Price:The 2022 Audi R8 starts at $148,700.
The 2022 Audi R8 is the unlikely supercar. It doesn’t have the outrageous Lamborghini Huracán looks. Nor does it have the pedigree of the Porsche POAHY, -1.80% 911. Instead, it puts tremendous power and exotic performance into a lightweight, well-considered package with styling that’s arguably attractive yet generally understated. It comes as a coupe or a convertible, which is called a Spyder.
As technical innovations and engineering improvements have made their way into car manufacturing, even wildly powerful cars have become civilized to drive on public roads. The R8 is definitely easygoing and enjoyable. It doesn’t really matter when there’s the inevitable Toyota TM, -0.02% Prius in front holding things up. Get the R8 on a track, though, and it delivers a whole different set of thrills.
We’re now in the second generation of the R8, which debuted in 2015, and this year is probably the last. Another R8 may come along, perhaps with electric or hybrid power, but if anyone has their heart set on a new R8 with this amazing V-10 engine, now’s the time to head for theAudidealership. We’ve loved the R8 and will be sorry to see it go.
2022 Audi R8 pricing
A Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $146,500 is applied to the 2022 R8 V10 Performance Coupe RWD, plus a destination charge, then a gas guzzler tax of $1,700.
It’s $199,800 for the 2022 R8 V10 Performance Coupe Quattro with all-wheel drive and the more powerful engine.
The premium for a soft-top versions is about $14,000. A metallic or pearl-effect paint is $595. On Audi’s retail site configurator, we were able to push the Spyder AWD’s price to nearly $232,000.
The main rival to the 2022 R8 is that perennial driver’s choice, thePorsche 911. To get the same kind of power (or more) means looking at the 911 Turbo, in the $172k region. The McLaren GT starts at $210,000. A Lamborghini Huracán Evo starts at $200k and zooms up quickly from there. TheAcura NSXhybrid supercar (definitely being discontinued) is about $170,000, and a version of the Mercedes-AMG GT with comparable power to the R8 could be in a similar ballpark.
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Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to find out what others in your area paid for their new R8. Like fuel costs, an R8 buyer is probably not too concerned about resale values, but the 911, R8, and Huracán all do quite well.
Driving the 2022 Audi R8
That earlier question about reliability? We’ve driven an R8 from Los Angeles to the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, just above San Francisco. Did a succession of hot laps and drove it all the way back again. It performed admirably over every mile. Given the chance, we’d do the same thing right now.
Its demeanor on public highways is unruffled and about as discreet as a low-slung, mid-engined 2-seater supercar can be. On clearer, more interesting roads, the R8 begins to show some of its wonderful talent for acceleration and corner-conquering. That’s when the engine sounds also start to tingle the spine.
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Mid-engined cars have sometimes been tricky in the past. If the back end snaps into oversteer, it hasn’t always been easy to catch and control it. The R8 is not like that at all, especially when all-wheel drive is present. On a track, the R8’s benign handling inspires a lot of confidence. It will ease through bends and blast down straights, making the driver feel more talented than ever before.
The Audi R8’s platform is shared with the Lamborghini Huracán, including the V10. This engine is naturally aspirated and thrives on high revs, making it especially responsive to throttle inputs. Even the least powerful version is capable of rocketing the 2022 R8 from standstill to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and achieving a top speed of 204 mph.
We won’t gripe about the smallish cabin or the limited outward vision. It’s the same kind of thing with a lot of mid-engined supercars and comes with this particular kind of territory.
Two adults can still fit. The seats, upholstered in Nappa leather, are comfortable, while holding their occupants in place through fast corners. And the driving position should be fine for the majority of people.
Audi offers the option of sport seats with a carbon fiber shell, but they have a fixed back. So they appeal more to a dedicated track warrior. The flat-bottomed steering wheel allows drivers to slide their knees under more easily than if it was completely round, while the red ignition button — just a thumb-stretch away from the quarter-to-three position — never fails to spark a shiver of excitement every time it’s pressed.
