Audi R8 Review
The 2014 Audi R8 ranks 6 out of 12 Luxury Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Audi R8, as well as reliability and safety data.
Three powerful engine choices, traction-enabling standard all-wheel drive and an upscale interior are some of the features that help the 2014 Audi R8 outclass other luxury sports cars, reviewers say.
The R8 comes standard with a V8 engine that test drivers say produces ample power. If you want even better performance, test drivers write that the V10 and top-tier V10 Plus models both offer incredible power. Power is routed through either a six-speed manual transmission, which reviewers like, or a new-for-2014 seven-speed dual clutch transmission that test drivers say makes quick, precise shifts. The R8 achieves up to an EPA-estimated 14/23 mpg city/highway, which is on the low end of the luxury sports car class. Test drivers agree that the R8 has great handling, yet still has a comfortable ride.
Reviewers say that the 2014 Audi R8’s cabin design is clean and elegant, with high-quality materials throughout. They note that the interior is spacious and comfortable for two adults, with bucket seats that are both supportive and comfortable. At 3.5 cubic feet, the R8’s cargo capacity is very limited for the class. The R8 comes standard with features like Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which reviewers aren’t overly impressed with, saying it makes radio adjustments needlessly complicated. Other standard features include leather upholstery, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Optional features include Alcantara upholstery, navigation, a Bang & Olufsen stereo system and a backup camera.
- "If you can afford a 6-figure price tag and want a supercar with concept-car styling, aggressive performance and a hospitable interior, the Audi R8 is an excellent choice. Perhaps more significantly, it's an exotic that's livable enough to be your daily driver." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "What all of this means is that now more than ever, the R8 is a proper soup-to-nuts flagship, offering marrow-deep excellence in everything from a daily-use supercar to a stylish droptop to a track day hero." -- Autoblog
- "The R8 remains a competitive player and is an absolute joy to drive. It always seems to have a few tricks up its sleeves. Its supercar proportions set it apart from competitors such as the Porsche 911 and Nissan GT-R, and the R8's smooth styling, conceived by Audi designer Frank Lamberty, remains true to the original Le Mans concept." -- Car and Driver
- "As ever, the R8 appeals to the brain as much as the heart. But sometimes in the sports-car world, brains are in short supply." -- Automobile Magazine
Other Cars to Consider
The Nissan GT-R is highly praised by reviewers for its startling performance and all-wheel drive system, which they say contributes to its incredible traction and enables fast, clean acceleration runs. The GT-R also has two small back seats and a bit more cargo space than the R8, which gives it a small edge in terms of practicality.
Redesigned for 2014, the Chevrolet Corvette has a more powerful engine and an all-new interior. The Corvette also costs less and has more cargo space than the R8, which may make it a better choice for anyone wanting enough space for a weekend road trip.
Details: 2014 Audi R8
The 2014 Audi R8 is a two-seat sports car, available as a coupe or Spyder (convertible). Three models are offered, which primarily distinguish the R8’s performance capabilities: V8, V10 and the coupe-only V10 Plus. Each engine is available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual clutch transmission. For 2014, the R8 receives some performance upgrades and exterior updates, but is otherwise similar to previous models. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from model years 2008 to 2014.