It used to be, back in the day, that if you wanted a high-priced, mid-engined supercar, you’d have to buy a car that you know, one day, might try and kill you. Supercars were loud, scary and violent. They were uncomfortable and uncompromising. Now, though, most supercars are as easy to drive around town as a Volkswagen Golf diesel. Two of the main proponents of such a concept both come from within the same corporate group — the Audi R8 V10 Plus and the Lamborghini Huracan.
While Lamborghinis of yesteryear were violent, flamboyant and frightening machines, the new Huracan is very different. It’s approachable, easy to use and friendly. It allows you to drive quickly without biting your face off. In a way, it’s almost lost a lot of its Lamborghini-ness. However, don’t let that fool you. It’s still a hilariously fun car to drive and is still incredible exciting.
Its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 is an absolute gem of an engine and develops 602 hp. It sends all of those rampaging Italian horses through a new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels. That allows it to get from 0-60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. It’s top speed is north of 200 mph. So it’s properly quick, the Huracan. But it also looks great, if a bit muted compared to a typical Lamborghini, and has a very cool interior. And when you’re not driving like a lunatic, it’s actually quite civilized.
Sounds perfect, right? Well, there’s one other car you might also be interested in.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus might not be as exotic as the Lamborghini Huracan, but it’s certainly every bit as fast and dynamic. Both cars actually share the same chassis and same engine. So they weigh about the same, though the Audi is a touch heavier. But the R8 V10 Plus is actually more powerful, making 610 hp from the very same 5.2 liter V10. So they get from 0-60 mph in about the same time, 2.9 seconds for the Audi. The main powertrain differences in the Audi are its own seven-speed S-Tronic gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive. But they’re still quite similar.
While the Audi R8 V10 Plus isn’t as aggressive or as exciting as the Huracan, it’s still quite beautiful. In fact, the Audi R8 is one of the best looking cars on the road. It’s a stunning car and will still turn heads no matter where you go. So the ‘wow-factor’ isn’t lost with the R8. On the inside, though, it’s all business, as per usual with Audi. Where the cabin of the Lamborghini is flamboyant and exciting (with its Top Gun-style start button), the Audi is typically Germanic and perfectly laid out. Though it is more luxurious than the Huracan’s and the technology is better, specifically the brilliant Virtual Cockpit.
In terms of driving dynamics, both are actually pretty similar. They’re both insanely fast and have enormous amounts of grip. They also both resort to a bit of understeer at the limit. However, the Audi is a bit more comfortable around town and isn’t quite as sharp. It’s more of the everyday supercar than the Huracan is. There are also Spyder (convertible) variants of both and there’s also a rear-wheel drive variant of the Huracan that’s a bit slower, but far more exciting.
So if you like your supercars to amp up the enthusiasm and bring the noise, than the Lamborghini Huracan is for you. But if you like a bit more of an understated, classy supercar that can still crush most other cars on the road, than the Audi R8 V10 Plus might be more your style. So which would you choose?