Design and Engineering

Design and Engineering

Good It's quite simple: the R8 has futuristic supercar looks, which are backed up by the latest technology under its skin.
Not so good Rear visibility isn’t great – however a standard rear-view camera comes to the rescue.
Interior and Styling

Interior and Styling

Good We loved the amazing interior – truly original and special. As per usual, Audi have used the highest quality materials and have completed it all with impeccable build quality (we love Audi's care regarding 'fit & finish').
Not so good A sound deadening interior is usually praised, but with the R8 it would be nice to hear the V8 a little more from the cockpit. The cargo carrying capacity is somewhat lacking (but that's not why you want it though, is it!?)
Performance

Performance

Good 4.2L V8 is naturally-aspirated and feels awesome high up in the rev range – and what a sound it makes! Most buyers go for the R-Tronic six-speed automated gearbox and it’s the right choice on the performance front – super quick gear changes will always be on the menu and it automatically blips the throttle on downshifts.
Not so good No doubt the V8 is fast – but not mind-boggling-ly so (but then there’s always the V10 range-topper? Tempting, isn't it?) The fun R-Tronic transmission isn’t always as smooth as we'd like during low-speed city traffic.
Ride and Handling

Ride and Handling

Good Looks might be wild but this is a bulletproof car to drive – ride is refined (thanks to adjustable suspension via a button on the dash) and the Quattro all-wheel drive system ensures handling is secure even at high speeds.
Not so good Not much to say, at all, actually.
Buying and Owning

Buying and Owning

Good Unlike some other temperamental ‘supercars’ the R8 is a true day-to-day proposition thanks to the comfy cabin and Audi reliability. Plus, it's got an extensive safety kit.
Not so good Ticking too many of the tasty options can see the price rocket by tens of thousands (for example a softer (Nappa) leather upgrade costs over $10k - ouch!) Mind the hefty fuel consumption...