summer; Titanium Black Exterior Trim; Wheels, 20" Alloy
$2604 $2800

Ceramic Brake Package

INCLUDES: 15.0" Front Ceramic Discs with 6-Piston Calipers, 14.0" Rear Ceramic Discs with 4-Piston Calipers; Ceramic Brakes NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PC2] Red Brake Calipers
$9207 $9900

Carbon Exterior Package

INCLUDES: Carbon Fiber Engine Cover; Carbon Fiber Trimmed Convertible Top Compartment Lid (Spyder Only); Carbon Sigma Sideblades
$5208 $5600

Carbon Interior Package

INCLUDES: Additional Carbon High-Gloss Inlays (Virtual Cockpit and Air Vent Surrounds); Carbon Sigma High-Gloss Decorative Inlays; Luxury Trim, Carbon Fiber On Console And Doors : Carbon & Leather On Instrument Panel
$3162 $3400

Engine: V10 5.2 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, S tronic® 7 Speed Automatic

Std Std

Exterior Color, Mythos Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dynamite Red

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Daytona Gray Pearl

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Camouflage Green Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ara Blue Crystal

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Vegas Yellow

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Florett Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Suzuka Gray Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ibis White

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Tango Red Metallic

N/C N/C

15.0" Front Ceramic Discs with 6-Piston Calipers, 14.0" Rear Ceramic Discs with 4-Piston Calipers

CONTAINED IN: [PC5] Ceramic Brake Package
Pkg Pkg

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Ceramic Brakes

CONTAINED IN: [PC5] Ceramic Brake Package
Pkg Pkg

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Air Conditioning: Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

CONTAINED IN: [LMA] USB Cables (PIO)
Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Entertainment Display Screen

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Internal HD, 64GB Capacity

Std Std

USB Cables (PIO)

INCLUDES: Comes with One Lightning & One Micro USB Angled-Swivel Head Cable; Connection To External Entertainment Devices; Mobile Phone Prep with Charger
$111 $120

Load Restraint

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Mobile Phone Prep with Charger

CONTAINED IN: [LMA] USB Cables (PIO)
Grp Grp

Multi-Function Display Screen, 8.3-Inch with Wheel

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 3.588

Std Std

Brakes, Regenerative

Std Std

Carbon Fiber Engine Cover

CONTAINED IN: [PQA] Carbon Exterior Package
Pkg Pkg

Compass

Std Std

Cylinder Shutdown

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering, Suspension

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 21.9 Gallon

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Start/Stop

Std Std

Drive: Quattro® Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive AWD

Std Std

Paint Protection: Rear Load Sill/Door Cup/Door Edge (PIO)

$140 $150

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Gloss Black Exhaust Tips

CONTAINED IN: [PAH] Black Optic Package
Pkg Pkg

Mythos Black Sideblades

CONTAINED IN: [PAH] Black Optic Package
Pkg Pkg

Red Brake Calipers

NOT AVAILABLE WITH: [PC5] Ceramic Brake Package
$651 $700

Front Grille Filler Panel

N/C N/C

Carbon Fiber Trimmed Convertible Top Compartment Lid (Spyder Only)

CONTAINED IN: [PQA] Carbon Exterior Package
Pkg Pkg

Carbon Sigma Sideblades

CONTAINED IN: [PQA] Carbon Exterior Package
Pkg Pkg

Cornering Lights/Curb Illumination

Std Std

Paint Protection: Front Bumper (PIO)

$326 $350

Paint Protection: Partial Hood and Fenders (PIO)

$242 $260

Spoiler, Trunk/Hatch

Std Std

Titanium Black Exterior Trim

CONTAINED IN: [PAH] Black Optic Package
Pkg Pkg

Window, Rear

Std Std

Contrast Stitching

$465 $500

Alcantara Headliner with Diamond Stitching

CONTAINED IN: [PL8] Diamond Stitch Full Leather Package
Grp Grp

Console

Std Std

Diamond Stitch Seats

CONTAINED IN: [PL8] Diamond Stitch Full Leather Package
Grp Grp

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Headliner Upholstery, Synthetic Suede

CONTAINED IN: [PL8] Diamond Stitch Full Leather Package
Std Std

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Leather On Shift Knob ; Color High Gloss On Console; Leather On Doors

