2020 Audi R8 Performance Review – As one of the last two production cars in the world with a V-10, the Audi R8 has done so for a whole decade untouched by turbos or electrification. We have already detailed the Mid-engine supercar update and briefly drove it in Europe, but Audi has since decided to skip the 2019 model year in the US. Instead, feast your eyes on the 2020 Audi R8 Performance and Spyder.
2020 Audi R8 Performance Review
The R8’s top trim changes its name from v10 plus to v10 performance. There, its 5.2-liter V-10 makes 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque and sends it to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The one-year Rear Wheel series, previously the cheapest entry for the R8 fold, is no longer offered. But now, each R8 can hit 200 mph (starting with Spyder, followed by the Coupe at 201, the performance Spyder at 204, and the Performance Coupe at 205 mph). That’s because Audi has added 30 more ponies to the base v10 – if a v10 could ever be called the base – for a total of 562 horsepower. The torque is also up from 398 to 406 LB-ft.
The R8 LMS GT3 and GT4 Race Cars inspired the larger, more angular grille and the three faux inlets over it. A more aggressive splitter and wider side intake like the 2019 TT RS, along with triangular brake cooling cuts, combine with a chin spoiler in gloss black, silver or carbon fiber. These three finishes also extend to the new side skirts and rear diffusers, which have an enlarged pair of Woodchuck-size exhaust tips. Ascari Blue is a new color that is limited to performance, while the metallic Kemora Gray is for all R8 models. Performance models allow you to black out all Audi badges and paint brake calipers that grab the carbon-ceramic discs red. They now run on 20-inch wheels instead of 19s, while performance Spyder comes exclusively with a black windshield surround. Inside, R8 owners can enjoy two new leather in silver or brown, plus a cordless phone charger. The Decennium Edition features exclusive trim, including copper stitching, extra microsuede and gold wheels.
Audi played with the power steering feedback – both standard electromechanical rack and optional variable ratio setup – and added dry, wet and snowy modes to the dynamic Select system. Engineers also changed the stability control for improved braking and designed an optional carbon-fiber front Anti-Roll Bar, saving 4.4 pounds.
Don’t expect to save money. The standard 2020 Audi R8 Performance costs $ 5000 more than the 2018 model, at $ 172,450 to boot, including a $ 1300 gas-Guzzler tax. The Spyder and v10 performance coupe are each $ 1500 more, $ 184,650 and $ 198,450 respectively. The v10 performance spyder is unchanged at $ 210,650. The 50-Unit Decennium, essentially a v10 performance Coupe with an appearance package, is $ 217,545. It is relatively stratospheric. But for the 10-cylinder Fury with a factory warranty, you can’t exactly shop around.
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