Audi debuted the new R8 V10 Plus, which is the brand’s highest performing version of the second-generation R8 to date. It became available in April at a starting price of $190,000. The car’s mid-mounted naturally aspirated V-10 results in 610 hp or 60 hp more than the previous version. The same base-model R8 is used and continues to be powered by a V-10, which produces 540 hp; the starting price of that model is $163,000. (Audi has discontinued the V-8 version of the R8.)
Carbon fibre has been used for the firewall and some of the external body elements like the splitter and rear wing. The new V10 Plus is almost 15 percent lighter than the last version, which is an impressive achievement without compromising any of its sturdiness. It is able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph. As a whole, the new car is more rigid than its predecessor, and benefits from enhanced agility and responsiveness.
Improvements to the cockpit have been made and consist in the introduction of digital instrument clusters to the dash and placement of four control buttons on the steering wheel. This makes the model all the more functional as the driver can select the car’s driving mode and engage the sport exhaust with a single motion.
Changes in the exterior are subtle with a just a hint of a crispier design. The V10 Plus is visually distinguished from its predecessor by the fixed rear wing. This makes the V10 Plus a dynamic sport model with versatile performance capabilities even if it only contains half the parts of the base V8. Currently, it is only available as a coupe, and Audi offers a choice of 11 exterior colours.