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.
Thereâ€™s a bigger jump between the V10 and V10 Plus for this new generation â€“ both statistically and in concept. Itâ€™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 8850rpmâ€¦
â€¦the R8 Plus feels wickedly fast around Ascari, sounds incredible and seems to have retained the creamy fluidity of old. Letâ€™s hope itâ€™s not just the supremely smooth driver [Frank Stippler] masking the real foiblesâ€¦ but I doubt it. Stippler says the last test was 3-weeks straight at the NÃ¼rburging doing 1000-kilometres per day. â€˜The lap time is fast. In the range of 10-16 seconds faster than the old car,â€™ he says. In Sport Autoâ€™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 thingâ€™s for sureâ€¦ we canâ€™t wait to try it on the road.