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Audi R8 V10
17 out of 20
£99,575
Driven February 2009
Audi hasn't transformed the R8 by adding a pair of cylinders. Not like Porsche transforms the 911 by adding a pair of turbos anyway. No, the R8 V10 is basically an R8 V8 that's faster, a little grippier, and better equipped.

Which means it's the perfect everyday-use supercar. A Gallardo (with which the Audi shares an engine) is too noisy to be more than a special-occasions car. And if ‘everyday' includes the British winter, well you won't want to be getting by on 2WD.

The 525bhp engine has an astonishing spread of power, pulling hard from low in the rev range and getting pregressively and implausibly stronger all the way to an 8,700rpm red-line.

And the magical, predictable, transparent handling of the V8 car isn't messed up by the extra power. This is a car that always seems to be on your side.

The launch price looks high, but at least it doesn't need any extras. The R Tronic and the carbon-ceramic brakes are both a waste of money unless you want to do track days. And actually this isn't a track-day car.

It's too civilised for that.

Paul Horrell
 

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Too CIVILIZED ! What a compliment. For the words Supercar and too civilized to be used to describe the same car is unusual,to say the least ! In the short run the R 8 has had so far ...quite a few people have gone a bit too fast in their R 8's and have had their heads bitten off. Maybe all these dead folk thought their R 8s were civilized? Civilized...maybe...Too civilized for a track day car...not. Just ask Mothertucker !:D
 

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i am a bit curious as to what this car is capable of doing on the Ring
 

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Could'nt find R 8 times. A speculated time of 7 min. 26 sec for the R8 w/ V10. Record holder is a porsche 956. A modern F-1 will do it in 5min.30sec. Lambo Gallardo Superleggera (street legal in U.K.) 6min.44sec. Street: legal Dodge Viper SRT V10 7min.26sec. This track is approx.13 miles long.:):eek::D
 
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