With a Super Bowl commercial on TV, the Audi R8 V10 is finally making its way to the public. Among other things, it means that Audi's is live for our enjoyment. So, it's time to get to work and configure your dream R8.
While the R8 V10 Plus is approximately one Subaru BRZ ($27,000) more expensive than the non-Plus model, it's worth it for the extra 70-hp, carbon fiber trim, carbon ceramic brakes and the fixed rear wing. Honestly, we'd consider paying $27,000 for the wing alone, but we're not actually buying an R8.
Once the R8 V10 Plus is selected, there's not much in the way of options, other than exterior and interior colors. I'm of two minds when it comes to the colors; on one hand, the slightly orange Dynamite Red (pictured above) suits the new R8 well, but there's appeal in the subtlety of the Camouflage Green.
Unlike it's more shouty Lamborghini sibling, muted colors suit the R8's personality well. With the red car, I'd select the black diamond stitched leather interior with red stitching and with the green, I'd go with the Vermont Brown interior. Diamond stitching costs a slightly ridiculous $5000, but it's extremely classy, so that box will remain checked.
Strangely absent is the option for Audi's lovely ten-spoke wheels. If that option was available, we'd go with those.
A $1900 Bang & Olufsen stereo completes the package, bringing the total to $197,375. Expensive, but cheaper than the mechanically similar, $240,000 Lamborghini Hurácan.