Audi R8 receives design and technology updates for 2021

Audi updates high-performance R8

Reuben Van Niekerk
Audi R8
Audi sport

The Audi R8 is the dynamic spearhead and the fastest production model in the Audi Sport line up. Now, the revised version of the high-performance sports car in Coupé and Spyder form boasts an even sharper design.


At the heart of the Audi R8 is the high revving, unique sounding V10 naturally aspirated engine. The 5.2 litre FSI V8 engine located behind the driver boasts 449kW and 560Nm and is capable of sprinting to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds in Coupé form and 3.3 seconds in Spyder form on its way to a top speed of 331 or 329km/h respectively, with power transferred to the road via a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox. The unique soundtrack is further amplified by a standard R8 sports exhausts system.

The performance sports suspension continues to deliver effortless precision and response, while steering response is direct and precise at all speeds.


A mode for every condition

In addition to the well-known Audi drive select modes, three additional programs dry, wet and snow form part of the Performance mode of the R8 V10 quattro.


Design enhancements

The sharper and tauter updated design features a single frame radiator grille that is even wider and flatter. In combination with dimmed headlights and adjoining design elements, the R8 looks even sharper. Winglets at the side divide the large air inlets and the flat slits above the single frame radiator grille are reminiscent of those on the Audi Sport Quattro.

The new front splitter is now wider and the rear diffuser is even more dominant as it frames the oval exhaust tailpipes.

Audi R8 customers can enjoy the standard high-gloss black styling package as part of the sporty exterior look or upgrade to the gloss carbon RS exterior package. LED headlamps and rear lights with dynamic turn signals and high-beam control are standard with an option to upgrade to the Audi laser light at an extra cost.

New metallic colours of Kemora grey and Ascari blue have been added while the Audi exclusive program allows customers to have any paint colour blended according to their wishes.

The facelifted Audi R8 is equipped with factory installed 20-inch Audi Sport V-spoke Evo design wheels in two colour options, titanium or matte bronze. An alternative 20-inch 5-double spoke dynamic alloy wheel in anthracite black is also available. Ceramic brakes along with red calipers are standard fitment.


Inside story

The interior of the R8 retains its driver-focussed orientation, while new options include R8 sport seats with fine Nappa leather and diamond stitching as standard. Customers are also able to select between upholstery colours of red, white or black.

The driving position is akin to that of a racing car, the entire operating concept focuses on the driver alone, who can operate all functions without having to take their hands off the steering wheel or look away from the road. The R8 performance multifunction steering wheel plus integrates three satellite buttons in addition to its push-buttons for the MMI. One is used to start and stop the engine, the second is used to select the basic modes of the Audi drive select and the third for the performance programs.

The information from the MMI navigation plus is shown in the revised Audi virtual cockpit which has a 12.3-inch display, the driver can use the view button on the steering wheel to switch between views. The performance screen for example is dominated by a large tachometer and different gauges can be positioned around it.


When will it be available?

VIP customer deliveries of the Audi R8 V10 performance Quattro have officially begun in South Africa as part of a pre-launch strategy ahead of the performance sport car’s official retail launch on 1 April 2021.



Audi R8 Coupe V10 performance Quattro                 R3 336 000

Audi R8 Spyder V10 performance Quattro                R3 592 500