I’ve driven several supercars, but none have provided the same experience as the R8. The Noble M400 I drove several years ago was just plain scary. The GT-R might be faster than the R8 V10 but not in a real, day-to-day useable way. And the Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series was incredible but still difficult to master. Not to mention the Benz is $100,000 more than the R8 V10.
The 2014 R8 V10 S tronic is powered by a Lamborghini-sourced 5.2-liter V10 that produces 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. This mid-mounted wedge of Italian torques is bolted to Audi’s S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which replaces the outgoing R tronic dual-clutch.
In the R8, you don’t feel like you’re always in control, which you are, but that the car is even more in control.