VIDEO: The Smoking Tire drives the Audi R8 V10 Facelift

Ever since it made its debut, the Audi R8 has been considered the everyday supercar; the high-performance, mid-engine exotic that could also be used comfortably on a daily basis. However, in its second generation, the R8 became too comfortable, too refined, almost to the point of lacking excitement and engagement. So Audi has given the R8 a facelift, making it look more aggressive and exciting. But has its driving dynamics been given the same level of excitement?


In this new video from The Smoking Tire, we get to see the new Audi R8 V10 Facelift and find out if it’s more exciting than before.

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So is it a thrilling, exciting supercar? Well, in some ways yes and in some ways no. It’s still a comfortable, daily-driver of a supercar. So no one is buying an Audi R8 to challenge a Ferrari 488 Pista. Instead, the R8 is more of a Porsche 911 Turbo competitor; something that’s blindingly fast and also comfortable enough to live with on a daily basis.

When you watch this Smoking Tire video, though, you realize just how shockingly fast and capable it is. While we don’t get to see the actual speed Matt Farah is doing, the dash-mounted camera angle makes it seem very, very fast. He also comments on just how fast and capable the new Audi R8 is, so it’s a seriously quick car.


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More than that, though, it’s just a great car to drive, even slowly, as Farah points out. It handles incredibly well, it brakes well and it’s even comfortable. It has a good trunk (frunk?), a nice interior and it looks fantastic. It’s such a good package and it looks so good that it does feel special, even if it’s not the last word in driver engagement. In fact, Farah goes as far as saying it’s the best car you can get for $200,000. Considering the sorts of cars in that price range, that’s a bold statement.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.