Old school charm in an unforgettable sports car

Car makers are ditching the big engines of the past for smaller turbocharged versions, which are more fuel efficient and produce less CO2. But as the Audi R8 V10 Performance shows they can’t match the unforgettable experience of these old world machines.

VALUE

Can an exotic mid-engine supercar be great value? It’s a matter of perspective.

The Audi R8 V10 Performance Quattro costs $395,000 plus on-road costs (about $425,000 drive-away), which is a fair wedge of cash in anyone’s book. But it undercuts exotic mid-engine rivals from Ferrari and Lamborghini without short-changing drivers in the fun department.

Standard equipment includes massive carbon ceramic brakes, laser headlights, a high-definition digital dashboard, sports seats trimmed in sumptuous leather, and lashings of carbon fibre both inside and out. Metallic paint and maintenance for three years are free, all of which only strengthens the R8’s value argument compared with Italian rivals.

COMFORT

The R8

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