The R8 receives a mid-life cycle face-lift for 2020. Plus models have been renamed "Performance" for 2020. Styling has been tweaked slightly. There's a new front bumper and grille with air intakes above it, a new rear bumper with honeycomb-shaped air outlets, oval tailpipes and an updated rear diffuser, plus new wheels.
Power output increases slightly in the regular R8 Coupe and Spyder models, which see a bump from 532 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque to 562 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque.
Two new colors join: Kemora Gray Metallic, which is available on all models, and Ascari Blue Metallic, which is exclusive to V10 Performance models.
Finally, a new limited-edition R8 V10 Decennium model joins for 2020, but only in extremely limited numbers. In total, 222 will be produced in the world, only 50 of which will come to the United states. See the 2020 Audi R8 models for sale near you
Which R8 is the Best?
While other supercar models out there carry a little more weight with regard to name recognition, the R8 flies under the radar as a subtler alternative to high-end exotics from the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini. As far as supercars go, the R8 stands out for its appearance, but that isn't to say its powertrain and performance aren't up to par, as the R8 can hang with the best of them. If you're looking to take your R8 to the track, the Performance model might make sense, but beyond that, we'd probably stick with the basic street-oriented model -- 562 hp is more than enough. Find an Audi R8 for sale
How Much Does a 2020 Audi R8 Cost?
The entry-level R8 V10 Coupe ($171,150) comes standard with 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, a magnetic-ride suspension, Audi's fully-digital 12.3-in "Virtual Cockpit" instrument cluster with navigation, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, an electric rear spoiler, full LED headlights, 19-in wheels, LED taillights with progressive turn signals, illuminated aluminum door sill inlays, an Alcantara headliner, dual-zone automatic climate control, an autodimming interior rearview mirror with a compass, LED interior lights, a flat-bottom steering wheel with R8 badging and a red push-to-start button, Nappa leather, heated power adjustable sport seats with memory functionality, cruise control, an integrated garage door opener and automatic high beams.
Options consist of different wheels, Audi's LED Laserlight headlights ($3,500), contrast stitching ($500), an upgraded diamond-stitched full leather package ($5,000), red brake calipers ($700), ceramic brakes ($9,900), carbon interior ($3,400) and exterior ($5,600) accents and a Dynamic steering system that adds a speed-dependent variable steering ratio ($1,400).
The R8 V10 Spyder ($183,350) comes with the same features and options as the R8 V10 Coupe but adds a power folding soft-top.
The R8 V10 Performance Coupe ($197,150) and Spyder ($209,350) make 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque and come standard with ceramic brakes, a carbon-fiber trim inside and out, titanium finish on the front spoiler, rocker inlays, a rear diffuser and a a rear spoiler.
Options unique to the R8 V10 Performance include a carbon finish for the front spoiler, rocker inlays, a rear diffuser ($7,200), black Audi rings and badges ($300), a carbon-fiber front sway bar ($1,100) and the Bang & Olufsen sound system that comes standard on the regular R8 ($1,900).
The R8 V10 Decennium ($216,245) is a special-edition R8 available for 2020. Only 222 will be made in total, 50 of which will be designated for the U.S. market. Based on the R8 Performance, the Decennium is only available as a coupe and comes exclusively in Mythos Black Metallic with a black interior. Enhancements are for the most part cosmetic and include matte bronze wheels and intake manifolds, a gloss black spoiler, side sills, a diffuser, gloss carbon-fiber side blades, rear wings, mirror housings, a unique interior trim and Decennium badging.
Exclusive supercars typically aren't crash tested, and neither the government-run National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the R8 for crashworthiness.
Despite being a technologically advanced $170,000 supercar, the R8 is pretty light on safety features. Automatic high beams are included, as are parking sensors and a rearview camera, but features like automatic emergency braking, radar cruise control, lane-departure warning and even blind spot monitoring are nowhere to be found. Anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and daytime running lights are standard, as expected.
2020 Audi R8 vs the competition
2020 Chevrolet Corvette -- The long-awaited midengine Corvette costs less than half as much as the R8 and will likely offer similar performance, albeit with RWD and a less sophisticated badge on the hood.
2020 Lamborghini Huracan -- The R8 shares its platform and engine with the Huracan, and thus the two vehicles offer similar features and performance. While neither vehicle is a common sight on the road, the Huracan is more expensive and more exclusive. You'll have to wait for the RWD R8, but a RWD Huracan is on sale now.
2020 Porsche 911 Turbo -- Given the brand's heritage and following, you can't go wrong with a Porsche. The 911 is all-new for 2020 and buyers can pick up a Turbo model for about what you'd pay for a well-optioned R8.
Used Ferrari 488 -- Ferraris are kind of the be-all and end-all when it comes to supercar ownership, and buyers should be able to pick up a pre-owned 488 for the price of an R8. The 488 packs a midmounted twin-turbo V8 and RWD.
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