Audi R8 V10 - car review

PUBLISHED: 17:05 30 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:28 20 February 2013

Audi R8 V10 - car review

Audi R8 V10 - car review

The Audi R8 now has a V10 engine. Be afraid. Steve Walker reports.

Audis ambition would appear to know no bounds. The manufacturer is seeing just how far its brand can stretch with the R8 V10 supercar and this 518bhp monster shows no sign of running out of slack. The 0-60mph sprint takes less than 4 seconds but with quattro all-wheel drive and a luxurious cabin, the R8s everyday usability remains intact.


Some people are never satisfied. Audis engineers gave us a 414bhp V8-engined supercar that looked like something hijacked from the set of a science fiction movie and people almost immediately started badgering them to fit a bigger engine. The UKs resident car nuts had spotted the similarities between the Audi R8 and the Gallardo from Lamborghini.

They knew that Lamborghini was part of the VW Group like Audi and they assumed that the two mid-engined supercars would share parts. One part they clearly didnt share was the Lamborghinis thunderous V10 engine and, car enthusiasts being car enthusiasts, that was the one part they felt theyd really like it to have. Eventually, Audi gave in.


Audi and Lamborghini have always been rather vague about the links between the 80,000 V8 R8 and the 140,000 V10 Gallardo and who can blame them? They have a very profitable brand hierarchy to protect. Audi has employed the V10 engine before, in the S8 luxury saloon and, most notably, in the lunatic RS6 with a pair of turbochargers chucked in for good measure. This is the first time, however, that its been used in a car designed for the express purpose of going very quickly.


The Audi R8s V10 engine is a 5,204cc unit with 518bhp at 8,000rpm and 530Nm or torque at 6,500rpm. In the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, the engine produces 552bhp and 540Nm but R8 V10 buyers are unlikely to feel short changed. The 0-62mph sprint takes just 3.9s, confirming the models status as a genuine supercar and the top speed, where conditions and the drivers sense of self preservation allow, is 196mph.

Audi offers a choice of gearboxes, a six-speed manual or the R tronic twin clutch system with its steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The R8 V10 is actually faster with the R tronics advanced software swapping its cogs and in that form, will barrel through 124mph in 12 seconds flat.

Facts At A Glance

CAR: Audi R8 Spyder
PRICE: 112,500 on the road
INSURANCE GROUP: 20
PERFORMANCE: 0-62 4.1s
Top Speed: 195mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 19mpg

Facts At A Glance

CAR: Audi R8 GT
PRICE: 142,585 on the road
INSURANCE GROUP: 20
PERFORMANCE: 0-62 3.9s
Top Speed: 196mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 20.6mpg

Facts At A Glance

CAR: Audi R8 V10
PRICE: 103,265 on the road
INSURANCE GROUP: 20
CO2 EMISSIONS: 349g/km [est]
PERFORMANCE: 0-62 3.9s
Top speed: 196mph
FUEL CONSUMPTION: (combined) 20.6mpg
STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES:
ESP, twin front and side airbags, anti lock brakes, traction control, ISOFIX child
seat fixing
WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: length/width/height 4431/1904/1249mm

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