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VIDEO: Audi R8 V10 Plus review

MY16 Audi R8 V10 Plus

Audi has upped the ante with its second-gen R8 by releasing its most powerful version at launch. That’s the R8 V10 Plus, which produces 449kW/560Nm thanks to its normally aspirated and free revving 5.2 litre engine.

The current entry level R8 V10 is good for a still very healthy 397kW/540Nm, but when you can have more power, well, you take it!

Which is exactly what Dan Prosser from Evo has done. He reckons the first gen R8 was a wathershed moment for Audi, but was it a fluke, or is this new model even better?


Entry-level Audi R8 now with turbo V6?

2015 Audi R8 V10

The free-revving and much loved 4.2 litre normally aspirated V8 is expected to be cut from the R8 range and replaced with a 2.9 litre twin-turbo V6. For now, the second-gen R8 has only been revealed with V10 power.

The move to a force-fed V6 for the entry-level model is being made partly for reduced emissions and possibly for tax reasons. For example, Chinese law applies heavy taxes to imported vehicles with engine capacities above 3.0 litres.

On the positive side, it’s predicted the 2.9 litre V6 could make around 335kW (450hp), up from the V8’s 308kW (414hp). And, we’ll always have the normally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 (pictured).

At the time of writing there is no date locked in for the Australian launch of the new R8, but you should expect to see it on local roads by mid-2016.

[Source: Car]


An early look at the all-new Audi R8 V10 Plus

Audi R8 Mk2

Jethro Bovingdon from Evo is fresh from a shotgun ride in an all-new Audi R8 V10 around the gorgeous Ascari race resort. Here’s a few of this thoughts, but be sure to follow the source link below for the full yarn, which is well worth the read:

First the basics. The new R8 will be launched in two variants, the V10 and V10 Plus models. The familiar and (praise be) naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 has 533bhp and 398lb ft in the base model, which is 15bhp and 7lb ft more than previously. The big news is the V10 Plus, though.

There’s a bigger jump between the V10 and V10 Plus for this new generation – both statistically and in concept. It’s still a daily useable car, says Audi, but think of it more like the old limited-edition and more focussed R8 GT. The engine in the Plus produces 602bhp and 413lb ft and revs to 8850rpm…

…the R8 Plus feels wickedly fast around Ascari, sounds incredible and seems to have retained the creamy fluidity of old. Let’s hope it’s not just the supremely smooth driver [Frank Stippler] masking the real foibles… but I doubt it. Stippler says the last test was 3-weeks straight at the Nürburging doing 1000-kilometres per day. ‘The lap time is fast. In the range of 10-16 seconds faster than the old car,’ he says. In Sport Auto’s Supertest the previous R8 V10 Plus managed a 7:45 in very cold conditions so we should see the new car dip below 7:30. One thing’s for sure… we can’t wait to try it on the road.

[Source: Evo]


Limited-run Audi R8 competition revealed

Audi R8 competition

Audi of America will be launching the limited-edition R8 competition at the LA Auto Show next month. Only 60 will be made with deliveries to commence in early 2015.

Powered by the well proven 5.2 litre V10, the 570hp (425kW) on tap and 7-speed S tronic transmission can propel the R8 competition to 60mph in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 199mph. According to Audi that makes it the fastest road-going R8 they’ve ever made.

To help it look the part flashes of carbon fibre can be found around the cars still very appealing bodywork, including the iconic sideblades.

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Audi R8 V10 plus v Renault Clio Cup racecar

Audi R8 V10 plus v Renault Clio Cup racecar

The latest track battle from Evo is totally pointless, but that’s precisely what makes it compulsory viewing! Dicke Meaden, no stranger to a racetrack, pairs up the awesome Audi R8 V10 plus with the fesity little Renault Clio Cup racecar.

Taking a quick view at the basic specs of each the ingredients of the script are pretty self-explanatory. We’ve got a 540hp+ mid-engined supercar weighing in at around 1500kg, plus driver, against a 220hp race-prepped hot hatch tipping the scales at 1200kg, including driver, with the added benefit of competition-spec slick tyres.

Whatever happens, even if it goes to the script you’ve formulated already, this is just a cool video. What a great day at work it would have been for Meaden. Jealous much!

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Ringing it with Audi, Jag, Mercedes and VW

Mercedes-AMG GT prototype

Regardless of what the new owners will have in store for the Nürburgring when they takeover next year it’s clear the industry pool is still in full swing.