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Buyers can also specify an extended leather package, diamond stitching, and a headliner of Alcantara (simulated suede).
It still looks like a supercar from a sci-fi movie, doesn’t it? Even more so with the LED engine bay lighting in the coupe version, visible through the rear window. The convertible 2022 R8 Spyder retains the same kind of pared-down elegance, but adds 97 pounds of extra weight because of its motorized roof — which needs just 20 seconds to perform its duties.
Standard alloy wheel size is 20 inches in diameter. Various elements (like the front and rear spoilers) are finished in black, but the exhaust tips are chromed. The R8 has full LED lighting exterior lighting, with the option of laser technology for the headlights.
It’s two cylinders better than a V8. Seriously, this is a glorious engine, muscular yet smooth, only sounding raucous when revved hard. It delivers its power with an easy progression. A minor change this year is that the erstwhile 532-horsepower version now makes 562 horsepower, prompting Audi to tweak the full name. Every new R8 is now called the 2022 Audi R8 V10 Performance.
Audi was one of the first to use a configurable digital driver information display in place of the traditional instrument cluster. Although they’re much more common these days, this one still looks cool and contributes to the R8’s high-tech feel.
The most affordable rear-drive 2022 R8 coupe still comes with heated/18-way power-adjustable seats with pneumatic bolsters, automatic climate control, Virtual Cockpit, self-dimming mirrors, stainless steel pedals, front/rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and a sport suspension.
The infotainment system includes Wi-Fi, satellite radio, navigation, wireless charging, phone signal boosting, a microphone set into the seat belt for voice control and phone calls, plus Apple AAPL, +0.19% CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
Conspicuous by their absence are driver assistance features like forward-collision warning or blind-spot monitoring. Many other supercars are the same in this respect. There’s the philosophy that someone driving a machine like this is less liable to be distracted and extra features add weight. But supercars in the future will no doubt have more driver aids because of safety regulations.
There’s the choice of fixed roof or folding fabric top, all-wheel drive (known as “quattro” in Audi’s world), nicer leather, carbon fiber exterior and interior elements, sport exhaust package, and a 13-speaker/550-watt Bang & Olufsen BGOUF, -4.62% audio system.
Specialized options include ceramic disc brakes, carbon fiber front anti-roll bar (saving almost 4.5 pounds over the standard metal item), and variable-ratio steering.
The quattro/602-horsepower combination also brings a Performance setting to the selectable driving modes, plus more carbon fiber (a fixed rear wing, for example), ceramic brake discs, and the laser-enhanced headlights.
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Engine and transmission
One day, perhaps sooner than we think, we’ll look back on powerful naturally aspirated engines like these (no turbos or superchargers) with longing and nostalgia. Never mind that the best it can squeeze out of a gallon of premium gasoline is an average of around 17 miles.
This 5.2-liter V10 develops 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque (up from last year’s 398 lb-ft) when deployed in a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) configuration. With all-wheel drive (AWD) it’s tuned to produce 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque.
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In both cases, the transmission is a dual-clutch 7-speed automated setup with paddle shifters mounted beneath the steering wheel.
5.2-liter V10 (RWD)
562 horsepower @ 4,475 rpm
406 lb-ft of torque @ 6,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/23 mpg (coupe & convertible)
5.2-liter V10 (AWD)
602 horsepower @ 8,100 rpm
413 lb-ft of torque @ 6,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/19 mpg (coupe & convertible)
How much is a 2022 Audi R8?
It goes from $148,700 to $211,300. So, you know, quite affordable for the average billionaire.
Is the 2022 Audi R8 reliable?
The cliché about cars like the R8 and Porsche 911 is that they’re supercars that can be driven every day. Well, clichés become clichés because they’re true. Looking at R8 owners forums, there are many happy people with this car in their garage.
How long do 2022 Audi R8 models last?
