As the pinnacle of Audi’s model range, the R8 gets an incredibly well-made interior that’s stylish and easy to use. The first thing you’ll notice is how easy it is to swing into the low-set seat – unlike many other supercars. It’s a small point, but it means it’s usable even if the flexible days of your youth are far behind you.
The driving position is spot-on, and the steering wheel has a large range of adjustment for reach and angle. This means you can lower the seat and pull the steering wheel quite far towards you, giving the sensation that you’re an integral part of the car.
There are soft-touch plastics and suede-like Alcantara trimmings all over the cabin. Pick the range-topping V10 Plus model and you get sporty carbon-fibre trim around the gear level and instrument binnacle.
The R8 is remarkably easy to drive given its savage performance
There’s no central infotainment screen, instead, the sat-nav display is combined with the speedo and rev-counter dials in Audi’s digital virtual cockpit display. Essentially it’s a giant computer screen that replaces the traditional speedo and rev-counter, and you can configure it to show sat-nav information, G-forces, lap times and all the car’s settings. It’s a doddle to use and helps keep the interior largely free of buttons. Sat-nav is standard.
Fitted to V10 Plus models and a £1,500 option on the basic V10 R8 is the Performance steering wheel, which includes four extra buttons – for engine start, drive select, various performance modes and two switchable settings for the exhaust. Our favourite, the latter transforms the R8 from relatively quiet to race-car loud at the touch of a button.