As wonderful and desirable as the current Audi R8 V10, it’s inching toward its eventual demise every day. The naturally-aspirated 5.2 liter V10 engine that powers the current R8, while incredible, has no place in the future of the automobile. Hell, it barely has a place in the present. In this new video from Fifth Gear, we take a look a the R8 V10 and say goodbye to that spectacular power-plant.
That screaming V10 makes over 600 hp and revs past 8,200 rpm, making it an absolute joy to use. As mentioned in this video, the Audi R8 doesn’t shove you in the back like most modern turbocharged engines. Instead, its powerband is linear and razor sharp, giving you a beautiful and gradual surge in power.
Don’t mistake that for being slow, though. The Audi R8 V10 Performance can still nail 60 mph in less than three seconds, thanks to its ferocious launch control and Quattro grip. It can also crest 200 mph, if given enough road. The R8 might be a dinosaur but it can still run with the best supercars today.
We’re going to miss the R8 when it’s gone. Admittedly, it’s going to be re-purposed, rather than killed off altogether. Expect some sort of high-performance electric supercar to take its place in the next couple of years. But whatever ends replacing it, there’s a good chance it lacks the emotion and theater of driving a free-breathing V10 supercar.
There’s nothing in this video that most of us don’t already know, as this second-gen R8 has been on sale for some time now. But it’s always good to check it out again. It’s such a special car and one that’s been underappreciated since it was released back in 2008. So check this video out and, essentially, say goodbye to the last naturally-aspirated car Audi will ever make.