A mid-engine, two-seater supercar, the 2014 Audi R8 is available in coupe and convertible trim levels. Engines consist of a V8 (430 hp/317 lb-ft of torque), V10 (525 hp/391 lb-ft of torque), and a V10 Plus (550 hp/398 lb-ft of torque). A standard 6-speed manual, or an optional 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission, can be likened to Audi quattro all-wheel-drive. Features include full LED headlight technology, LED engine compartment lighting, flared rocker panel, carbon fiber sigma Audi sideblades, gloss black engine cover vents, carbon fiber sigma engine compartment inlays, leather/alcantara® seating surfaces, and Audi concert radio with seven speakers and single CD player with MP3 playback capability. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic brake-pressure distribution (EBD), and brake assist (BA). The R8 is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2014, Audi's flagship R8 supercar receives a few notable updates. While the potent V8 and V10 engines carry over, a new optional S-Tronic 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission replaces the single-clutch R-Tronic unit, providing for a smoother, faster shifting experience. Additionally, a new R8 V10 Plus model replaces the R8 V10 GT, with an even more powerful engine that produces 550 hp, a 25-hp bump over the standard R8. Audi claims a top speed of 198 mph for the new trim.
Exotic-car looks; blistering performance; luxury-car appointments; exclusivity; impressive display of Audi's advanced engineering; inexpensive compared to the competition
Audi's R8 coupe and Spyder are exotic cars without the fuss; they have the interior comfort and appointments of a luxury coupe, along with an impressive list of features, yet they're nearly as quick as (and far, far less expensive than) the Lamborghini Gallardo models with which they're closely related. They're also distinctive and unmistakable in their own right, with an advanced all-wheel-drive system that maximizes handling and performance in all conditions. Considering the Lamborghini heritage and all the practical positives, the Audi looks like quite the deal.