Audi R8 V10 Spyder driven in Italy

The R8 was fast, but not fun. It was thorough, but not tantalising. It was incredibly easy to live with, but wouldn’t put any excitement in your routine, dry commute. The Italians may be daft at logic – only they would come up with a reversing camera screen that is covered by the steering wheel. But they know how to build cars that will make you feel like a million bucks. Even with cars that don’t need you to pay that much.

The Germans are guided by logic. They’ll ponder for weeks the diameter of the volume control knob in their audio system.  And they can make cars that go blurringly fast. But they’ll give you a strange look if you tell them their cars aren’t as fun as they are fast. They’ll never get the connection. But with this R8, Audi seems to have.

And the minor changes they’ve done with the R8 have given the car just the bits it never had.