Whereas Audi is predictably eager to painting the R8’s mechanical simplicity as proof of a finely honed dynamic objective, the fact is extra as a result of how rapidly the remainder of the supercar section has moved. The shortage of adaptive dampers and the presence of a traditional limited-slip differential virtually qualifies the Efficiency RWD as an analogue contender in an more and more digital world. And though each the coupé and Spyder variations I drove had carbon-ceramic brakes and Audi’s ratio-tweaking Dynamic Steering, evidently neither of those might be supplied as choices within the UK.
You received’t spit out your tea on studying that the V10 stays the starring function. Audi’s dedication to present the R8 a special character from the carefully associated Lamborghini Huracán implies that the mighty engine stays muted at decrease speeds and with the switchable exhaust in its quieter mode. But its savage aspect is well engendered, the engine turning louder and angrier because it will get in direction of its altitudinous redline, with a ripping, sharper-pitched exhaust notice than that of a V8. By 6000rpm, it already sounds higher than most junior supercars – Huracán excepted – with practically one other 3000rpm to go earlier than the limiter calls time.
Whereas fractionally slower than the Efficiency Quattro, it by no means feels missing in urge. Audi quotes a 3.7sec 0-62mph time, which is only a tenth of a second slower; and within the extra aggressive dynamic modes, the dual-clutch automated gearbox delivers upshifts with a satisfying savagery.
The V10 lacks low-down torque in comparison with extra trendy turbocharged engines, however it additionally boasts a a lot crisper throttle response and the finesse to seemingly add urge one horsepower at a time.
The Spyder I drove on a route comprising largely slender mountain roads solely felt clearly rear-driven in slower and tighter turns, particularly when in probably the most permissive Efficiency Dry dynamic setting. This enables a liberal quantity of rear-end slip earlier than intervening exhausting, butthe R8 stays higher at sports activities automobile finesse than muscle automobile hoonery, its cornering line extra simply tweaked and tucked by mild inputs and weight switch than by making an attempt to overwhelm the rear tyres.