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9/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Audi R8

£116,635£145,315
9/10
Overall verdict
Brilliant combo of sense and sensation. One of our favourites, well re-worked
 

For: 

That epic V10, chassis that's well up to the job, all-weather useability

Against: 

It looks a bit subtle from some angles

Overview

What is it?

A thorough re-do for the car that up-ended the way we think about mid-engined supercars. The original Audi R8 was useable, secure in the wet, beautifully built and untempramental – but still mad-fast and super-exciting. The new one has dropped the ‘basic’ V8 option. Now there are two V10 outputs, 540 and 610bhp. The body is lighter and stiffer, thanks to substititution of several large aluminium parts in the shell by carbonfibre. Extra electronics in the chassis extend the secure-versus-exciting contradiction outward in both directions. The cabin gets the TT’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ fairy dust, but with a supercar’s driving position.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
5.2 FSI V10 Plus Quattro 2dr S Tronic
3.3s 309g/km 20.8 610 £145,315
The cheapest
5.2 FSI V10 Rear Wheel Series 2dr S Tronic
3.8s 286g/km 22.4 540 £116,635
The greenest
5.2 FSI V10 Rear Wheel Series 2dr S Tronic
3.8s 286g/km 22.4 540 £116,635
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