We already know quite a bit about the second-generation Audi R8 V10 and V10 Plus. The new Audi R8 is faster, more power and simply better in every way than the outgoing car. Well, except for one. It’s more expensive. This was to be expected, however, as the new R8 is the far superior vehicle to the one it replaces. It’s significantly lighter, thanks to a much more high-tech lightweight aluminum construction. It also has more power from its V10 and it only comes with the seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox, as the wonderful open-gate manual is now gone. Also gone is the entry-level V8, which kept the R8’s base price low. But comparing the two V10s, the new one is the far superior vehicle and it costs more because of it.
The new Audi R8 V10 starts life at $162,900, which is a lot of money. But for that, you get a lot of car. The aforementioned V10, which develops 540 hp and can rocket the R8 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, is more powerful than before. The new R8 also has a much more luxurious and quiet interior. As standard equipment comes with the likes of Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit, MMI Navigation Plus with Google Earth and a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus comes with a starting price of $189,900, which is quite a bit more. However, it does come with more stuff, by way of performance. Racing shell seats, body aerodynamics and 70 more horsepower, bumping it up to a massive 610. So if insane performance is what you’re after, the V10 Plus might be the R8 model for you. However, it does lose some luxury options as standard in the name of weight savings. Though, those options can be had for some extra scratch. If you’re willing to add a couple of tenths to your 0-60 mph time, the standard V10 is probably the best buy.
Both cars are tremendous and with their extraordinary high price tags because the Audi R8, in either for, is a car like no other. It offers mid-engine supercar performance, looks and sound but without the punishing ride or shoddy reliability. It’s still an Audi, so it’s comfortable to drive everyday, is incredibly reliable in comparison to its Italian thoroughbred competitors and has superb build quality. It’s the superior you can truly drive everyday without issue and that’s a rare quality. Plus, it has a naturally-aspirated V10. How many car companies can say that?