The wailing engine of the Audi R8 Plus is the best sound you'll hear all day
Remember back when most supercars were naturally aspirated and the thought of some kind of a turbocharge or, God forbid, hybrid drivetrain was like blasphemy?
Now we're living in the opposite world.
Most supercars have some kind of force induction or some kind of e-motor to help them along.
But not this one.
This is the Audi R8 8 V-10.
This got a naturally aspirated engine.
[NOISE] Doesn't need any help at all.
You know, when I first picked up this car, I didn't think it would garner a lot of attention.
After all it's much less, what's the word?
It's much less obnoxious than the Lamborghini Huracan that it's based off of.
Still at my first lunch stop, at least three guys came up and talked to me about the 610 horsepower engine.
And at least one person that I know of, took a picture of me while I was driving across the bridge into San Fransisco.
So the moral of the story is ladies, you wanna get a guys number?
You should drive an R8.
[SOUND] Audi claims it's Auria can get from zero to 60 in 3.2 seconds and zero to jail in about ten.
[LAUGH] Well let's see how she do.
I'm gonna take the traction control off, press on the brake Throttle and release!
Look at that!
Flat, no torque steer whatsoever.
This is so much fun.
All controls for the Audi are operated right here on the steering wheel, I got a button for the drive select which will put me through four different modes, I got a performance button and I even got an exhaust button for sport or standard exhaust but frankly.
I can't really tell the difference.
It sounds loud no matter what.
It will probably annoy your neighbors and delight your senses.
This V10 engine is tuned for 610 horsepower and And 413 pound feet of torque.
[LAUGH] Now all of that is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that puts the power to all four wheels.
The thing about this engine, though, it is literally a screamer.
It revs up to 8,500 RPMs.
So you think that it's time to shift and you look down and you've still got half the powerband to go.
It is just magnificent [SOUND]
What I really like about this transmission is that is up shifts so quickly.
But what's even better is when you're coming into a corner, and you break, you get these awesome little like, [UNKNOWN] matching down shifts which are just magnificent.
[SOUND] In fact, this sports transmission is so good that I rarely found myself using the paddle shifters, and this is coming from someone who likes a lot of control in her car.
Instead this transmission just knows how to let those 10 cylinders out to the wind and let them fly.
And regardless of the 600 plus horses I've got there behind me the R8 is incredibly easy to drive quickly.
The quattro is rear biased but the computer will send torque to whatever wheel it needs to in order to get you out of trouble.
Cornering in the RH is very flat, very stable.
And a lot of that is due to the double wishbone suspension on all four corners.
All it really wants to do is just dig into these turns, power out and gallop towards the next one.
This car's got the optional 20 inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli P1 rubber.
These tires, they stick to this track like green on grass.
[LAUGH] Just incredible.
The steering is really quick, really precise, and it's tuned very nicely to have a good weight to it, but the problem I have with most Audis It's that I just don't get a lot of feel in it.
It's tough to tell where my tires are in terms of their level of grip.
Now, having said that, it's tough to get this car out of sorts so I'm not sure how much it matters, but I would like a more direct feedback set up.
Y Of course, you can't spend your life on the track, as much as you would like to, and fortunately this R8 is very, very easy to drive slowly as well.
Simply kick it into auto or comfort and your ride gets much, much easier.
No, it's no fault when you're driving around on the streets It's gonna downshift quickly for passing, and when you're in regular drive mode, it upshifts very quickly, all in the name of fuel economy.
So I was driving around my neighborhood at about 31 miles an hour.
The transmission was in seventh gear, and my RPMs were at 1,500.
Not sure how much good that does Considering the EPA fuel ratings for this car are 14 in the city, 22 out on the highway, and 17 combined.
And in my time with the RA, which granted included a lot of speed and a lot of [UNKNOWN] I averaged 13.
All my buttons are located here on my steering wheel, but there is a redundant rotary dial here in the center The navigation uses Google Map, and interestingly on my drive here to the track, Google Maps was sending me in some very strange places.
The cursor was over to the left.
It was going through Walmart.
It was trying to go onto side streets.
So I'm not sure if that is a problem with Google or a problem with Audi's MMI system, but I was glad I had my phone as a backup.
I've always said that if I ever won the lottery, I would go directory to the Porsche dealership, but honestly, my time in this car, I think I might rethink that fantasy.
I mean I just love driving this.
Such an emotional car.
It brings you so much joy.
And it brings you just a touch of fear.
But it also brings a sense of just badassery that I very rarely get when I drive a new car these days.
And it looks like I'll have to win the lottery if I want to put an R8 in to my stable.
The V tuned V10 with 540 horsepower and 398 pound feet of torque.
Well that starts at $162,900 and this bad mamma jamma Well that starts at nearly $190,000, and with the optional leather and the Gas Guzzler Tax you're looking at $198,850.
So, looks like I'll be left wanting an R8.
But feeling lucky that I got to drive an R8.
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