Its Quattro four-wheel drive system aids traction however permits the automotive to be playful thanks partially to its rear bias. You get an incredible sense of steadiness and agility. It’s additionally communicative to drive, with steering that’s hydraulically assisted for confidence-inspiring weight and really feel.
With all this in thoughts, the R8 is really breathtaking from behind the wheel, each out on a twisty nation highway and at full tilt on monitor. However that is removed from a one-trick pony. Actually, the R8 balances its extra raucous features with some actual Audi consolation and usefulness. Its plush inside is spacious and sensible (for a two-seater), and the dashboard is designed logically and to be simple to make use of with out being ostentatious.
In sum, this makes the R8 each an exquisite grand tourer and an thrilling efficiency automotive. And are you aware what else is thrilling? Used costs. They begin at an especially tempting £32,000, making the R8 one of the crucial inexpensive used supercars cash should buy. What’s extra, it makes a compelling case as an funding, with well-maintained examples solely prone to rise in worth over time. Whether or not in V8 or V10 type, this is a critical automotive that warrants critical consideration.
What we stated then – 14 January 2007
“Regardless of the supercar underpinnings and the sight of the mid-mounted V8 underneath a glass cowl, the R8 drives extra like a sports activities automotive. It delivers agility and big cornering grip however matches this to spectacular high-speed refinement and the type of consolation essential to devour transcontinental journeys at a sitting. Should you’re already on the ready checklist, then nicely executed: the R8 appears set to turn into 2007’s must-have supercar.”
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An skilled’s view – Alex Inexperienced, Fontain motors: “We’ve purchased, offered and maintained R8s proper again from the mannequin launch in 2007 and actually discovered to like them in that point. In a altering world, and with a couple of years underneath their belts, they’ve cemented their place as a contemporary basic, changing into much more likeable and fulfilling with it.
“Some elements and restore jobs can be costly, and cautious, common upkeep is important, however the reward for investing in repairs is a near-unique expertise. An appreciating basic as usable as it’s pretty to drive, the most effective examples are a rock-solid possession proposition. It is certainly one of many best vehicles Audi has but constructed.”