Here’s four videos thanks to Dale from Bridge to Gantry which show a Mercedes AMG GT, an Audi R8 of some description (possibly turbocharged), a Jaguar XE Saloon and a VW Golf R Wagon being put through their paces.

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon!

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Chris Harris compares Audi R8 GT3 and R8 V10

Chris Harris with the Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3

Chris Harris is a lucky man. This we know. But he’s further proved this point by being given the keys and the pit crew to an Audi R8 V10 road car and an R8 LMS Ultra GT3 racecar and an empty Nürburgring grand prix track.

The aim of this exercise was to see how closely related the street car and track car are, if at all. You may be surprised by Harris’ discovery.


Is Audi cooking a hotter R8 GT?

Audi R8 GT

We bring you a tasty one minute video of what appears to be an Audi R8 GT circulating at the Nürburgring. The limited run of 333 R8 GTs was launched back in 2010 so it would stand to reason if Audi was going to release a new version based on the since facelifted R8.

And yet this mystery car lapping during an industry pool session is running pre-facelift headlights. Although, you can see the rear wing is bigger and reportedly the rear diffuser was different too.

While you’re speculating on what this R8 may or may not be you can enjoy the sounds of its V10 at work and also spot a few other prototypes doing their thing.

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Frankfurt 2013: Audi nanuk quattro concept

Audi nanuk quattro concept

This crazy looking, crazy sounding concept from Audi is not a tribute to Mork and Mindy. And it’s not a polar bear, either. It’s actually the new R8 in an SUV disguise.

An R8 SUV?! Yes, well, perhaps it may as well have been a polar bear from Ork after all. In concept form Audi has fitted the nanuk with a 5.0 litre V10. See, it is an R8. But the engine’s a diesel. Oh, maybe it’s not an R8, then.

The engine produces 400kW/1000Nm and propels the nanuk to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, on to a top speed of 305km/h. Damn, it really is the next-gen R8, isn’t it!

Riding on adaptive air suspension the driver can adjust the ride height by a factor of 70mm. Hmm, I don’t think the next R8 will be able to do that. This is confusing. Oh, it weighs 1900kg. Holy crap, that’s almost two tonnes!!! There’s no way the next R8 will be that much of a porker.

Speaking of porkers, the nanuk features “integral steering”. It’s a rear-wheel steering set up that’s pretty much been nicked from the next garage over at Porsche. Hey, you’d stuff Porsche gadgets into an R8 for sure. Don’t you think?

Clearly, we don’t know what the hell we’re talking about. But we do know this much, this really is your first proper look at the design direction the new R8 will take. Honest!

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Chris Harris and the element of surprise

Chris Harris is a lucky bastard

Here’s your latest Chris Harris fix. Today he’s at the wheel of the highly desirable Audi R8 V10 Plus, the equally wantable 997 Porsche 911 Turbo S and giant killing Nissan GT-R that’s been warmed over by Litchfield.

He tracks the cars around Anglesey, down the Bruntingthorpe drag strip and on the road. Whatever order you think these cars will be ranked at the end of this comparison, think again. Most of all have fun watching the verdict being reached.

Although, the results of the flat out drag race will probably be exactly what you expect to see. And, wow!


2013 Audi R8 – Australian pricing & specs

2013 Audi R8 V10

Audi Australia has just launched the facelifted R8 to the local market. With that comes the 404kW R8 V10 plus, boasting the title of Audi’s fastest ever production car. Thanks to its Lamborghini-sourced 5.2 litre V10 and a 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission it can knock-off 100km/h in only 3.5 seconds. Its top speed is 317km/h.

It’s just a shame that pricing for the R8 V10 plus starts at $408,200. Add your driveaway costs to that and it won’t be a pretty sight. Good luck to those of you who can afford it. Can we have a drive please?

All models of R8, starting with the $279,500 R8 V8, now include LED headlights. The rear indicators have a new party trick, too. It’s described as dynamic display and the indicator lights up from the inside moving to the outside of the car in the direction it is turning.

Full pricing and specifications are available after the break. Special mention must be made to Audi Australia also for the images they have provided with this release. We’re not sure who the photographer is but we’re sure you’ll agree some of the results are truly outstanding.


Does my arse look loud in this?

Audi R8 V10 plus

Audi UK brings us some photos of an arseless R8 V10 plus; that is, Audi, in their wonderful wisdom, has removed the cosmetic bits of the car’s back end for our aural pleasure. Make sure you watch the clip after the break.