With regular maintenance and not subjecting it to an overly harsh life (hard not to drive the wheels off it, admittedly, when there’s a V10 to enjoy), the 2022 R8 should not only last a long time, but could become an appreciating classic. Remember this an exotic car, though, and replacement parts could be expensive.
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Of course, the other thing making the R8 an accessible exotic car is that it drives and feels like an exotic car, with a midengine design, impressive acceleration, even from the “lowly” V8 model, a low-slung look, and excellent steering and handling.What is Audi R8 performance? ›
"The Audi R8 V10 Performance delivers the performance expected of an exotic sports car. Acceleration is otherworldly, reaching 60 mph in only 3.0 seconds." "The Audi is less hardcore than the Lambo, though, less intense on a twisty road or racetrack.How fast can a 2022 Audi R8 go? ›
The 2022 Audi R8 goes from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and achieves a top speed of 204 mph.How fast is the Audi R8 performance? ›
Thanks to the free-flowing, redline-loving engine, the V-10 RWD R8 can sprint to 60 mph from rest in 3.7 seconds in the coupe form and 3.8 seconds with the fabric top. The top speed is rated at 204- and 203 mph for the coupe and Spyder models, respectively.Is an Audi R8 faster than a Lamborghini? ›
2018 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster vs 2018 Audi R8 Spyder.
|2018 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster||Vs||2018 Audi R8 Spyder|
|507 lb-ft.||Torque||398 lb-ft.|
|3.0 s||0-62 mph||3.5 s|
|217 mph||Max Speed||198 mph|
While the Huracan's appeal is impossible to ignore, the Audi R8 is clearly the superior V10 supercar. Supercars are some of the most desirable vehicles around, and consequently, they attract high price tags.Is Audi R8 same as Lamborghini? ›
They both share the same chassis, engine type, and similar dimensions. The Audi R8 features a slightly more detuned engine than the Lamborghini Huracan, but that loud V10 symphony remains the same as the Lamborghini Huracan, if not better as some would argue.What is faster Audi R8 or McLaren? ›
We timed each model over the 0.9-mile lap, and the McLaren emerged as the fastest, setting a benchmark of 42.7 seconds. The Porsche was two-tenths behind, while the Audi was a second off the 570's pace.What is special about Audi R8? ›
The R8 Coupé and Spyder 5.2-litre V10 Quattro will have 578 PS, with a new, more powerful 620 PS V10 Performance Quattro adding a new name to the range. Audi is claiming this even lighter model will be capable of 0-62mph in 3.1 sec and have a top speed of 205mph!What is the world's fastest car? ›
What is the number one fastest car in the world? The fastest production car in the world in terms of projected figures (before an official run has been made) is the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut, with a calculated top speed target of over 310mph.
The fastest cars in the world right now are:
Bugatti Chiron Supersport 300+ SSC Tuatara. McLaren Speedtail. Koenigsegg Regera.
Verdict The R8 is a supercar for those who care as much about making an entrance at the end of their journey as the thrills they might have on the journey.Is a Audi R8 faster than a hellcat? ›
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Audi's bid to make a more purist sports car, the rear-wheel-drive R8, has been given a 30PS (22kW) fillip.Which Audi has a Lamborghini engine? ›
The S6 has been offered now over five generations as the mid-tier performance variant of the Audi A6. The S6 came fitted with a 10-cylinder engine during its third generation. While the engine shared elements with Lamborghini's 5.0-liter V10, the Audi 5.2-liter V10 was, in fact, based on Audi's 4.2-liter V8.Is the Audi R8 V10 a Lamborghini engine? ›
The R8 borrows its V10 engine from the Lamborghini Huracán, but this German machine is an all-rounder, and could arguably be described as subtle despite HYPEBEAST having a “Vegas Yellow” specification on hand.Which car is faster Bugatti or Lambo? ›
Is a Bugatti faster than a Lamborghini? In the case of the Aventador vs. Chiron, the answer is yes — much faster. You might think the Aventador's weight would give it an edge on acceleration, but that's not the case.Which is better Audi R8 or BMW i8? ›
R8 vs i8 [2015-2019] Comparison Overview.
