The previous R8 came with the option of a V8 engine and a manual gearbox, but the latest one is a V10 with a paddle-operated automatic S tronic gearbox only, and that’s just fine with us.
It has gained extra power, coming with 533bhp in standard guise, or 602bhp in the range-topping Plus version. That immense power is still channelled through a quattro four-wheel-drive system that is capable of varying the power it sends to each wheel according to the level of grip available.
There’s new technology, too, including a fuel-saving cylinder-on-demand system and Audi's Virtual Cockpit, which combines the instruments and infotainment screen in a 12.3in digital display in front of the driver.
So can it match those supercars from Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari for outright driver involvement? Read on over the next few pages to find out.