“Good things come to those who wait” - this could be the motto behind the R8. Audi has been planning to offer a mid-engined go-fast vehicle for quite a while. The carmaker did its homework meticulously both on the road and on the track and it came up with a brilliant proposal.
The company’s positioning within the VW Group meant that Audi couldn’t simply go out there and release the most superlative-filled model in the segment - The automaker had to find a balance. Not only did Ingolstadt manage to stay away from making too many compromises, but the market positioning it chose for the vehicle turned it into a dream come true: a practical supercar.
The Audi R8 is a superstar who hasn't lost his mind due to the fame and this is its best part of it. If you want a supercar that you can use everyday, you can’t go wrong with this one.
In V10 configuration it offers stunning performance, with serious, linear firepower and engaging handling. The vehicle also grants you easy access to this. What’s more, it has plenty of feel, so you don’t have to push it hard in order to enjoy it.
Alas, the family-induced limitations do catch up with the R8 in the end. The worst part of Audi’s supercar is the fact that it isn’t as emotional as its rivals from Italy. The driving experience is thrilling, but it lacks that final lunatic edge.
You get the same feeling inside the car, where everything works perfect, but there are a bit too many connections with civilian Audi models. The list of downsides also includes the limited storage capacity. This, however, is a common issue in its class.
The Spyder version is worth paying attention to, since it features a well-developed roof and doesn’t dilute the dynamic experience.
A V10 R-Tronic Spyder model like the one we drove starts at $171,800, or €156,400, depending on which side of the pond you’re on. Thus, despite sharing most of the hardware with the Lamborghini Gallardo
, the German supercar is considerably more affordable.
The Italian does win a very important battle when it comes to supercar territory, the character one. It obviously also earns more image points. However, the Audi R8 proves superior in terms of usability and makes the the Lambo feel outdated in terms of features.
In the end the two can’t actually be compared. After all, the VW Group wouldn’t have allowed them to coexist in this forms had they targeted the same audience.
The R8 V10’s price also places it in the same financial league as the Porsche 911 Turbo S. The aforementioned conclusion also applies here - the two are extremely different, so it’s very difficult to place them in opposite corners of the same ring. The Audi R8 V10 can’t match the performance of the Porsche, but it’s far more spectacular and much more fun to drive everyday.
Audi has recently introduced a facelift for the R8. This brings limited upgrades, with one exception: the replacement of the R-Tronic with an S-Tronic double-clutch unit. The R8 has been on the market since 2006 and the fact that Audi chose to only bring it minor changes shows that it feels about the car in the same way we do - extremely pleased.Continue reading