Hello, I currently drive a 2009 Cadillac CTS-V with a manual transmission. While it is a great car, I've had this itch for a new car creeping up on me recently, and now I'm seriously considering an R8 V10 manual coupe for my next car.
I have some questions for current owners of manual R8's. Are the throws long? Is the shift lever heavy? Did it take you time to get used to the gated shifter? Does the shifter need to be guided carefully into gear, or does it pretty much feel like a normal shifter? Since no dealer in my area (SoCal, San Gabriel Valley) has a manual car in stock for me to check out, I am hoping that a generous owner in my area would be willing to let me check out his/her ride. I don't need a test drive, I would just like to get a feel for the gated shifter and the weight of the clutch.
Also, I'm not sure whether to go with a standard V10 or a V10 Plus. One of the things that appeals to me about the R8 is its combination of civility and performance. It seems to me that the adjustable magnetic shocks are what allow for the car to have that. I'm concerned that the personality of the Plus might be tilted too far on the side of performance for me. Can any V10 Plus owners describe the ride, especially compared to the standard model? Also, how loud is it inside the the car? Since some of the weight savings are from the Plus having less sound deadening material, I hope it isn't too loud for daily driving.
Thanks in advance to any owners who take the time to respond to my questions.