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A navigation system with Audi's Multi Media Interface system is available
Neither the standard xenon headlights of the V-8 nor the LED units provide swiveling or cornering lights
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Posh interior is loaded with electronics and bathed in leather and Alcantara
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A wider selection of optional trims includes a gorgeous, Bentley-esque leather package that wraps seats and doors -- and headliner for the Plus -- in honeycomb-quilted leather.
Equipped as well as its dressed, the 2014 Audi R8 is well-specified even in base form, but does offer a number of attractive upgrade paths.
The standard sport seats are manual-adjust but supportive and comfortable; power-adjustable seats are available on V-8 models, and standard on V-10s. Also standard is a Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation, and a leather-and-Alcantara-trimmed interior in a choice of colors.
The basics are also covered, with standard power windows, locks, and mirrors; keyless entry; automatic climate control; portable music player interface for the audio system; SD storage slots; Bluetooth with a seatbelt-mounted microphone; a USB port; and SiriusXM satellite radio. The new V10 Plus skips the now-standard Bang & Olufsen sound system for weight savings, but it can be added back in as an option.
Upgrades to the interior are conveniently packaged to start, then essentially limitless through Audi's personalization services. A convenience package includes Audi's "parking system plus" with rearview camera, hill-hold assist, and power-folding, auto-dimming, power-adjustable, and heated side mirrors.
For the performance-minded, carbon ceramic brakes can be added, while style fiends will find a selection of 19-inch wheels, carbon fiber accents, and sideblade treatments to help differentiate their car from other R8s.
The V-10s get most of the V-8's optional features as standard equipment, with the main upgrades being all-leather upholstery, different wheels, more carbon fiber trim, and carbon-ceramic brakes.
Audi's proprietary MMI infotainment interface offers a lot of rich functionality, but takes some time to learn.
Audi's MMI interface can still be tricky, but it's worth learning the quirks if only to better enjoy the standard Bang & Olufsen audio.