2014 Audi R8 Review

April 30, 2014
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The Audi R8 is a supercar that is really made to drive. The 2014 year model comes with two engine choices: V8 and V10. Driving the V8 would not leave you wanting for more. But the V10 models certainly do give you more. In addition, the R8 is not just made for the racetrack. It is also a great companion for your daily trips.

NEW FOR THE 2014 R8

  • refreshed exterior styling
  • standard LED headlights
  • dual-clutch transmission
  • V10 Plus model

UNDER THE HOOD

The Audi R8 V8 model has a 4.2-liter V8 engine that puts out 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. The V10 model is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that generates 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. This same engine pumps out 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque for the new V10 Plus model.

All 2014 R8s are equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission which sends power to all wheels. But a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission or S tronic, which is new for 2014, is optional.

The EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2014 Audi R8 are the following:

 Model City/Hwy/Combined MPG
R8 V8, manual 11/20/14
R8 V8, S tronic 14/23/17
R8 V10, manual 12/19/14
R8 V10, S tronic 13/22/16

 

ON THE ROAD

The 2014 R8’s ride is firm despite its adaptive suspension. Road noise is also more noticeable than in most Audis. But compared to other exotic cars, the R8 already rides comfortably and quietly. And the powerful engines make the supercar feel light and nimble on twisty roads. The manual transmission works well but the new dual-clutch transmission offers ultimate responsiveness, performance and comfort all rolled into one.

The V10 gives the R8 more power and the appropriate voice for real racetrack performance. The V10 Plus model is the way to go if you spend more time on the racetrack than on highways. That’s because it is basically a V10 that’s less appropriate for daily driving and tuned for more hard driving. The absence of adaptive suspension and the use of carbon-ceramic brakes make the top-of-the-line R8 deal with real-world road conditions poorly.

INSIDE THE 2014 R8

There are minor styling changes inside the R8 for 2014. But as with the previous models, the cabin is still well-crafted and the quality of materials is high-grade.

The heated 8-way power seats are comfortable and supportive for both performance driving and long trips. The center stack does not face the driver so the controls may be a bit inconvenient to reach. And as many reviewers complain about most of the time, the Audi MMI system is not that intuitive to use.

The trunk in both the coupe and the Spyder is small and may not be enough for all your stuff for an overnight getaway. It offers just 3.5 cubic feet of space.

KEY FEATURES

Both the 2014 Audi R8 coupe and Spyder are available in three trim levels.

The R8 V8 is standard with driver information system, Bluetooth, satellite radio, keyless entry, cruise control, daytime running lights, side-mirror turn signals, leather/Alcantatra upholstery, heated power front seats, magnetic ride suspension, automatic climate control, flat-bottom sport steering wheel, 7-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD changer and MP3 playback capability, 19-inch wheels with summer tires, full LED lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, auxiliary audio jack, fog lights, adaptive rear spoiler, and rain-sensing wipers.

The R8 V10 adds navigation system, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, park assist with rearview camera, leather upholstery, and 19-inch titanium-finish wheels.

The R8 V10 Plus model has most of the V10’s features but deletes power-adjustable seats and adaptive suspension. It has a smaller fuel tank and more carbon-fiber trim pieces.

Photo credit: audiusa.com, thecarconnection.com

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