What isn’t? Audi’s first supercar takes the brand into a whole new part of the market – this is the most radical road-goer to wear four rings since records began.
Based around various components shared with the (Audi-engineered) Lamborghini Gallardo, the R8 uses a mid-mounted, dry-sumped version of the RS4’s 4.2-litre FSI V8 engine to deliver stunning performance: 0-62mph takes a claimed 4.6 seconds and the top speed (unencumbered by one of those pesky 155mph limiters) is reckoned to be a whopping 187mph. Wearing a £76,725 price tag in manual form it’s priced hard against the heartland of the Porsche 911 range – so should you cancel that Carrera 4S?
What's it like?
In a word: great. In two words: really great. Despite the supercar underpinnings and the sight of the mid-mounted V8 under a Ferrari-alike glass cover, the R8 drives more like a sports car. It delivers agility and massive cornering grip, but matches this to impressive high-speed refinement and the sort of comfort necessary to devour trans-continental journeys at a sitting. (The 90-litre fuel tank even gives a decent 300-mile-plus range between filling station stops.)
The R8 likes to get its teeth into the twistier stuff, too, cornering with the sort of poise and precision that no road-going Audi has offered before. And, best of all, the four-wheel drive system’s rear-biased torque delivery means it can even be induced to deliver a bit of painlessly corrected power oversteer.