Lasers. You got them here first. As standard, the R8 comes with an all-LED headlight pack, but laser spots can be optioned onto the R8. Go for the V10 performance version and they're fitted as standard. The rear LED tail lamps are slick too, with a scrolling function in the intended turn direction. Clearly all this comes at a price and in case you're curious as to what that is, you might want to take a seat. The entry-level RWD coupe model costs around £127,000, while the V10 performance quattro 4WD version will need a budget of around £147,000. You can pay £11,000 more for plusher 'Edition' trim in each case. If you want the open-topped spyder body style, you're looking at a premium of around £8,000 over the coupe, with the same engines, drivetrains and trim levels available.
The generous specification of all standard variants includes 19-inch twin-spoke forged alloy wheels finished in matt titanium, a gloss black styling pack, R8 sports seats with fine Nappa leather, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit instrument screen, the 'Audi phone Box' wireless charging mat and a sideblades either side finished in bodycolour.
'Edition'-trimmed models bring an extra layer of exclusivity. Additional equipment includes upgraded 20-inch cast aluminium alloy wheels in bronze, fine Nappa leather with diamond contrast stitching, carbon sideblades, black Audi rings and mirrors, a Bang & Olufsen stereo with loudspeakers in head restraints and red brake callipers. Performance quattro Edition models also benefit from upgraded carbon-ceramic brakes.
Further visual impact can also be applied with the addition of the 'Carbon Pack', which is exclusively available for 'Edition' models. Priced at £9,000, it adds a gloss carbon fibre front splitter, side sills, rear diffuser, mirrors and engine cover, while the interior also benefits from carbon fibre door sills, inlays and centre console.