The interior layout, fit and finish
While the Audi R8’s steering wheel doesn’t have quite the range of steering wheel adjustment that you’ll find in the Porsche 911, it’s comfortable and you’ll easily find your perfect driving position. The seat itself is also comfortable, even on a long drive, and it won’t give you the kind of hearty backache that even the entry-level Huracan seats will. In fact, you’ll step out of the R8 feeling like you’ve done the journey in something more like the Audi RS3 than a supercar.
The low windscreen scuttle and thin pillars give you a great view forward of the R8 hoovering up the road, and although the rear window is small, it's relatively easy to see out of the back of (as supercars go). Front and rear parking sensors plus a reversing camera are standard and take the jitters out of manoeuvring, and the standard LED headlights work well at night.
It's one of the easiest infotainment systems to use, actually, with responsive software and simple menus that put some rivals to shame. The screen resolution is a bit old-hat these days, but you get mod-cons like sat-nav, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and wireless phone-charging.
All the other controls are well laid out, including the simple, physical buttons for the climate controls. They are also beautifully made, like the rest of the R8's interior and you’ll enjoy superior build quality to the Mercedes-AMG GT. It’s just a shame that the interior lacks the drama of the AMG GT’s; the R8’s shares tie-ins with other Audis, removing some of that ‘special factor’.