This is sibling rivalry at its best. The brand-new Audi R8 V10 Plus and Lamborghini Huracan are both built on the same platform, both use the same engine, both put out similar horsepower figures (610 for the R8 and 602 for the Huracan) and are both around the same weight, though the Huracan is just a bit lighter. As for claimed 0-60 times go, they’re about the same, in the low three second range, but the Huracan hits in the high 2’s in the real world. But will that be enough to out drag-race the R8?
Well, it honestly seems like it comes down to the success of the launch, which has a lot to do with the driver, the quickness of the gearbox and the all-wheel drive system. Both cars power all four wheels, but the R8 uses Audi’s brilliant Quattro system, while Lamborghini uses their own setup. When both cars launch, they seem neck-and-neck, putting down ferocious speeds. This tied pace lasts the entire lenth of the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) race. It’s only on closer inspection of the photo finish can we see a victor and it’s actually a bit suprising.
The photo finish seems to indicate that the Audi R8 V10 wins by just a hair and probably a thousandth of a second. This is suprising, considering the Huracan’s lower weight and more aggressive launch control system. Our guess is that the Quattro all-wheel drive system was able to find grip at launch just a bit better and the S-Tronic gearbox was able to more successfully fire home shifts. Considering that the R8 V10 is far less expensive that the Huracan, the clear victor is the Audi. It’s cheaper, evidently just a bit faster and has almost the exact same mechanical bits, so it’s the car to get if brand image isn’t important to you.