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Audi R8 V10 (2009)
27 April 2007 06:44
Audi R8 V10: the lowdown
Audi's R8 mid-engined supercar caused a stir when it was first driven back in January. The 414bhp 911 rival was warmly received by CAR's testers - and it even trumped its Porsche and Lambo rivals on our first test in the US. However, lurking in the back of everyone's mind was the thought of the potent V10 version in the pipeline. After all, the R8 shares many components with its Gallardo brethren, so it was only a matter of time before the V10 would be dropped in. And now our spies have caught a V10 test car being put through its paces at the Nurburgring in Germany.
What's new on the latest R8 then?
An extra couple of cylinders and a whole lot more grunt, that’s what. It’s believed that the V10 will kick out around 80bhp over than the current V8, plus a wedge more torque. This should bring it up to somewhere near the magic 500bhp mark, giving the R8 a healthy dollop of mid-range punch over the current V8. There was initially rumour that Audi would reign in the V10 to avoid luring punters away from Lamborghini, but since the Gallardo Superleggera arrived on the scene with its thrilling 530bhp, there’s less need to worry about internal squabbles.