Audi R8 V10 Plus


The Audi R8 V10 Plus is easily one of the most anticipated cars of the year. It’s elegant, stylish but powerful. It’s like putting Lou Ferrigno in a business suit. Upon release, the vehicle we tested didn’t disappoint. It’s a truly impressive offering from Audi.

The Audi R8 V10 Plus is made out of 80 percent aluminum for the body with 13 percent carbon fibre in the passenger area. As a result, the car becomes incredibly light and speedy which gives justice to all those action movies where cars are tossed around with little force, but this racing-inspired sports car is just too elegant for such action unless Michael Bay includes it in a new Transformers movie. Then again, it’s completely worthy since these movies always include cars that are the cream of the crop. Carbon fibre is also used for the wing, the side scoops, interior panels and steering wheel.

Speaking of the steering wheel, this car should appeal to gamers as well as control freaks who love to have everything in the palm of their hands. Everything important is on or located within 30 centimeters of the carbon fibre steering wheel. The start/stop button, the exhaust note and performance button as well as the driving mode button. The car’s mono-cockpit feel is like piloting a plane that can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. Only thing left is for the car to lift off.

The Audi R8 V10 Plus owes its impressive power and speed to its 449kW V10 5.21 engine. Did we mention this vehicle can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds? Its Quattro system pushes 560Nm to achieve that breakneck speed but easily goes down with a light application on the ceramic breaks.

The R8’s lightness and power are complemented by ease of control. Aside from having everything near the steering wheel, under the hood, or specifically, behind the steering wheel, there is a new MMI system that helps make sure the driver is in total control. The steering is incredibly light which makes it easy to achieve a complete U-turn on a racing track. Cornering is aided by an electronic system that makes amateur drivers seem like experts. Such a level of control should ensure that prospective owners don’t total the car straight out of the showroom. It’s like giving the car its own survival instinct. The car also owes its impressive road grip on P-Zero 305/30/20 tires supplied by no less than Pirelli.

These mouth-watering features and elegant smooth exterior makes the Audi R8 V10 Plus so desirable that buyers will want to drive it straight from the production line. That is, if buyers can spare R2970,000 $218,000 and the time to beat other buyers to one of the 40-50 units being produced.

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