Putting it out there for those who have upgraded their audio system (not just the head unit) or have experience with friends who have done so. I am definitely upgrading the head unit on my 2009, shortly, as it's woefully outdated in terms of technology, and I need a much better phone interface, XM radio interface, etc. I was fortunate enough to finally locate a master car audio installer (granted I have to drive almost 3 hours) who has very significant experience working on upgrading head units, and audio, on R8's. He asked if I wanted to add amplification, a subwoofer, upgraded speakers, etc. and offered me a series of options at different price points.
Now, I realize there will be those who, and rightfully so, will chime in and point out that this is a very high performance sports vehicle and that the only sound needed is that of the engine/exhaust. In those ideal moments when you are somewhere that you can let the car stretch out it's legs and take off, I fully agree. However, unless you are fortunate enough to live somewhere very remote, or literally only take the car out in such circumstances, the reality is that much of the time you spend in it is at far less than a furious pace, unless your uncle is the local magistrate and can clear your speeding tickets. .
My R8 is strictly for my enjoyment. I have another car that handles all regular duties such as grocery shopping, densely urban driving, bad weather and most of the general use categories. But, despite that, quite a bit of the time in the R8 is lengthy weekend trips, cross state travel, etc. I think better audio sound (and I am a big audiophile with a very serious home system) would be nice to have, a significant portion of the time, even though I do admit to appreciation of every element of this cars sporting nature. On my previous, strictly for enjoyment vehicle, an M3, I did utilize the cars audio system quite often.
I'm really on the fence as to what to do here. I would appreciate hearing from those of you with experience, or related experience in this matter, and your perspectives. Thanks.