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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?


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

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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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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.

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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.


2013 Audi R8 facelift revealed

2013 Audi R8

Audi has given its acclaimed R8 a bit of a mid-cycle spruce up and we reckon they’ve done a grand job. The headline act is a new V10 plus Coupé (pictured above). Hairdressers need not apply, as it’s available in hardtop Coupé form only. The R8 V10 plus takes the 386kW/530Nm from the regular V10 model and ups the ante to 404kW and 540Nm.

As you can see there’s new lighting treatments for the R8, as well. Now standard across the board are LED headlights for both low and high beam. These days standard old indicators don’t cut the mustard, so Audi has fitted the rear light assembly with “dynamic indicators”; these illuminate outwards in the direction the driver is about to turn.

For the first time the R8 gets a proper S tronic double clutch transmission, ridding itself of the cumbersome R tronic gearbox. The 7-speed S tronic is standard on V10 models and optional on V8s. The new ‘box is less than 600mm in length and places its two multi-plate clutches behind one another.

The interior hasn’t been left untouched, either, with minor cosmetic tweaks designed to keep the R8 looking fresh. We quite like the optional quilted alcantara headlining, which looks great with its matching seats.

Australian buyers keen to get their hands on the facelifted R8 will have to wait until early 2013. They’ll also need a good relationship with their local Audi Centre if they want pricing ahead of the official announcement at next year’s launch.

We’ve compiled a quick reference performance table for you below before you sink your teeth into Audi’s pics and press release after the break.

ModelCapacityPower/TorqueCoupé 0–100km/hSpyder 0–100km/h
S tronic / manualS tronic / manual
R8 V10 plus5203cc404kW/540Nm3.5s / 3.8sna
R8 V105203cc386kW/530Nm3.6s / 3.9s3.8s / 4.1s
R8 V84163cc316kW/430Nm4.3s / 4.6s4.5s / 4.8s

C’mon Audi Australia we #WantAnR8 too!

Last year an innocent tweet by US resident Joanne McCoy expressed her desire to have an Audi R8. For a laugh she included the hashtag #WantAnR8. So what, you say, people do stuff like that all the time. Now. There’s another one. And again.

But, back then, Audi of America saw Joanne’s tweet and decided to make her day. So they found out where she lived and turned up to her house, in a 412kW R8 V10, and said, “Here, drive this for a day.”

Pretty cool, huh.

Now, in a more organised fashion, Audi of America is repeating the dose. This time though they’ll be working eight days a week and offering the same courtesy to eight individual winners. All the winner will have to do is decide, do they want to enjoy the R8 V10 on the track, or for a day on the streets.

The video above has been created to promote the latest campaign. So, what would you do: track or street? And, what chance of Audi Australia following suit?


Audi R8 stretch limo

Audi R8 limo

Have you ever thought of getting yourself an Audi R8 V10, chopping it in half, inserting a few bits and pieces and turning it into a limousine able to carry eight passengers? Didn’t think so.

But the folks at Limo Broker in the UK have dreamt up such a crazy idea and they’re building it. The stretch R8 is currently being created by Carbonyte UK and is due to commence service before the middle of the year.

According to Limo Broker they are aiming to “create the world’s fastest limo.

“…once it’s complete, the Audi R8 Limo will be the perfect choice of luxury limo for petrol heads.”

We haven’t quite worked out if this is a really cool idea or the dumbest thing we’ve ever seen. To help you make up your mind, there’s a few more pics and a promo video after the break.

[Source: Limo Broker]

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VIDEO: McLaren MP4-12C says ‘excuse me’

McLaren MP4-12C supertest

True to their word Car magazine has posted their video results of the McLaren MP4-12C supercar group test. Former Mr Stig, Ben Collins, took to Rockingham Motor Speedway in a veritable orgasm of supercars to see if the McLaren could walk the walk, after talking so much talk.

Up against the MP4-12C were:

After the break you can see the full 10 minute clip, which includes brief comments from Collins after driving each car. Make sure you watch right to the end and then tell us what you think of the closing graphic. Also available below is in-car footage from each lap.

[Thanks to Wayne for the reminder]