The Audi R8 V10 offers one of the best possible setups for being able to drive a supercar around town in a stress-free mode. The vehicle allows you to take care of your business, it doesn’t abusively pat you on the shoulder to remind you of its hyperpowered nature.
First of all, urban trips require easy access and the R8 offers this regardless of its body type. The Coupe is preferable though, since it offers the extra storage space behind the seats, a feature that you’ll find very useful in urban driving situations.
The standard mode of the magnetic ride suspension is surprisingly forgiving when it comes to asphalt caprices. It almost feels like it’s borrowed from an Audi model whose name starts with an “A”. The ride is backed by the comfortable seats, which are also easy to slide in and out of.
The good front and side visibility means that you won’t develop a tight space phobia after buying the car. And when you have an actual problem with this, you can rely on the parking assistance system. Like in the Gallardo
, you get rear sensors and a rear view camera, but here you also receive front sensors.
The Audi R8 does make an unusual compromise in terms of the ride height though. At 114 mm (4.5 inches), the German machine sits higher than most competitors, which is excellent. Unfortunately, unlike many other supercars, such as the Gallardo, it doesn’t offer a nose lift system.
And while the R-Tronic gearbox is excellent out on the open road, the city exposes its weak side. We are talking about the occasional jolts and the power delivery pauses you experience when the car is shifting at low revs. Nevertheless, you can live with these issues, as they’re less important than the added emotions brought by the single-clutch automated manual transmission once you exit the city.
Like we said, the Audi R8 can be driven with ease on urban roads, but this isn’t the kind of car you can grab by the wheel with one hand. There’s always a sporty feel even at low speeds, especially in the steering.
We did notice one problem though and this involved the exhaust. The system features valves that control the sound, but in the lower rev area used during city driving, the soundtrack never seems to be satisfying.
Despite the aforementioned issue, the R8 manages to always keep you connected. A Ferrari 458
, for example, is even easier to manage in the city, but in the Prancing Horse you can become bored when you’re driving slow, whereas this will never happen here.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Nope, I don't want one of these R8s. Sure, I love the LEDs and the nice badges, while the V10 monster behind me sounds sweet. However, if I had to buy a supercar, I think I'd go for an used Gallardo. Yes, I know that the gearbox may fail and that driving it around town would turn into a pain in the ass from day two, but, trust me, it would all be worth it.
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