2014 Audi R8

Up to 11 MPG city / 19 MPG hwy
$114,900 - $179,645

Audi's supercar gains a crucial modern weapon that never was part of its original armament: a blazingly quick dual-clutch transmission that compliments the slick-shifting gated six-speed manual. In the R8's instance, the new dual-clutch is a seven-speed unit called S-Tronic, and it's designed specifically for both the V-8 and V-10 applications. An uprated 550-horsepower V10 Plus coupe-only model tops a model range that also includes a 430-horsepower V8, 525-horsepower V10, and their requisite drop-top Spyder versions. While lesser models get adjustable dampers and quilted leather seats, the V10 Plus rides atop fixed-rate dampers and racing-derived buckets (not for the US market). It also gets standard carbon ceramic brakes and unique carbon fiber aerodynamic components. The range gains a few refreshed styling bits like a revised Singleframe grille (dressed in black for V8 editions; chrome for the V10s), updated LED headlamp/taillight designs, and chrome-ringed tailpipes. Performance is still spectacular: 0-60 mph in the V10 Plus will take a quoted 3.5 seconds (mind you, manufacturers oftentimes underrate their wares) and, if you're brave enough, a top speed of 197 mph. If you want even more performance, you'll need to wait about a year for the upcoming GT, a lighter, more powerful version employing bits derived from Audi's successful motorsport activities. See more... See Less

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Reviews and Ratings
Overall
Pros Cons
Mid engine design Navigation system, hard to use
Handling & power Interior lights are weak, sun visors are tiny
Fit & finish / sound of doors closing Illumination on navigation screen when back up camera image is displayed.
Speed & handling - awesome! Not enough power for cost; my gtr, 2010 is faster at $85,000
Engine & transmission - response & speed. No storage - and lots of wind with top down
Styling - very good looking car Rear tail gets stuck in up position occasionally
Performance is better than my porsche 4s cab. Sluggish shifting in auto mode
Power - engine sound Complicated controls for driving computer
Handling, steering, style Exhaust sound - at idle & low, can be louder
Exterior design Cup holders
Mid engine design Navigation system, hard to use
Handling & power Interior lights are weak, sun visors are tiny
Fit & finish / sound of doors closing Illumination on navigation screen when back up camera image is displayed.
Speed & handling - awesome! Not enough power for cost; my gtr, 2010 is faster at $85,000
Engine & transmission - response & speed. No storage - and lots of wind with top down
Styling - very good looking car Rear tail gets stuck in up position occasionally
Performance is better than my porsche 4s cab. Sluggish shifting in auto mode
Power - engine sound Complicated controls for driving computer
Handling, steering, style Exhaust sound - at idle & low, can be louder
Exterior design Cup holders