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2018 Audi R8 Spyder Overview

The standard features of the Audi R8 5.2 V10 include 5.2L V-10 532hp engine, 7-speed auto-shift manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), integrated navigation system, side seat mounted airbags, driver and passenger side airbag head extension, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 19" forged aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control.

2018 Audi
R8 Spyder

Starting at: $177,100

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  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter - HomeLink
  • Navigation system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • Remote CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 13
  • Speaker type - Bang & Olufsen
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 12.3"
  • Diversity antenna
  • Smart device integration - Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 144 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 48 months/ unlimited distance
  • Maintenance warranty - 12 months/10,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 2
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather shift knob
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 5.2 L
  • Engine horsepower - 532hp @ 7,800RPM
  • Engine torque - 398 lb.-ft. @ 6,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 84.5mm x 92.8mm (3.33" x 3.65")
  • Compression ratio - 12.50 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,427mm (174.3")
  • Exterior body width - 1,941mm (76.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,245mm (49.0")
  • Wheelbase - 2,652mm (104.4")
  • Turning radius - 5.6m (18.3')
  • Front headroom - 978mm (38.5")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,400mm (55.1")
  • Interior cargo volume - 113 L (4 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 113 L (4 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Power convertible roof
  • Glass rear window
  • Convertible roof lining
  • Convertible roof wind blocker
  • Tailpipe finisher - polished
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 5.2
  • Cylinder configuration - V-10
  • Horsepower - 532hp @ 7,800RPM
  • Torque - 398 lb.-ft. @ 6,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 40
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Engine location - mid
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 7 speed automatic with auto-shift
  • Mode select transmission
  • Manual-shift auto - S tronic
  • Drive type - quattro all-wheel drive
  • Limited slip differential
  • Fuel economy combined - 17mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 21.1gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 14mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 22mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Integrated roll-over protection
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/35YR19.0
  • Rear tires - 295/35YR19.0
  • Wheel size - 19"
  • Tires - performance
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Auto high-beam headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Voltmeter
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - front and rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
5.2 V10 2018 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 V10 Search New $177,100   532-hp 5.2L 10-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  14 / 22  
5.2 V10 plus 2018 Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 V10 plus Search New $208,100   610-hp 5.2L 10-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  14 / 22  


Driving Impression

New Car Test Drive

With Audi’s Dynamic Select modes, the character of the car is flexible and versatile. In Comfort or Auto, it’s relaxed and very easy to drive. In Dynamic or Performance (which shuts off the traction control) mode, the R8 is ready for the track, ready for a top speed of 199 mph for the V10 and 205 mph for the V10 plus. In Dynamic mode, the throttle response is quicker and so are the gearshifts; the dual-clutch transmission also holds the R8 in each gear for a longer time.

The S Tronic dual-clutch gearbox makes shifts that are perfect for everyday driving. There’s always power to spare, linear and constant, not arriving with a burst, like a turbocharged or supercharged car.

The V10 has plenty of reserve power. Unlike a turbocharged engine, the R8’s V10 delivers smooth, linear grunt through the entire rev range. It’s easy to hit the automaker’s 0-62 mph estimate of 3.2 seconds for the V10 Plus and 3.5 seconds for the standard R8 thanks to the standard launch control system.

The acceleration from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds will push your eyeballs back into your skull. They will pop back out onto your cheeks when you hammer the brake pedal with the optional big carbon ceramic brakes. They demand a light touch on the street; in fact, we think they’re too sharp for the street.

There is a sailing mode eliminates engine braking at low speeds in Comfort mode. We like the feature because it rewards smooth driving, and lets the driver think for himself.

The available active dynamic steering is quick and precise, but too light for us.

Turning into a corner, the response is quick. If you enter a turn too quickly the R8 will understeer, and if you accelerate too hard through the turn it will oversteer, even in all-wheel drive, which raises the cornering limits. So it’s not idiot-proof. But the good news is it’s forgiving, maybe thanks to the all-wheel drive sending power to the front wheels to get the driver out of trouble. And the grip of the Pirelli P Zero tires is awesome, enough to give idiots extra room. Of course, even the best grip does not go on forever, so when the P Zeros say enough is enough, it’s possible to come to grief, but still not likely, as the R8 recovers with neutrality and obedience.

Walk Around

New Car Test Drive

Because the design has been around for 10 years, it’s hard to still say it has supercar styling, but it does. It holds up and it’s not dated. It still looks sleek, smooth and not edgy. The restyling for 2017 kept it looking young.

The profile is low and markedly cab forward, the coupe roof arcing from the windshield to the carbon-fiber rear spoiler that raises at speed. In 2017 it was widened by 1.6 inches at the shoulders, and the horizontal lines were tweaked to make it look longer. The two-piece carbon-fiber side blades serve as air intakes.

The grille is a flat and wide three-dimensional trapezoid that flows into wedge-shaped LED headlamps. At the rear, LED taillamps match the shape of the headlamps.

The V10 Plus also has carbon-fiber front and rear diffusers and black exhaust outlets.

Interior Overview

New Car Test Drive

The cabin is small but comfortable, and roomy enough for two people in front, but there isn’t much storage space. Even the front trunk is only big enough for a couple of overnight bags.

The fit and finish is impeccable, and the materials are the usual high Audi quality. In fact, the R8 interior is among the finest in its class.

The sport seats are comfortable and supportive, with adjustable bolstering. The racing leather bucket seats in the V10 Plus are thinner, and thus allow more legroom, but the seatbacks don’t adjust. Both seats are fairly upright, affording good visibility through the windshield. Rearward visibility is poor because of the steep low roofline.

The V10 Plus has leather seats and dashboard, carbon fiber trim, aluminum pedals, and an Alcantara headliner. The stitching on the doors and dashboard is in black and the color of the body.

Audi’s new virtual cockpit uses a 12.3-inch screen in the instrument panel that keeps most of the controls directly in front of the driver, also the steering-wheel switches. The screen is configurable to the information the driver chooses to see, while a button on the steering wheel allows viewing of things like the Google Earth navigation.

The virtual cockpit can still be controlled by the MMI on the center console, but passengers can’t access the sound system. Also, the screen is easy to see but in some cases it only shows one function at a time, so for example you can’t multi-task with navigation and radio.


New Car Test Drive

The Audi R8 stays strong in the game with McLaren, Mercedes, Porsche, Corvette, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and the discontinued Viper. Great seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 5.2-liter V10 is well developed.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

New Car Test Drive

The 2018 Audi R8 Coupe ($164,900) and R8 Spyder ($177,100) come with a 540-hp V10. V10 Plus models feature a 610-hp engine.

R8 comes standard with Nappa leather upholstery, black Alcantara headliners, heated power sport seats, LED interior lighting, Audi’s MMI Plus with Navigation infotainment system, magnetic ride damper control, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

R8 V10 Plus adds LED headlamps, racing bucket seats and carbon ceramic brakes, and replaces the high-tech magnetic ride dampers with plain old shocks and springs, because they are stiffer. Racy options include active dynamic steering with variable assist and variable ratios, and 20-inch wheels.

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