Getting to know the Audi R8
The prospect of a revamped Audi R8 may not have excited those who expected only an updated version of the previous model, but once released it became clear this would be the least Audi had to offer.
Instead, what they gave us was an entirely new car, named the Audi R8 V10 Plus. Complete with a makeover of both aesthetics and mechanics, the most promising supercar of the year snarled its way into the limelight. It comes with a bag of tricks that aren’t to be sniffed at, capable of reaching 204mph in optimum conditions and reaches 62mph in just 3.2 seconds, thanks to a brand new V10 engine in place of the old V8.
Driving on less than perfect roads is not much hassle either, thanks to the Quattro all-wheel-drive, which maximises levels of traction, and the usual intimidating feel of the supercar is toned down to give a truly Audi feel. The automatic transmission offered is one of the smoothest of its kind, meaning you no longer need to possess innate driving skill to enjoy a supercar.
By setting the R8 to the sportiest mode offered, the true speed of the car is released and almost takes on a life of its own as it charges down the track. Electrically assisted steering provides an even better responsive experience and the addition of Audi’s new virtual cockpit provides a futuristic atmosphere to the drive.