Building the R8 has been one of the best decisions Audi has ever made. As launched, Audi did almost everything right. Indeed, avant-garde styling, light weight from an all-aluminum body and structure, and near-perfect handling with a standard all-wheel-drive system all contribute to the car’s special nature. Alas, one thing was missing from the package: Brute force.
It’s true that tuners such as MTM in Wettstetten, Germany, have squeezed extra power out of the R8’s standard 420-hp, 4.2-liter V-8, bringing it into supercar territory. But it has been a poorly kept secret for some time that Audi was planning its own, more-powerful version of the R8, with a V-10 installed behind the driver’s head. And now it’s arrived.
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