2023 Audi R8

2023 Audi R8

Performance, Transmission, and Engine

The R8's V-10 engine comes in two variants, both capable of delivering ear-shattering sounds with their remarkable exhaust notes. However, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission isn't the smoothest gearbox around. At times, it downshifts too abruptly, resulting in sudden neck-snapping acceleration followed by an immediate upshift.

The base R8 is equipped with an adaptive suspension, while Performance models feature a more aggressive fixed-damper setup. Both suspension setups effectively absorb bumps, providing a comfortable ride that remains tolerable even on long journeys. However, the R8's compliant nature has a downside: it doesn't handle corners as confidently as some of its competitors, feeling somewhat unsettled in full-attack mode.

While the standard steering setup is direct and offers sufficient feel, it does relay road feedback to the driver's hands adequately.

Pricing and Recommended Trim

The starting price of the 2023 Audi R8 is $161,395, with the range-topping model priced at $253,290, depending on the chosen trim and optional features.

  • V10 Coupe - $161,395
  • V10 Spyder - $173,795
  • V10 Performance Coupe - $213,295
  • V10 Performance Spyder - $225,695
  • GT Coupe - $253,290

For those seeking additional flair, the Spyder variant is recommended. With the top down, onlookers will have a better view of the fortunate driver behind the wheel. Choosing between the standard and Performance models presents a tougher decision. While the 562-hp V-10 provides incredible acceleration and emits the same thunderous roar as the 602-hp variant, opting for the ultimate R8 may enhance the experience of attending events such as Cars and Coffee.

What's New for 2023?

The 2023 model year marks the end of production for the current-generation R8. Audi bids farewell to this supercar with a limited edition GT model, exclusively offered with rear-wheel drive and a 602-hp version of the V-10 engine. The GT also boasts a revised seven-speed automatic transmission, claimed to offer quicker shifts, and a Torque Rear driving mode conducive to spirited driving. However, this doesn't seem like a car that begs to be thrown around with its rear tires smoking. Inside, the GT features rich black-and-red upholstery, carbon-fiber interior trim, and a numbered plaque indicating its place in the production run. Other than the GT, the lineup remains unchanged, consisting of a coupe and a convertible.

Overview

While few supercars are actually driven daily, the 2023 Audi R8 appears to be designed for such a task. It offers a reasonably comfortable ride alongside its blistering acceleration. Sharing its underpinnings and powertrain with the Lamborghini Huracán, the R8 is less hardcore than its Italian counterpart, delivering a less intense experience on twisty roads or racetracks. Instead, the R8 offers a level of refinement more aligned with the rest of the Audi lineup. Its snug, two-seat cabin is adorned with premium materials and features a minimalist design, eschewing the typical center-mounted infotainment display in favor of a digital gauge display serving both functions. The interior provides comfort for both driver and passenger, although the R8's puny cargo area accommodates only one carry-on suitcase. If this blend of performance and luxury appeals to you, now is the time to act, as this marks the final year for Audi's V-10–powered flagship.

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