The 2016 R8 V10 Plus is the latest generation of Audi’s mid-engine supercar; the changes for the latest generation include redone bodywork that’s now a bolder new look but also is very functional. Sharing the platform with the Lamborghini Huracan, the R8 V10 Plus is basically the Huracan’s mechanical twin when talking about the powertrain.
The 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus is its Own Power Plant
While they may be mechanical twins, the Huracan and 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus have a lot of different characteristics. For the latest generation R8, Audi they did away with the curves and swooping lines and traded it for angles, the prominence of trapezoids and other 4 sided geometric shapes. For the front, the R8 features sculpted headlights that conform to the new grille design as well as gaping air intakes for brake cooling and engine cooling. In the middle of the chassis sits the low slung 5.2-liter Audi V10 that roars like a lion when awakened while maintaining a refined rumble while gently rolling on city streets. This power plant is mated to a seven speed gearbox that shifts in just 120 milliseconds on normal mode. All that quick shifting gets sent to all four wheels via the active Audi Quattro all-wheel drive system.
On the inside is a stealthy dark interior with sophisticated lines on the molding on the doors and the dashboard. The gauge cluster is replaced by a large multi-function display that changes based on which mode you’re on or choose to display a navigation screen with a speedo and tach on the side; your choice.
Driving the R8 V10 Plus is exactly what you would expect from a supercar, but not obnoxious as it still remains a well-mannered beast when driven well-manneredly and set at the appropriate mode. The V10 can either roar at the 8,400rpm redline or rumble at the low end and provide a comfortable ride that’s not irritating on the longer trips. Like the Huracan, the R8 is a very accessible car to drive given all the electronics and hardware crammed inside the car which is a good thing given the R8 can reach 205mph you need all the electronic saviors at your disposal in case you screw up.
The sound of that V10 engine at track speeds is so good that you’d wish you have an MP3 copy of that engine note playing when you sleep. The new exterior design although retaining the same silhouette looks a lot better than the curvy lines of the previous generation. The acceleration, handling, and grip of the R8 is so good it deserves the supercar status.
Despite the quick shifting auto, there are no manual transmission offers to any of the trims of 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus offered by Audi. Overall, this particular vehicle is not only a hotter looking R8, but is also a step up in performance compared to the old one.