Video: Jay Leno drives the Audi R8 V10 Plus

If you’ve ever watches an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, you’d know that the former talk show host is a massive gearhead. His garage is home to more than 200 cars that he uses personally. He owns everything from mighty supercars like the McLaren P1 to old-school muscle cars like Camaros and Mustangs to small British sports cars like old Jaguars. It could possibly be the most vast personal car collection in the world and it’s certainly one of the coolest. However, he doesn’t have many Audis.

Audi R8 V10 Plus

Leno’s first Audi was the first-generation Audi R8 with a V8 and a manual (told you he was a proper gearhead). However, this time around, Leno gets to drive the brand-new Audi R8 V10 Plus to see what he thinks about it.

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The very first thing Leno notices about the new R8 is its look. It actually tends to look a bit longer than the previous car, which he asks about, however, it’s actually a bit shorter than the first-gen. It only looks longer because of the split carbon wing on the side of the car, creating a body line that runs uninterrupted down the side. Next, he notices how good looking it is. The new R8 really is a sensational looking car, one that’s both beautiful and exciting.

Audi R8 V10 Plus

Once he gets on the open road, the first thing Leno notices about the way it drives is the instantaneous V10 power. Without the use of turbochargers or superchargers, the naturally-aspirated V10 in the R8 is right-now throttle response that blows any forced-induction car out of the water. It also sounds magnificent, with a throaty burble at its low end and a screaming howl at its top end. What an amazing engine. It’s also fast.

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Audi claims that it does 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, but both Jay Leno and we think it’s actually a bit faster, as it feels faster than 3.2. Overall, Leno was impressed with its power, performance and looks. He’s a tough guy to impress because he’s driven everything from the Bugatti Veyron to the McLaren P1 to the Porsche 918, so there isn’t a performance car he hasn’t driven or owned. If Jay Leno gives it the stamp of approval, then so do we.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.