2014 Audi R8 Overview
2014 Audi R8 Overview
Vehicles from Audi are often mentioned in the same breath as other top automakers, and one of the reasons for this is their ability to generate high-performance in just about any type of car. Naturally, then, when Audi set about making an exotic sports car to compete with the Mercedes-Benz AMGs and Porsche 911s, they were going to do it well. The proof is in the Audi R8.
For 2014, the Audi R8 has some slightly more aggressive exterior styling, but for the most part, this is the same, sporty, performance-oriented vehicle we’ve seen in years past. That means that special Audi combination of driving excitement and comfort that makes the Audi R8 accessible to the typical driver looking for something new, while still providing thrills for the serious driving enthusiast.
There are a few kinks that this new Audi R8 has ironed out, particularly some shifting issues with the notoriously ornery automated manual transmission. This year’s dual-clutch model features a much smoother shifting experience than the old single-clutch gearbox.
The GT of 2012 is gone, to be replaced by the new V-10 Plus Quattro, which features a more powerful V-10 engine. Otherwise, your options of Coupe or Spyder (convertible) and 4.2-liter V-8 or 5.2-liter V-10 remain the same.
New for 2014
Audi has some new treats in store for the 2014 R8, including:
- Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission Option
- V-10 Plus Model
- New headlights
The 2014 Audi R8 is a great looking car, with that classic sports car look, sleek, low-to-the-ground stance, and aerodynamic feel. Its newly restyled narrow headlights give it an even more aggressive, take-on-all-challenges look which just adds to the fun of this car. Exterior features include a rear spoiler and 19-inch painted alloy wheels with performance tires; carbon sigma side blades are optional. The Spyder models feature a power convertible roof.
Interior & Cargo
When you look at a sports car, you expect it to be as thrilling on the inside as it is on the outside, and the 2014 Audi R8 doesn’t disappoint, with over 12 colors of premium leather to choose from for the interior, and an aesthetically pleasing design. In fact, if anything, the layout of the cabin emphasizes looks over utility, with controls and information display that may not be ergonomically ideal.
You’ll have no problem finding plenty of luxury features for comfort, convenience, and entertainment in the 2014 Audi R8, from the eight-way multi-level heated power sport seats with power lumbar support, to the full power accessories, to cruise control and automatic climate control. You’ll also find Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-speaker stereo system with CD player, MP3 playback and Sirius satellite radio. Interior options include the Audi MMI (Multi Media Interface) as part of a complete navigation system and an upgraded Bang & Olufsen Sound System.
Extra space is not a priority in a car that strives to be quick and streamlined, so you’ll have to make do with a meager 3.5 cubic feet of cargo space. If you need more than that, you’ll have to ditch your passenger.
You might not find as many safety features on the 2014 Audi R8 as you would in a Volvo family sedan, but there’s still plenty to keep you safe in this vehicle, starting with dual-front side-mounted airbags and a four-wheel anti-lock braking system. You’ll also find front and rear ventilated disc brakes, emergency braking assist, electronic brake force distribution, and front seatbelt pretensioners, along with stability and traction control. An alarm system, engine immobilizer, and emergency interior trunk release are also a part of the R8’s safety package.
Naturally, you’ll get the top-of-the-line sport driving experience you want in an exotic car, with terrific acceleration, speed, and power. What’s nice about the Audi R8 is that you also get a feeling of control, with a suspension that is firm enough to give you a sporty ride but resilient enough so that you can make the jump from your standard coupe to this speed machine with ease.
All models are all-wheel drive, linked to a six-speed manual transmission or the R8’s new and improved seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. There are three engines to choose from. The basic 4.2-liter V-8 gives you plenty of power, cranking out 430 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. If that’s not enough, you can take it to the next level with the 5.2-liter V-10, which gets you 525 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. Finally, those who miss the old GT model can go for the V-10 plus, which features a 5.2-liter V-10 that generates a monstrous 550 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque.
Once again, the R8 provides driving excitement and fun to compete with just about any exotic sports car on the road today.
Key Competitors of the 2014 Audi R8
- Porsche 911
- Mercedes-Benz SLS-AMG
- Aston-Martin V8 Vantage