2018 Audi R8 Walk Around

Because the design has been around for 10 years, it’s hard to still say it has supercar styling, but it does. It holds up and it’s not dated. It still looks sleek, smooth and not edgy. The restyling for 2017 kept it looking young.

The profile is low and markedly cab forward, the coupe roof arcing from the windshield to the carbon-fiber rear spoiler that raises at speed. In 2017 it was widened by 1.6 inches at the shoulders, and the horizontal lines were tweaked to make it look longer. The two-piece carbon-fiber side blades serve as air intakes.

The grille is a flat and wide three-dimensional trapezoid that flows into wedge-shaped LED headlamps. At the rear, LED taillamps match the shape of the headlamps.

The V10 Plus also has carbon-fiber front and rear diffusers and black exhaust outlets.


The cabin is small but comfortable, and roomy enough for two people in front, but there isn’t much storage space. Even the front trunk is only big enough for a couple of overnight bags.

The fit and finish is impeccable, and the materials are the usual high Audi quality. In fact, the R8 interior is among the finest in its class.

The sport seats are comfortable and supportive, with adjustable bolstering. The racing leather bucket seats in the V10 Plus are thinner, and thus allow more legroom, but the seatbacks don’t adjust. Both seats are fairly upright, affording good visibility through the windshield. Rearward visibility is poor because of the steep low roofline.

The V10 Plus has leather seats and dashboard, carbon fiber trim, aluminum pedals, and an Alcantara headliner. The stitching on the doors and dashboard is in black and the color of the body.

Audi’s new virtual cockpit uses a 12.3-inch screen in the instrument panel that keeps most of the controls directly in front of the driver, also the steering-wheel switches. The screen is configurable to the information the driver chooses to see, while a button on the steering wheel allows viewing of things like the Google Earth navigation.

The virtual cockpit can still be controlled by the MMI on the center console, but passengers can’t access the sound system. Also, the screen is easy to see but in some cases it only shows one function at a time, so for example you can’t multi-task with navigation and radio.

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