Audi has incorporated all its racing car know-how when developing the sports chassis...
Ride and Handling
The handling perfectly matches the car’s appearance – it’s sharp, edgy, responsive and definitely not for the faint-hearted. As one would expect, the ride is hard, but find a supercar that isn’t.
Once again, Audi has incorporated all its racing car know-how when developing the sports chassis. The sports suspension on the V10 Plus model has been specifically configured to enhance the handling with modified spring and damper tuning. This means the tightest of bends can be attacked and conquered with ease and the utmost confidence.
The engine is mid-mounted which results in a low centre of gravity which in turn helps the car achieve the perfect weight balance and that new gearbox is an absolute cracker delivering split-second gear changes. There are even steering wheel-mounted paddle shifts if you fancy taking control.
Yet, it always amazes me that manufacturers produce a car like the R8 and then fit cup holders inside. Who in their right mind would even consider drinking coffee in an R8 without pre-booking an appointment at the local A&E?
Ease of Use
The official dimensions for the car are 4,440mm wide, 1,252mm in height and 1,929mm wide (excluding the wing mirrors).
As one would expect of any supercar, the R8 is very low to the ground, so getting in and out is not always going to be the most glamorous of manoeuvres. And the wide doors mean parking away from the crowds especially in a car park where you could be boxed in quite easily.
However, that said, once inside, the bucket sports seats are incredibly supportive and Audi has made clever use of any space for storage. The engine can be viewed through the traditional boot covering and the actual boot with a capacity of 100 litres can be found under the bonnet. A specifically designed R8 embossed five-piece luggage set can be purchased for an additional £3,830.
The interior is feature-rich with technology in a very driver-focused cockpit. The instrumentation is clear and precise and the leather, flat-bottomed sports steering wheel is perfect for achieving split second precision responses.