Audi’s luscious R8 coupe and convertible are beautiful to behold, easy to live with, and simply marvelous to drive—everything you’d want in a sports car. The R8 is powered by a 540-hp 5.2-liter V-10; the V10 Plus makes 610 hp. All-wheel drive is standard as is a seven-speed automatic; a limited-edition rear-wheel-drive model is available. The handsome interior features a 12.3-inch configurable display in lieu of traditional gauges; there is also 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot capability.
On the great list of maladies you may consider likely in transforming the benign all-wheel-drive Audi R8 into a rear-wheel-drive special model—Death himself riding shotgun, wizards and fairies controlling the car’s otherwise innate balance, thrill-turns-to-regret oversteer—you can add zilch and nada. In virtually every use, this supercar remains the almost-too-tame, composed partner it has always been. It’s not boring—a 540-hp V-10 stuffed between the axles of any package this size doesn’t beget boring—but it’s certainly not batty.