2020 Audi R8 Convertible

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What’s new

  • Refreshed exterior design
  • Standard R8 receives a power increase
  • New limited-edition Decennium model; RWS special edition is discontinued
  • R8 Plus is now called R8 Performance
  • Part of the second R8 generation introduced for 2017

Pros & Cons

  • Blissful, high-revving V10 engine
  • Comfortable ride and gorgeous interior
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Many of Audi's latest advanced driver safety aids aren't available
MSRP Starting at
$182,100

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2020 Audi R8 Review

When the Audi R8 debuted for the 2008 model year, it captured the driving public's imagination with its sharp styling and stunning performance. The second-generation 2017 model upped the ante over its predecessor, and the latest evolution, the 2020 Audi R8, gets some welcome appearance updates and a power increase.

For 2020, the R8's appearance is slightly more angular up front, but there's still no mistaking it for anything but an R8. The anything-but-basic base R8 gets a power boost from 532 horsepower to 562 hp, while the more expensive R8 Performance (formerly the R8 Plus) remains unchanged at an inspiring 602 hp.

During the R8's run, V10 engines have been available for 10 years. And to commemorate that milestone, Audi is offering a new limited-edition Decennium model. The differences are purely cosmetic (and it only comes in metallic black), but with only 50 examples destined for the U.S., exclusivity is guaranteed.

Some rival sports cars are indeed better-suited for racetrack duty, while others provide more value or the latest in technology features. But with its high-revving non-turbocharged V10 engine and distinctive styling that still turns heads, the R8 will reward you with stirring performance and high levels of refinement.

Which R8 does Edmunds recommend?

We recommend the base R8 for most shoppers, primarily because its adaptive dampers deliver both a comfortable ride as well as sharp handling. You also get a few more features. The R8 Performance's extra power doesn't quite justify its price premium unless you're truly set on eking out every last bit of handling athleticism.

2020 Audi R8 models

The 2020 Audi R8 is available as either a two-seat sport coupe or convertible, with comparable feature content for both. The base R8 has a 5.2-liter V10 (562 horsepower, 406 lb-ft of torque) and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard. The R8 Performance (previously named the R8 Plus) uses the same V10 with some tweaks for more power (602 hp, 413 lb-ft).

Standard feature highlights for the standard R8 include 19-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting, automatic high beams, power-folding mirrors that are also heated and auto-dimming, front and rear parking sensors, an automatically deployed power rear spoiler, and adaptive dampers.

On the inside, you get leather upholstery, a virtual instrument panel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated sport seats, a navigation system, Audi Connect remote telematics and control, a wireless charging pad with signal booster, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system with satellite radio.

The more powerful R8 Performance adds 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires, LED and laser headlights, a fixed carbon-fiber rear wing, ceramic brakes, a sport suspension with non-adaptive dampers, a sport exhaust, racing-style seats with no backrest adjustments, and a sport steering wheel.

Select Performance features are offered as options on the base R8. Other add-ons are limited mostly to carbon-fiber exterior and interior elements and a variable-ratio steering system.

For 2020, a new Decennium special-edition R8 commemorating 10 years of V10 power will be available. It comes with black metallic paint, unique badging, matte-bronze accents on the engine and wheels, lots of black and carbon-fiber elements inside and out, and copper-colored interior stitching.


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    Features & Specs

    V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD features & specs
    V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD
    5.2L 10cyl 7AM
    MSRP$208,100
    MPG 13 city / 20 hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
    Horsepower602 hp @ 8100 rpm
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    V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD
    5.2L 10cyl 7AM
    MSRP$182,100
    MPG 13 city / 20 hwy
    SeatingSeats 2
    Transmission7-speed automated manual
    Horsepower562 hp @ 8100 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite R8 safety features:

    Rearview Camera
    Shows you what's behind the vehicle to make reversing safer and easier.
    Front and Rear Parking Sensors
    Gives you an acoustic alert as the vehicle approaches objects while you park.
    Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    Notifies you if the pressure in a given tire drops below the recommended amount.

    Audi R8 vs. the competition

    Audi R8 vs. Porsche 911

    The first R8 generation may have been introduced 14 years ago, but compared to the venerable Porsche 911, it's a relative newcomer. Over decades of constant development and evolution, the 911 has been honed into one of the finest sports cars in history. The 911 Turbo serves as a close competitor to the R8 in terms of price, performance and practicality. The difference is really just in personality: modern edginess versus classic origins.

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    Audi R8 vs. Acura NSX

    The revived Acura NSX rivals the R8 when it comes to price and similarly high levels of performance. The NSX's performance capabilities are notable for being fairly accessible, even for novice sports-car drivers. Unfortunately, it's not as evocative or as engaging as other sports cars. We also deduct points for the infotainment system that was pulled from the old Honda parts bin.

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    Audi R8 vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

    Unlike the other main rivals, the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R has its engine up front under a very long hood. That engine is set just behind the front axle, so it can be considered a front mid-engine layout. As a result, the AMG GT is remarkably well-balanced for high-performance driving. It's not quite as roomy as the R8, but you'd have a tough time finding a car that is more engaging and entertaining.

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    FAQ

    Is the Audi R8 a good car?
    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 R8 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Audi R8 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the R8 gets an EPA-estimated 16 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the R8 has 4.0 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 2020 Audi R8?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Audi R8:

    • Refreshed exterior design
    • Standard R8 receives a power increase
    • New limited-edition Decennium model; RWS special edition is discontinued
    • R8 Plus is now called R8 Performance
    • Part of the second R8 generation introduced for 2017
    Learn more
    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 2020 Audi R8 a good car?
    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Audi R8 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 R8 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more
    How much should I pay for a 2020 Audi R8?

    The least-expensive 2020 Audi R8 is the 2020 Audi R8 V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $182,100.

    Other versions include:

    • V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) which starts at $208,100
    • V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) which starts at $182,100
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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 V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), and V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM). For a full list of R8 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 Audi R8

    2020 Audi R8 Convertible Overview

    The 2020 Audi R8 Convertible is offered in the following styles: V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM), and V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM).

    What do people think of the 2020 Audi R8 Convertible?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Audi R8 Convertible 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 2020 R8 Convertible.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Audi R8 Convertible and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 R8 Convertible featuring deep dives into trim levels including V10 performance quattro Spyder, V10 quattro Spyder, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 Audi R8 Convertible here.

    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 2020 Audi R8 Convertible?

    2020 Audi R8 Convertible V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM)

    The 2020 Audi R8 Convertible V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $216,650. The average price paid for a new 2020 Audi R8 Convertible V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) is trending $6,275 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $6,275 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $210,375.

    The average savings for the 2020 Audi R8 Convertible V10 performance quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) is 2.9% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

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    The 2020 Audi R8 Convertible V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $203,295. The average price paid for a new 2020 Audi R8 Convertible V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) is trending $5,421 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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    The average savings for the 2020 Audi R8 Convertible V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) is 2.7% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 1 2020 Audi R8 Convertible V10 quattro Spyder 2dr Convertible AWD (5.2L 10cyl 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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