There’s literally no one who has driven the new Audi R8 V10 (non-plus) and thought, “Ya know, I like it but it’s slow”. Its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 makes 540 hp, can get it from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and help it threaten a 200 mph top speed. So the Audi R8 V10 is a very, very fast car. However, the people at VF Engineering decided to add an engine tune and an Eaton supercharger to it, helping it make 800 hp. In this video from The Smoking Tire, we see what that can do.
If you’re wondering what adding over 200 hp to an already incredibly fast car does, it makes it seriously, stupidly, absurdly fast. To be fair, it makes 800 hp at the crank. It makes around 670 hp to all four wheels. Though, 670 hp to the wheels is absurd in a car as light and grippy as the R8.
When Farah nails the throttle in this monster R8, the horizon seems to blur rather quickly. In fact, it’s remarkable how fast this VF-tuned Audi R8 accelerates. What’s even more impressive is that it does so with almost no drama. VF doesn’t change a single other thing about the R8, aside from its power. So aside from the fact that it makes more power than a Ferrari 488 GTB, it’s a bone-stock Audi R8 V10. That means it’s comfortable, smooth and stable. It’s even quiet at speed. That makes it far easier to drive at its insane speeds, which is almost more impressive than the actual speed itself.
The entire VF package for the Audi R8 V10 costs around $30,000. That might sound like a lot of money, especially considering that you can buy a brand-new Volkswagen GTI and get an APR tune for that money, it’s actually a bargain. For $30,000, you can upgrade the standard Audi R8 V10 ($164,000) to have far more power than the R8 V10 Plus ($194,000). So if you buy the standard R8 (if you can call it standard) and get the VF Engineering tuning package, you’ll spend R8 V10 Plus money but get a lot more power and performance. When you think of it that way, it’s actually a great deal.