The previous R8's V8 engine has bitten the bullet, as has the manual gearbox option – most people went for the V10 engine with a paddle-operated automatic S tronic gearbox. So now it’s a V10 engine or nothing, and that’s just fine with us.
It has gained extra power, coming with 533bhp in standard guise, or 602bhp in the range-topping Plus version. That immense power – and accompanying torque – is still channelled through a quattro four-wheel-drive system that is capable of varying the power it sends to each wheel according to the level of grip available.
There’s new technology, too, such as Audi's Virtual Cockpit which combines the instruments and infotainment screen in a 12.3in digital display in front of the driver.
Also, cylinder-on-demand technology means the engine can switch from ten to five cylinders to save fuel, while optional laser main beams extend the range of the standard LED headlights.
Ultimately, the R8 isn’t the best handling supercar out there; that honour lies with the McLaren 570S and Ferrari 488. However, few supercars can claim to be as rounded. When you want excitement, you have one of the world’s very best engines to call upon and when you want to relax, the R8 offers quality, comfort and refinement in spades.