Racing fans will be familiar with this name. It has been a mainstay on the track ever since the prototype won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2000, which was immediately followed by a similarly successful run after the production car was released in 2008. It proved that Audi could build a mid-engine machine that had supercar looks with sleek, conventional performance that could be handled by the everyday driver.

Exterior

The second generation R8 has a beefy, muscular appearance. After all, it is a car that was designed for winning races and this isn't a quality that Audi decided to sacrifice. Its rounded and curved chassis allows for total aerodynamic performance. Where the car differs from earlier designs is that there is a greater emphasis on horizontal lines, which makes the body nearly two inches wider. The grille is also flatter than earlier designs, which enthusiasts may feel puts a slight hamper on theoretical performance levels.

Interior

Where drivers feel the R8 struggles is its very upright seating position. Those who are familiar with other Audi vehicles, or even driving a more standard roadworthy car, will find that seeing out of the main windshield is a bit of a chore and will require very tall drivers to duck and hunch their way through the drive. However, the interior cabin is otherwise finished with the standard Audi touches that include a MMI touchscreen system with Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which allows drivers to see their digital display from their instrument panel rather than having to look towards their central dashboard.

Under the Hood

Where drivers feel the R8 struggles is its very upright seating position. Those who are familiar with other Audi vehicles, or even driving a more standard roadworthy car, will find that seeing out of the main windshield is a bit of a chore and will require very tall drivers to duck and hunch their way through the drive. However, the interior cabin is otherwise finished with the standard Audi touches that include a MMI touchscreen system with Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which allows drivers to see their digital display from their instrument panel rather than having to look towards their central dashboard.

Price

The Audi R8 comes with a typical supercar sticker price and will set owners back $162,900.

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