Some of the R8 is shared with the Lamborghini Gallardo, including some of the chassis and floorpan, door handle mechanisms, transmissions, and the revised V10 engine. The R8 is made distinct by its Germanic exterior styling, cabin, smaller V8 engine, magnetic dampers, and pricing.

The R8 (with the V8 engine) has a curb weight of 1,560 kilograms (3,439 lb). Its suspension uses BWI Group’s magnetorheological dampers. Safety features include Bosch ESP 8.0 Electronic Stability Programme, which includes:

  • anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic Differential Lock (EDL)
  • front dual-stage airbags
  • ‘sideguard’ curtain airbags.