It might be less powerful than the Plus model, but the cheapest R8 is our favourite. The engine is characterful and deliriously entertaining in the way it delivers its monstrous pace and warbling, popping soundtrack. As an indication of how fast it is, we managed 3.2sec to 60mph in wet conditions, so you really don’t need more power. Its long-revving, elastic power delivery and – again – that noise, will be amongst the biggest reasons buyers will be attracted to the R8 over its rivals. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is standard.