If you know what the Audi R8 is, you must have a hunch about its possible price. A 2-seater high-performance supercar simply cannot be cheap.
So, How Much?
The MSRP for the all-new 2017 Audi R8 Coupe starts at $162,900 for the basic V10 version and at $189,900 for the V10 plus version. The latter has more power (up to monstrous 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque in comparison with 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque in the basic V10 version) and more effective brakes.
There are no new convertible versions on sale, but Audi still sells the 2015 Audi R8 Spyder. Its MSRP starts at $129,400 for the V8 version and at $166,100 for the V10 version. The all-new 2017 Audi R8 Spyder debuted at the New York International Auto Show a couple of weeks ago.
Both coupe and convertible versions represent the second generation of the Audi R8, which was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show alongside with the Audi R8 e-tron battery electric vehicle with an all-electric range of over 280 miles.
The Audi R8 is Audi’s field for experiment. The company released many special editions in the past, including extreme racing versions (such as Audi R8 LMS GT Daytona class car and R8 Grand-Am), police cars, all-electric prototypes (known as Audi R8 e-tron), exclusive regional editions (such as Audi R8 China Edition), and many others. Currently, the company doesn’t offer any additional versions in North America for mass-market.
The Audi R8 is exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi’s high-performance division Quattro GmbH. It is based on the Lamborghini Huracán platform (the first generation was based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform; you should know that both Audi and Lamborghini, as well as Bugatti, belong to the same owner – Volkswagen AG) and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built using space frame principles. The whole manufacturing process takes place in Neckarsulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
By the way, Audi R8 was named the 2016 World Performance Car.