A few months back, I had the chance to test drive the Audi R8 V10 Performance. The reason for testing it was originally to put it head-to-head with the first-gen R8 V10 Competition, a car that was owned by a friend from Limited Slip Blog. However, he sold the R8 for a McLaren 570S. Nevertheless, I borrowed the R8 from Audi anyway and drove it up to Columbia County, New York to put the newest R8 up against one of the best supercars in its segment.
The trip consisted of about 500 miles of round-trip driving, which actually put me in the seat of the car for about twelve hours total, when you consider all of the time having fun behind the wheel. It was a great way to get to know the car and really spend some time with it. After my week, which included that very long day, I fell in love with the Audi R8 V10 Performance and this video explains why.
Even when next to a McLaren 570S and a stunning Aston Martin V12 Vantage, the R8 was a gem. Its noise was the best in the trip, which actually surprised me, as the R8’s naturally-aspirated 5.2 liter V10 is among the very best engines on sale at the moment. Even the R8s looks were every bit as exciting as the other two cars’, which also surprised me, as the R8 is know for being a sort of subtle and reserved supercar. Yet, it gained the love of even my two supercar-owning colleagues.
One some twisty roads, the Audi R8 really showed me that, while it is an everyday supercar, it absolutely isn’t too dull. It’s every bit the supercar that the McLaren is, it’s just also capable of being used on a daily basis and that’s not a bad thing. So while the R8’s daily livability is often used as a demerit, I saw it as one of its best traits. The fact that it’s comfortable enough to use on a daily basis only means you get to use it more, hear its incredibly noise and ring out that astonishing V10 on a more regular basis.
The Audi R8 V10 Performance is a brilliant car and genuinely one of the very best on sale. I knew I was going to like it but I was surprised by how much I fell in love with it. See why in this new video.