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Diamond Stitch Full Leather Package

INCLUDES: Alcantara Headliner with Diamond Stitching; Diamond Stitch Seats; [7HD] Full Leather Package; Headliner Upholstery, Synthetic Suede; Seat Upholstery, Leather
$4650 $5000

Audi Guard All-Weather Floor Mats (PIO)

$507 $545

Steering Wheel: Alloy & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Storage, Below Seat

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Additional Carbon High-Gloss Inlays (Virtual Cockpit and Air Vent Surrounds)

CONTAINED IN: [PQE] Carbon Interior Package
Pkg Pkg

Carbon Sigma High-Gloss Decorative Inlays

CONTAINED IN: [PQE] Carbon Interior Package
Pkg Pkg

Luxury Trim, Carbon Fiber On Console And Doors : Carbon & Leather On Instrument Panel

CONTAINED IN: [PQE] Carbon Interior Package
Pkg Pkg

Delete: LED Lights, High Beam

CONTAINED IN: [8IZ] LED Headlights with Audi Laser Light
Grp Grp

Reading Lights, Front

Std Std

LED Lights, Daytime Running Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver And Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Comes with One Lightning & One Micro USB Angled-Swivel Head Cable

CONTAINED IN: [LMA] USB Cables (PIO)
Grp Grp

Vermont Brown Seat Requirement

N/C N/C

Warranty Full Service, 12 Months / Other Miles

Std Std

Crystal Effect Paint

$1000 $1075

Metallic Paint

$535 $575

Paint, Gloss

Std Std

Pearl Effect Paint

$535 $575

LED Headlights with Audi Laser Light

INCLUDES: Delete: LED Lights, High Beam; Headlight Control; Headlights, LED Laser High Beams
$3255 $3500

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 8

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

Std Std

Glass, Tinted

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Dusk Sensor

Std Std

Headlight Control

CONTAINED IN: [8IZ] LED Headlights with Audi Laser Light
Grp Grp

Headlights, LED Laser High Beams

CONTAINED IN: [8IZ] LED Headlights with Audi Laser Light
Grp Grp

Headlights, LED

Std Std

Heated Washer

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Multi-Collision Braking

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Front Parking System Plus Radar, Rear Parking System Plus Camera and Radar

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

Std Std

Audi First Aid Kit (PIO)

$47 $50

Seat Upholstery, Leather

CONTAINED IN: [PL8] Diamond Stitch Full Leather Package
Std Std

Seating, 2

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front 16-Way Power Heated Sports

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Diamond Stitched Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather with Ara Blue Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather with Ara Blue Diamond Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather with Express Red Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather with Express Red Diamond Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather with Vegas Yellow Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather with Vegas Yellow Diamond Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Rotor Gray Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Rotor Gray Diamond Stitched Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Vermont Brown Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather with Silver Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Nappa Leather with Silver Diamond Stitching

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Express Red Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Express Red Diamond Stitched Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Audio System, MMI® Navigation Plus AM/FM Radio, 1-Disc CD Changer/MP3 Player, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Screen and Digital Media Card

Std Std

Disc Autochanger

Std Std

DVD/VCD

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Thirteen Bang & Olufsen Speakers Subwoofer

Std Std

Dynamic Steering

INCLUDES: Dynamic Steering, Audi Dynamic Steering; Power Steering
$1302 $1400

Power Steering

CONTAINED IN: [1N8] Dynamic Steering
Std Std

Dynamic Steering, Audi Dynamic Steering

CONTAINED IN: [1N8] Dynamic Steering
Grp Grp

Responsive Suspension

Std Std

Suspension, Wishbone w/ Coil Springs

Std Std

Tires, Front P245/30R20 Performance Summer

CONTAINED IN: [40G] 20" Wheel Package; [PAH] Black Optic Package
Pkg Pkg

Tires, P245/35ZR19 Summer Front & P295/35ZR19 Summer Rear

Std Std

Tires, Rear P305/30R20 Performance Summer

CONTAINED IN: [40G] 20" Wheel Package; [PAH] Black Optic Package
Pkg Pkg

Wheels, 19" Alloy

Std Std

Wheels, 20" Alloy

CONTAINED IN: [40G] 20" Wheel Package; [PAH] Black Optic Package
Pkg Pkg
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated