Now in its second generation, the Audi R8 has incredible head turning supercar good looks and an impressive engine sound. Essentially, underpinning its unbelievable high speed performance is precise handling and this is a car designed to be enjoyed.
The R8 is powered by an excellent V10 5.2 litre engine which produces 532 bhp in its standard guise while there's a 'Plus' model which will deliver 602 bhp. Because of the size and weight of the R8 it should come as no surprise that it will sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.2 seconds.
This level of power delivers a top speed of 205 mph which means it's also not the most frugal of cars but it does compete effectively against its rivals. However, an electric R8 e-tron is in the pipeline which should deliver 300 miles for a single charge.
The impressive supercar performance is delivered with a seven speed dual clutch auto gearbox which delivers gear changes very quickly. Drivers can also use the paddles located on the steering wheel to switch gears when necessary.
Handling for the Audi R8 is delivered by the firm's excellent quattro four-wheel-drive system, fitted as standard, which offers grip in a variety of conditions, as well as on the race track. For those drivers wary of having so much power on board, the all-wheel drive will help even nervous drivers enjoy hard cornering and confident motoring. The R8 also has traction and electronic stability control fitted as standard.
On board, the R8 is a comfortable place to be thanks to the aluminium and carbon fibre construction. The dashboard itself is minimalistic and driver information is delivered onto what Audi describes as a 'virtual cockpit' on a nice 12.3 inch screen in the dashboard.
Compared with other supercars, the R8 offers good value though the option packs can bump up the price extensively but they do include larger alloy wheels and various styling and interior feature choices. Essentially, the Audi R8 may not be the most practical choice for a car but its futuristic good looks make it an excellent coupe that delivers thrills and fun in equal measure.
Why not have a look at the R8 on the official Audi UK company web site and get the latest news about the R8 in the UK at The UK Audi Owners' club. You may also like to see what they're saying about the R8 on the Top Gear web site.
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