Performance Cars

Here's the 2017 Audi R8 V10 in its full 360-degree glory

What happens when you take ​one mid-engined supercar and add two 360-degree cameras? We go full circle at Thunderhill Raceway with Audi's lusty, rambunctious R8.

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The Audi R8 catapulted itself to Dream Car status as soon as it was released in 2006. Now, more than a decade later, the car still looks pretty much the same -- but it's gotten faster and more powerful. A 5.2-liter V10 engine puts out 610 horsepower at a screaming 8,250 RPM, and the 413 pound-feet of torque reaches full bore at a relatively low 6,500 RPM. (Low, that is, for an engine that redlines at 8,700 RPM.)

But that's enough of numbers: let's talk driving pleasure. The Quattro all-wheel drive system keeps the Audi firmly stuck to the ground. During my time at Thunderhill Raceway it never once broke traction, although I kept traction control on for my hot laps. Getting loosey-goosey in the corners is fun and all, but it takes a major bite out of lap times.

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Carbon ceramic brakes provide stopping power and the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission provides brilliant, rev-matching downshifts when braking into a corner. It's enough to make you feel like Iron Man.

But you'll pay for all this driving delight. My test model with the V10 Plus engine starts at $189,900 and once all the options are accounted for, and a gas-guzzler tax of $1,300 and a $1,250 destination charge are added, the grand total is $198,850.

Want an R8, indeed.