2014 Audi R8 | new car review

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 by
2014 Audi R8
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Outstanding
AEDAED 405,000 - 571,400
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  • Interior
    Editor: 95%
  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Quality
    Editor: 95%
  • Features
    Editor: 85%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 80%

Review Summary:

The R8 is Audi’s Hollywood bad guy. It is the rogue of the range, far more powerful and deadly than any other. It would take more than Sigourney Weaver and a flame thrower to tame it. The 2014 has undergone some minor changes, including another 25 horses being injected into its new 5.2 litre V10 engine.

Pros

Flawless interior

Cons

Price tag

Looks

Why change an award-winning design? The Audi R8 has undergone only minor alterations for 2014, with the rear diffuser and trademark side blades now coming in carbon fibre as standard. There have also been slight changes to the LED headlamps and grille, and it looks as savage as ever. The R8 looks like it wants to spark fear into, and eat, other road users; and it will.

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Feels

When you sit in the R8 you are reminded that the car came from a successful Le Mans prototype. You are cocooned within a cockpit, and everything from the dials to the gear lever carries with it a racing pedigree that will make you want to park on the start line at Dubai Autodrome; and then bury your right foot.

The interior is perfect, but it doesn’t feel as mad or as dangerous as it looks on the outside. You are reminded by the four rings on the steering wheel that you are driving an Audi, and while it will bite, everything is going to be ok. Buyers of this car will unlikely be too bothered about luggage space, but it’s worth noting that the R8 only gives you 100 litres of storage.

2014 Audi R8 interior

Engineering

The V10 Plus has been fitted with more carbon fibre, which can be found just about everywhere. But because of the heavier V10 engine, the unladen weight is 10kg heavier than the 4.2 V8. The R8’s old gearbox was not popular with road testers, and mercifully Audi has now rectified the problem. The R8 now comes with a 7-speed dual clutch S Tronic gearbox, which will result in quicker and smoother gear changes.

On offer

The R8 is available with three engines, with the 4.2 FSI Quattro 6 Speed being the cheapest at AED 405,000, and the all new V10 plus 5.2 FSI Quattro crowning the price list; starting at a massive AED 571,400. It produces 542bhp and will get you from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds. But are you going to want to pay AED 165,000 more for the V10 Plus when it will only give you an extra 17km/h, will get you from 0-100kph 0.8s quicker, and you’ll still be 10kg heavier?

Verdict

The R8 is an awesome car. It is the smart man’s , in that you will be able to drive it up to speed humps without the need to put scaffold planks down first to get over them. The R8 V10 Plus is an expensive option; but if you can afford it then no one will laugh at you, in fact, they’ll fear you. It is a Hollywood bad guy, not only does it look like Ridley Scott’s “Alien”, but it behaves like it as well: it only wants to wipe everything else out. Just ask the guys at Porsche…

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