The 2014 Audi R8, which is priced from $119,150, is now on sale. This refreshed model is available at dealerships together with the Audi R8 V10 Plus that’s priced at $174,795. Prices are inclusive of a $1250 destination fee and $3000 gas guzzler tax. The most significant change on the 2014 Audi R8 is probably the use of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, offered on both engines.
2014 R8 V10 Plus is capable of accomplishing the 0-62mph sprint 0.3 seconds quicker because of the new transmission. The 2014 Audi R8′s 4.2-liter V-8 can deliver 430 hp and 316 lb-ft of torque while the 5.2-liter V-10 has an output of 525 hp and 391 lb-ft. Opting for the R8 V10 Plus means that the buyer gets 550 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.
Audi R8 coupe can be equipped with the seven-speed transmission as an option but the buyer has to pay $9100 higher. Choosing this for the Spyder means that it costs $13,500 premium higher than the coupe. The most affordable R8 is a manual-transmission R8 V8 that has a price tag of $119,150.
R8 V8 Spyder is priced at $132,650. If you can’t be contented with 430hp, you can get the Audi R8 V10. Its 2014 version sells for $155,450 while the R8 V10 Spyder costs $168,950. The new R8 V10 Plus is about 130 pounds lighter than the R8 V10 because of its ceramic brakes, carbon fiber accents, a smaller fuel tank, reduced sound insulation, and manual Alcantara seats.
2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus has a price tag of $174,795 for the manual and $183,895 for the model with the seven-speed transmission. No R8 V10 Spyder Plus model is offered. Choosing the standard six-speed gated manual transmission means that accelerating from zero to 60 mph is 0.2 seconds slower on the R8 V8 and by 0.4 seconds on the R8 V10.
Opting for the Spyder drop-top adds 0.2 seconds with either engine for the R8 V10 Plus coupe with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 3.7 seconds with the manual and 3.3 seconds with the seven-speed transmission.
It is pretty easy to tell that the new Audi R8 as is the dynamic front-liner. Its dimensions alone tell the story -- 4.44 meters (14.57 ft) in length, 1.90 meters (6.23 ft) in width and 1.25 meters (4.10 ft) in height for the coupe (1.24 meters for the Spyder version). These dimensions are made sportier by the car’s sharp lines and arched surfaces.
The front end, the wheel wells, the flanks and the rear end of the new Audi R8 are linked by the loop, which is essentially a wrap-around contour. Since the cabin is placed far to the front, it well indicates the position of the engine in the middle. On the coupe version, this mid-engine position is indicated by the so-called sideblades, which are upright air intakes located in front of the rear wheels. The right sideblade accommodates the solid aluminum gas cap. On the Spyder version, the sideblades are replaced by large air intakes sculpted from the flanks.
Up front, the Audi R8 is marked by a new Singleframe grille with tapered top corners and finished in high-gloss black. V10 versions of the R8 features a Singleframe grille which has struts that are decorated with fine chrome strips. These more powerful versions also feature the four Audi rings on the hood, not on the grille. In addition, the new Audi R8 comes with a redesigned bumper. All Audi R8 models are provided with black air intakes (for the radiator) and brakes with three crossbars.