The V10 RWD is the value option in a reduced-priced R8 range. It offers a unique combination of excitement and endurance.
What is it?
These cars, like the Audi R8 V10 RWD are beginning to look a little out of date. Although there is still eight years until the law bans the sale of these cars, Audi is already developing an all-electric version its mid-engined supercar and a hybrid V8 solution for the Lamborghini Huracan. This model shares many of the Audi R8 V10’s subparts.
This means that depending on where you are, there are two ways to jump if you’re looking for a PS130,000 supercar. You have two options. One, you can buy now and be sure that you will be driving one of the best-designed full-performance piston sports cars ever made. You can either keep your eyes on the future and patiently wait for the first super-performance EVs.
It is an interesting option. You’ll be able to get the latest model, which is more modern, simpler and likely to drive better. You’ll enjoy long range and versatility, along with traditional high performance.
The best part is that you get an improved version of the much-loved Audi V10 engine. It also features its famous unearthly howl at maximum volume. It has 562bhp in the RWD. This is 50bhp less than the output of the all-wheel-drive Quattro performance. The RWD also comes with a reduced R8 range. That extra power accounts for 0.6 sec shaved off the 0-62mph acceleration speed.
Both the RWD and the AWD can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. It can also reach speeds of more than 200 mph. This is a combination that future performance EVs will not be able deliver, particularly if they are unable to offer even a fraction the 380-mile range provided by the AWD’s 73 litre fuel tank.
The R8’s styling is getting old (it looked a lot like an Audi TT to some observers), but it also offers great low-speed traffic capability, comfort, and ample luggage space. There’s a dealer near every decent-sized community. It’s also more affordable than many: Our test car cost PS128,510, but was only PS1685 for paint and wheels. There are no adaptive dampers or limited-slip diffs, and the steering has a fixed ratio.
These last features are what make the RWD Performance so simple to understand and drive in an increasingly complex world. Even though the front tyres can sometimes feel a bit too light in the rain, the steering is precise and feels solid. It is also compact due to its size and visibility. It is well-suited for the Cotswolds’ pockmarked roads. We tested it on the Cotswolds, where the ride was firm in Normal, the best of the four driving modes. However, the ride also smoothed jagged-edged potholes with ease. The bike has impressive body rigidity, excellent damping, and met bumps with just one impact and no aftershocks.
Our test car’s black interior was clean and well-organized, but not as ‘designed’ as many supercars. This meant that you could find things quickly with very little effort. It helped that many of the controls and switches were very familiar with Audi hardware. In the early days of the R8 – it’s been with us since 2006, I remember that one of the designers’ objectives was for any Audi user to be able jump in and operate the R8 easily.
Do I need one?
However, this engine will not be normal. We are close enough to the end ICE that we know its glory will not be eclipsed by any other V10. Although it’s extremely fast at the top of the powerband, its unique appeal lies in the noise and the vibe. It’s more rebellious than a V8 and has a less traditional feel. It’s also less refined and creamy than a V12, but that’s a good thing. Although it can pootle with any of the 1.6-litre fours at its best, the delivery is explosive beyond the mid-ranges. Return to the top
This is, in short, one of the most effective advertisements for petrol-powered high-performance road cars.