It’s hard to not smile while piloting the Audi R8 V10 Spyder. It’s a drop-top, mid-engine, V10-powered supercar with a noise like one of Thor’s lightning bolts. However, there is one thing that could wipe the smile from your face while you’re driving the R8 V10 Spyder and that’s the sight of a McLaren 570S Spider.
In this new video from Top Gear, we get to see a drag race between the two cars and, despite being relatively well-matched, the Brit lunches the German.
Both cars are very powerful. The Audi R8 V10 Spyder makes 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque from its naturally-aspirated 5.2 liter V10. While the McLaren 570S Spider uses a 3.8 liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 562 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.
They also both have their advantages. The Audi R8 has Quattro all-wheel drive giving it better traction off the line. Though, the McLaren is lighter by quite a bit and has better low-down torque from its turbocharged engine. So which is faster in a quarter-mile drag race?
Off the line, the Audi R8 actually jumps the McLaren, thanks to its all-wheel drive traction. But once the McLaren gets its traction in order, its extra power helps it fly past the R8 and keep pulling ahead until the race is over. So the McLaren is much faster, especially while rolling where the Audi’s all-wheel drive traction advantage is negated.
Still, the Audi R8 sounds better, thanks to its free-breathing, screaming V10. Though, I’m not sure McLaren drivers won’t care as they’re pulling ahead by car lengths. And Audi R8 drivers will likely not care that McLaren drivers are pulling ahead because they’re driving a V10-powered supercar that looks the way it does and sounds the way it does. Basically, what we’re saying is that one of these can win a race but driver’s of either seriously can’t lose. Would anyone turn down the keys to either of these?