Audi introduced the original R8 back in 2008, and it was an immediate hit. The brand's first mid-engine supercar brought a sexy design, extreme performance, and livable everyday comfort. Plus, it was all-wheel drive, which wasn’t very common in the world of supercardom. This year, the two-seater — now deep into its second generation — has been updated significantly with improvements to its exterior styling and its performance.
The 2020 Audi R8 is more powerful, and Audi has revised its suspension and added stickier tires to improve its handling. All-wheel drive remains standard on all models, but R8 ownership remains an exclusive club, as prices start at over $170,000. Audi only sells about 1,000 examples a year. Rivals include the Ferrari F8, Lamborghini Huracan Evo, Acura NSX, BMW i8 hybrid, several McLarens, and the new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette.