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2014 Audi R8 Review

The 2014 Audi R8 sits toward the bottom of our rankings because of its high ownership costs. Otherwise, this two-door sports car’s handling, power, and interior are competitive with its rivals.

Pros & Cons


  • Comfortable ride
  • Powerful engine lineup
  • Luxurious cabin



  • High cost of ownership
  • Minimal cargo space
  • Needlessly complicated infotainment system


New for 2014


  • V10 Plus Model introduced
  • New automatic transmission added
  • LED headlights added





Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 5.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 Audi R8 Overview

Is the 2014 Audi R8 a Good Used Car?

Every aspect of the 2014 R8 is good – except the cost to own this supercar. Even for the luxury sports car segment, it’s expensive. Still, this midengine car delivers heart-stopping power and outstanding handling. You won’t find much cargo room or interior space, but the two-seater – available as a coupe or convertible (the Spyder) – is comfortable. In contrast, competitors like the 2014 Nissan GT-R and the 2014 Porsche 911 cost a lot less to own and perform just as well.

Used 2014 Audi R8 Performance and Interior

The midengine R8 has three trims that correspond to engine power. The base model has a 430-horsepower V8. The V10 features a 525-horsepower V10, and the V10 Plus gets a 550-horsepower V10 with a top speed of 198 mph. The V8 is the slow poke of the group, going from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The Audi R8 V10 and V10 Plus hit 60 mph almost a full second quicker. A six-speed manual transmission that delivers precise shifts comes standard. The S-tronic seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available for all models.

The R8 has standard all-wheel drive (Quattro). While you can throw this car into turns, it’s set up to keep you from getting into trouble. Still, it’s susceptible to understeer. Pony up the extra bucks for the V10 Plus, and you’ll enhance its handling, which comes with carbon fiber side blades, a front splitter, a rear diffuser, a spoiler, and ceramic brakes. They lighten the R8 for better handling.

Fuel economy won’t be on most R8 buyers’ minds. In case you’re curious, its EPA fuel economy estimates range from 14 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for the V8 to 12/19 mpg city/highway for the V10.

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The Audi R8 seats two. Getting in and out can be a challenge because the R8 sits low to the ground. However, the heated leather and Alcantara-upholstered bucket seats are supportive and comfortable. Eight-way power seats are standard in all but the V10 Plus model. (To save weight and ultimately boost horsepower, this trim has manual seats.) Full leather seats are available.

Among the standard interior features are cruise control, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. The dash-mounted MMI infotainment system has a number of issues. Its placement makes it hard to read the screen at times, and the available navigation system significantly complicates operations that should be straightforward. Cargo space is negligible at 3.5 cubic feet. The Nissan GT-R has 8.8 cubic feet, while the Porsche 911 has 4.76 cubic feet.

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Used 2014 Audi R8 Prices

The price of a used 2014 Audi R8 ranges from about $89,600 for the base V8 with a manual transmission to around $120,100 for the top V10 Plus trim with an automatic transmission. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 59 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 59 professional reviews for this 2014 Audi R8 overview to help you make a buying decision.

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U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs for a decade, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2014 Audi R8?

The 2014 Audi R8 has an average reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates.

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How Safe Is the R8?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tested the R8. A rearview camera is available.

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Should I Consider Another Used R8?

The Audi R8 began life as a 2008 model. The 2013 model year was skipped. The 2014 R8 introduced a new automatic transmission and received an exterior update that includes standard LED head- and taillights. The V10 also became available.

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Which Used Audi R8 Is Right for Me?

The base R8 with a V8 engine comes with Bluetooth, iPod integration, climate control, and cruise control. The R8 V10 adds Audi Navigation and leather seats. The R8 V10 Plus has carbon fiber inlays to reduce weight and a flat-bottom three-spoke sport steering wheel.

Even with the R8’s average reliability rating, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. Audi CPO vehicles receive the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, then enjoy an additional two-year/50,000-mile comprehensive warranty. The two warranties differ in important ways, and there may be additional services like roadside assistance, so read the Audi warranty page carefully. Audi CPO models must pass an inspection covering 300-plus points.

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2014 Audi R8 and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi R8 or 2014 Nissan GT-R?

The 2014 Nissan GT-R offers a much more powerful base engine than the R8: a twin-turbocharged 545-horsepower V6. It leaps from zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds – about 1.5 seconds faster than the R8 coupe. The Nissan has a hard-plastic interior, but it offers much more standard technology than the Audi. The GT-R also has a substantially lower ownership cost. Its superior speed, technology, and cost make it a better choice than the R8.

Which Is Better: 2014 Audi R8 or 2014 Porsche 911?

The 2014 Porsche 911 has a 350-horsepower, flat six-cylinder engine that’s less powerful than the Audi R8’s 430-horsepower V8. It’s also two-tenths of a second slower to get to 60 mph. The Porsche 911 has better handling, though – and nicer standard interior features, including navigation and dual-zone automatic climate control. The 911 also has perfect reliability and a much lower total cost of ownership. You’ll save a lot of money with the 911, without sacrificing much in acceleration. It’s the better choice.

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