The Audi R8 V10 huh? Some say that it’s not a supercar and before driving it I might have agreed with that. I mean you can never create a supercar that can be used daily. That’s the whole point of a supercar – they’re pure thoroughbred machines that look stunning but actually want to kill you every chance they get. ( A bit like my girlfriend- I’m sure she poisoned my tea this morning. :(. I mean remember the olden times, the Countach, the F40, these cars are actually what supercars are. But, enough babbling before my manager fires me, lets get down to the actual car.
There is only two words for this car. Stunning but boring. (Ok thats three.)
So why is it stunning?
Step on the accelerator, use the s-tronic flappy paddle single clutch gearbox to click up a gear, and the car responds instantaneously, there is no lurch and the acceleration is breathtaking. It goes 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. That’s quick enough to make my butt clench in terror and my eyes widen with fear as the subconscious part of my brain is glad my boxers were brown. The facelift from 2012 allows the car to stun bystanders and get the spotters in Central London to take their phones out and snap a few pictures for Instagram. The top speed in the car is 197 mph but we believe it can be pushed pass the 200mph mark. I mean it has 542 HP for Clarkson’s sake!
Plus, (Get it :)) the handling of the car is sublime. Audi, thankfully choose good old hydraulics over the new electric. The latter, is present in many new Porsches and other cars. This means I can feel which ways the wheels are pointing and stop myself from running into that damn tree that, I swear, 2 seconds ago , was a speck in my vision (thats how quick the car accelerates).
The single clutch gearbox is also quite good, of course there is no launch control, however the responses are lightning quick and it does what you need the car to do- whether the car is in normal or race mode. It is definitely a worthy upgrade from the previous R-tronic gearbox.
Of course there is the problem of price. It’s £130,000 but on the plus side, there is no problem of kids anymore. Or your right arm, now that you sold it to pay for the optional extras. Furthermore it’s cheaper than it’s some of the rivals and worth buying over it’s smaller sized 4.2L brother who never makes a noise till you really plant your foot down.
So the steering, acceleration and the gearbox is good. But why is it boring I hear you ask?
Well first of all, although it looks good- it doesn’t look insane or incredibly stunning. That’s what rivals such as the Ferrari with the 458 and Lamborghini with the Aventador can do. It needs to look on the outside like it’s £130,000 and not like a TT . I mean I was driving this on a London commute a couple of days ago, and a man shouted “Nice TT !”
Secondly, the ride is well, aaaarrrrrgghhh. It hurts your back as the suspension is stiffened and so when you drive on British B roads or through villages at slow speeds your back just kills! If you were to use the car for daily commuting, you’d have looked as though you have had a stroke every time you turn up at work. This shows of how supercars cannot be day do day cars. Daily’s and supercars are on completely different end of the spectrums. you cannot be Hannah Montana and have the best of both worlds (I mean look at her now.)
And Finally, and this is a big one,
The car has no class or fear factor. Nor does it emit any sense of prestige (even though that word is the same as class.)
I mean it’s an Audi! The actual brand does not carry any prestige and although it is a brilliant car, the car was probably designed by the german that has shot people for laughing in his house! I’ll show you why: if I was to say Ferrari, what car would you think of? The 458, F40 or maybe the 250 GT. This class of cars is the same with other car companies like Lamborghini, Pagani and Bentley. But when I say Audi, I don’t immediately think about the R8, I think about cars such as the A1 or the Q5. Not the R8. Now if you want a car not for style, prestige or brand, then why are you still bothering with the Audi? I mean the Nissan GTR is much faster, has launch control, has a better ride and is over £70,000 less! While driving this car I couldn’t understand the point at which the designers were trying to come from. The ride is too hard to be a daily so the idea of day to day supercar is just a bit confusing to me.
It’s a brilliant car, looks good but not great, It won’t turn many heads unless you wrap it in a stunning chrome colour. Drives brilliantly, has stunning acceleration, top speed and the gearbox is sublime. The car is definitely not for pricks as previous audi cars have been. But…
Other cars can do what this car can do for a lot cheaper and if the car is to be worth 130,000 British pounds of your money, then it needs to look stunning, or just be different from the other rivals to the point that you go, “Yes, that’s the car that I want because it’s different”, and that my friends, is what other rivals can do.
Audi R8 V10 plus,
£127,675, (When New)
0-62mph in 3.5 secs,
198mph top speed,
398lb ft, 1,595kg, 21.9mpg, 299g/km CO2 (Not bold because who cares about global warming?)
R.I.D VERDICT: 6.6/10
That was are article on the Audi R8 V10 Plus!
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