Available in three basic body styles: coupe, spyder, and GT, the R8 ranges from dressy-classic to sporty-aggressive. The standard V-8-powered coupe is sleek, impressive, and understated in a German way, though it retains its mid-engine supercar silhouette and flair. Wide, sculpted fenders, large air intakes at the front and sides, the characteristic "side blades," and the low, sloped roofline come together in design harmony.
The topless Spyder models are likewise attractive, their soft tops not detracting from the look when up, and adding a definite dose of laid-back style when down.
Upgrade to a V-10 model and you'll get sportier details inside and out, and more aggressive wheels to denote the higher performance. The GT model is bonkers, with more aerodynamic winglets, showier paint combos, and a spoiler out back.
Inside, the R8 is at once no-nonsense and luxurious. The low cowl and easily-located controls blend seamlessly, with fine, understated materials giving a sporty, refined finish. As you climb the performance ladder, unique elements like shift knobs, gauges, and door handles get more performance-minded in their design, matching their exteriors.