Audi R8 discounts are very rare, but you can save thousands of dollars off the 2020 model this month.
The future fate of the Audi R8 looks uncertain. Some reports claim Audi's flagship naturally aspirated supercar will be replaced with an electric supercar under a different name while a more recent report claims it will live on for a third-generation with an electrified powertrain.
With a starting price of $169,900 excluding destination charges, the R8 is Audi's most expensive car. And it's rare to see Audi offer discounts for the R8, but slow sales have forced Audi to take action. Last year, Audi shipped just 574 R8s to US customers, so something needs to be done to improve sales. According to a dealer incentive bulletin obtained by CarsDirect, Audi is offering a secret discount that reduces the R8's price by several thousand dollars.
To help shift Audi's flagship supercar, dealers are offering discounts of up to $7,500 for the 2020 Audi R8. The incentive is available nationwide until March 31 and can be used for buying or leasing. This is also the first time dealers have offered a discount for the 2020 Audi R8 facelift since it went on sale last spring.
With the discount, the Audi R8's price drops from $169,900 to $162,400, which still isn't cheap when you also factor in an additional $1,250 destination charge and a mandatory $1,700 gas guzzler tax. The Audi R8 Spyder is even more expensive, with a starting price of $182,100 for the base model and $208,100 for the V10 Performance version.
Some dealers are also offering even bigger savings. One dealer in Atlanta, Georgia, for example, is offering $17,653 off a new 2020 R8 Spyder. It's worth shopping around because lots of dealers are offering discounts varying between $8,000 and $10,000. Powering the 2020 Audi R8 is a 5.2-liter V10 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque in the base model and 611 horsepower and 417 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. It isn't clear if the V10 unit will carry over to the third-generation model, so you may want to take advantage of this discount while you still can before the current car approaches the end of its model lifecycle.