|Key Highlights||R8||i8 [2015-2019]|
|Engine Capacity||5204 cc||1499 cc|
|Power||533 bhp||357 bhp|
The Lamborghini Gallardo and the Audi R8 are essentially the same vehicle.Is the Audi R8 supercar? ›
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The lack of high-performance-sports-car plans is glaring at Audi, but Car and Driver has learned that an EV replacement for the R8 is in the works. Don't get too anxious, though: the launch date for this new model, currently called the Rnext, has been pushed back to 2029.Is Lamborghini just an Audi? ›
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Italian pronunciation: [autoˈmɔːbili lamborˈɡiːni]) is an Italian brand and manufacturer of luxury sports cars and SUVs based in Sant'Agata Bolognese. The company is owned by the Volkswagen Group through its subsidiary Audi.Is a Porsche faster than an Audi? ›
Both of these brands have a reputation for quality and style, but Porsche leans into its reputation for performance by delivering superior-top speeds, more off-road features, and faster charging times. Explore the differences between Audi vs.Which one is faster a McLaren vs Lamborghini? ›
2020 McLaren 720S vs 2020 Lamborghini Huracan EVO.
|2020 McLaren 720S||VS||2020 Lamborghini Huracan EVO|
|568 lb-ft||Torque||442 lb-ft|
|212 mph||Top Speed||201 mph|
|7.4 cu-ft||Cargo Capacity||3.5 cu-ft|
Top speed records are averaged between two runs in opposite direction to account for wind, so the McLaren's official top speed record calculated out to 240.1 mph. That record has since been beaten by the Bugatti Veyron and others, but the F1 remains the fastest naturally aspirated production car ever built.How powerful is the Audi R8? ›
The 2023 Audi R8 packs a 5.2-liter V10 engine with two states of tune: 562 horsepower and 602 horsepower. A seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; Quattro all-wheel drive is available but only with the latter configuration.Is the R8 a future classic? ›
Its ten-cylinder engine spins to 8,500 rpm yet a DSG and smooth stop-start mean the RWD R8 is neither overly polluting nor intimidating to drive.Is Audi R8 underrated? ›
Recently rebranded, refettled and generally sharpened both stylistically and technically, the Audi R8 remains one the greatest underrated supercars in the world. With 564bhp for the 'standard' model, up to 613 for the Performance, the R8 is full of 5.2-litre V10 charm.What car is faster than a Bugatti? ›
When Koenigsegg set a new official top-speed record, Hennessey forfeited the title. The Hennessey Venom GT came out of nowhere to topple the mighty Bugatti Veyron.
Lamborghini Huracán Evo RWD: Top Speed of 201.9 mph (325 km/h) Lamborghini Huracán Evo RWD Spyder: Top Speed of 201.3 mph (324 km/h) Lamborghini Huracán Evo Fluo Capsule: Top Speed of >201.9 mph (325 km/h) Lamborghini Huracán STO: Top Speed of 192.6 mph (310 km/h)What is the fastest muscle car 2022? ›
The 2022 Challenger SRT® Super Stock offers the highest horsepower of any production V8, is the fastest 1/4-mile muscle car 1 and is the ultimate drag racing muscle car 2.What is the fastest American made car? ›
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- Hennessey Venom F5 - 311 mph (Est)
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7/8 Lamborghini Aventador S
With a top speed of 217 MPH and a 0-60 in 2.9 seconds, the Aventador looks to beat the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. But it can't. With a quarter-mile time of 10.7 seconds, it finishes in second.
