Hello, 2020 Audi R8.
The 2020 Audi R8 – in proper Audi fashion – doesn't appear to be much of a departure from the cars that preceded it. In this case, however, that's a very good thing because the R8 has always been worth a second look – and a second listen. And unlike other cars to come out of the "cradle of speed," known as Germany, the Audi R8 retains its 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 – an engine that now produces a healthy 562-horsepower at 7,800 rpm in base trim and 602-horsepower in top-level trim.
First introduced in 2006, the R8 in its current figure now sports a more mature, angular face while maintaining that low-slung, wide, mid-engine profile that says speed. Audi says that the new, more angular grille, the more aggressive splitter, and the addition of a few extra "aesthetic" inlets above the grille were all inspired by the R8 LMS GT3 & GT4 race cars.
To back up the R8's race-inspired appearance, Audi has squeezed an additional 30-horsepower out of the base engine and 8 more lb-ft of torque, meaning every R8 offered in 2020 can twist the speedometer up to 200 miles-per-hour. Yes, even the spyder.
Sadly, the rear-wheel-drive R8 was only a one-year run meaning that 562-horses will be making its way to the ground through all four tires, but that's not necessarily a bad thing on the street. At least you can tell your significant other 'it's an all-weather car."
Additional changes for 2020 come in the way of new editions like the Decennium edition, limited to 50 cars, which features matte-bronze milled-cut wheels, a bronze intake manifold, a gloss black front spoiler, special stitching inside, and of course, a few bits of carbon fiber. On "regular" R8s, buyers will now have the choice between silver or brown leathers, and wireless phone charging now comes standard.
Of course, all of this comes at a price. The new R8 starts at $172,450, which is $5,000 more than the last generation. But for one of the last naturally aspirated V10s around? We'd say it's well worth the premium.
What are your thoughts? Do you dig the new R8? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments section!