For The R8 has everything you would expect from a supercar – staggering performance and brilliant handling – plus some things you might not, such as decent refinement and everyday usability.
Against The R8’s cabin is starting to show its age; most of the switchgear and instruments are borrowed from defunct Audi saloons. A Porsche 911 is a more practical and fuel-efficient alternative.
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The Audi R8 is one of the few mid-engined supercars that you could use every day.
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There are 3 Audi R8 versions available
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:
To readers of this R8 review - take no notice of Aaron Smith's and Tom Davies' comments - they are one and the same person and regularly contribute to…
I have owned the R8 for 7 months now and i have to say its the best car i have ever owned. The car has so much presence on the road, and im sorry but…
I have just enjoyed 6 months ownership of this fabulous car. Every day I've had it on the road its been photographed, and not by speed cameras!! Its a…
Having owned it for 6 months with nearly 11k on the clock I can say that it is absolutely brilliant. Long journeys are very relaxing and you never…