The Audi R8 V10 Performance is an incredible car. It’s shockingly fast, makes a sensational noise, handles like a proper supercar, and even looks quite good. However, it’s getting a bit old compared to its newer competitors and, despite being very fast, its naturally-aspirated engine struggles against more modern turbocharged engines. So can the R8 V10 take on the newer Porsche 911 Turbo S?
In this new video from Throttle House, we find out. The Audi R8 V10 Performance (Decennium edition in this video) makes 620 horsepower and 428 lb-ft of torque, from its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10. The screaming 8,250 rpm-redline engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive. Audi claims 0-60 mph in the low three-second range but we’ve seen the R8 V10 break into the high two-second range several times.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S, on the other hand, uses a 3.8 liter twin-turbo flat-six engine to make 640 horsepower and 590 lb-ft. It gets an eight-speed dual-clutch auto, as well as all-wheel drive. Porsche claims 0-60 mph happens in 2.6 seconds but Car and Driver recently recorded a 2.2 second time, which is mind-boggling.
However, which car is actually better to drive? The Porsche is quicker, no doubt, but the R8 has the more charismatic engine, better looks, and a more traditional supercar vibe. Is it all enough to take down the uber-fast Porsche?
The Porsche 911 Turbo S is the closest thing you’ll find to teleportation in a road car. It’s just so flipping fast, consistently. Hammer the go-pedal in a 911 Turbo S and the horizon gets uncomfortably close, uncomfortably quickly, each and every time, without fail. However, it lacks the sort of fizz that the Audi R8 has.
While the Audi R8 is a bit slower in the real world, thanks to the lack of turbochargers and low-end torque, it’s still stupid fast and more fun to drive. Its engine sounds incredible, its more playful on the road, and it feels more special to be in. So, despite the incredible performance of the 911 Turbo S, Throttle House deemed the Audi R8 the winner.