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2020 Audi R8 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Wong

Audi announced final details on updates to the 2020 R8 and introduced a special version of the supercar to celebrate 10 years of the R8’s V-10 engine, the R8 Decennium. The automaker delivered both reveals at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public today.

Related: More 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage

We had thought that the updated R8 would debut initially as a 2019 model, but it’s been pushed back a year to 2020. Styling updates are subtle; the R8 keeps the same basic shape and mid-engine proportions. The car does look lower as a whole thanks to a wider, flatter front grille that wears a honeycomb design. In the rear, circular exhaust tips replace the trapezoidal ones and there’s also a new lower diffuser. V10 Performance models, offered as a coupe or a convertible (Spyder), get a new paint option: Ascari Blue metallic (as seen in the photos above).

Performance

The R8 also now features the same naturally aspirated V-10 engine out of the R8 LMS racecar, a 5.2-liter V-10 that is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and standard quattro all-wheel drive. Power output varies by model; the R8 V10 offers 562-horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque, while the R8 V10 Performance jumps to 602 hp and 413 pounds-feet of torque.

The R8 V10 coupe has a top speed of 201 mph and jumps from zero-to-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Those figures drop to 200 mph and 3.5 seconds in the Spyder. The R8 V10 Performance tops those slightly:...

Audi announced final details on updates to the 2020 R8 and introduced a special version of the supercar to celebrate 10 years of the R8’s V-10 engine, the R8 Decennium. The automaker delivered both reveals at the 2019 New York International Auto Show, which opens to the public today.

Related: More 2019 New York Auto Show Coverage

We had thought that the updated R8 would debut initially as a 2019 model, but it’s been pushed back a year to 2020. Styling updates are subtle; the R8 keeps the same basic shape and mid-engine proportions. The car does look lower as a whole thanks to a wider, flatter front grille that wears a honeycomb design. In the rear, circular exhaust tips replace the trapezoidal ones and there’s also a new lower diffuser. V10 Performance models, offered as a coupe or a convertible (Spyder), get a new paint option: Ascari Blue metallic (as seen in the photos above).

Performance

The R8 also now features the same naturally aspirated V-10 engine out of the R8 LMS racecar, a 5.2-liter V-10 that is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and standard quattro all-wheel drive. Power output varies by model; the R8 V10 offers 562-horsepower and 406 pounds-feet of torque, while the R8 V10 Performance jumps to 602 hp and 413 pounds-feet of torque.

The R8 V10 coupe has a top speed of 201 mph and jumps from zero-to-60 mph in 3.4 seconds. Those figures drop to 200 mph and 3.5 seconds in the Spyder. The R8 V10 Performance tops those slightly: 205 mph and 3.2 seconds for the coupe, and 204 mph and 3.3 seconds for the Spyder.

Pricing

Pricing details were also announced. The 2020 R8 V10 coupe starts at $172,450 (after the gas guzzler tax and destination charges, which total $2,550 combined), and the R8 V10 Spyder at $184,650. The Performance models add ceramic brakes and larger standard wheels (20 inches). The R8 V10 Performance coupe starts at $198,450 with the Spyder version above that at $210,650.

Decennium Edition

Audi also announced the R8 Decennium, a celebration of a decade of the V-10 engine as a part of the R8 lineup. The Decennium will be limited to 222 units worldwide, with 50 of those headed to the U.S. All of the vehicles will be coupes, painted in Mythos Black metallic and come with unique design details, including Decennium badging, bronze finisher on the wheels and intake manifolds. The rest of the badges are finished in black and various body parts are made of carbon fiber.

Inside, the cabin is also finished completely in black with glossy carbon fiber inlays. Copper-colored stitching can be found on the seats and steering wheel, and there is also a small projector that displays the Decennium logo on the ground, along with the car’s limited-edition number when the door is opened.

The Decennium uses the same powertrain setup as the V10 Performance models and has the exact same acceleration and top speed specs as the coupe. The special-edition car will start at $217,545.

Both the 2020 R8 and the special-edition Decennium will go on sale in the summer.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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I WISH TO GET THIS ONE AS MY NEW BABE.

by EAN from CA/ on November 5, 2019

YET TO DRIVE IT THOUGH,BUT CAN SEE HOW IT PERFORM.i bought cars with chasis numbers as means to easy track if lost at tema port. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Audi R8 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 Audi R8 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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