We’ve actually seen Doug DeMuro drive a first-gen Audi R8, except that was the original R8 V8, the one Iron Man drove. Now, DeMuro drives another first-gen Audi R8 but the V10 model. The first-gen Audi R8 V10 was really the first true exotic supercar from Audi because of its Lamborghini-derived V10 engine, rather than the standard R8’s 4.2 liter V8 which was also available in the S4 at the time. In this new video, we get to see the R8 V10 up close and check out some of its more interesting “quirks and features”.
First, how good looking is the first-gen R8 still? It’s such a pretty looking car and after really taking a look at it, I think it’s better looking than the new one. The front end is lower and prettier, with those swoopy headlights and its rear end seems short and tucked. It’s just so much prettier than the new car, even though the new one is a great looking car in its own right, just more aggressive and less pretty.
Inside, I kind of appreciate its simpler, more traditional cabin. While the new Audi R8 is awesome, with its Virtual Cockpit and cool climate control dials, the more old-school, driver-oriented cockpit of the first-gen car is really refreshing. It’s from an era where car interiors still felt like car interiors, rather than techno-fests.
But the true highlight of this video is not any of its silly quirks or features or how good it looks. Instead, the highlight is how good it sounds. Now, the owner of this specific Audi R8 V10, which DeMuro rented from Turo, has an aftermarket exhaust on their car. It’s not specified which exhaust it is but it sounds incredible. The R8’s 5.2 liter, naturally-aspirated V10 sounds spine-tingling on its own but when you add the aftermarket exhaust, it’s taken to another level. It’s truly one of the best sounding supercars of the modern era.