Audi's supercar is a midengined two-seater that shares components with the Lamborghini Gallardo.
The R8 is fast and light, powered by a 5.2-liter V10 that generates 562-hp or a V10 Performance with 602-hp.
A seven-speed sequential is standard.
Full-time all-wheel drive with a rear bias is standard.
Acceleration and braking capabilities are impressive, and the ride is very firm but not too punishing.
Steering is communicative and responsive, and the car is extremely nimble.
The cabin is snug but not confining, and is nicely trimmed in leather, aluminum, and carbon fiber.
Also new is Audi's latest infotainment features.
Recent updates included more power, some tinkering with the suspension, and interior and exterior styling updates.