There’s no denying that the 2023 Audi R8 is a genuine dream car. According to Audi, this exotic car can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 204 mph. That’s fast. The R8 completes these quick times thanks to a V10 engine that packs 602 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, so it’s a tough car to compete with.
With a starting MSRP of $171,000, it’s also a tough car to afford. If the Audi R8 is your dream car, but you don’t want to save up for half a lifetime to buy one, here are five cheaper alternatives that are just as fast.
1. Lexus RCF Fuji Speedway Edition — $102,245
You might not think a Lexus could keep up with a supercar like the Audi R8, but the RCF Fuji Speedway Edition is not your ordinary Lexus. Under its hood is a 5.0-liter V8 engine that pumps out 472 hp and 395 lb-ft of torque. That much power is good for a 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph.
OK, so the RCF Fuji doesn’t have the same performance as the Audi R8, but who is really counting the seconds to 60 mph? We drove this little two-door beast last year and enjoyed every second of it.
The V8 engine pulls hard when driving onto the freeway, and it’s responsive when coming out the tight canyon corners. The car handles exceptionally well too. Case in point, if you can’t afford an R8, the Lexus RCF Fuji Speedway Edition provides some good driving thrills and will surely turn a lot of heads.
2. Audi TT RS — $72,000
The Audi TT RS has long been considered the “baby R8” by many enthusiasts, so it’s only fitting to have it on this list. Not only does the Audi TT RS look a lot like its R8 bigger brother, but it has similar performance stats. It can go 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds thanks to its 400-hp, turbocharged 5-cylinder engine. That’s only a tenth of a second slower than the R8, and it costs less than half the price of one. Baby R8, indeed.
3. Ferrari California — $150,000 (used)
The Ferrari California is a front-engine, rear-drive that’s considered the softest car in the prancing horse lineup. We’re not really sure why, considering it’s powered by a 552-hp, turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine that propels to 60 mph from a standstill in less than 3.6 seconds.
Performance numbers aside, we like that the California is a 2+2 seater, which means that it has a small backseat and is somewhat practical. It’s also cheaper than the R8, but you’ll have to look at the used car market to find one.
4. Nissan GT-R — $113,540
When it made its debut over 10 years ago, the Nissan GT-R was heralded as the “everyday supercar.” Its palatable driving dynamics and practical 2+2 interior make it a joy to drive daily, as does its 565 hp engine. That engine is also responsible for zipping this car up to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.1 seconds, which means it’s a little quicker than the R8. Also, with a price tag of $113,540, it’s cheaper.
5. Chevrolet Corvette C8 — $65,895
It’s hard for us not to gush over the Chevrolet C8 Corvette. After all, it’s a $65,000 sports car with exotic-car looks. It’s also packing a potent 6.2-liter V8 engine under its hood that pushes out 495 hp and rockets the car to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Who needs a V10, or an R8, when you can have better performance at a fraction of the cylinders and price?
Cheaper Audi R8 alternatives
There is no denying that the Audi R8 is a fast exotic car that deserves every accolade it receives. However, it’s also very pricey. So if you’re looking for a sports car with similar performance at a lower price point, check out one of these five alternatives.