For a supercar, the R8 is relatively easy to see out of. The rear window is small but front and rear parking sensors are standard, and make life that bit easier. A rear-view camera is optional. The Laser Lights on Plus models, which work at speeds above 37mph, provide extremely bright and effective main beams at night.
The R8’s multi-function steering wheel controls many things including the driving modes – which allow you to soften or sharpen the car’s responses and alter the engine’s note via the switchable sports exhaust – and on-screen menus. You can also control the whole infotainment and sat-nav system (viewed through the 12.3in digital screen in the driver’s binnacle) via the steering wheel, although the rotary controller mounted behind the gearlever is often the easier way of controlling it.
Otherwise the air-con controls are logical and the dash is generally easy to use, and it feels exquisitely finished and well put together, albeit not as flamboyant in design as some rivals.
The standard seats are quite firm but offer good support and a wide breadth of adjustment that should suit almost any shape of driver. The Plus comes with heavily bolstered bucket seats with a fixed backrest, but that doesn’t stop them feeling comfortable. When you start to drive more spiritedly, they really hold you in place. The R8’s two pedals line up nicely with the driver’s seat, ensuring you aren’t at an awkward angle.