The Audi R8 is a powerful supercar that you can use everyday, whatever the weather. It’s a rival to mega-fast machines such as the Lamborghini Huracan (which shares the Audi’s engine and much of its components), the McLaren 650S and the Ferrari 488 GTB.
Audi has designed the R8 from the ground up and it is only available with a 5.2-litre V10 engine (the V8 from the old model has been dropped) coupled to a fast-shifting dual-clutch S-Tronic automatic gearbox. Buyers can choose from the 533hp V10 or the 602hp V10 Plus. Buy the latter and you’ll own the fastest and most powerful road-going Audi ever built.
The huge levels of grip provided by the quattro four-wheel-drive system mean you can use every single one of the R8’s horsepower, even in wet conditions and it is unbelievably rapid down a country road. Sliding around like a Ferrari might be off the cards (unless you’re going incredibly fast), but even so the R8 will put a grin on your face a mile wide.
Its even quite practical for a supercar. The 112-litre boot in the front of the car is tiny – less than half the size of a VW Up’s – but there’s an extra 226 litres of space behind the car’s two seats. Interior quality is (as you would expect) excellent and the R8 gets Audi’s Virtual Cockpit dashboard display and body-hugging bucket seats that do a great job of keeping you in place while exploring the car’s sizeable cornering abilities.
Everything you expect from an Audi, but with huge performance and serious attitude
In terms of value for money it’s hard to argue that a supercar costing from £119,500 and returning fuel economy of 24.8mpg makes sense. Nevertheless it’s significantly cheaper than any of its aforementioned rivals.
The old R8 can be put in the supercar hall of fame for being a proper supercar that was easy to use every day and the company has stayed true to this philosophy but added more power, more drama, more advanced technology and some of the brightest lights we’ve ever seen on the road. It’s a technological tour de force, yet also an utterly captivating and addictive car to drive.