As Audi’s highest-performing production vehicle, the head turning powerful R8 may look like a track racecar but it is comfortable for daily use with ample room, high-quality interior and perfect for the open track days at the Dubai Autodrome.
A few weeks ago I tested the R8 at the Yas Marina Circuit and found it comfortably balanced in terms of handling, a practical sports car, easy to ride and one I would choose if I were to ever go on a adrenalin infused road trip somewhere exotic that has open roads and offers the best options for leisurely drives and allows for fast dynamic drives.
The Audi R8 is powerful, fast and distinctive, designed for maximum dynamism in all of its technical aspects, from its Audi Space Frame (ASF) to its aerodynamics and newly developed quattro all-wheel drive.
The V10 mid?engine guarantees tremendous performance, especially in the top version with 610 hp: The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h takes just 3.2 seconds, and its acceleration tops out at a governed maximum speed of 330 km/h. The motorsport DNA of the new Audi R8 expresses itself in the chassis area with its aluminum double wishbone suspensions.
The interior of the R8 is done with top-grade materials as every Audi car and is very driver focused. The driver can read all key information at a glance from the Audi virtual cockpit. The steering wheel, instrument cluster and road all line up along one central visual axis.
Drivers can operate the functions with the multifunction and satellite push-buttons without having to take their hands off the steering wheel or look away from the road. The highlight is the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch. Like in a smartphone, the operating logic is structured in flat hierarchies, including a free text search function.
In the interior too, the lightweight design concept of the new Audi R8 is expressed in taut lines. The defining element is the arch-shaped “monoposto” that wraps around the cockpit. The instrument panel appears to float weightlessly, and turbine-shaped controls for the automatic air conditioner are arranged along its lower edge.
The upholstery material in the R8 V10 is a combination of black Alcantara and leather. Audi can deliver fine Nappa leather quality as an option and customers can choose from two color schemes. Together with the black instrument panel, there are the sporty tones black, rotor gray and express red. In combination with the granite gray cockpit, the elegant colors Vermont brown and pergament beige are offered.
The black covers may be upgraded to include contrasting stitching that matches the exterior paint. Individualists can have nearly any other special wishes fulfilled in the Audi exclusive program.
The eleven exterior colors that are offered may be combined with any of the six versions of side blades. The Audi exclusive program lets customers order any paint colors blended according to their wishes.