THE AUDI R8 V10

The Audi R8 is compelling proof that a clever and innovative idea can show longevity. 

DARION ROBINSON

By DARION ROBINSON

PRICE POINT

The Audi R8 is no short of surprise when it comes to being now, a fully emerged supercar. If compared to the Ferrari 488, amazingly the R8 V10 Plus in quicker in terms of its 0-60 which is a red hot 2.8 seconds. Let’s keep in mind that its 5.2 V10 engine is pushing roughly 610 horsepower, which compared to its first generation model (420 HP) is 50% more ponies. It’s top speed is now 205 for those who feel safe pushing it to that limit, but we urge to at least have a radar detector because it’s more than a ticket at that speed. Now for those who have it in their mind that a supercar can’t be a comfortable or daily driver vehicle, let’s please set those impressions aside for this one.

Audi sparked interests when they were able to mesh comfort and quality with superior performance. Let’s start with its quilted seats. So far, some of the highest grade material and comfort for seating in a supercar. Of course being a naturally aspirated V10, the R8 is loud, rowdy and extremely fast, exactly what you would want if you’re in the market for a car at this price range. What separates this car from its competitors like: The Lamborghini Huracan, The Lexus LFA and Porsche Turbo S is that the R8 is more technologically advanced in many ways. Its intuitive climate controls look and feel futuristic. 

The Audi R8 is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the Audi’s ever improving range. This four-wheel drive supercar that goes against its rivals such as the Porsche 911 turbo, Mclaren 570 S and the Ferrari 488 is a spectacle worth beholding.

-Envus Motors

Nowadays most companies producing supercars are attempting to pack all necessary function into the steering wheel and while that may be great, Audi decided not to. Which in our opinion is just the right approach. The steering wheel includes just four main buttons: a bright red start/stop button, an exhaust button (used for opening and closing the valves), drive mode (comfort, auto, dynamic and individual) and my favorite, launch control. Audi’s virtual cockpit show an impressive gauge cluster display on a giant screen. 

Demonstration quality phone information, the different drive modes, large and in-depth maps and more. With the virtual cockpit display being so large, you would think that it could be distracting for the drive but it’s actually quite the opposite. It’s design is such an intuitive one that it’s one that give the phenomenal car, Telsa, a run for its money. As far as performance goes, the R8 is unquestionably quick, the shifts are spot on and responsive and the handling is precise, more so than the Lexus LFA. We wouldn’t go as far to say that the handling is as smooth and actionable as the Huracan but it’s undoubtably close. 

2017 Audi R8 interior

With any car there comes its small corky disadvantages such as: the door handles themselves which aren’t visible to the naked eye, have to be felt, making them unique in the car market. The front trunk with from the first site appears to be large but when opened actually is smaller in size. The hood release itself is located behind the driver’s seat which is a new placement for what we’ve seen. The upside to the hood is that unlike others, once release it fully and automatically pops open. Furthermore, we mentioned earlier that this car in particular is easily a daily driver for owners and with the 22 MPG highway & 17 MPG combined, this statement is supported. In comfort mode, it drives like a normal vehicle, better on gas than most and the ride is smooth. Now, it’s a supercar, so of course it still sounds ferocious! All in all, Audi has been able to craft a beautiful and aggressive vehicle within the V10 R8 that’s worth its price point of just over $200,000. Thus the reason that it is my number 1 go-to car for the future!

OUR RATING ON THE AUDI R8 V10 PLUS

  • Acceleration – 10/10
  • Handling – 8.7/10
  • Cool Factor – 9/10
  • Features – 9.3/10
  • Quality – 8.2/10
  • Price – 6.8/10
  • Overall – 8.6