Audi R8 Coupe (2015 -) Equipment

Review by Gareth Evans on
4.8
When the Audi R8 Coupe was launched back in 2007 it quickly became known as the user-friendly supercar. It was fast, reliable and easy to drive.

5 out of 5

Equipment

While there are no trim levels as such, there are two distinct versions of the R8 Coupe to decide between: the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 Plus.

Standard Audi R8 Coupe equipment

As you’d expect for a ‘halo’ sportscar from a premium brand, even the entry-level R8 V10 gets a huge amount of kit. It begins with special 19-inch alloys which sit in front of high-performance brakes with 365mm discs clamped by six-piston callipers at the front and 356mm/four-piston callipers at the back.

There’s a retractable rear spoiler along with LED headlamps and taillights, and dynamic indicators which sweep towards the direction you’re intending to turn.

Each car sits on sports suspension, and the regular V10 gets a specially configured seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox with a free-wheeling mode (which decouples the engine when not required) and a longer seventh gear – both features intended to save fuel.

Inside the cabin you’ve got Audi’s 12.3-inch floating cockpit dash arrangement, which does away with the requirement for several screens dotted around the interior. It comes as standard with Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus, which is controlled via a rotary touchpad and displayed on the virtual cockpit.

There’s a three-spoke steering wheel bespoke for the R8 which features a flat bottom, leather covering and a pair of satellite buttons. It also features shift paddles.

The seats are electrically adjustable and heated, but they also feature a memory function to remember your favourite seating position. All upholstery is trimmed in fine Nappa leather.

You’ve got climate control (including displays integrated into the air vents), front and rear parking sensors, and connections for smartphone and music players.

Audi’s Drive Select is standard and features four modes: Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual.

If you’ve bitten the bullet and gone for the harder-edged R8 V10 Plus, there’s even more equipment as standard. The gearbox is configured differently, so you’ve got much closer-spaced ratios instead of a longer fuel-saving seventh gear.

Ceramic brakes are thrown in too, along with specific suspension tuning and a bespoke steering wheel with four satellite buttons.

Special bucket seats are offered here too, and are also heated and electrically adjustable.

You’ll be able to spot a V10 Plus from the outside thanks to a carbon fibre front spoiler lip, sideblades, wing mirrors, rear diffuser and larger, fixed rear spoiler.

Inside you get anthracite and gloss carbon inlays to distance you from the regular V10, and there’s a set of stainless steel pedals and footrest too.

Optional Audi R8 V10 equipment

There’s a huge amount of personalisation on offer here, including a number of paint finishes and seat backrest covers painted in the same colour as the body.

You can have Audi’s Magnetic Ride suspension system (adjustable through Drive Select), premium Bang & Olufsen speakers, even more fine Nappa leather (or with a stitch diamond design), a carbon fibre engine bay make-over, Audi Laser Light headlights, larger 20-inch alloy wheels and a sports exhaust system.

You’ve also got a choice of packages. The Driver Assistance Pack features cruise control, speed limiter and reversing camera, while the Sound and Comfort Pack gets you the B&O sound system along with extended leather upholstery, illuminated door sills and pneumatic backrest/side adjustment for the bolsters on the sports seats. Finally the Sports Pack includes Audi Magnetic Ride, Dynamic Steering and the sports exhaust system.

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  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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