The all-LED headlights provide lower energy consumption and improved clarity for other drivers...
Comfort and Refinement
This is a waking-up-the-neighbours car and there’s no denying the fact. It’s impossible to start up and pull away in the R8 without releasing a thunderous blast from the twin exhausts.
And it’s not surprising that the comfort levels match the audio sound track. You sit low to the ground and despite the superbly-supportive sports bucket seats that can be heated; you will feel a lot of bumps and dips along the way.
That said though, the interior oozes premium refinement at every turn with the very finest Nappa leather and dark carbon fibre-effect inlays incorporated throughout. There is a soft-touch dashboard, the seats have the R8 emblem embossed into the headrests and the instrumentation is striking with white numbers and needles. A digital speedo is situated between the rev counter and more traditional speedometer dial and this is perfectly positioned to keep a very watchful eye on the car’s deceptively quick acceleration.
Safety and Security
The R8 V10 Plus redlines at 197mph so it needs to have every possible safety innovation available built in to protect its occupants.
It boasts the Audi quattro all-wheel-drive technology whereby four permanently driven wheels deliver improved acceleration and road-holding for a safer and more dynamic ride.
In addition, there are anti-lock brakes, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock traction control, electronic stability control, Audi hill hold assist plus driver front passenger and front side airbags.
The all-LED headlights provide lower energy consumption and improved clarity for other drivers. And the new sweeping LED indicator lights are clear and impossible to miss.
An anti-theft alarm and immobiliser will help deter any uninvited guests.
The interior is clutter-free yet feature-rich with plenty of built-in technology.
The Bang & Olufsen sound system (£950 extra) delivers a rich and beautifully balanced audio that easily drowns out that engine roar if required via its 12 high-performance loudspeakers. It is compatible with all modern devices and easy to use on the move thanks to steering wheel-mounted controls.
There is a very efficient satellite navigation system although I did find the very eloquently spoken and rather sophisticated female voice a bit odd. It seemed a bit out of place - I sort of expected some gangster-sounding instructions such as “Yo bro, swing a left now!”
The test car also featured Audi’s parking system advanced with reversing camera (£1,070 extra) which is vital when backing up such a lengthy vehicle.
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What We Liked
- The attention-grabbing streamlining and sporting dynamics of the car
- The road-holding and power at your disposal
- The sweeping LED indicators
- The beautifully-styled bucket sports seats
- Impressive 12-speaker sound system
- The volume of sound when the car starts up and pulls away
- The uniqueness of the car
- Uncluttered interior
- Choice of transmissions and engines
- Available as a convertible Spyder model too
What We Disliked
- Price-tag topping £130k puts the car out of the reach of ‘normal’ people
- Combined fuel economy of 21.9mpg
- You will fill the bumps along the way
- Noisy – never a quiet moment
What We Would Like To See
- I suppose I would like to see improved fuel economy and lower emissions, but in fairness to Audi this latest generation model is cleaner and more efficient than its predecessor.
The test car boasted paintwork in Brilliant Red and the colour tone just about sums up the car. It is brilliant fun to drive with outstanding capabilities along the way. It is built on a small production line in a specially constructed unit at the Audi factory in Neckarsulm, Germany. A maximum of just 29 cars can be built each day.6 December 2013
Audi R8 Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Audi R8 Coupe V10 Plus 5.2 FSI quattro|
|Body Type||2-door Coupe|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||3.5 Seconds|
|Top Speed||197 mph|
|Fuel Type||Super Unleaded|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||32.8 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBC|
|Warranty||3 Years / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 06/12/13)||£127,000 plus £2,245 optional extras|