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Audi R8: V10 vs. V8

Today's video pits the somewhat controversial Audi R8 10-cylinder sports car against it's 8-cylinder brethren. And the winner is...


There was lots of automotive eye candy to behold at the recently-held 2009 International Auto Show in San Francisco, but one particular car definitely caught an extended gaze of my eye. My vision honed in a shiny white and black sports car, sitting in a "hands off" section of the showroom floor. To my surprise, this mean-looking sports car was an Audi, but not just any Audi. This here was the 2010 Audi R8 rockin' a length-side up with a mounted V10 mid-engine. I had to know more and see more of this particular car, and that's how we ended up with today's video that looks at the pros and (are there any real) cons between the 10-cylinder Audi R8 and its 8-cylinder counterpart.

Constructed by Audi's performance specialty division quattro GmbH, the R8 two-seater from the front pretty much looks like an Audi (albeit a little more sleek than one might associate with an Audi). The R8 has also drawn some heat for being very close in style and construction to the Lamborghini Gallardo to the point where some sports car snobs basically consider the Audi R8 a cheap knockoff primarily because of its engine looking awfully similar to that of the Gallardo. So what? I'll leave that argument for you and your friends to debate. I'd rather spend the time hearing the R8 engines revving up and the tires burning asphalt. The V10 engine looks especially beautiful (best seen at the 3-minute mark) and at 2 minutes you get to see in real time how quickly the R8 goes from 0-60. The V8 edition obviously doesn't have us much push as its 10-cylinder brethren, but hey you could do way worse than this.