As long as the world has known the word supercar, it has struggled with a definition. Power, styling, technology—no single measure of “goodness” can tell kids which car posters to pin on their walls. Our present parameters tend to include a certain contour (a low slung 2-door) and a stellar level of performance (3 seconds to 60 mph, top speed around 200 mph), but the remaining qualifiers are purely emotional.
For all the ambiguity, one supercar characteristic is notorious: sacrifice. Whether it’s comfort, convenience, or efficiency, driving an elite performance car means giving up something. But if this is a universal truth, then in what dimension does Audi’s 2017 R8 V10 Plus take up residence?
It has the right shape, performance, and price tag, but what’s with this level of refinement and usability? Didn’t Audi get the memo—a supercar shouldn’t be this effortless to own and enjoy.