The suspension is stiffened to cope with its extra weight but is otherwise unchanged, as is its aluminium spaceframe structure, its brakes and its tyres. The way Audi puts it, these features were engineered from the start to cope with V10 power so, if anything, the V8 version was substantially over-engineered.
The R8 5.2 V10 FSI Quattro (to give it its full and fancy name) cost £99,575 which sounds like a sizeable leap over the £77,405 asked for its smaller-engined sister. In fact once you load a V8 R8 with the all goodies the V10 has as standard – carbon side panels, nappa leather, satellite navigation and LED lighting to name just a few – the like-for-like trade-up cost is less than £10,000. The marketing men at Audi say that seven in ten R8s sold from now on will have V10s in the back. On this evidence, we believe them.