Hugh Grant, a popular actor and race car driver, is well-known to be an avid lover of cars. Grant's love for cars was made evident when he made the headlines after he bought himself the latest Audi R8 for his birthday back in 2007. Now a decade later, how different is the 2017 model of the Audi R8 different from Grant's well-loved birthday car?

A review from Car Magazine in 2007 boasts the Audi R8 to have the same space frame as that of The Gallardo of Lamborghini which makes it one of the best there is at the time. A very powerful vehicle with an impressive engine, it is well-known to be a four wheeled drive as well.

It was a quick car that can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in a 4-second sprint. The Audi R8 has all that was needed to boast of - it is one of the most handsome vehicles at the time and its performance is worth the price.

What can the 2017 Audi R8 offer? The newly released Audi R8 has a 5.2-liter engine compared to the 2007's 4.2 liters. The 2017 model is also well-equipped with safety systems that the 2007 version did not have. It is now equipped with an Anti-lock Brake System and brake assist, according to a review from Car and Driver.

The most important characteristic the 2017 Audi R8 can boast of is its top-of-the-line virtual cockpit, a trademark to all Audi vehicles. It is equipped with a 12.3" LCD instrument with a navigation system that is automatically connected to Google Earth. This can allow its driver a smooth and carefree ride.

Overall, the 2017 Audi R8 model has significantly improved the internal systems of the original 2007 version. Although it had very little modifications on the body design, the new Audi R8 is a well-equipped and highly technological vehicle that any car lover would love. Although Hugh Grant now sports a Ferrari F12, the Audi R8 has sure given him among the most unforgettable rides of his life.