It takes mere moments behind the wheel of an R8 to realise that it is in fact a very, very good car, and only a little longer to appreciate that dynamically it’s quite exceptional (a process that can be hastened considerably by a visit to a race track). Yet even faced with the depth of its dynamic prowess, you can still recognise that, for some, there remains a missing something. It’s a number of little things which when gathered and pressed together form a word: passion.
Everything about the R8 is more than acceptable; the exterior styling, the cockpit ambience, the performance, the noise, the handling and the ride. There’s finely detailed tactility too. What there isn’t enough of is the raw, bold, uninhibited passion that makes a car irresistible, gives it character. The R8 is all the sensibilities and values of Audi moulded into the shape of a mid-engined supercar. A brilliant car.