Audi R8 V10: A supercar That Takes Your Breath Away

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost ten years since the Audi R8 debuted at the Paris Auto Show. Back in 2007, when the German vehicle first entered the market, it took the concept of “supercar” to a whole new level, forcing the likes of Porsche with its 911 to change its game.

Ten years have passed since that moment, and Audi is ready to take the world by storm again with its R8 V10. Much like everyone else, we here at Audi Shrewsbury are ready to be impressed by the arrival of the second-generation version. Does it live up to the expectations?

Let’s find out.

The New R8 V10 Is a Screamer

The R8 has always been an aspiring supercar which was lacking the vivacity of a Ferrari and the swag of a McLaren. Nonetheless, it was a car that stole our hearts here at Audi Shrewsbury from the moment we lay eyes on it. And it’s easy to see why. It’s massive 5.1-litre, V10 petrol engine can deliver 540 horsepower, similar to the Lamborghini Huracan. But, unlike the Lamborghini, the R8 has a sleeker design, with smooth angles embedded into a firmly compelled front fascia.

You can’t talk Audi R8 V10 without mentioning its performance. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds, and it reaches a top speed of 205mph. The 23mpg average fuel economy and 387g/km emission can satisfy even the pickiest driver. But, even if you know all these figures, nothing can prepare you for the smooth forces felt when you hit the acceleration.

To say its an electrifying feeling would be an understatement. The raw power of the V10 engine can take you by surprise and you most definitely need to get used to it before being able to handle it properly. It’s almost impossible to drive it outside of a race circuit without being pulled over at least once. But it’s hard to resist it when the V10 engine purrs at a timbre that excites the soul. You just want to turn it off and back on again to hear its growl before hitting the acceleration.

Oh and here’s another feature that we here at Audi Shrewsbury love: the R8 has a button that makes the engine even louder.

Sleek Design

You can’t look at the Audi R8 V10 without noticing the blades. The familiar slash of black that you’ve been used to is gone. Instead, the body color of the new R8 penetrates the blade, dividing it into two specific parcels.

There’s nothing special about the LED headlights and tail lights, but the aggressive sequential rear can grab the attention of the driver behind you. The new model also comes with carbon fiber accents along the sides, rear, and bottom. The 20-inch wheels come with 10-spoke forged rims, giving the R8 a dramatic effect.

Although there are some significant changes to the design, Audi has kept the rounded, smooth styling of the R8 unchanged from previous years. Some people might see this as a plus while others might be disappointed by the lack of innovation Audi brought to the design of the new R8 V10.

You Will Feel like a Professional Racer

We’ve said it before, and we will say it again: you’re going to fall in love with the new Audi R8 V10’s mid-engine power. Even the slightest push on the gas pedal will give you a powerful yet smooth acceleration that feels close to driving on the track.

The new Audi R8 comes with Drive Select – Comfort, Dynamic, and Auto – but also with a Performance mode which is optional on the V10 models. The Performance mode comes with three extra settings: Dry, Wet, and Snow. You can use them to prepare the car for aggressive driving during bad weather.

The cockpit is big and futuristic, making you feel as if you’re inside a spaceship. The design is minimalistic and very functional. Most of the controls, such as the navigation and radio, are located in the center of the steering wheel. It might take some time before you get used to it but you’ll see that you’ll find it very efficient after a few drives.

There are a few downsides, though. The cargo space is rather small, and the position of the cup-holder is not very convenient. Also, the R8 is not a very efficient car either – the EPA fuel ratings are 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway.

Oh, and it comes at a pretty hefty price: $184,000. If you have this kind of money, it’s totally worth it. If not, you can check Audi Shrewsbury’s website and see our vast collection of affordable Audi vehicles.
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