Compared with supercars such as the Ferrari 488GTB and the Lamborghini Huracan, the R8 looks good value, but it still costs considerably more than many of its main rivals, including most versions of the Porsche 911. With a fire-breathing 5.2-litre V10 engine it's obviously not going to be cheap to run, either, and insurance, servicing costs, fuel consumption and road tax will all be extremely high. The R8 has good residual values, though, so if you’re planning on selling on in a few years it should still be worth a good amount, or if you want to finance one, the monthly payment will be high but competitive.
On the flipside, the R8 comes with lots of standard equipment. Highlights include 19in alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, heated leather sports seats, climate control, a multi-function steering wheel, sat-nav, Bluetooth, a DAB radio, front and rear parking sensors, and keyless entry and start.
Plus models bring more power, but also a different alloy wheel design, high beam assist, carbon fibre accents outside, carbon ceramic brakes, bucket seats in a finer leather and a different sports steering wheel.
A rear parking camera and cruise control are likely to be popular options on both, but otherwise even the bright metallic paint colours are included. While even the Plus looks good value given its equipment and performance, we’d stick to the base model, which is even better value and is just as fun on the road.
Four airbags come as standard, and you get an alarm and immobiliser as standard. A tracker is available as official dealer fit accessory, which many will consider for the extra security it provides.
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