The 2014 Audi R8 returns to market with some much needed changes, including a new automated manual transmission. This car achieves a great balance between performance and drivability that makes it the supercar one can drive every day.
The 2014 Audi R8 returns to market after a 1-year hiatus with some significant updates. The R8 comes with a revised model nomenclature, a slight physical re-design, added weight-saving measures and most notably a new automated manual transmission that provides a decent automatic-transmission option for customers. Since its debut in 2008, the R8 has been a favourite amongst drivers and the public alike. The R8 drives great and offers what most supercars cannot in the form of a comfortable ride, good outward visibility and comfortable seats.
The 2014 R8 is a two-seater mid-engine exotic supercar with an extremely futuristic look. This car is available in the V8 Coupe or convertible (Spyder) and the V10 Coupe and convertible and a V10 Plus model. Whichever model you choose, styling will not be a disappointment as this is a very attractive car. The car sits wide and low to accommodate the engine which sits at the middle of the vehicle. As an addition this year, the R8 comes standard with LED taillights which feature a row of 30 LED lights that illuminate in the direction of signal. An exterior compromise if you go with the Spyder trim is that you lose the signature R8 “side blades.” Standard with the V8 Coupe are 19-inch wheels with summer tires and adaptive suspension, full LED lighting, heated side mirrors. The purchase of the Convenience package will buy you front and rear parking sensors and power folding mirrors. The V8 convertible adds the electrically powered soft top and retractable rear winder that doubles as a wind deflector. The V10 convertible and coupe adds upgraded suspension tuning, different wheels and the Convenience package inclusions standard. The R8 V10 Plus model will add a higher-output engine and carbon-ceramic details. For further weight savings, the R8 V10 has a smaller fuel tank and you’ll lose adaptive suspension and power seats. Available model-wide upgrade options are a variety of carbon-fiber trim packages and the coupes have alternate “side blade” finish options.
The interior of this vehicle has a few notable updates in the 2014 model. The cabin is, as always, finely crafted with top-notch materials, but this year comes with a thicker steering wheel rim with perforated trim and new shift paddles (S-Tronic only). The redesign adds available diamond-pattern stitching for the Napa leather seats, new gloss-back and genuine aluminum elements and added leather trim. Not only stylish, the seats of the R8 are comfortable and offer a variety of driving positions. The downsides of this cabin are that major controls are a little out of reach for the driver and the navigation and audio control are not unified leading to a cluster of buttons below the display screen. Cabin space behind the front seats and trunk space are extremely limited, so while you can drive this car for a long time comfortably, don’t intend on bringing an overnight bag. Standard in the V8 Coupe is cruise control, automatic climate control, heated eight-way power seats with four-way adjustable lumbar, leather and faux suede upholstery, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth and a seven-speaker sound system with six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio. The Convenience package will add a rearview camera and an interior storage net. Upgrades that are available separately include; carbon-ceramic brakes, full-leather upholstery, a faux suede headliner, a navigation system, an iPod interface (you will lose theCD changer) and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sounds system.
The main selling feature of the R8 is the comfort without sacrifice of performance. The features that make this supercar a standout range from the amazing design to the relatively functional driveability. The engine of the R8 is placed midship which enhances the responsiveness. The steering is hydraulic-assisted, which provides a great feel and also great responsiveness. A highlight for the new 2014 model is the S-Tronic dual-clutch automated manual transmission option that has replaced the R-Tronic single-clutch automated manual, which was infamous for its rough-shifting nature. The R8 still offers a manual transmission for the traditional driver. Another cool tech feature is the location of the Bluetooth microphone, which is in the driver’s seatbelt improving voice quality. Standard safety features of the R8 include antilock disc brakes, stability control, side airbags and knee airbags. Front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are also standard or optional depending on the trim.
Powering the Audi R8 V8 is a 4.2-liter V8 engine, mounted behind the passenger compartment, which produces 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque via and all-wheel-drive system. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with the option to upgrade to the S-Tronic transmission. The R8 V8 with a manual transmission went from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The fuel economy for the V8 and V10 is a combined 16.8 liters per 100 kilometers on the manual and a combined 14.7 liters per 100 kilometers on the S-Tronic. Available in either transmission, the V10 comes equipped a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. The V10 goes from 0-60 mph in the 3 second range. The R8 V10 Plus boosts to 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque.
Overall, the Audi R8 is a great supercar for those looking for a head-turner. This car has been redesigned a few times and the 2014 model is definitely elite. The combination of power and comfort is incomparable in its class and this car is a real standout amongst other exotic cars that are priced significantly higher.
2014 Audi R8
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Rating: 9.2 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|4.2 FSI Quattro 6MT||$134,000||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|4.2 FSI Quattro S tronic||$145,500||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|4.2 FSI Spyder Quattro 6MT||$148,000||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|4.2 FSI Spyder Quattro S tronic||$159,500||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|5.2 FSI Plus Quattro 6MT||$187,000||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|5.2 FSI Plus Quattro S tronic||$198,500||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|5.2 FSI Quattro 6MT||$168,000||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|5.2 FSI Quattro S tronic||$179,500||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|5.2 FSI Spyder Quattro 6MT||$182,000||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|5.2 FSI Spyder Quattro S tronic||$193,500||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Fuel Type||Premium Unleaded|
|Number of Doors||2|
|Drive Train||4X4 Wheel Drive|
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Marrying Audi's meticulous attention to detail with a high-performance mid-engine layout, the R8 is the pinnacle of the brand's range, and, for some, the Platonic ideal of a supercar.
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There are several subtle changes to the Audi R8's interior for 2014. There's a thicker steering wheel rim with perforated trim and new shift paddles (S tronic only); available diamond-pattern stitching for the Napa leather seats; new gloss-black and genuine aluminum elements; and added leather trim in general. As in the past, the R8 has a finely crafted cabin with top-notch materials.
The lightweight R8 seats are comfortable for long-distance travel, and the driving position suits a wide range of people. We like the center stack's elegant swoop away from the driver, but this means that major controls require an inconvenient reach. Additionally, the navigation and audio controls are operated by an unintuitive, dash-mounted MMI knob and constellation of buttons located beneath the display screen. Compared with the electronic interfaces in the Mercedes SLS AMG and Porsche 911, the R8's is noticeably antiquated. One exceptionally clever idea, however, is the integration of the microphone for Bluetooth into the driver's seatbelt.
Audi says there's enough room behind the R8 coupe's seats for a pair of golf bags, but you'd have to be pretty hard-pressed for country club transport to try that. The 3.5-cubic-foot front trunk is awkwardly shaped and barely provides enough space for an overnight bag (a Porsche 911 feels like a minivan by comparison). As such, the R8 is not the best choice for a long-distance road trip.
The Spyder models' convertible soft top may be operated at speeds up to 31 mph. It takes roughly 20 seconds in either direction to transform. The Spyder's thermal-resistant leather seats effectively lower surface temperature, which is a nice attribute for open-top motoring.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, stability control, side airbags and knee airbags. Front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard or optional, depending on the trim.
This year, to shed weight and aid in cooling, Audi has changed the design of the non-ceramic brake discs used on all models, except the V10 Plus. Before that change, in Edmunds brake testing, multiple Audi R8s have come to a stop from 60 mph between 104 and 106 feet, which is very good. Meanwhile, a 2014 R8 V10 Plus with the carbon-ceramic brakes came to a halt in 106 feet.
Originally appeared on Edmunds.