With the same 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine as the Lamborghini Huracan, the second-generation Audi R8 V10 Plus is unsurprisingly quick. Just how quick? Well in tests recently conducted by Motor Trend, it managed to hit 96 km/h (60 mph) in a barely-believable 2.6 seconds.
In previous Motor Trend tests, the Bugatti Veyron and McLaren P1 have taken 2.5 seconds to reach the same mark while the Porsche 918 Spyder and Ferrari LaFerrari have proven the quickest at 2.4 seconds apiece. Importantly, Motor Trend managed to pilot the R8 V10 Plus to 96 km/h faster than the Huracan which in a previous test, needed 2.8 seconds to accelerate up to this speed.
Rather amazingly, Audi itself claims that the new car needs 3.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h so like Lamborghini with the Huracan, the marque seems to have undersold its breathtaking acceleration.
On paper, the 5.2-litre V10 of the R8 V10 Plus provides the same 602 hp and 560 Nm of torque as the Huracan. That power is then transmitted to all four wheels through the company’s updated dual-clutch S-tronic transmission. It has an official top speed of 330 km/h but we wouldn’t be surprised if that too was on the conservative side of things.