As luck would have it, with the Plaid driver focused on the Hellcat and giving the hit, he was not focused on the light tree and started his run with a 0.006 reaction time. In the end, the Tesla Plaid came out on top with a 6.139 second elapsed time (ET) at 119 mph compared to the Hellcat's 7.268 second ET at 98 mph.What street car is faster than a hellcat? ›
The Demon can go from zero to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, while the Hellcat takes 3.6 seconds. Regarding top speed, the Demon is slightly faster, with a staggering top speed of 211 mph, while the Hellcat has a top speed of 202 mph.Which Audi has the most horsepower? ›
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|Make/Model||Audi RS7 Sportback|
|Category||Aftermarket / Tuning Races and Chases|
The car was fitted with a 6.0-litre V12 engine, utilising Volkswagen Group's long-established Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) turbodiesel technology. This engine produces 368 kW (500 PS; 493 bhp) at 4,000 rpm and 1,000 N⋅m (738 lbf⋅ft) of torque at 1,750-3,000 rpm.What is the most powerful Audi engine? ›
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The Audi R8 V10 Coupé quattro accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 3.4 seconds and the Spyder in 3.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 200mph. The 5.2 FSI engine in the Audi R8 V10 performance quattro generates 620PS instead of the previous 610PS, with an improved peak torque of 580 Nm (427.8 lb ft).What classifies a car as an exotic? ›
An Exotic Car is a peculiar car that remains not often seen in cost, efficiency, and accessibility; they are perhaps not in the Supercar domain. A limited, rare, entity or exceptionally made exotic car is likely to contain different materials.Which cars are considered exotics? ›
What is Considered an Exotic Car? An exotic car's looks resemble what its name suggests. It's arrestingly unusual, sold by brand names you'd recognize like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Bentley, and Porsche.What type of car is Audi R8? ›
The Audi R8 is a two-seat mid-engine sports car available as both a coupe and convertible. The latter is dubbed the R8 Spyder and uses a power-operating soft top. The R8's trim levels are the R8 V10 Performance RWD, which is rear-wheel-drive, and the R8 V10 Performance Quattro, which is all-wheel-drive.What type of car is a R8? ›
The Audi R8 is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, which uses Audi's trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It was introduced by the German car manufacturer Audi AG in 2006.What are the top 10 exotic cars? ›
- 2022 Porsche 911. Pros. Iconic style and performance. ...
- 2022 Ferrari Roma. Pros. ...
- 2022 Bentley Continental. Combined Mileage: 14 - 19 mpg. ...
- 2022 Maserati MC20. Combined Mileage: 18 mpg. ...
- 2022 Ferrari F8. Pros. ...
- 2022 McLaren GT. Pros. ...
- 2022 Ferrari SF90. Pros. ...
- 2023 Aston Martin DBS. Pros.
Tesla has designed its batteries to have much better power transfer. Incredible amount of electricity can flow in and out of the battery enabling it to deliver high power to the power-hungry motors.What is the most exotic car in the world? ›
Motor1 officially lists the Bugatti La Voiture Noire (the name means 'the black car') as the most expensive car in the world. La Voiture Noire costs $13.4 million.
The #1 fastest car in the world is the Devel Sixteen, which costs $1.6 million and can reach alleged speeds of 347 mph / 550 kph with a 0-60 mph time of 1.8 seconds. The fastest car in the world is the Devel Sixteen, which costs $1.6 million.What is the best exotic car brand? ›
- Bugatti. Founded in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti, this French company focused on racing from its inception. ...
- McLaren. ...
- Koenigsegg. ...
- Pagani. ...
- SSC North America. ...
- Lamborghini. ...
The R8 borrows its V10 engine from the Lamborghini Huracán, but this German machine is an all-rounder, and could arguably be described as subtle despite HYPEBEAST having a “Vegas Yellow” specification on hand.Why is the R8 so popular? ›
Some of the modern luxury cars go a little crazy with heavy-duty touch screens but the R8 keeps things simple but classy. Its interiors are made of chic leather and also have a classic gauge cluster that enhances the driving experience.