Audi R8 V10 Plus
It feels like a compromise between siblings. The limited-edition R8 GT was too much of a good thing to let it completely slip away, so we each get to keep half. That’s roughly how many parts Audi says the V-10 Plus shares with the track-focused R8 GT. With half of the track-car’s upgrades, the R8 V-10 Plus doesn’t offer the same weight reduction, but it has shed quite a few pounds and makes up for the difference with a whole new quicker-shifting transmission.
It starts with a 550-horsepower version of the 5.2-liter V-10. The upgraded engine first showed up in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. For the R8, it’s a 25 horsepower increase over the base V-10 and only 10 shy of the GT. We also get the ceramic brakes and a host of carbon-fiber bits, reducing the vehicle’s weight by 130 pounds. As would be expected, it’s nearly half the GT’s 220-pound reduction. The biggest change is the new transmission. Ditching the not-so-smooth sequential manual for the time-tested RS-model-proven dual-clutch transmission is a logical step that should have been made a few years ago. On its own, it reduces the zero-to-60 time by 0.3 of a second, helping take the R8 V-10 Plus down to 3.3 seconds for the 0-60 rush and holding gears and blipping the throttle with the best of them.
Engine: 5.2-liter V-10
0-60: 3.3 seconds
Top Speed: 197 mph
Transmission: 6-speed manual or
Torque: 398 foot-pounds