Completely redesigned last year, the 2018 Audi R8 mid-engine and all-wheel-drive sports car shares the engine and its basic structure with Lamborghini Huracan. Although it looks less dramatic, its performance is none other.
When transmitting seven-speed dual-clutch by controlling acceleration and launching the 2018 R8 forward at high speed, it remains pleasant across the city at low speed. The interior features a large digital display cluster gauge, while adaptive dampers on coupes and convertibles ensure a quiet ride every day. Spyder’s soft folding roof takes 19 seconds to open or close, and can be done at speeds up to 31 mph.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Audi R8 is available in a convertible (the Spyder) and coupe body style. Apart from the folding roof, the convertible and coupe are mostly the same in terms of standard equipment. A performance-oriented Plus trim is available for the coupe.
Standard equipment for the base R8 includes 19-inch wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, LED headlights and taillights, automatic high beams, LED engine-compartment lighting, front and rear parking sensors, keyless ignition and entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, auto-dimming power-folding heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, adjustable drive settings (Drive Select), a manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 18-way power seats with adjustable side and leg bolsters, leather upholstery, a synthetic-suede headliner,
Standard tech features includes a rearview camera, Audi Connect online services with mobile WiFi, a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument and infotainment display, voice controls, Audi MMI infotainment interface, a navigation system, Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with dual USB ports, satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack.
The 2018 Audi R8 Spyder adds a folding soft top and a glass wind blocker.
Options on the base R8 include red-painted brake calipers, larger carbon-ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, variable-ratio steering, laser-enhanced LED headlights, carbon-fiber exterior and interior trim and extended leather upholstery.
The 2018 Audi R8 Plus comes standard with a carbon-fiber exterior trim package, carbon-ceramic brakes, a sport suspension with conventional (non-adaptive) dampers, laser headlights, sport exhaust, a smaller fuel tank, an additional “Performance” mode for the Drive Select system, a sport steering wheel, partial power sport seats with fixed seatbacks (no recline) and a five-speaker sound system.
The 2018 Audi R8 Plus can be equipped with variable-ratio steering, 20-inch wheels, 18-way power seats, extended leather upholstery and a Bang & Olufsen stereo. But you’re stuck with the smaller gas tank and conventional suspension.
The 2018 Audi R8 is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine mounted behind the seats beneath a transparent engine cover. In the base model, it produces 540 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, while the R8 Plus engine output increases up to 610 hp and 413 lb-ft. A seven-speed automated manual transmission (S tronic) and all-wheel drive are standard across the lineup.
According to Audi, the regular R8 can accelerate from 60 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, while the R8 Plus cuts that down to 3.2 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy for both coupe and convertible at 17 mpg combined (14 city/22 highway).
The 2018 Audi R8 cabin always offers an ergonomic control layout and high quality materials, when compared to other exotic sports cars. The first generation model was disrupted by an early version of the MMI infotainment system that used a rather clumsy dashboard-mounted knob control. Fortunately, the new R8 does not give anything into its interior. Following the Audi TT trail, it uses an innovative Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster, which groups all driving and infotainment functions into one high-resolution screen in front of the driver. In addition, the MMI controller now has the ability to recognize input through the fingertips, located on the console between the seats and easy to find. The downside of this system, is that passengers have little ability to view or adjust the infotainment function.
The 2018 Audi R8 two available seat designs are opposite. The standard 18-way power seat are supports excited driving and comfortable for touring, but the standard racing seats in the R8 Plus lose power function and not even recline. If you plan on taking your R8 to the racecourse on a regular basis, this seat may be appealed, but Audi still provides a more luxurious seat as an option for less aggressive R8 Plus buyers.
The 2018 Audi R8 has only 8.0 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which includes both front and small luggage at the back of the seat. It’s small even for a supercar.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Audi R8 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. Key competitors include the Porsche 911, Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R and Mercedes-AMG GT.
Official pricing ranges will start from $164,900 for the R8 coupe, the convertible start at $177,100 and $194,400 for the R8 plus coupe.