One thing that has always struck me every time I’ve driven an Audi R8 on track in Australia is just how incredibly easy a sportscar it is to drive fast. That thought comforts me on my sighting laps as I get a firsthand look at the elevation changes, blind turn in points and significant elevation changes of this daunting Portuguese circuit.
CarAdvice has tested the R8 extensively in Australia - on road, on track, in driving rain and around town. We’ve covered it all. But we’ve never tested the R8 quite like this: flat out on a lightening fast, undulating World Superbike race course. Thankfully, our first batch of laps is scheduled before the sun sets, but were for high-speed nighttime running. The reason? Audi's engineers want us to sample the new laser headlights.
We've had plenty of exotica through the CarAdvice garage over the past 12 months including Aventador, Huracan, California T and 911 Targa to name a few. What’s become increasingly apparent is that modern design and technology has ensured searing speed and performance doesn’t have to come at the cost of daily driveability, but the R8 appeals on a different level despite other manufacturers starting to catch Porsche and Audi. The R8 is less show pony and more subterfuge. Less look at me and more prowling through the shadows. It’s a sportscar for the discerning driver.
Let’s see if the latest model can live up to the legend that Audi has created.