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STYLING | 10 out of 10
Larger than life and even better than expected
The carbon-fiber detailing is of extraordinary visual quality
Luxury has replaced compromise inside the supercar cockpit
Kelley Blue Book
Exotic looks, audacious design, dramatic details: the 2014 Audi R8 cuts a figure on any curb.
Updates for this year bring a revised gloss black grille (with chrome accents on V-10 models), standard all-LED headlights for all models, and a revised front bumper.
Available in two basic body styles: Coupe, and Spyder, 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. The taut lines of the front end curve and swell to the wide, sculpted fenders, the characteristic "side blades," and the downward slope of the roof line, converging harmoniously at the rear.
The Spyder doesn't hurt the R8's look much, if at all; the soft top fits the profile when up, transforming the car into a much more laid-back yet still-sporty form of transportation with the top 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. Last year's somewhat bonkers R8 GT model is gone, but in its place we have the far more sane V10 Plus. With only subtle differences marking the Plus out from the standard V-10 model, the extra performance can cut a slightly lower profile.
Inside, the R8 is at once no-nonsense and luxurious. For 2014, the R8's interior has undergone an extensive fine tuning--re-shaped gauge needles and subtle chrome or gloss black accents among many tweaks--refining the cabin further.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.
The 2014 Audi R8 is every inch the stunning supercar, but its sleek form manages to fly a bit lower than most.