149,000 euros base price
Equipped in this way, a familiarity soon sets in, because the rear-wheel drive R8 is basically a very confidence-inspiring athlete without any problems – as long as you don’t overdo it. The variable ratio of the dynamic steering is very well implemented, the steering feel always feels right, the spread between ease of movement and small steering angles in tight bends and the tightness at high speeds is in no way irritating.
On the contrary: also because of the lack of front drive, the RWD turns in almost snappy and shows no understeering at the right input speed. In contrast to the quattro, which pulls out of the curve as if on rails when accelerating from the apex, the RWD puts on a slight rear wiper, the intensity of which can be increased to a full-blown drift.
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In the four-wheel drive you have to help out with preparatory work, which requires a certain brutality and a skilled hand on a dry road so that the transverse gear does not end up in the gravel bed. Here, a drift is just a fun step on the gas, caught by the sports ESP in an emergency.
When cornering at high speed, I have to be careful not to rush into the limiter when accelerating out, because it feels like it only takes two blinks of an eye to reach the limiting 8500 tours, the tens are so vehement.
To cool down, take the Spyder into the hinterland. Incidentally, it costs 13,000 euros more than the coupé.
Specifications and price: Audi R8 V10 Performance RWD 5.2 FSI
Performance: 419 kW (570 hp) at 8000 rpm
Max. Torque: 550 Nm at 6400 rpm
Drive: Rear wheel/7-speed DCT
curb weight: 1590kg
Consumption: 12.9L SP
Exhaust gas CO2: 295g/km
Price: from 149,000 euros