After winning the World Performance Car title four times at the World Car Awards, it is undeniable that the Audi R8 and especially the V10-powered iteration is a truly impressive machine.
With its captivating looks, groundbreaking technology, and a truly impressive set of performance numbers, the V10 R8 proves it Audi She was able to deliver a capable supercar straight out of the box, on her first try.
Proving to be a contender among a crowded field of more outlandish rivals the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, the first Audi supercar continues to attract attention everywhere you go. Here are 10 things you should know about the Audi R8 V10.
10 Italian cousin
It was introduced as a stablemate of the V12 Murcielago equipped with the V10 Gallardo, named after a fighting bull, and after VAG’s purchase of the company it became the R8’s cousin.
First launched in 2003, the Gallardo features a 5.0-liter 493-horsepower, 90-degree V10.
9 Sister V8
Unveiled at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the early R8 models were powered by the Audi 4.2 FSi V8 engine that produced 414 horsepower and saw the arrival of Audi’s first mid-mounted sports car.
Raised up from the RS4, the V8 will propel the R8 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and thanks to Quattro all-wheel drive and magnetic suspension that ensure the sleek R8 will confidently hug the tarmac.
8 V10 . engine
Knowing that drivers crave more power, speed and more exclusivity, the Audi elevated the R8 to supercar status when they dropped in on a superb V10 engine.
With a choice of two outputs, the 5.2-liter Lamborghini-derived engine will provide either 517 hp or 545 hp in the Plus specification. Both will hit 60 mph in jump times of 3.9 seconds for the standard car and 3.6 seconds for the Plus version. 197 mph can be recorded on the speedometer.
After being teased in footage released during the filming of Marvel’s Ironman 2, the R8 Spyder finally broke the lid at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. To compensate for the loss of its roof, the Spyder was fitted with additional chassis struts, double reversible safety bars with minor design changes, such as Change the position of the filler cap.
The Spyder will deliver outdoor excitement by hitting 60 mph in 3.7 seconds while covering the quarter mile in 11.3 seconds. Ultra-modern and exquisitely crafted, Sypder has proven that Audi can make great open-air supercars.
At launch, both the V8 and V10 engines were offered with either a raised six-speed manual gearbox from Lamborghini applications or an Audi-designed six-speed single-clutch manual transmission called the R tronic.
To allow for lightning-fast semi-automatic gearshifts via a pair of paddles or the flick of a stick, the R Tronic was later upgraded to a faster, 7-speed R-Tronic dual-clutch transmission.
5 the interior
Audi is constantly creating car interiors that are industry standard, and the R8 is no exception. The luxurious interior is extended by the “monoposto”, a large curved partition that borders the center console and door partitions on either side of the driver’s seat, featuring high-quality materials and the latest technology.
The latest R8 models can be ordered with the highly stunning Virtual Cockpit digital display that replaces the traditional analog playback dials with a 12.3-inch TFT display that can be customized to display a range of useful information such as power output, torque numbers, lap times, and GeForce.
4 LED and laser headlights
At its launch, the highly sought-after Audi R8 was the first production car to feature LED headlights that perform all functions from a single unit. By projecting up to 3 times more light than their halogen counterparts, powerful LEDs ensure that rapid and safe progress can be made.
With the Audi R8 LMX, a limited edition V10 with only 99 cars produced, Audi has created a better, equipped laser unit that produces cones of light up to twice as much as standard bulbs.
3 movie star
The Audi R8 has been Marvel’s IronMan favorite, Tony Stark, since the movie’s release in 2008 albeit in V8 specs. Upgrading to the V10, the champ bounced between both the Spyder and Coupe in later films, while also using an all-electric eTron R8.
Wolverine, everyone’s favorite clawed hero, played by Hugh Jackman, also took part in the Audi event when a V10 engine driven by Yukio’s character appeared in The Wolverine. Sporting aftermarket wheels, the V10 cut a dash on the red carpet alongside movie stars.
2 V10 . Racer
The R8’s career in motorsports began in 2009 when Audi Sport created racing versions, called LMS, for the Pirates in the GT3 class with cars powered by the 500-horsepower V10 in the road version of the car.
In 2012 the power was boosted to 570 bhp leading to victories in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and 24 Hour Spa. In 2015, the LMS received an update and is now built on a space frame platform, with an additional Evolution model making 585 hp capable of hitting 60 mph in 2.8 seconds while the newer 2020 LMS GT2 has 640 hp.
Marking a decade in production for the Audi R8 V10, this special edition based on the upcoming model will be limited to just 222 units at $199,900.
Power is increased to 611 horsepower, with special additions being the 20-inch wheels, diamond-lined leather interior, laser headlights, carbon fiber trim and TFT virtual cockpit. The car also has unique “decimal” bronze badging, adaptive dampers, and a custom Bang and Olufsen stereo system.
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