VF assures buyers that the system won’t affect reliability, pointing to its 12 months of development testing on the road, track and dyno, and the fact that it has run successfully on other cars. It also gives a one-year unlimited mileage warranty.
The cost for all this? £17,500.
What’s it like?
Somewhat inevitably, very rapid, although it would take a very good, very committed driver to discern how much faster and nimbler (or otherwise) than a V10 engined car it is. What’s clear is that the supercharger achieves its goal of giving the V8 at least V10 levels of performance.
All this extra speed arrives throughout the rev band, without any loss in refinement. That in itself is impressive, and means the supercharged R8 remains as smooth and controllable as the standard car.
We ran the car in its standard setting, but there are other options available through a plug-in handheld unit including ‘Race Fuel’ which optimises ignition if you opt to run high-octane fuel or ‘valet mode’, which cuts power if you decide to hand over the keys to someone else.
It’s worth noting, too, that the kit don’t come with any sort of ‘look at me’ modifications. There’s a tiny ‘supercharged’ badge on the rear and, beyond that, the only way you’ll know the car isn’t standard is if you peer into the engine bay.
Should I buy one?
If you are in the market for a new R8, there’s next to no point buying a V8 and speccing it like this. Yes, you get more performance, but the opportunities to use it will be rare, and the £2210 you’ll save over the price of a new V10 (which is better specced anyway) is a drop in the ocean, especially when potential resale losses are taken into account.
However, if you already have a V8, feel it’s just not fast enough, are willing to pay for the inevitable extra wear and tear of running your car harder, then it might be worth taking a look at the kit.
It’s certainly cheaper than taking the depreciation hit of selling your car and upgrading to a new V10, and performance wise you won’t be disappointed.