2021 Audi R8 Coupe


2021 Audi R8 Coupe Review: A Supercar a Day Keeps The Big Sad Away

The 2-door 2021 Audi R8 Coupe sports car is now in its second generation and is better than ever. As Audi's first true supercar, the R8 has had to carry a lot on its shoulders and is today recognized as being one of the best mid-engined supercars around. It might not be the fastest or most glamorous, but that 5.2-liter Lamborghini Huracan-sourced V10 engine still sounds better than most turbo-muffled power plants, and you get a 0-60 mph sprint time of only 3.2 seconds. For 2021 the base R8 is now rear-wheel drive only, with power outputs dropping to 532 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, while the full-blown performance model still offers quattro AWD stability and a serious 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of power. The 2021 Audi R8 Coupe takes the fight to competitors such as the Porsche 911 Turbo, Nissan GT-R, and the Chevrolet Corvette C8.

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2021 Audi R8 Coupe Changes: 🚙What's the difference between the 2020 Audi R8 Coupe?

As mentioned above, the new Audi R8 coupe range for 2021 sees the cheapest model become RWD with a drop in power from 562 to 532 hp. The Performance model, thus, is the only one offered with AWD, and its specs go unchanged from those of last year. A new Panther edition of the base RWD model is also provided, but only 30 were produced, so good luck finding one. Don't worry, though - you're not missing out. The only changes over the base model are aesthetic if you don't consider its loftier price of $183,300. Still, if you see its special metallic paint in person, you may deem it worth the extra cash.

Pros and Cons

  • Intoxicating engine sound
  • You can use it as a daily
  • Lots of options
  • Supercar looks
  • It's excellent to drive
  • Minimal safety features
  • Fuel efficiency - what's that?
  • Options add up

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2021 Audi R8 Coupe Trims and Prices

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
5.2 V10 RWD
5.2L V10 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
5.2 V10 performance quattro
5.2L V10 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

R8 Coupe Exterior

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  • Length 174.4 in
  • Wheelbase 104.3 in
  • Height 48.7 in
  • Max Width 76.4 in
  • Front Width 64.8 in
  • Rear Width 63.0 in
  • Curb Weight 3,594.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Kemora Gray Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Suzuka Gray Metallic
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect
  • Tango Red Metallic
  • Ascari Blue Metallic
  • Ara Blue Crystal Effect
  • Panther Black Crystal Effect
  • Ibis White
  • Vegas Yellow

R8 Coupe Performance

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Engine and Transmission

In a world that is increasingly moving towards electric and hybrid powertrains, the Audi R8 coupe stands out like a sore thumb. This German supercar features a 5.2-liter naturally aspirated gas V10 that produces 532 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque. That's down 30 hp from last year's base model that had AWD, but you still get a blistering 3.6-second run to 60 mph. The Performance trim uses the same 10-cylinder but receives the full 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque and will smash the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 205. That's true supercar levels of performance. Power is sent to the rear or all four wheels via a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.

  • Engine
    5.2L V10 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

R8 Coupe Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.9 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 14/23 mpg
* 2021 Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 V10 RWD Coupe

R8 Coupe Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 38.5 in

R8 Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    8 ft³

R8 Coupe Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Audi R8 Coupe a good car?

The US is spoiled for choice when it comes to sports cars, so why should you even consider the Audi R8? Well, there are tons of reasons, but let's look at why you shouldn't first. Firstly, the vehicle is starting to show its age, and the current generation has been around since 2015. Secondly, Audi is very stingy with its standard options, and adding basics like driving assistance features will cost you extra. There is no safety rating review of the 2021 Audi R8 Coupe, either. The fact that it wears an Audi badge also detracts slightly from its exotic appeal, but that will boil down to personal preference. On the plus side, there are no recalls, so we can assume it has high reliability. The Audi R8's naturally aspirated V10 engine, solid build quality, excellent driving dynamics, and everyday comfort combine to make it one of the best supercars out there.

🚗What 2021 Audi R8 Coupe Model Should I Buy?

The price of the 2021 Audi R8 Coupe starts at $142,700 for the RWD model, which is significantly less than what you'd pay for an entry-level Porsche 911 Turbo coupe, but twice as much as a Chevrolet C8 Corvette. Going for the Performance model pushes that price up close to $200k, so we'd suggest sticking with the RWD version and adding the optional performance exhaust system and Premium Package for the added interior comforts and upgraded sound system.

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