2020 Audi R8 is deemed as one of the modest facelift cars in 2020. Its new visual appearance is inspired by the GT3 car that includes oval tailpipes, the griller that adapts less chrome, and a new splitter. Comes with a 5.3-liter V10 machine combined with a rear-biased AWD system along with seven-speed dual-clutch auto, this car could deliver 428 lb-ft of torque and 612 hp in the V10 performance. The top speed also reached 206 mph. Even though the price is not being announced yet, this car is expected to be around USD 170,000 for the standard type and USD 200,000 for the Performance type.
More Power and Sharper Suit
The Audi R8 is not a supercar that can be easily beaten by the competitors. It is a combination of old school V1- engine and hi-tech infotainment, which is quite paradoxical. Other than that, this car is expected to be a relatively affordable car in its class. The cars are available in Coupe and Spyder models. Both models are AWD, equipped with V10 along with a gearbox of S-Tronic dual-clutch.
The changes applied to the R8 is not major after all. However, when it was parked in a distance, it looks quite different. The front part is wider and lower like it wears a mouthguard. The jawline is effective enough that it leaves the impression of a purposeful appearance. If we look closer, we see a nice front grille with three little slits at the hood. It recalls the Ur Quattro. Other than that, its new front splitter is wider. Meanwhile, the rear changes are not so obvious unless you notice the upswept diffuser at the back.
Interior and Features
The new R8 is available in two colors: Ascari Blue and Kemora Gray. The standard models feature some gloss-black detailing and new 19-inch alloys. Meanwhile, the performance models replace those all with matte titanium.
In general, nothing has changed in its interior part but you will see a better driving position. The driver position is solidly built with flair flashes while the virtual cockpit features a slick yet modern feel. Just keep in mind that the Spyder model has a tighter cockpit for its roof mechanism. It will cause an issue on the legroom if you are over 6 feet tall.
Engine and Performance
The standard car morel could produce up to 533 hp at 8,250 RPM. All of them are purely due to changes in its software calibration. It helps the heavier Spyder to reach up to 200 mph.
The Performance mode could produce up to 612 hp and 428 lb-ft. The number shows a stronger performance than before. This car is also a little beyond the Lamborghini Huracan. The V10 Performance could accelerate to 62 mph in 3 seconds.
At the Wheels
The car was tested in Ascari, which is a fast track. It features turns that seem rolled forever, some corners, and walls that may make your heart beats faster. Riding this car on the Ascari track brings the nuance of riding McLaren 720S but with visceral acceleration that needs a certain point of acclimatization.
The carbon-ceramic brakes in the standard models also fit the Performance models’ in the first. However, the downhill braking zone was too much compared to the weight of the V10. This thing, on the other hand, makes the car becomes more reactive and more nimble but it should be anticipated considering this a potential pendulum effect that needs to be nursed carefully.
The AWD driving system helps the stability control Sport setting. When the nose hooks up and the car is pulled out, the balance will be automatically switched to a neutral feeling.
Even though the makeover might look too mild, the Audi R8 is still a compelling choice. McLaren 570S might offer a lighter, more tactile feeling, and nimble car. However, R8 is cheaper in every aspect. The R8 is also easier to climb into, offers better technology and refinement, and has better security with its AWD driving system. Relatively speaking, this car is safe for those who want to explore the racetrack in an invigorating way.
The most interesting part is that this car combines its technology with the Lamborghini V10. It practically yelps and sears and turns the 570S nothing to compare. You should appreciate this car while this is still available though. The price is yet to be announced but expects to pay for USD 170,000 for the standard model and USD 200,000 for the top-spec car.