Tap the gear selector
lever to the side and the gearbox "decides" what is the best gear for powerful acceleration, depending on the current speed and computer-stored engine management data.
The vehicle features an all-aluminium body structure that is around 39 percent lighter, a tidier front cabin with extensive use of veneers in the centre console, around the ventilation controls and the rising circular gear selector
Angling the centre console slightly towards the driver has placed the iDrive multi-media control, the ergonomic-shaped gear selector
and other controls perfectly in position.
From the gear selector
which glides out of the centre console to greet you, the red light from the starter button to the soft blue glow lighting system, the feel-good factor has been turned up.
With 11 separate programmes which can be operated by two paddles behind the steering wheel, by the traditional gear selector
, or a mixture of both, it can also be driven in self-selecting mode where the gear changes automatically.
But once seated, comfortably of course, the engine starts with a press on the button atop the gear selector
The model is equipped with an eight-speed sports automatic transmission, which is operated using the electronic gear selector
on the centre console.
Other R-Design interior details include a leather-trim steering wheel with an R-Design logo, aluminium pedals, aluminium centre stack, door inlays and gear selector
plus tufted dark floor mats with contrasting leather piping.
It claimed his L-reg car was one of around 2500 which had a fault in the gear selector
It features white dial gauges with unique badges, along with a newly designed gear selector
lever made from CFRP and aluminium, and door sills with trims of matte aluminium decorated with the R8 GT logo.
The dials have an expensive watch-like look to them and the ubiquitious 'R' badge appears everywhere from headrests, tachometer and steering wheel to the gear selector
Automatic transmission models get a new centre console and gear selector
gate, while all models now have push-button selection of the four-wheel drive system to replace the separate lever previously positioned behind the main gearshift ( and there is a new audio unit with a CD player integrated into the revised dashboard.
Should you wish to try a little Formula One-style shifting up and down, the transmission also offers a standard E-Shift system which, with the gear selector
lever in the manual position, enables the driver to clutchlessly change gear via buttons on the steering wheel.
The gear selector
is mounted on the steering column freeing up storage space between driver and front seat passenger.
The model boasted a column mounted gear selector
and its makers were proud to point out it had a heater and, pretty unusual for those days, air conditioning as well.