Supercars aren’t known for being practical in everyday situations. In fact, it’s frequently the polar opposite.
You think of cars designed for weekend use, with comfort and usability being secondary considerations.
When it comes to the Audi R8, however, this is not the case. Here’s a car with all the credentials of a full-fledged supercar — a V10 engine, exotic styling, and amazing performance — but none of the refinement, build quality, or usability.
When you consider the crew behind Audi’s R8: Audi Sport GmbH, or Quattro GmbH as it was previously known, none of this comes as a surprise.
For those who don’t know, it’s Audi’s specialty performance subsidiary, the same one that’s responsible for all of those fantastic automobiles that can, for the most part, compete with the top-performance cars on the market.
The division has blended performance and refinement in a way few others have come close to since its inception in 1983 — and went on to develop its first automobile, the Audi S2, in 1991. The Audi R8 V10, arguably, represents the apex of the subsidiary’s achievements.
A Brief Overview of The Audi R8 V10
It’s tough to recall a time in Audi’s history when the R8 wasn’t available. However, in the broad scheme of things, the automobile hasn’t been around for very long.
The R8 was first seen in 2006, while signs of its eventual release were given with the RSQ at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003 and the Le Mans Quattro at the Frankfurt Motor Show shortly after.
The latter was the most similar to the R8 — it was nearly identical, with minor modifications in the wheels and exhausts — and it would, in many respects, set the tone for the V10 R8 that would follow.
The concept, unlike the real car, had a 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V10 engine rather than a normally aspirated one.
The original model was a big hit. It’s easy to understand why. You had a car with ground-breaking style — which is still striking and modern today — fantastic performance, and outstanding build quality.
Audi’s entry into the world of mid-engined supercars was also a first for the business.
However, the Audi R8 V10 wouldn’t be available until 2008. It had the same engine as the Lamborghini Gallardo, though it was somewhat detuned — so it wasn’t directly competing with it and produced 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque.
The second-generation R8 debuted in 2015, and unlike the first-generation model, the only engine option was a V10 paired to an automated transmission, with no manual transmission option.
Having this as the only engine option isn’t all awful, especially as it produces 532 HP in regular form and 614 HP in the Performance model — formerly known as the Plus.
The ordinary car will go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, while the Performance variant will do so in 3.1.
Both are true 200 MPH+ cars, according to Evo, with a top speed of 201 for the lesser type and 205 for the Plus.
The Audi R8 V10 is available with two distinct drivetrains: one is Audi’s no-nonsense four-wheel-drive Quattro system, and the other is a rear-wheel-drive system known as the RWS.
In terms of price, the Audi R8 V10 is one of the most affordable supercars on the market — if $143,000 can be considered affordable — especially when you consider how much car you get for your money.
For starters, it boasts a naturally aspirated, mid-mounted V10, which is becoming increasingly rare due to the justified focus on smaller, cleaner engines, has styling that can arguably match with the greatest, and, according to sources, has just about the best interior of any supercar available.
You may expect to pay roughly $20,000 extra for the Plus version if 532 HP isn’t enough for you. On top of both variants, the convertible Spyder version will set you back roughly $12,250.
Secondhand purchases are also an option, and first-generation models can be had for roughly $64,000 if you aren’t too concerned with owning the most recent model.
Meanwhile, the basic and Plus trim levels of a second-generation model start at roughly $113,000 in both standard and Plus trim.