Updated 2020 Audi R8 Makes Stateside Debut In NY, Starts At $170,000

We’ve added live images of the 2020 Audi R8 from the Big Apple in our gallery below (Update).

The facelifted Audi R8 was unveiled last fall, but it’s finally arriving in the U.S. at the New York Auto Show.

Set to go on sale this summer, the 2020 R8 has a more aggressive front fascia which features a honeycomb mesh grille, a new spoiler and three hood slits that pay tribute to the Ur-quattro. The supercar has also been equipped with darker headlights, restyled side skirts, an updated rear bumper and a new diffuser.

The cabin largely carries over, but there are two new interior colors called Pastel Silver and Palomino Brown. While the updates are minor, the model comes nicely equipped with a digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger and a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. Buyers will also find GPS navigation and LED interior lighting.

Power is provided by an upgraded 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 562 hp (419 kW / 570 PS) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a seven-speed S tronic transmission and a standard quattro all-wheel drive system. It enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 201 mph (323 km/h).

Interestingly, Audi of America says the R8 V10 performance maintains its former rating of 602 hp (449 kW / 610 PS) and 413 lb-ft (559 Nm) of torque. This is strange as the European model got a minor boost to 611 hp (456 kW / 620 PS) and 427 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque. We asked Audi for a clarification and we’ll update this post when / if we hear back. [Update: Audi has confirmed the US-spec model will have 602 hp, but didn’t explain why the European R8 is more powerful]

Assuming the figure is correct, the R8 V10 performance coupe can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 205 mph (330 km/h). The roadster is a tad slower as the dash to 60 mph (96 km/h) takes 3.3 seconds and the top speed is 204 mph (328 km/h).

Pricing starts at $169,900 for the R8 V10 Coupe and $182,100 for the Spyder. Likewise, the performance variants retail for $195,900 and $208,100.

For $214,995, you get can get a limited edition R8 V10 Decennium. Based on the R8 V10 performance coupe, the Decennium has a Mythos Black metallic exterior with 20-inch wheels featuring a matte bronze finish. The model also has a mix of gloss black and gloss carbon fiber accents.

The cabin is also unique as drivers will find an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, gloss carbon fiber trim and a number of Decennium badges. Other highlights include black sport seats and cooper contrasting stitching.

Only 50 Decennium editions will be available in the United States and global production has been capped at 222 units.


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  • salamOOn

    i really wouldnt need a “13-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system” in a car like this.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    If you can afford to get a Huracan instead. It’s far superior and super reliable from what many owners have said.

  • GobbleUp

    Huge price for what it isnt…much rather have a 458.
    Stretch for a Huracan.

  • SteersUright

    Man, I remember when these came out for $120k with a V8. Either its $80k for an engine upgrade or my income hasn’t kept up with inflation.

    • ErnieB

      I think our incomes have definitely not kept up with inflation. Also, there are a lot more millionaires now a days willing to pay to play.

    • nastinupe

      Actually the base price was $114,XXX. I almost purchased one for $128,000 instead of my 911. Kind of wish I did now. They are holding their values. Especially the manuals.

  • Nordschleife

    It’s uncanny how iconic the first gen was but how hard it fell off for the second gen. This is a shining example of the devil is in the details. This looks so disjointed compared to the previous incarnation.

  • B.Stokes

    This is a steep price to pay for the Audi. It’s approaching Lambo/Ferrari/McLaren territory. If they’d just put the V8 from the RS cars for sub $150k price.

    • nastinupe

      Ummmm… dude… this isn’t 2002. An LP-610-4 starts at $428,200. A 488 GTB starts at $256,550. A Mclaren 650s starts at $459,250. The R8 starts at $169,900… that’s actually not bad, relatively speaking.

  • TheBelltower

    It’s a high base price for what will easily be a $200k car with options. But the R8 has proven to be worth it.

  • SteersUright

    Still so sexy.

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