Audi R8 V10 Plus

The original daily supercar

"Likewise at home on public roads or on the circuit" said Issam

"Very exciting array that should plea to drivers searching for high-performance"

"Head-turning supercar"

"Plenty of reasons to smile when driving"

Evolution on the outside, revolution on the inside: it’s the Audi R8 V10 Plus! I recently picked up the 2014 Audi R8 V10 Plus while in Dubai for some judging purposes and I ended up writing a great piece about my driving experience.

As you all might know the R8 has harvested lots of admiration since its launch in 2006. It won many lovers with a mixture of high performance and real-world realism. The state-of-the-art and most inspiring personification of this new R8 V10 Plus Coupe continues this ritual by giving us (drivers) an understanding that truthfully is the best among the best!

What’s new on the R8?
New features on the new R8 are a twin-clutch transmission and a V10 Plus model. The R8 has been improved with ceramic rotors, smaller fuel tank, fixed rate shocks, manual seats and carbon-fiber trim pieces. Saving weight of 60 kg and some extra 25 hp.

The broad Audi R8, developed and built by Quattro GmbH stands firmly on the road, ready to pounce. New details lend its design even more acuity. The single-frame grille with the beveled upper corners is painted high-gloss black, with horizontal chrome inserts adorning the struts on the V10 variants. The bumper is also new, with the air inlets bearing three crossbars each. As an option, Audi installs a front splitter made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The splitter is standard on the new R8 V10 plus.

LED headlights with a new technology are now standard on all variants of the Audi R8. The light-emitting diodes for the high and low beams have been placed above and below the strip-shaped daytime running lights, which are specially actuated to serve as indicators. In addition, static turning lights are integrated in the headlights.

The housings of the outside mirrors and the side blades, the lateral air inlets on the Coupe, are made from CFRP on the new R8 V10 plus top model. In the 10 cylinder variants the blades extend outwards farther than on the V8 and have special edging; small marks of distinction also occur at the sills. The vent louvers next to the rear window have an aluminum look on the R8 V10 Coupe (matte black on the R8 V8 Coupe and R8 V10 plus). As an option, LEDs illuminate the engine compartment; in the R8 V10 plus this illumination as well as a partial CFRP lining for the engine compartment are standard.

The LED lights dominate the rear of the Audi R8. One innovation from Audi is the indicator light with dynamic display at the bottom edge of the lamp - its light always proceeds to the outside, in the direction the driver wishes to turn. Above the high-gloss black area between the vent openings sits the new badge - the letter "R" resting partly on a red diamond, the Audi Sport signature. The large diffusor, optionally CFRP (standard on the R8 V10 plus), has been pulled far upwards. In all engine versions the exhaust system terminates in two round, glossy tailpipe trim sections, painted black on the R8 V10 plus.

The Audi R8 is a sports car with excellent practical skills. The wheelbase affords generous space. The interior conveys a car racing atmosphere on the luxury level; its dominant feature is the monoposto - the long arc curve running around the cockpit in the area of the driver. The flattened rim of the optional, more contoured R8 leather-covered multifunction sports steering wheel bears the new R8 badge, which also appears at the gearshift or selector lever, at the door sill trims, in the instrument cluster and on the start screen of the on-board monitor.

The electrically adjustable sports seats are on the V10 variants. Numerous control and trim elements shine with subdued chrome strips or with black paint; the needles in the instrument cluster and the shift paddles have been slightly modified. The center console and the handbrake lever are covered with leather, adorned by delicate seams; in the V10 models the molding around the standard navigation system plus is also leather-covered.

The R8 V10 and the R8 V10 plus come with the navigation system plus and the Bang & Olufsen Sound System as standard on-board features. Other options for all R8 variants include a high-beam assistant, a stowage package, various travel case sets, a cell phone preparation, with belt microphone and voice control, and the parking system plus with reversing camera.

The R8 V10 plus, available only as a coupe, brings the needle to 1570 kg. The Audi R8 V10 plus comes with 5.2 liters and developing 550 hp, its maximum torque is 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm. With S tronic, the R8 V10 plus, available only as a coupe, catapults from zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and achieves a top speed of 317 km/h; the average fuel consumption rate is 12.9 liters per 100 km. The key data with manual transmission are 3.8 seconds, 319 km/h and 14.9 liters.

The new 7 speed S tronic is standard on the V10 and spaces the gears closely in a sporty mode, while the final drive position has a wide gear ratio. The dual clutch transmission can be shifted at the selector lever or at the steering wheel paddles, and a sports mode is alternatively available. At the press of a button the launch control manages starting at an increased initial engine speed and with optimal tire slip. Gear shifting occurs practically without interruption of tractive power within hundredths of a second, and so dynamically, smoothly and comfortably as to be hardly noticeable.

The Audi R8 has continuously been a supercar but never dressed with an exotic symbol. Most supercar possessors are more like custodians on their cars. They take care of their supercars, wash and clean them. It isn’t the case with the R8. It performs like a standard Audi. All in all I would divulge that the R8 overwhelmed me as the world’s most coherent everyday supercar. 

Rivals: Ferrari 458 Italia, McLaren 650S, Porsche 911 Turbo, Lamborghini Huracan, Aston Martin V12 Vantage
Pros: everyday commuter, gorgeous styling, extravagant interior
Cons: expensive options
One word: everyday

4 stars 


5.2 liters, V10, 550 hp, 540 Nm
7 speed S tronic, AWD
0-100 kph: 3.5 sec, top speed: 317 kph, fuel consumption: 12.9 L /100Km
Weight: 1570 kg

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