With stricter emissions regulations enforced in Europe and other parts of the world, it’s getting harder and harder for the Volkswagen Group to justify keeping the naturally aspirated V10 in its portfolio. It’s especially true when you take into consideration the 5.2 FSI is only used by two cars, the Audi R8 and the mechanically related Lamborghini Huracan.
It will be a sad day when VAG will have to retire the engine, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed they’ll be able to push back the V10’s demise for as long as possible. We have heard about plans to electrify the ten-cylinder unit to futureproof it, so there is a glimmer of hope it’ll stick around for a while. Beyond the stellar performance it delivers, the consensus is the mid-mounted 5.2-liter unit is one of the best-sounding engines available today.
The owner of an Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus wanted a bit more oomph than what the standard exhaust system was able to deliver, so the OEM setup made way for a custom Capristo exhaust. Shot by YouTuber Gumbal, Ingolstadt’s supercar is extremely loud now, especially under hard acceleration, while the pops and crackles are addictive.
Being a pre-facelift R8, it means there’s no gasoline particulate filter to hinder the soundtrack, thus allowing the V10 to sign its tune without any obstructions. Details regarding the exhaust are scarce, but the Capristo website lists a custom setup with adjustable valves for $6,200. It weighs 16 kilograms (35 pounds), making it about 50 percent lighter than the OEM exhaust, while adding approximately 22 horsepower.
We did a bit of digging and discovered the car is for sale at a high-end Dutch dealer. First registered on January 18, 2018, the R8 Spyder V10 Plus has only 15,986 kilometers (9,933 miles) on the clock and carried an original price tag of €332,662. The listing doesn’t say how much it costs, but you can find the ad here and get in touch with VD AKKER, the dealer selling it.