2017 Audi R8 review: Usable yet spectacular

Introduction

The Audi R8 is now one of just two cars still built with an electrifying naturally-aspirated V10 engine – the other being the much more expensive and flamboyant Lamborghini Huracan. The R8 thoroughly deserves its place amongst the bona fide supercar elite, but it’s also comfortable and relatively affordable to run by such rarefied standards. This is truly an everyday supercar.

 

Body Style: Coupe, Convertible Seats: 2                             MRP from £122,450 - £137,450

 

Did you know? The R8’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system can send 100 percent of the torque to either axle

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict 9.0 / 10

Decades ago, people who could afford supercars loved owning these exotic machines, but lamented their terrible reliability. Some still say that adds character, but the R8 has become so popular for a reason. It does lack some of the interior showiness of other supercars, but it’s comfortable and reliable enough to use every day and the V10 engine makes every journey an event. Drive it hard and it flatters your talents; drive it slowly and it keeps its cool. The R8 offers as rounded, as enjoyable and as addictive a supercar ownership experience as there is. 

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