The R8 does everything a proper supercar should - and then some. It's rampantly quick in a straight line, especially the Performance version, yet the four-wheel drive keeps it all safe and manageable, but still enormous fun. It also has possibly the best engine of any supercar car on sale, bar a Porsche 911 GT3, along with a comfortable interior that makes it supremely useable every day. For those looking for the absolute last tenth of finesse and purity from their supercar driving experience, it must be said that a 911 GT3 or McLaren 570S eclipse it (fractionally), though.read the full model review
The Performance model bring more power, but also a 20in alloy wheel design, high beam assist, carbonfibre accents outside, carbon-ceramic brakes, bucket seats in a finer leather and a different sports steering wheel. The standard carbon ceramic brakes justify much of the premium that this model commands over the standard R8. Even so, while the R8 Plus is good value by the standards of its class, we still favour the cheaper model.
With 611bhp, this is even more ferocious than the standard car; it feels almost computer game like in the way it accelerates. It sounds great and is hilariously fast, but we think the cheaper and lower powered car is just as dramatic on road or track.