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I just wanted to say hi as I am in the process of buying a R8 now or soon.....looking at a 2014 v10 now. I currently drive a 2013 M5 and love it, and i've had it to the track and ran 11.95 @122pmh all day long. Very impressive car. Initially I went to thedealership to buy a Q7 (which we did), but they had a beautiful R8 there, black styling package, diamond stitching etc..all the options I'd pick, even the color. I was able to take out a Plus version for a test drive and the v10 sounded awesome. I don't know str8 line performance wise if there would be much difference between the 2 as the one I mentioned above was just the regular v10. Ive read it comes with a softer suspension set up which I'd prefer for city driving. Anyway, the car accelerates much different than my M, and the torque obviously isn't the same, but I wonder if it would even keep pace with my 11.94 above? yes AWD would help but trap speeds show more about power than actual times....I've raced, driven and owned many different types of cars, and actually drove the 2010 V10 R8 and totally could not get over the old R-Tronic so I passed. This new set up with the S-Tronic is night and day. The Tech in the car could use a refresh as the MMI is outdated for a car this price and I've heard it's on it's way....the long and the short is I want one lol, and want some owners thoughts who have had a lot of seat time what they think. I've already looked into the APR tune to see if it's compatible for the 2014. 525hp is plenty, but I'm a hp nut lol...but the styling of this car is just beautiful!!!!! and the B&O is a nice sound to go with that v10 :}
 

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You will absolutely love the car (sounds like you already do).

Read through the threads, won't find many owners who bought the car and regretted it.
 

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I am sure that the v10 with stronic will be fast...the plus version was, and trust me the m5 is underrated and has mountains of trq! I went online and not much data on guys racing them down the quar expect what the mags tested ..and it showed 12sec at 118 which is a bit slower, but again not the stronic. Don't get me wrong I love the r8 or I would to be here, just want to be sure I'm not simply falling in love with the looks lol. I saw a vid of an M6 race the r8 from a dig and it was neck and neck with the 6 slightly ahead, but again this was the old rtronic. The 8 has always for my attention and I'm going to own one, either very soon or order a 2015
 

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And don't get me wrong I am not Just in love with str8 speedor I would own sometime else, but I will drive this in city traffic and I wondering of miss the torque of the M? A 20 min test drive went too fast and I wish I had more seat time to be sure i wouldn't have buyers remorse.
 

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comparing the R8 to the M5 is like apples to oranges, they are 2 totaly diffrent beasts, the M5 is fast..... very fast, but the driving experience is diffrent, as for the M5 beating the R8 In a straight line I can tell u thats not even close I have an R8 with a tune and exhaust and Im beating 458's on a hot day ( 11.54 ) and thats with the dreaded R- tronic :p. the question u have to ask ur self is are u willing to give up all the advantages of a sports sedan for a dedicated sports car, if so then my friend u just got a lambo for a bargain :p


p.s. I just bought a F80 M3 to replace the R8 :p
 

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I am lucky enough to own both F10 M5 and 14 R8 V10. 2 different cars, both are beasts. R8 wins in looks and sounds. Acceleration very similar. I came from a 2012 GTR to the R8. These 2 are quite similar in performance but R8 much more refined car for daily driving. Can't go wrong with the R8 as a daily driver if you had to pick one car for comfort, style, and performance.
 

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Awesome responses guys thanks....it did feel fast but maybe it's just so different from what I'm use to I expected something else? And of course I google some random drags and I see an m6 basically stay neck and neck or a car ahead in a real world pull. I totally get these are two different cars as my M has soft close doors, massaging seats and all bells and whistles, so I realize it isn't a fair comparison. I know I don't want the Plus version, and I'd be curious what tune you're running that keeps pace with a 458!? I've driven one and quite the car. I've already looked into the APR tune.

The r8 has is a special beast no doubt and I'm hoping soon it's a part of the family. Because it's a 2014 they've come down on price. It's 200k CAN, and they've knocked off 17k so far.
 

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im running a revo tune but that doesn't matter, APR and REVO are both good probably the best u can get right now, they both make about the same hp and both are reliable according to first hand experience from myself and from what the knowledgeable people on this forum have experienced themselves from APR, my adice go with what has better service in your region and stick with it, who cares if your car is not the fastest, but make sure its fast enough :p
 

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Here is a video that will help. Its motor trend head to head r8 v10 plus vs gtr. The v10 plus hits 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.2. The standard s tronic v10 should be close to that. Don't get me wrong the m5 is a very nice car but the r8 is a whole different game. My wife has the 2014 s tronic v8 in suzuka grey and it gets a tremendous amount of attention everywhere she drives it. People fall all over themselves and take pictures of it, its really crazy. Heres the other thing theres also a head to head video of the r8 v8 convertible s tronic. That car is heavier than the coupe and hit 0-60 in 4 seconds with the v8 stronic. The salesman told me the v8 s tronic coupes were under four seconds 3.8 to 3.9 in launch mode and from my experience its true. So i guess what I'm saying is that any version of the r8 with s tronic is a lot faster than you think. But its not just about speed as there is always something faster. The r8 is about styling and finesse and it is a major attention getter and if you want speed the v10 is insanely fast. Its almost not usable on the street its so quick. The s tronic has completely transformed these cars both the v10 and v8. I think also you might be used to that turbo boost on the m5 vs a naturally aspirated engine. It feels faster than the v10 but trust me its not. Link below
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noEZL3hWk5o
 

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I have both a F10 M5 and r8 GT. The M5 is an increadble car and the torque is always going to make it feel like it could be quicker than the R8 but in my experience in a straight line there is not much in it. Traction is always the issue with the M5. Get to some bends or a track and the R8 will be much quicker. Always feel the m5 is just too big.
If you don't need the space you won't be disappointed with the R8 whichever you go for!
 

