Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe review

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This is the closest thing we have to time travel. The Audi R8 V10 plus coupe is warmly welcomed. Audi’s technological prowess has helped its prototypes win 13 times at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the world’s most difficult long-distance event. You’d know what to anticipate from the R8 V10 plus Coupe with such a history. Did I mention the 5.2-litre V10 naturally aspirated engine sounds like a volcano erupting?

More on this work of art. The R8 is largely assembled by hand at the quattro GmbH sports vehicle plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, as opposed to the customary automated assembly (VW owned). Humans perform the weld seams on this seemingly immaculate body shell. You’d be surprised to learn that robots are only used as backup when necessary. The most experienced set of hands just needs 15 coordinated stations to create this exceptional machine. With so many different equipment options and personalization options, no two combinations are ever the same! Feast your eyes, for the orange speed demon shown comes with this level of exclusivity.

Exterior Appearance

These aerodynamic body lines may now be traced all the way back to Audi’s renowned R18. While it keeps the core design language of the previous R8, it appears to be considerably more razor-sharp. There are a lot of carbon additions in this. The new front spoiler, external mirror housings, two-piece side blades, rear wing, and diffuser stand out in particular. In contrast to the 19-inch ceramic brakes, deliciously designed 19-inch forged aluminium wheels can be seen. Every minor detail cries out for your attention.

I’ll leave you with a hint. It took three seconds for people to rush from all directions and magnetically morph into selfie instruments each time I pulled over. Look at that appealing orange paint finish; it’ll melt your heart. Because this adds unneeded weight, superior paint and techniques are used. So a standard paint finish has four coats, however a matte effect paint finish has up to six, and the result is no thicker than a human hair! The laser light head lamps, which can reach twice as far, are an interesting optional feature. Isn’t it crucial to see where this SAM (surface-to-air missile) is aimed in the dark?

Interior appearance

When you fling the frameless door open, you almost catch your breath. The appearance of the cabin makes you forget about the awkward bending required to get into the seat, which is only a few millimetres from the ground. Once inside, the unmistakable performance-oriented flat bottom steering, complete with terrifying buttons all over, brings you to a halt for a closer look. In fact, I realised that everything in this cabin is designed with the driver in mind. The motor start-up, driving dynamics, engine sound, infotainment, and gear shifting can all be handled via the steering wheel for a reason. It’s so you can focus on what matters most: destroying the tarmac.

Despite the fact that this is a two-seater supercar, there is adequate inside space. The lack of B-pillars adds to the open vibe, and the view over the hood is spectacular. Bucket seats are upholstered in Nappa leather and offer a staggering amount of lateral support. However, because the backrest is immovable, finding a natural driving position was impossible. There’s also storage room behind the seats for some shopping bags, but where do you plan to store this automobile safely now that everyone is talking about it? If you prefer to leave the deflated spare tyre behind, there’s even enough room under the hood for your soft luggage.

Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instrument cluster is now located behind the steering wheel, and the centre display has been removed. The navigation map, among other things, is displayed on a bright 12.3-inch TFT screen. A innovative feature allows the map to take up the entire screen while the dials shrink to either side, which is fantastic! It’s also clear that the most nerve-wracking music comes from the V10’s vocals ringing in your ears, not from the Bluetooth track.

Driven by Results

Finally! To give you an idea, this R8 V10 Coupe provides 50% of the parts for the Audi R8 LMS. The Space Frame and the V10 engine, to be specific. Audi’s Space Frame is made of high-strength aluminium and contains carbon for 14% of its structure. Then there’s the 5.2-liter direct injection V10 engine, which is mounted atop the hump of this light frame. This motor, believe it or not, meets EU6 exhaust pollution regulations! I’m sure you’re getting the picture with 602bhp on a short leash, which is 60bhp more than the previous model. When you press the prominent red button, the V10 coughs to life with a maniacal rev that may resurrect motoring spirits.

It has the vibe of something JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratories) could create for Nasa. You literally take off while your mind tries to comprehend and your eyes try to focus on the road. While your soul begs for nirvana! 0-100 kilometres per hour takes 3.56 seconds, 150 kilometres per hour takes 6.73 seconds, and 200 kilometres per hour takes slightly over 11 seconds. This is made possible in part by the S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission’s lightning-fast shifts. The push is so powerful that you can feel your brain-ware working backwards to deal with the speed in hundredths of a second with no interruption in power. Not to add the detonation of a ballistic exhaust note while you’re doing it. Indeed, the decibel drama is so intense that automobiles visible further ahead of us have shifted out of our lane.

Audi has gone so far as to change the settings in partial load operations when you’re not in the mood for performance (are you kidding?). This means that at a cylinder bank, injection and ignition are turned off, and only five cylinders, rather than ten, are active. Inactive cylinders turn on as needed, allowing the engine to deliver full power in milliseconds. The R8 has a low centre of gravity thanks to the V10’s deep installation location and a 90-degree cylinder angle. The inclusion of a double wishbone axle on both ends of the suspension further helps the package. Its origins are in motorsport, and it provides accurate steering and exceptional agility. It didn’t take me more than a bend behind the wheel to figure it out. Whatever is thrown at the electromechanical power steering, it reacts quickly. There’s also an aggressive desire to change direction, which aids in maintaining velocity and the line around turns.

The R8 has adjustable dampers to help with riding characteristics. It makes the car highly helpful, particularly under our current driving conditions. Though the ride can be tweaked to provide a somewhat comfortable ride, it won’t be able to pass for a daily driver. Sport mode, on the other hand, stiffens the suspension to the point where everything the road has to give may be felt hard. Surprisingly, the R8’s ground clearance, combined with its tilted chin, allowed it to pass through a variety of speed breakers and undulations. Their deceleration and handling are superb even under extreme thermal stress, thanks to 19-inch ceramic brakes and light discs with strong silicon carbide. Superb braking power was demonstrated, as well as flawless pedal responsiveness.

Conclusion

That’s all there is to it. Audi’s top model and one of the most powerful vehicles ever created. Motorsport is the world’s most demanding development laboratory. As a result, you can expect nothing but the finest in terms of performance from it. If money isn’t an issue for you, the Rs 2.97 crore for the wonderfully appointed orange R8 that can be parked in your garage should feel justified. It will make you even more renowned by attracting the nuts out of anything it comes across. Is there anything else I can say at this point?

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