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By all accounts, the 2010 Audi R8 is a supercar, but that doesn't mean it's uncompromising and hard-edged. It's an incredibly capable performance machine, yet every bit as luxurious as it is sporting. The posh interior is loaded with electronics and bathed in leather and Alcantara. With Audi's venerable 4.2-liter V8 providing the power, the R8 isn't at all temperamental, as the notion of a supercar might suggest. The addition of a V10 model not only allows the R8 to better compete with its most obvious rival, the Porsche 911 Turbo, but also a number of exotic Italians as well.
Audi's R8 is styled unlike anything else on the road, with sweeping arcs and muscular lines that are more suited to a concept car than a road-going one. Timeless architecture has truly taken the place of big wings and scoops, while luxury has replaced compromise inside the supercar cockpit.You May Not Like This Car If...
If you opt for the R tronic transmission, know that this is not the same unit as Volkswagen/Audi's dual-clutch DSG gearbox. Shifts do take some time, and there is some computerized indecisiveness that can be annoying in traffic.
A 5.2-liter V10 producing 525 horsepower joins the R8 stable for 2010.Driving It Driving Impressions
The all-wheel drive-system is almost totally imperceptible when driving the R8 and the chassis responds very quickly to steering input. The 420 horsepower V8 is a model of response and power and downshifting is rarely ever necessary, as torque is abundant and available throughout the rev range. Despite the V8's charms, we are absolutely enamored with the prodigious power, brutal acceleration and inspired sound of the V10 engine in the R8 5.2. In terms of transmission choices, anyone capable of actuating a clutch will find the manual transmission, with its cool metal gate, a far more satisfying drive than the surprisingly unrefined optional R tronic transmission. Regardless of transmission choice, according to Audi the R8 4.2 will accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds and complete the quarter mile in 12.7 seconds: The V10 sprints from zero to 60 in a scant 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 196 mph. As would be expected, the brakes are up to the task, with 15-inch discs with eight-piston calipers in the front and 14-inch discs with four-piston calipers in the rear.Favorite Features
4.2-liter, 420-horsepower V8
This strong and big-hearted V8 has found a fitting home in the R8 – with the added bonus that it sits behind a glass panel for all to see, like fine jewelry.
Metal-gated Six-speed Manual Transmission
The transmission itself has well-chosen ratios, but it's the metal gate surrounding the shifter that makes shifting so much fun, providing a satisfying "clink" as each shift is completed.