Just two versions of the R8 are currently on offer, each with slightly different features and ways of getting down the road. The cheapest version is called the R8 V10 performance RWD S tronic and sends its power to the rear axle via the same seven-speed dual-clutcher found in the all-wheel-drive R8 V10 performance quattro model. Its output is rated at 562 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, enough for a top speed of 204 mph. With a greater focus on comfort, this model boasts adaptive dampers instead of a fixed setup that may feel harsher. The R8 quattro removes the cosseting suspension system in favor of adding power and grip. Power here jumps to 602 hp with torque rated at 413 lb-ft. Whichever you choose, both are visceral accelerators yet capable daily drivers.
The cheapest model of the R8 is the base version, which starts at a cost of $148,700 before you pay the $1,495 destination charge. The most expensive model you can have is the quattro model with its base asking price of $199,800. Fully loaded with options, the Audi R8 price can reach around $220,000.
The R8 quattro model is particularly well specced, but you can still add the R8 Performance Design package for $5,200. This gives you a mix of leather and Alcantara on the racing shell seats, an Alcantara-clad steering wheel with Mercato Blue stitching to match its new floor mats and shift lever. You also get blue brake calipers for the complete theme. This model has further access to a carbon fiber front sway bar at $1,100, while the 13-speaker B&O audio upgrade costs $1,900. If you don't want AWD but do like carbon fiber, the RWD model can be equipped with the Carbon Interior package for $3,400, adding additional carbon inlays to the cabin. The Premium package is more expensive at $5,900 thanks to its B&O sound system, extended leather sub-package, illuminated door sill inlays, and Alcantara headliner. New for 2022 is the $12,900 Dynamic package that adds carbon-ceramic brakes, a different style of 20-inch wheel, and racing shell seats. The other new package is the $3,600 Sport Exhaust package that adds a Sport exhaust with black tips, a Sport steering wheel, and a Performance mode to the Audi Drive Select system. How much more you want to add is up to you and your bank balance.
This choice will depend on the kind of driver you and what kind of features you want from your car. If you seek ultimate performance, then the quattro model is certainly the one to have. With AWD and over 600 horses on tap, this is the fastest and quickest R8, but for those who are happy with a top speed of 204 mph, the regular R8 RWD is the one we recommend. Not only can this one be even more fun when you get it sideways, but it also comes with adaptive dampers as standard - something that you can't have on the quattro model. With a lower price to boot, it's definitely our pick, but take both for a test drive to see where you're most comfortable.