Audi’s genius in getting shot of the lower-priced V8-engined R8 is that it can charge practically whatever it likes for the new V10 model without really having its value for money called into question.

The car’s positioning makes perfect Volkswagen Group sense, too. Any brand of 911 Carrera is going to be cheaper, with the Huracán costing significantly more.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
CAP expects the R8 to have strong residual values, outperforming the BMW i8, but not as strong as the 911 Turbo S

Running costs won’t matter much, either, which is good, because the R8 Plus’s 287g/km CO2 emissions and 23.0mpg combined fuel economy have it bringing up the rear.

Most drivers won’t average that, of course, and we reproduced the claimed efficiency only in gentle touring mode.

The lower-powered version, when it arrives, ought to prove marginally less thirsty, but it does without the Plus’s gloss carbonfibre exterior accoutrements, bucket seats, sportier suspension and Performance driving modes – and, lest we forget, the monster power output.

We would opt for spending the extra on the V10 Plus powertrain, and we would recommend trying an R8 without the dynamic steering and passive suspension, as the Lamborghini Huracán, the Audi’s cousin, certainly benefits without these additions.

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