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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Exotic

Audi didn't wait for the world financial crisis to end and introduced a V-10 version for its R8 supercar using the LeMans race car technologies.

After the German carmaker acquired Lamborghini, it started swapping technologies with the Italian car manufacturer. That resulted in the V-10 powered R8, which featured the same engine as the Gallardo but detuned, so it didn't compete with the raging bull supercar.

While the V-10 powered R8 looked very similar to its V-8 brother, it featured a few differences. At the front, the massive side-scoops that fed air to the coolers sported two slats instead of four. Also, the single-frame grille featured chromed accents instead of black. An essential upgrade for the headlights was the LED system, a standard feature for the R8-V10. Each headlamp integrated 54 light-emitting diodes, and at 6,000 Kelvin, it resembled the daylight. Behind the cockpit, the rear window grille sported a matte-aluminum look. Last but not least, the front fenders wore a V 10 badge.

The interior looked very similar to its V-8 sibling. It featured the same instrument cluster with a binocular-style panel. In addition, Audi installed the multi-media information (MMI) display connected to the Bang und Olufsen sound system on the center stack. Its leather-clad sport bucket-seats featured high bolstered areas on the sides.

Under the rear windscreen, in a mid-mounted position, Audi installed a 5.2-liter V-10 powerplant longitudinally. Thanks to its direct fuel injection system, it provided 100.9 hp/liter. It was just 31 kg (68 lbs) heavier than the V-8 unit but provided 105 more horses.

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AUDI R8 V10 2008 - 2012
  2 gasoline engines
  • 5.2 V10 FSI 6AT (525 HP)
  • 5.2 V10 FSI 6MT (525 HP)
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AUDI R8 V10 Brochure

AUDI R8 V10 5.2 V10 FSI 6AT (525 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.2 V10 FSI 6AT (525 HP)
Cylinders
V10
Displacement
5204 cm3
Power
386 KW @ 8000 RPM
525 HP @ 8000 RPM
518 BHP @ 8000 RPM
Torque
391 lb-ft @ 6500 RPM
530 Nm @ 6500 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
196 mph (315 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/35 ZR19 || 295/30 ZR19
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
76 in (1930 mm)
Height
49.3 in (1252 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.5/62.8 in (1,638/1,595 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
3.5 cuFT (99 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.362
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3571 lbs (1620 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4145 lbs (1880 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
11.4 mpg US (20.6 L/100Km)
Highway
24.5 mpg US (9.6 L/100Km)
Combined
17.2 mpg US (13.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
342 g/km

AUDI R8 V10 5.2 V10 FSI 6MT (525 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  5.2 V10 FSI 6MT (525 HP)
Cylinders
V10
Displacement
5204 cm3
Power
386 KW @ 8000 RPM
525 HP @ 8000 RPM
518 BHP @ 8000 RPM
Torque
391 lb-ft @ 6500 RPM
530 Nm @ 6500 RPM
Fuel System
Direct Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
196 mph (315 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
3.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/35 ZR19 || 295/30 ZR19
DIMENSIONS
Length
174.6 in (4435 mm)
Width
76 in (1930 mm)
Height
49.3 in (1252 mm)
Front/rear Track
64.5/62.8 in (1,638/1,595 mm)
Wheelbase
104.3 in (2649 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.5 in (114 mm)
Cargo Volume
3.5 cuFT (99 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.362
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3505 lbs (1590 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4101 lbs (1860 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
10.4 mpg US (22.6 L/100Km)
Highway
23 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
Combined
16 mpg US (14.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
351 g/km
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