What doesn’t help things is that the R8 already looks fast even as it’s standing still, but this brief video does give us a great sense of its flow, as well as the teasing exhaust note as the now-standard 5.2-liter V10 spins faster and faster. This is the V10 plus model, as evidenced by its large rear spoiler, meaning the engine puts out 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque and can sprint from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.
This new generation loses the weighty short throw shifter that clicked loudly as it was shunted into place, opting to solely offer a seven-speed S tronic gearbox with paddle shifters. These paddles are housed on a very driver-focused steering wheel, with many of the controls one would find strewn about the cabin centrally located in one area.
As great as this is to see, it just furthers our desire to see it in the skin once it’s unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show next week, though, if we’re being completely honest, we’re already itching to get our hands on one.