2021 Audi R8

MSRP range: $142,700 - $196,700
Edmunds suggests you pay$164,462

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2021 Audi R8 video

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Hey, everybody, here's an easy one. What's got two thumbs, loves a mid engine rear wheel drive sports car? This guy. Right behind here is the all new 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS. RW stands for rear wheel. That's right, it's rear wheel drive. What does that mean? Well, the regular R8 is really insanely capable when it comes to handling. This is rear wheel drive, so that means it's going to get really squirrely. By really squirrely, I mean really fun. So think of it almost like the Valentino Balboni edition that Lamborghini put out. Where it's really meant to get tail happy and drifty. I can't wait to drive it, I hope I do. But it's not going to be that easy, and I'll get to that later. So this version, it's going to be available as either coupe or convertible. And it's going to have the 540 horsepower V10 that's in the regular R8. Now there's no word if it's actually going to get the V10 plus, which has 610 horsepower. I mean, that'd be excessive, right? Like the other R8s, this has a seven speed dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. And I got to drive it last year sometime. And it was an insane blast. Man, is this car good. On top of that, since there's no front wheel drive mechanics going on underneath, it's also 110 pounds lighter. And that's 110 pounds lighter in the nose. So that means the balance is being shifted further back for even more tail happy fun. Now visually, the differences, they're pretty slight. The slide blade that's kind of been an R8 trademark since the beginning, it's body colored on the bottom, gloss black on top. And that kind of echoes their LMS race car. Very cool. Also, that red stripe there, it's an option. I kind of like it though. So there's going to be 999 versions available worldwide and that's it. About a third of them, they're going to come to the US. Prices? We'll see. It should be hitting Europe sometime this fall. US, it'll follow a couple of months later. So the beginning of 2018. So for more information on this R8 as well as any of the R8s and its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. If you want to see more videos like this, hit subscribe and check out all of our other videos. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS First Look: Frankfurt Auto Show

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Audi R8, but since the 2021 Audi R8 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


Is the Audi R8 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 R8 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about Audi R8 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the R8 gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg to 17 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the R8 has 8.0 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi R8. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi R8?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi R8:

  • Rear-wheel-drive model added to lineup
  • New Panther Edition; limited to 30 units in the U.S.
  • Part of the second R8 generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Audi R8 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi R8 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the R8. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the R8's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi R8 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi R8 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 R8 and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 R8 is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi R8?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi R8 is the 2021 Audi R8 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $142,700.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) which starts at $142,700
  • performance 2dr Coupe AWD w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) which starts at $196,700
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What are the different models of Audi R8?

If you're interested in the Audi R8, the next question is, which R8 model is right for you? R8 variants include 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), and performance 2dr Coupe AWD w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM). For a full list of R8 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Audi R8

2021 Audi R8 Overview

The 2021 Audi R8 is offered in the following submodels: R8 Coupe, R8 Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), Spyder 2dr Convertible w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), performance Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), and performance 2dr Coupe AWD w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM). Audi R8 models are available with a 5.2 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 602 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Audi R8 comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The 2021 Audi R8 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Audi R8?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi R8 and all its trim types. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 R8.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi R8 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 R8 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi R8?

2021 Audi R8 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

The 2021 Audi R8 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $164,595. The average price paid for a new 2021 Audi R8 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) is trending $133 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $133 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $164,462.

The average savings for the 2021 Audi R8 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) is 0.1% below the MSRP.

2021 Audi R8 performance 2dr Coupe AWD w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

Which 2021 Audi R8s are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Audi R8?

2021 Audi R8 2dr Coupe w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
17 compined MPG,
14 city MPG/23 highway MPG

2021 Audi R8 Spyder 2dr Convertible w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
17 compined MPG,
14 city MPG/23 highway MPG

2021 Audi R8 performance Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD w/V10 (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, premium unleaded (required)
16 compined MPG,
13 city MPG/20 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG17
Transmission7-speed automated manual
Drive Trainrear wheel drive
Displacement5.2 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase104.3 in.
Length174.3 in.
Height48.7 in.
Curb Weight3594 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi R8?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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