"a thick membrane of maple syrup ??!!" "prophylactic"? Get serious. How are you supposed to take comments like that seriously. Cmon. Seems like they were stretching here to not offend the Ferrari gods.The steering, compared with the Ferrari’s, feels less tactile, as if a thick membrane of maple syrup lies somewhere between the tires and the controls. Brake feel is grabby and overly sensitive; it transitions from “where the hell are they” to “whoa, now I’m stopped” with barely any provocation. Brakes aside, Audi seems to have oozed syrup into every aspect of the Audi driving experience. It is that prophylactic refinement that keeps the R8’s mechanical bits from getting too close to the driver
"phonies in marketing" "contrived and overtly styled" Now this is just flat out nonsense.There’s art in every detail of the Ferrari but, with the exception of the Pininfarina-designed body, it’s not the kind of fine art one finds at the MOMA. The Audi’s parts seem more contrived and overtly styled. To our eyes, the Audi’s V-10 seems to have been engineered and then redesigned to look good by people who went to art school. The Ferrari is full of art made by engineers who seem to really believe that “form follows function” is more than just a phrase used by the phonies in marketing.
About the same difference with the V8's since both Car&Driver and Road&Track got 4.0 second 0-60. Would rather numbers on the conservative sideGreat review.
I'm glad to see the car achieved a 3.5 second 0 to 60 time - I was pretty sure that V10 was going to be much quicker than the 3.9 time that Audi specs (understanding they are conservative).
Like the R tronic system, the manual has launch control. To activate it, engage the ESP Sport setting, put the car in first gear, and press the accelerator. Engine revs will rise toward redline and then settle between 5500 and 6000 rpm; dump the clutch and go. We used launch control during our preview and achieved a 0-to-60 time of 3.7 seconds. On this test, we experimented and found that an 8000-rpm clutch drop brought the time down to 3.5 seconds. It ripped through the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds at 122 mph.