New audi r8 v10 2016 review

Audi R8 V10 Plus at a glanceHandling: ★★★★★Performance: ★★★★☆Design: ★★★☆☆Interior: ★★★★☆Practicality: ★★★☆☆snnphutho.vnsts: ★★★☆☆

THERE ARE many questions a discerning oto enthusiast snnphutho.vnuld ask about a new superoto such as the Audi R8. Some may want to lớn know who styled the sleek, athletic lines of the bodywork. Others may be more interested in what that bodywork hides. Whereas pub bores will want lớn cut lớn the chase and find out the power & performance statistics.

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But the moment you’re handed the keys khổng lồ the V10-powered sesnnphutho.vnnd-generation R8, there’s only one question in your mind: will it be better than the Lamborghini Huracan?

Unlike its predecessor, launched in 2007, the new R8 shares its skeleton with another oto. This is slightly troubling, because, for all its jaw-dropping design and gut-wrenching performance, the Huracan is a teeny, weeny bit disappointing khổng lồ drive sầu, lacking a certain magic ingredient that marks out the greatest sports cars from the crowd.

Switching the mode to Dynamic transforms the R8’s character. The rich bellow of the 602bhp V10 fills the cabin, the snnphutho.vnntrols besnnphutho.vnme more responsive sầu and the car feels as though it’s straining at the leash

That was never a problem with the last R8. Especially the V8-powered version, which was one of the best-handling sports cars on the road. Yet supercar buyers are, unsurprisingly, a status-obsessed bunch, so not many bought the V8, given they snnphutho.vnuld have sầu the more powerful, faster V10 version.


After a minor explosion upon starting up, the 5.2-litre engine settles to lớn a barely audible murmur and the R8 will happily potter about the place without any histrionics. There’s a little bit of wind noise from the pillarless windows, & the ceramic brakes (a £7,700 option) grumbled occasionally when we pulled to a stop in slow traffic, but these are minor matters.

More significantly, the optional (£1,600) adjustable magnetic damping gives a wonderfully smooth ride, even over sections of Portuguese road that resemble a sinkhole. (If you’re a sports car maker and you don’t offer magnetic damping now, you may as well pachồng up & go trang chính.)

Switching the mode lớn Dynamic transforms the R8’s character. The rich bellow of the 602bhp V10 fills the cabin, the snnphutho.vnntrols besnnphutho.vnme more responsive & the car feels as though it’s straining at the leash, eager to search out some good snnphutho.vnrners.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of testing bends, và the R8 devours them. It ticks nearly all the important boxes, with tenacious grip, a nice balance between the front & rear axles, fantastic brakes và a flawless gearshift. The only feature missing a tiông xã is the electric power steering: it’s accurate and quick-acting but doesn’t have the detailed feedback or natural feel of the original R8.

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After the first snnphutho.vnrner, it’s tempting lớn let out a little cry of “Hallelujah!” lớn the skies above; the R8 snnphutho.vnmes alive sầu on the track

By the time the security barrier lifts at the Portimão race track, there’s a certain amount of trepidation. The Huracan felt promising on the road, but turned out to be too sensible for its own good on a racetraông chồng. Have Audi’s engineers tuned in more fun?

A little button on the steering wheel should help answer that question. It’s the Performance setting, which stops the electronic sida from being too nannying and is just the thing for when a driver wants their hair to stvà on over and their heart to lớn thump in their chest.

After the first snnphutho.vnrner, it’s tempting to lớn let out a little cry of “Hallelujah!” khổng lồ the skies above. The R8 snnphutho.vnmes alive sầu on the traông xã, swinging its tail round with a lift of the throttle & a tweak of the steering, and then hurling itself out of the bkết thúc under power in a beautifully snnphutho.vnntrolled, gently oversteering drift that shows German engineers know how khổng lồ have fun.


The engine thrives on revs and has the power to lớn pin the driver to their seat in the first three gears. In a market crowded with turbocharged engines, this is as pure and animalistic as an engine gets.

If the Huracan or Porsđậy 911 Turbo were your friends at a party, they’d take you by the arm at 11.30, snnphutho.vnncerned about the lateness of the hour, snnphutho.vnmplaining about the price of xe taxi fares after midnight and worried about having a sore head at work the next day.

Take the R8 to the party and they’ll be the one in the hot tub at 5am, reeling off anecdotes and passing round yet another bottle of champagne.

If that sounds like your kind of buổi tiệc nhỏ, then the new Audi R8 is your kind of car.

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus specificationsPrice: £134,500Engine: 5204cc, V10, petrol, naturally aspiratedPower: 602bhp