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The performance of the 2020 Audi R8 V10 has another peculiarity lacking

The performance of the 2020 Audi R8 V10 has another peculiarity lacking
Written by Jhon

Surprisingly, I did not have high expectations for this 2020 Audi R8. Maybe I’m upset, but modern supercars have so much horsepower that they can’t be driven on public roads with little responsibility, and here’s one with the 602. Plus, this latest update looked tough, a far cry from the cool, pure original of ’19. 2007 .

But when you see the R8, you realize that the sporty Quattro-inspired faux hood vents can’t take away from the inherent beauty of the perfectly proportioned mid-engine supercar, especially one painted in a rich red. Then you hear it, one of the only supercars left with a naturally aspirated engine, and even at idle, the 5.2-liter V-10 feels totally unique. It’s hard to resist the magic of the R8, even if your heart is as cold as mine.

New York City isn’t a particularly easy place to drive supercars, but the R8 isn’t a real hassle. The view is excellent, the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is well-groomed. Riding on the R8 V10 Performance model’s passive dampers is harsh at low speeds, although it’s well controlled. Even off-road, you’ll never hit stops. You also have the impressive Audi virtual cockpit cluster of instruments, which do away with the central infotainment screen. This takes a while to get used to, but then you start to wonder why this setting isn’t found in more cars. Who Really Needs More Than One Screen? The R8 took the mantle of the everyday supercar driver from the original Acura NSX and never took it back.

What’s really smart about the R8 is how you manage it to drive every day And distinct. Thanks to the engine, which has the same timbre as the glorious five-cylinder Audi racing cars of the ’80s but the added complexity that comes with an extra bank of cylinders. We’ll miss the V-10 when it’s gone. Not just the sound. It’s instant response, linear power delivery up to 8700 rpm redline. Six hundred and two horsepower doesn’t seem like a complete exaggeration, complete without a torque-to-turbocharged alloy. Power is perfectly managed by the dual clutch. I would say the paddles on the steering wheel are somewhat of a video game, but that would be an insult to the Logitech G29. Fortunately, this is my only problem with the massive transmission. Tap the downshift paddle at your desired speed, and it will give you each gear in quick succession.

It’s fun to play with that engine and let the R8 extend its long legs in the country. But it’s more of a supercar than a sports car. On a twisty road, the R8 is as efficient, albeit not as attractive as the Porsche Cayman or McLaren 570S. However, the steering is fairly modern and lets you know when the all-wheel drive system is sending more torque forward. You still feel like you’re driving beyond its capabilities most of the time, and at sane road speeds, there’s not much work to do. The R8 is about the engine theater, the feel of sitting low and forward in a unique cabin, and the way people interact. All are fun in their own right.

The McLaren 570S is best enjoyed in small doses. It’s a very cool car, but an intense one that requires great attention and focus. The R8, by contrast, doesn’t ask all that much of you, and provides plenty of superhero drama. You want to put miles on it because it’s great to live with, even if McLaren offers you more excitement. Choosing between the two forces you to think about what you really want in a supercar. I get the attraction of both.

However, despite the quality of the entire R8 package, I don’t know if I would be too intrigued if it had anything but a V-10. If Audi followed the trend and put a turbocharged R8 one thing or the other on, a lot of character would be lost. The blown V-6 in the NSX and V-8 in the 570S are very impressive, but the noise it makes doesn’t reverberate in your head for months afterward. Nor do they have the incredible streak of an Audi V-10.

The R8 was one of my biggest auto surprises of the year. It’s a supercar that’s not too fast to be enjoyed in the real world, and one that fits perfectly in your life. However, I can’t help but wonder if the new 2021 rear-wheel drive version of the R8 is the best option to buy. The 2021 R8 Performance starts at $19,895, and a similar spec for this test would be close to $207,000. The R8 RWD starts at $144,195, and while you sacrifice 70 horsepower, front driveshafts, and some carbon fiber parts, it looks like you’re not missing out on the basic R8 features.

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