For The powerhouse of an engine gives breathtaking performance, and the car has a chassis to cope with it. It's even practical enough for everyday use.
Against The V10 version is significantly pricier than the V8.
What Car? says
With monumental performance and phenomenal dynamic abilities, the R8 V10 is a truly great supercar.
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Target Price team says:
After you’ve chosen between the V8 and V10 engines, the biggest dilemma you’ll face is whether to go for the optional S tronic semi-automatic gearbox.
Most buyers will pay the extra, and the S tronic certainly offers lightning quick gearshifts in ‘Sport’ mode, but it can be a bit jerky in town – especially when combined with the V8.
By going for the S tronic you’ll also lose the Ferrari-style slotted aluminium gate, which produces a satisfying metallic clack as you slot between ratios.
Whichever engine and gearbox you choose, fuel economy and CO2 emissions are significantly worse than an equivalent Porsche 911’s.
However, if you can afford to spend this much cash on a supercar, you probably won’t care about the hefty fuel bills.
Reader test team says:
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