The visual changes made to this improved model are extremely subtle. The Singleframe radiator grille has a wider, flatter line. Thick bars divide up the large air inlets, and flat slits in the hood are reminiscent of the Audi Ur-quattro brand icon. The smarter front splitter is now wider, underscoring the focused look. The air vent grille runs across the full width; the diffuser has been drawn upward, making the R8 seem even wider. In the engine compartment the air filter is situated under a new, three-part cover, which is available in a choice of plastic or carbon fibre. Otherwise, its as you were before. The customisab;e sideblades continue to be a talking point. 19-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard to both models, but there's also an option of a 20-inch rim if you want it. If you like the idea of open-top motoring, there's also a Spyder version.
Inside the car, there's the usual Nappa leather sports seats while the V10 performance model gets deeper bucket seats. A flat-bottomed steering wheel houses two 'satellites' incorporating the control buttons for the Audi drive select system and engine start-stop function. Go for the V10 performance and there are two more satellites. One houses a button controlling the exhaust system's sound-altering adjustable flaps. The other deals with the activation switch for the 'performance mode' which is standard for this version (and optional for the standard V10), along with a rotary wheel enabling selection of this mode's individual 'dry', 'wet' and 'snow' programs.
The 'Audi virtual cockpit' digital instrument binnacle continues here. It sits in the conventional speedo and tach binnacle, this 12.3-inch display allowing the driver to toggle between different display modes as well as a custom 'individual' mode. In 'performance mode', the driver is presented with information on the driving programs, acceleration, deceleration and lateral forces, as well as power and torque. There's even a shift light which illuminates when the rev limit has been reached.