It entered production in 2006 and underwent a facelift in 2012.
Need for Speed: ProStreet
The Audi R8 appears in Need for Speed: ProStreet as a tier 3 car.
It is available in the PC release of the game once the player has applied patch v1.1 or purchased the downloadable Booster Pack. It is also available as part of the Extender Pack Premium Car Bundle #2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 releases.
The Audi R8 is capable of reaching a high top speed and is, therefore, a suitable car for Speed Challenges. The heavy weight of the all-wheel drive system makes the Audi R8 enter and exit corners slower than similar tier 3 cars.
Need for Speed: Undercover
The R8 is depicted in the game to be one of the fastest tier 1 cars due to quick acceleration. It is capable of reaching a top speed of 236 mph (380 km/h) without upgrades, which can be increased up to 250 mph (403 km/h).
Need for Speed: Shift
The Audi R8 appears in Need for Speed: Shift as a tier 3 car with a price tag of $135,000. It is unlocked upon collecting 80 stars and has a car rating of 8.60. It is incapable of a Works conversion and is ineligible for Drift events.
Need for Speed: Nitro
The R8 appears in Need for Speed: Nitro as a class A car and costs $120,000. It is rated 4 in speed; 3 in acceleration, handling, and drifting; and 2 in strength.
Luis, the top racer in Madrid, drives an R8 in the location's Silver Cup Drag Race and all Gold Cup race events except for the Drift Challenge, Time Attack, and Speed Trap events. In addition, Luis' R8 can also be seen in his profile video and the game's opening video.
Luis' R8 can be unlocked as a collectable car for use in both Arcade Mode and Career Mode, once all stars are obtained in all Madrid Gold Cup events.
Need for Speed: World
The R8 has a mediocre nitrous boost but has a decent acceleration as well as a high top speed of 187 mph (302 km/h). Its heavy kerb weight benefits its pursuit durability but also makes the car useless in curvy race tracks due to heavy steering.
The Royal Purple style is a unique cash car that cost 700,000, and was initially released on November 16, 2010.
The Frequency style is a rental car that can be leased for 300. It was made available on November 16, 2010.
It was replaced with a SpeedBoost purchase option on August 22, 2012, and costs 3700.
The Cop Edition style is a Cop Edition that costs 3900. It was released on November 16, 2010 in the car dealer, and as a free one week rental for players that redeemed the Online Pass code included with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010), although this was titled as a Hot Pursuit style.
The Shift style is an NFS Classic that costs 3700. It was released on December 9, 2011 under the LMS style name, but this was later altered to Shift. Its livery is based on that of the Audi R8 LMS featured in Need for Speed: Shift.
Shift 2: Unleashed
The Audi R8 appears in Shift 2: Unleashed with a 920 performance rating and 4.27 handling rating. It is purchaseable for $125,000. A Works upgrade for the car is available.
Despite being AWD, the Audi R8 is prone to powersliding in corners. The acceleration and top speed of the R8 might be lacking compared to other Modern C cars.
- The Audi R8 is available as a Diecast car with a green and yellow paint job in Need for Speed: Undercover. Players have to enter "9:G3IF at the cheat codes menu.
- The Audi R8 "Frequency" was part of a series of rental gifts for players in Need for Speed: World, who have purchased the first version of the Starter Pack.