Don't we all love supercars? They're fast, cool, special, expensive. With Audi's R8, you can now drive a supercar everyday with no compromises.
Here are 610 PS you can use on a daily basis. When Audi launched the R8 already 12 years ago in 2006, they wanted to build the 911 of Ingolstadt. A daily supercar. It had the looks, power, speed and exotism of a highly potent sports car but without the quirks and downsides. Indeed, supercars are usually very uncomfortable, they do not offer a lot of space and they cost a fortune to run. With the R8, it is a different story. Equipped with four-wheel drive system and all the latest technologies, the Audi is a V10 sports car that you can finally enjoy on a day-to-day basis.
What we have here is the top of the line R8. It's called the "Plus" and it is the most powerful R8 until now. You still get the excellent Quattro four-wheel drive system that will give you either a lot of control or make it slightly tail-happy. Living in Switzerland, the weather can sometimes be quite tricky during winter time. Hopefully, the Quattro system saves the day, and I wouldn't be afraid to drive this car all year long.
Tech is omnipresent. Looking for the center screen? There's none. The infotainment system now hides behind the unique screen that is in front of the driver. It shows the speed, the driving modes, the GPS, the radio and all the other crazy stuff that tech savvys crave for. It's cool, but it's so complicated. I needed at least 15 minutes to sort things out. On the plus side, it feels so much more advanced than some other new cars around.
The steering wheel looks beautiful and just like in Ferrari's you can access different functions like the start button, driving modes and other various quick settings from it. The R8's complications don't stop here. Just when you thought you had different driving modes, you now have the possibility to "build" you own driving mode. An individual mode that lets you select every settings. From the volume of the exhaust note to the stiffness of the dampers. Everything is adjustable. Which means that your car's character can substantially change from one driving mode to the individual one. On the plus side, it's a fairly easy car to drive. As unchallenging as an Audi A3. But drive it hard and you really get the sense that it is a real driver's car. I really like the fact that you have several cars for the (high) price of one. It's a car that has several moods and you can switch from one to the other with a single press of a control.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus is an amazing package. You get the supercar and the daily. It's a comfortable car that can become a complete hooligan. The looks are quite subjective. When I first saw the car, I did not quite like it. I always thought that the first generation looked better. But after spending some time with it, I must admit that it looks very cool and futuristic. What else could you pick? Porsche 911 or Nissan GTR seem to be the closest rivals. The 911 is the best to drive, the GTR is more practical with its front engine and big boot, and the R8 is the techie one. I think Audi did a great job by not competing directly with the Porsche 911. But I'd really like to get the wheel of the new RWS (Rear-wheel drive) model. This should be fun.
Audi R8 V10 Plus
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car that is currently on sale. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/