If you think the Audi R8 looks special, wait until you fire the engine. The normally-aspirated 4.2-litre V8 (proudly displayed under a glass engine cover, just like a Ferrari) roars into life, and once on the move delivers impressive performance from 2,000rpm. At the far end of the rev counter, a red line of 8,250rpm means astonishing acceleration. Audi R8 have a proper performance engine. But be very careful with Audi R8 gearbox choice; the R Tronic paddleshift system is OK, but it distances you from the drive. The same can’t be said for the superb six-speed manual, while the brakes are progressive, strong and reassuring.
Audi R 8 it’s an enormously capable and user-friendly machine, with scarcely believable amounts of grip. None of Audi R8 rivals could keep pace on twisting roads during our tests. However, it doesn’t have quite the same involvement of the scalpel-sharp Porsche 911, and its responses are slightly numb in comparison.
Specifictions and Performance 2011 AUDI R8 V10
Engine: Lamborghini-sourced V10
Horsepower: 518 8,000v rpm
Torque: 391 pound-feet, 6 500 rpm
Compression ratio (x:1) 12.5
The 2011 AUDI R8 V10 reach zero Zero to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds