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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Audi R8 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Luxury Sports Cars category. Currently the Audi R8 has a score of 6.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 13 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

6.7

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 6.7
Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 1.5
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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2018 Audi R8 Review

The 2018 Audi R8 ranks near the bottom of the luxury sports car class. It's luxurious inside and boasts dynamic handling and energetic engines, but it has sky-high ownership costs for the class, keeping it from a higher standing.

Pros & Cons

  • Robust engine options
  • Fantastic cornering
  • Lavish interior materials
  • High-tech standard features
  • Expensive total ownership costs
  • Less fuel-efficient than rivals

Is the 2018 Audi R8 a Good Used Car?

Despite its low ranking, the Audi R8 is a decent luxury sports car. In many respects, it’s a great choice.

The 2018 R8 has plenty of good traits:

  • Sharp handling
  • Brawny V10 engines
  • Opulent cabin
  • State-of-the-art Virtual Cockpit system

But this supercar also has some drawbacks:

  • Available racing shell seats can feel uncomfortable
  • Poor fuel economy
  • High price
  • Exorbitant projected ownership costs
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Audi R8 review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 13 automotive sources.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Audi R8?

Based on listings for the 2018 Audi R8 on our site, the average price is $172,900. Prices range from $139,500 to $200,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Audi R8 Cost to Own?

The 2018 R8’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $45,540, or $9,108 per year. Those are some of the highest costs among luxury sports cars.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New R8?

For 2020, the R8 received a 30-horsepower bump for its base trim’s engine, and Quattro all-wheel drive became standard. Otherwise, the car is largely unchanged. You could save money by sticking with a nearly identical 2018 R8 instead.

Audi redesigned the R8 for the 2017 model year. For 2018, it gained standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If these features are important to you, stick with a 2018 R8. If not, consider saving money with an older model.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 A8?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Audi A8 a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Audi R8 Recalls

As of this writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Audi R8.

  • Transmission fluid may leak, increasing the risk of a fire

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure any recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Audi R8 Trim Is Right for Me?

The R8 is available in two configurations: Coupe and Spyder convertible. Both have a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine that puts out 532 horsepower. The coupe comes standard with rear-wheel drive (Audi calls it RWS); Quattro all-wheel drive is available, and it comes standard in the Spyder. Both body types can be had in the V10 Plus trim, which has a V10 engine that makes 602 horsepower. Both engines come with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Unless you want more power, you should be fine with the base trim. It’s well-equipped with a lot of tech and comfort features.

  • Audi R8 Coupe: The R8 Coupe features the MMI infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, satellite radio, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, two USB ports, and Bluetooth. The Audi Virtual Cockpit is also standard. This is a 12.3-inch digital display behind the steering wheel, replacing a traditional gauge cluster. Additionally, the R8 Coupe has leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable seats, heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and push-button start. There is also numerous performance equipment, including a sport-tuned suspension, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors.
  • Audi R8 Spyder: The R8 Spyder is a convertible version of the R8, and it has most of the same features.
  • Audi R8 V10 Plus: In addition to the stronger V10 engine, these models have a stiffer suspension and a five-speaker stereo (a 10-speaker stereo is available). The seats also lose some back-rest adjustments, though 18-way power-adjustable seats are available.

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What Does Audi’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Audi’s certified pre-owned vehicles are five years old or less and have fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. Qualifying vehicles bought under the new car warranty have coverage until five years from the vehicle’s original in-service date with no mileage limitation. Certified pre-owned Audis bought after the new car warranty has ended enjoy an additional one-year/unlimited mileage comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read Audi’s warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

According to our analysis, Audi's CPO program is better than what Acura and Nissan offer, but it's not as good as programs from Porsche and Lexus.

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How Safe Is the R8?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2018 Audi R8, which is common for high-end luxury sports cars.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • none

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2018 Audi R8 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Audi R8 or 2018 Nissan GT-R?

The 2018 Nissan GT-R is a high-performance luxury sports car. Its base twin-turbocharged V6 engine makes 565 horsepower to the R8 V10's 532. The Nissan carves corners with aplomb, but its lively handling can be a bit harsh for everyday driving. The GT-R has rear seats, though they’re so small that most people can't sit comfortably. The Audi has a more upscale cabin, comes with more tech features, and has a smoother ride. Both of these supercars are pricey, but the Audi is far more expensive. On average, buying it will cost you a staggering $75,300 more than the GT-R.

Which Is Better: 2018 Audi R8 or 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz SL provides an extravagant amount of luxury. Plush seats, as well as available massaging seats and a neck warmer, boost this convertible's interior comfort. The SL has more trunk space too. The base R8 has a much stronger engine, but the SL surpasses it with its high-performance Mercedes-AMG models. The Mercedes is more affordable too, costing around $82,200 less to buy, on average. The SL is the better pick.

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2018 R8 Performance

How Does the 2018 R8 Drive?

The Audi R8 draws brutish power from its V10 engines. Plus versions of this car rocket from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. This supercar is a blast to drive. Agile handling, sharp steering, and strong brakes all enhance its appeal, and you can choose between a sport-tuned suspension or a magnetic ride suspension for greater sportiness or comfort.

  • Base engine: 532-horsepower 5.2-liter V10
  • Available engine: 602-horsepower 5.2-liter V10
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available Quattro all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Does the 2018 R8 Get Good Gas Mileage?

This Audi gets some of the worst EPA estimates in the luxury sports car class.

  • RWD: 14/25 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 14/22 mpg

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2018 R8 Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 R8 Seat?

This two-door supercar seats two people. There’s ample head- and legroom, and the seats are comfortable. Opting for the racing seats in Plus models is great for the track but less comfortable for daily driving.

This Audi has a lavish cabin full of premium materials. Some reviewers even said that it felt like a more upscale Audi TT.

Standard seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • eight-way power-adjustable seats
  • heated seats

Available seating features:

  • 18-way power-adjustable seats
  • racing shell seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Audi R8?

Like many luxury sports cars, the Audi R8 does not have LATCH car-seat connectors. We do not recommend installing a child car seat in the front seat of any vehicle.

2018 Audi R8 Features

The MMI infotainment system is straightforward, and the touch screen has crisp graphics, but the real highlight is the Virtual Cockpit. It's a 12.3-inch digital display that replaces the traditional gauge cluster. Mounted behind the steering wheel, this customizable interface is designed to reduce the need to look away from the road while driving.

  • Standard infotainment features: the MMI infotainment system, the Audi Virtual Cockpit, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Additional standard features: push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control

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2018 Audi R8 Dimensions

Audi R8 Cargo Space

The Audi R8 has an 8-cubic-foot trunk, which is typical for the luxury sports car class. The convertible has only 4 cubic feet of space.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Audi R8 Length and Weight
  • Length: 14 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,627 to 3,957 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Audi R8 Built?

Audi built the 2018 R8 in Germany.

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