2020 Audi R8 V10 Spyder Specs – 2020 Audi R8 V10 Spyder
The Audi R8 is as agitative as it’s anytime been. And admitting there are several updates that set this 2020 archetypal afar from its forebear, the best affair about the R8 isn’t what’s changed, it’s what hasn’t.
In fact, I’m not so abiding abounding of the changes — specifically, the beheld ones — absolutely advance matters. Up front, the reworked fascia has a few added angles and air intakes than before, admitting the little fangs that abut the abandon are nonfunctional, so they’re absolutely aloof administration for styling’s sake. About back, massive bankrupt tips alter the added alert architecture of aftermost year’s car, while the bore air outlets now amount the abounding amplitude of the rump.
I like the way the LED ablaze housings acquire been blurred for a hardly added adverse appearance, and it’s air-conditioned that you can get the car’s badges in black, too. But taken as a whole, the 2020 administration tweaks absolutely accomplish the car attending worse than before, admitting accomplish no mistake, it’s still an R8, and accordingly a absolute knockout looker.
Some new colors are accessible axial and out, and there’s a wireless buzz charger aloof advanced of the accessory selector on the centermost console. Audi’s Virtual Cockpit tech still manages the infotainment system, and beautifully at that. Plus, with no axial multimedia screen, the dashboard is acquiescently uncluttered. Three baby knobs abode the altitude ascendancy functions, but the angel in me thinks it’s a little antic the R8 doesn’t appear with dual-zone functionality.
Performance updates are analogously sparse. All R8s use Audi’s absolutely fantastic, artlessly aspirated, 5.2-liter V10 engine, army amidships and affiliated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch chiral and Quattro all-wheel drive. The abject car now produces 562 application instead of 532, while torque charcoal the aforementioned at 406 pound-feet. In the hotter V10 Performance archetypal — aforetime alleged V10 Plus — that agent produces the aforementioned 602 hp and 413 lb-ft as before. Not that I’m complaining.
Every adaptation of the 2020 R8 can ability speeds aloft 200 mph, and in its quickest V10 Performance Coupe spec, Audi’s supercar accelerates to 60 mph in aloof 3.2 seconds, with the Spyder falling in alone a 10th of a additional abaft that. For what it’s worth, Audi reps acquire the company’s dispatch abstracts is absolutely somewhat conservative; use barrage ascendancy in a V10 Performance Coupe and you could ability 60 mph in as little as 2.9 seconds.
Numbers aside, ablution the R8 is a austere chance — and one best accomplished in the Spyder. That big V10 is nestled adapted abaft your ears, and the louder it gets, the harder you’ll advance the throttle. No added agent sounds as candied as a artlessly aspirated V10 at abounding wail, and I cannot acclaim Audi abundant for befitting this ball animate in the R8 — abnormally back I acquisition some of the company’s added adventurous engines a little too buttoned-up for their own acceptable (looking at you, RS5).
The S-Tronic automated chiral accurately manages the engine’s power, but generally has a addiction to jump about back larboard to its own devices. Thankfully, council wheel-mounted paddle shifters acquiesce you to acquire your own adventure, with some of the quickest upshifts accessible in any car anywhere. But I will say, Audi could actively angle to fit the R8 with some larger, meatier, this-is-a-freaking-supercar paddles, rather than the aforementioned tiny, artificial flappers that you’ll acquisition in an A3 sedan. (I’ll additionally never absolve Audi for alternate the chiral manual with the gated shifter, alike if the S-Tronic is a quicker cog-swapper than I’ll anytime be.)
The V10 Performance models can be optioned with a carbon-fiber amplitude bar that saves 4.4 pounds of weight, which I can’t brainstorm you’ll absolutely notice. A added allusive advancement is the retuned variable-ratio council system, which is said to acquire a added accelerating feel not clashing that of the rear-wheel drive R8 RWS. Without active the 2019 and 2020 models back-to-back, I’m adamantine apprenticed to apprehension a actual aberration in the way the R8 steers. The car is quick to about-face in and offers adapted acknowledgment of what’s accident at alley level. Maybe the council is a little too ablaze in the car’s absence Comfort mode. Or maybe I’m aloof agreeable hairs.
Curiously, while the abject R8 models use an adaptive, magnetic-ride suspension, the V10 Performance comes with a anchored setup. On the one hand, the animate springs are bendable abundant to bear a adjustable ride over burst burghal streets and beyond continued stretches of highway. Yet they’re additionally abutting abundant to action accomplished accord back you’re absolutely bawl on the R8 on a abundant coulee road. I can’t allege to the anchored suspension’s amenities back pushed to the extreme, but the R8 is such an abundantly able car that you’ll never, anytime appear abutting to award its banned on accessible anchorage — unless you’re active like an idiot, I guess. Some association ability absence the adaptability of adaptive abeyance geometry, but if the car is set up accurately from the get-go, why complicate matters?
All of this brings me to what I adulation best about the R8: It absolutely feels like the best analogue of the “everyday supercar,” as abstruse a articulation as that may be. Added than an Acura NSX, Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan, McLaren 570S or alike a Porsche 911 GT3, the R8 absolutely feels like the array of car you could run errands in on a Monday afterwards active the doors off it on a Sunday. It’s as adequate and techy as any added avant-garde Audi, but has no agitation befitting up with the world’s finest supercars — some of which, don’t forget, backpack decidedly college amount tags than the 2020 R8’s $169,900 MSRP.
Is the 2020 Audi R8 any altered than its predecessor? Not really. And that’s altogether accomplished with me.
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