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I have no doubt the v10 r8 is fast, I drove one with the stronic and want to buy the one in the showroom, and I will become a permanent member of this board...and I do agree traction was always an issue with the M5 as it puts down so much torque at low RPMs....however, the base v10 r8 from all that I've seen traps the same as my car in the 1/4, and I've seen an older test that shows a slightly lower trap, but in fairness I think they had a manual r8. This vid is from a roll and shows just how fast the m5 and m6 are. And you guys are probably right, maybe its the fact I've been use to the low end punch of the twin turbo, and I am sure the stronic makes a difference compared to the Rtronic. I had some good seat time in a stock v10 Rtronic and I thought that was it's weakpoint? but no question I think the R8 in gerneral is a head turned, and simply unique and refined! I want to keep both my m5 and get the new R8, but having 4 cars might be a stretch now that we have two SUVs, and the wife might make me live in one lol. What's funny is on the M5 board I posted a few comments and of course I get the "from 60-180" the M5 pulls away from a stock v10 R8. I think it would be a close race, but with this new tranny in the r8 I think it is the game changer for me as the car felt crisp and shifts were invisible.

This is a good vid
http://www.autoevolution.com/news/bmw-f13-m6-takes-down-audi-r8-v10-video-67933.html

If you google bmw m5 vs GTR, the second vid shows a rolling race.
 

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OP, it appears by far your most important priority is straight line speed. Why not buy a used GTR and mod it or if yiu want something more unique get the new Challenger Hellcat? The R8 is plenty quick enough but it's main objective is not straight line speed. No way a M5 can hang with it on a twisty back road or track, regardless of the transmission.
 

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OP, it appears by far your most important priority is straight line speed. Why not buy a used GTR and mod it or if yiu want something more unique get the new Challenger Hellcat? The R8 is plenty quick enough but it's main objective is not straight line speed. No way a M5 can hang with it on a twisty back road or track, regardless of the transmission.
Exactly. If you want straight line speed and torque, you are looking at the wrong car. For mind-bending speed, go with a 911TTS, MP4-12C, or a GT-R.

If you want a mid-engine exotic with amazing handling that is also a reliable daily driver, then the R8 makes sense. As does an MP4-12C.
 

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Those 2 vehicles are diametrically opposed.
It is hard to compare a 2 ton+ luxo-sedan to an R8. It is better to think about them as totally separate entities.

The M5 is what AMG used to be; as much power as they can make, and put it in a mediocre chassis that can't use it. At least the M5 has computers to make the package work and the driver to feel like a hero. Remember that the M is driving for you via stability control and so on. In the R8, you are the driver. There is a level of satisfaction with a pure vehicle like the R8 as opposed to GTRs and the like. Also, These cars are not for the 1/4 mile. (never understood the fascination with that anyway. You just mash the throttle and wait until you cross the line. Doesn't sound that impressive to me) So, in my mind, I would classify the R8 with cars like the lotus Evora and 997/991 porsche. The Panamera is the closest luxo sedan to a purist machine like the R8.
In a nutshell, I would keep both, being so different in scope. But, as you can see, I dislike the M5 and the sad direction M-motorsports has gone in.
 

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No no, str8 line speed isn't all that matters and I totally get where it may seem like thats my focus...I already know what the car can do in the other aspects - handling / refinement / appeal / uniqueness etc. And I appreciate all the point blank comments back....and I fully admit it could be the fact I only had 20mins in the car, and I've been use to a twin turbo now for a while. I am sure with AWD the R8 would put out an impressive 1/4 mile time, but I know both these cars aren't 1/4 mile dragsters....you're right if thats what I cared about I'd buy a GTR, but no way would I ever own one. There's an APR dealer somewhat close to me, and the stronic with an extra 50hp and a daily driver with such head turning appeal is exactly what I want, or I'd get a Porsche, which to me is too plain? And I do totally get I am comparing a two ton Sedan to this car, which isn't realistic. I am heading to the deasler tomorrow to pick up the Q7, and trust me we wil have another chat on the R8 sitting there. I think you guys are lucky to own such a fantastic car! It would be nice if the MMI in it was a little more advanced, but with the sound of that v10 screaming to 8700rpm, I am pretty sure that's all I'd think about.
 

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The video you posted is an r tronic transmission v10. the s tronic standard v10 is much faster than the previous version it will hit 60 in 3.4 sec and the 1/4 mile is only going to be a slight diff from the plus. And honestly the new v8 with stronic will hit 60 mph just as fast as the old r tronic v10 it won't do the quarter mile as fast but that should show you how good the new s tronic is.
 
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