2014 Audi R8

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2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus Three Quarters In Motion Drivers Front View
2014 Audi R8

New For 2014

The updated 2014 Audi R8, which incorporated revised exterior lighting, new interior touches, and the implementation of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, made its debut in early 2013. No further updates have been announced for the 2014 calendar year, and we doubt that any will be, since a second-generation R8 is expected to launch within two years.

Vehicle Summary

After years of teasing us with exotic concept cars, Audi finally entered the supercar market with the 2008 R8, which promptly earned both our Automobile of the Year and Design of the Year awards. Although its screaming V-8, all-wheel-drive traction, and astonishing looks won it praise, Audi still found room for improvement. A 5.2-liter V-10 was added to the range for 2010, followed by a droptop cabriolet. Although the R8 is now close to seven years old, the 2014 Audi R8 -- which, confusingly, went on sale earlier in 2013 -- was updated with a refined automatic transmission option, slick new headlamps, and some rather upscale interior appointments.


Few seven-year-old cars still look as fresh as the 2014 Audi R8. Yes, the sports car was face-lifted in early 2013 for the '14 model year, but the new headlamps, taillamps, and minor cosmetic details don't drastically change the R8's shape. That's a good thing, considering that the R8's slender curves and wide stance are a hallmark, if not a primary selling point.

The standard 430-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 is more than enough to blast the R8 coupe from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 4.2 seconds. If that's not quick enough, adding two cylinders, a liter of displacement, and $37,000 to the mix results in the R8 V10, which can make that same pass in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 196 mph. If that somehow still isn't quite quick enough, the new R8 V10 Plus, which replaces the defunct R8 GT, shaves a tenth of a second off of that time and can reach a top speed of 198 mph.

No matter the engine, transmission, or body style selected, the 2014 R8 is as usable and civilized in everyday use as it quick. The new S-tronic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is a far cry from the old herky-jerky semi-automated R-tronic transmission, especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The standard six-speed manual features fetching metal shift gates. The cabin is roomy enough for even tall adults, but cargo space -- both behind the seats and in the small trunk located in the nose -- is limited. The R8 is even happy enough to slum it in the Snow Belt, so long as you cap Quattro driveline with proper winter tires during the cold months.

It's easy to say that the 2014 Audi R8 offers exotic-car performance at half the price, but it also has to contend with the likes of the Porsche 911 GT3 and Turbo. Those cars might be just as quick and perhaps somewhat more engaging to drive, but rest assured: they don't turn heads and grab attention quite like the R8.

You'll like:

  • An exotic car at a surprisingly reasonable price
  • Fantastic styling
  • V-8's snarl, V-10's wail

You won't like:

  • Lacks the panache of other exotic bran
  • Limited cargo space
  • Inevitable comparisons to Porsche 911

Key Competitors

  • Aston Martin DB9
  • Ferrari 458 Italia/Spider
  • Lamborghini Gallardo
  • Porsche 911
Audi R8 Final Edition Spied Rear Profile
The Audi R8 supercar is set for a redesign sometime soon, but Audi is not quite done with the current car yet, as these spy photos indicate. Our photographers caught some sort of special R8 out in the wild that could hint at some sort of final edition model to send the outgoing R8 off with a bang.
Audi R8 LMX Front Three Quarters In Motion
Audi continues to stay on the cutting edge of lighting technology, with the announcement that the first production laser lighting system will come equipped as standard on the limited-run 2014 Audi R8 LMX. Powerful laser high-beams are combined with LED low-beams, mirroring the technology seen on the Audi R18 e-tron quattro race car and Sport Quattro Laserlight concept.
2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus 190 Mph Video Still
The 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus proved itself in our most recent Standing Mile video, where it handily defeated the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT. Yet the 550-hp supercar was equally impressive on its own. We tested the R8 on a 2.2-mile runway for the ultimate high-speed thrill.
Standing Mile 2014 Jaguar Xkr S Gt 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus
Germany and England both bring 550 hp to the table with the 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus and the 2014 Jaguar XKR-S GT. We know that each vehicle represents the highest-performing example of its respective model range, but the question remains—which earns bragging rights in our Standing Mile test?
Audi R8 LMS Ultra With Felix Baumgartner
It appears that Austrian thrill-seeker Felix Baumgartner, the same man who leapt 24 miles from space toward Earth as a stunt in 2012, found a new way to get his adrenaline fix. Baumgartner, 44, will kick off his racing career behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS Ultra as part of Audi’s race experience team.

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2014 Audi R8 Specifications

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4.2L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
11 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
20 MPG
430 hp @ 7900rpm
317 ft lb of torque @ 4500rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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