Buyer's Guide

2022 Audi R8
Select a Different Model (4 Available): V10 Performance quattro Coupe
Fuel Economy $ 13 / 19 mpg
Horsepower 602@8,100
Torque 413@6,700
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2022 Audi R8 MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Glorious V-10
  • Day-to-day usability
  • Cheaper than a Lamborghini Huracán

Cons

  • Transmission could be better
  • Slower than some rivals
  • What cargo space?

The R8 is the crowning jewel of Audi's lineup. A two-seat rocket closely related to the Lamborghini Huracán, the R8 is capable as a daily driver or a track-day monster. Last year saw the return of the rear-wheel-drive variant, which sees a power bump for 2022. Get it while it's hot—the R8's old-school powertrain is likely to go the way of the dinosaur soon.

What's New

  • Base engine gets more power
  • New performance packages available on RWD models

What We Think

We're glad the V-10 R8 is still around, even if it won't be for much longer. We tested the latest version in 2020. While the track dynamics aren't quite as polished as exotic rivals, the R8 offers a seductive blend of refinement and brutality.

The R8's magic has always been its ability to pull double duty. Many supercars can deliver blistering lap times, but few are as pleasant when bopping around town. Almost none can do both, and that's where the R8 sets itself apart.

That, and the noise. Audi's V-10 powerplant is an all-time great. When we tested the R8 as a contender for Best Driver's Car in 2016, race car driver Randy Pobst praised the engine's smoothness and power. Just as important, the naturally aspirated scream informs you (and everyone else) that you're the fastest thing on the road.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The Audi R8 is available in two states of tune. Both use a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 and are fast enough to curdle your insides.

For 2022, the rear-wheel-drive R8 gains 30 horsepower and 8 lb-ft of torque, placing total output at 562 hp and 408 lb-ft. At an EPA-estimated 14/23 mpg city/highway, the RWD R8 is the thriftier variant.

The all-wheel-drive powertrain is unchanged at 602 hp and 413 lb-ft. The R8's launch control is exceptional. In our testing, a Euro-spec 2017 model went from 0 to 60 mph in 2.6 seconds. Fuel economy drops to 13/19 mpg city/highway.

Both powertrains are available with either the coupe or Spyder, and both get the same dual-clutch seven-speed automatic transmission. The transmission is generally good, but it can be hesitant to downshift. Compared to a Ferrari dual-clutch box or Porsche's PDK, it feels outdated.

An Electrified Future

Rumors have long circulated that the R8's powertrain is on the way out. As hybrid supercars become the norm, it seems only a matter of time before the R8 joins the new wave.

Audi has dropped hints about electrifying the R8, but so far, no details have been confirmed. The model will almost certainly continue in some form, possibly derived from the fascinating PB18 concept car.

That's not a bad thing. Hybrid and electric powertrains have proven effective in performance cars, and Audi has the racing pedigree to do the job right. We will miss the smooth howl of the V-10, though. Buyers who prefer unadulterated internal combustion should snap up this R8 before it's gone.

Safety Ratings and Features

As a niche supercar, the R8 hasn't been vetted by federal or independent safety testers. You won't find Audi's suite of active driver assistance features here. Automatic high-beams and parking sensors are standard, though.

Cargo Space

Like most supercars, the R8 was not built for runs to the hardware store. Its limited interior space is comparable to rivals like the McLaren 570S.

Cargo space:

  • 2022 R8: 8.0 cubic feet (coupe), 4.0 cubic feet (convertible)
  • 2022 570S: 7.1 cubic feet (coupe), 5.3 cubic feet (convertible)

Technology

Unlike most modern cars, the R8 has no central touchscreen. The driver's 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster doubles as command center for climate control and media. Navigation is standard on every R8, and the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Bang & Olufsen sound system is the only available upgrade.

Recommended Trim

Two powertrains and two body styles make four possible R8 configurations. We're not sure the upgraded engine is worth over $50,000, but the Spyder is tempting at about $12,000 more than the base coupe. The drop-top makes that marvelous soundtrack even sweeter.

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2022 AUDI R8 SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V10 5.2 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, S tronic® 7 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
V10 Performance quattro Coupe
Class
Luxury Performance Car
Horsepower
602@8,100
Standard MPG
13/19
Body Style
Coupe
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
2/2
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
144
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50,000
Full Warranty Miles
50,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
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
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 3.39% Financing for a maximum term of 66 Months - Audi announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 2.89% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Audi announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 4.39% Financing for a maximum term of 75 Months - Audi announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022
$0 3.89% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Audi announces APR rates on select models. 01-31-2022