In the world of ultra high-performance supercars, the Porsche 911 Turbo is the Godfather of them all. It’s the original car in its class. And in its newest iteration, 911 Turbo S form, it’s monstrously fast. But it also has some very serious competition nowadays, competition that can genuinely challenge its crown. Two of those competitors are the Audi R8 V10 Plus and the brand-new McLaren 570S.
You probably already know quite a bit about the Audi R8 V10 Plus, but we’ll give you a refresher anyway. Packing a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10, the R8 V10 Plus makes 610 hp and can get from 0-60 mph in about 3.0 seconds flat. That monster of an engine sends its power through a seven-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch gearbox to all four wheels via Audi’s performance Quattro all-wheel drive system. It also has a clever, electronically-controlled, limited-slip differential that can send up to 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels. So the Audi R8 V10 Plus is a proper track monster.
The third car in this trio is the McLaren 570S, which is by far the newest car in the test. It’s also McLaren’s latest supercar and cheapest. It packs a 3.8 liter twin-turbocharged V8 that develops 562 hp and can get from 0-60 mph in about 2.9 seconds. It’s properly quick, the McLaren. It also sends power through a seven-speed dual-clutch ‘box, but only powers the rear wheels. It and the Audi are both mid-engine, as well, but the McLaren is far lighter. So the McLaren is probably the most dangerous competitor to the Audi R8 V10 Plus, due to their similarities.
In this test, Auto Express takes all three cars to the track to see which one is fastest. The results are really quite surprising. During the track day, one car broke the lap record on the track. Then another car broke that record almost immediately afterward. That’s one helluva day.
First up is the Porsche, the oldest and wisest car of the bunch. It’s fast. Very fast. But the 911 Turbo S has become a bit more of a grand tourer in its later years, so it can feel a bit soft on a track. However, that doesn’t stop if from setting a blistering lap time of 42.950 seconds, one that brakes the lap record at the track straight away.
Up next is the Audi R8 V10 Plus. Its naturally-aspirated V10 sounds brilliant and has the best throttle response of the three. However, it’s lack of turbos really shows as it has far less torque on corner exit than the other two. It’s also a brilliantly sharp car and its all-wheel drive system seems to work wonderfully. However, it’s still a bit heavy and its lack of torque means that the R8 is slower around the track that the Porsche, with a time of 43.680.
Next is the McLaren. If you’ve been paying attention, you’d know that the McLaren 570S is going to be the fastest of the bunch, because something has to brake the lap record again. The 570S gets around the track in 42.710 seconds, just edging out the Porsche and giving a proper beating to the Audi. That’s because of the immense torque of the McLaren and the ultra light weight, combined with a mid-engine layout and rear-wheel drive.
So there you have it. The Audi R8 V10 is the slowest car of this bunch around the track. By less than a second, but slower nonetheless. However, it does has some merits worth choosing it over these other two, like its free-breathing V10 and incredibly engine note. But if speed is what you’re after, the McLaren is the best choice of these three.