While the new Audi R8 V10 Plus is one of the fastest and most exciting supercars on the planet, it’s no longer as alone as it used to be. With new competitors from even Honda now, the Audi R8 is in great company. But how does the Ingolstadt-based supercar stack up against its competition? Auto Express finds out.
Up against the R8 are the new Honda NSX (Acua NSX in the ‘Sates) and the new Porsche 911 Turbo, not the Turbo S. The latter we’ve already seen quite a bit, as it’s taken on the R8 a few times now. With a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine, the Porsche 911 Turbo makes 550 hp and can get from 0-60 mph in an astonishing 2.7 seconds. On the other side is the Honda NSX, which uses a 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 and three different electric motors (two up front, one helping the engine) and a nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The NSX is also blisteringly fast, with a 0-60 mph time of 3.0 seconds.
Around the very short track, the NSX goes first and puts down a time of 43.7 seconds. According to Steve Sutcliffe, that’s a properly fast time and will be hard to beat. After the NSX comes the Audi R8, with its 610 hp 5.2 liter V10, and it beats the NSX by a tenth, doing the lap in 43.6 seconds. After the R8, it’s finally the turn of the Porsche. With all its clever electronics, the 911 Turbo is able to beat all of them with a time of 43.3.
So the Porsche 911 Turbo is the quickest around the track despite not having the most power and being quite heavy. It relies on simply ludicrous grip and traction to fire out of corners, making it crazy fast. While the Audi R8 V10 Plus is close, it isn’t quite as fast as the 911. However, it did seem a bit more fun, as it was a proper supercar — squirreling about through corners and being genuinely exciting. While the Honda NSX is a crazy fast car, it does so which such clinical efficiency that it didn’t seem very excitement. It’s crazy fast but it doesn’t seem crazy fun.