This is an outstanding-looking car: low-slung and sharply executed, the R8 doesn’t so much slink along as prowl. Any prospective V10 owners expecting a major visual reboot might be disappointed: many of the changes are subtle to the point of invisibility. The front air intakes are tweaked and finished in a high-gloss black, there’s a new panel at the rear, oval exhausts, a bigger rear air diffuser, sill extensions and aluminium strips at either side of the engine bay. The keen R8 lover will no doubt spot the enlarged air intakes on the car’s distinctive “side blades”, and the Y-motif alloy wheels are pretty cool. Some nice new colours are available too, and the R8’s eye-catching LED lights are now standard.
The new car is well equipped, and features plenty of kit that was previously a costly option. The V10 engine weighs only 31kg more than the 4.2-litre V8, so the car’s balance and poise remain as impressive as ever. The handling is a little sharper, and subtle changes to the suspension’s spring and damper rates mean the V10 is a little edgier at the limit of adhesion. It sounds angrier now too.
But the answer comes in the most basic form as we get our heads out of the clouds and head home: this is a seriously, almost stupidly fast car. It takes everything that’s good about the R8 — steering, handling, sublime six-speed manual gearbox — and turns it up to 11. You might think £99,575 is an obscene amount of money for a car . . . but not for this one, it isn’t.
Source: Times Online