By Cars.com EditorsJuly 14, 2010
About the video
Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2010 Audi R8 5.2. It competes with the Lamborghini Gallardo and Porsche 911 Turbo.
Cars.com Auto Reviews. Hi, I'm Joe Wiesenfelder with cars.com. Last year we reviewed an Audi R8 with a V8 engine. Some people were not satisfied with the 0 to 60 time of 4.4 seconds. Boo-hoo for those crybabies. Now in 2010, there's another option.
It's the R8 5.2, which is a 5.2 liter V 10 engine. Now at $146,000, the V10 version is almost $33,000 more than the V8. Is it worth it? We'll try and decide that. But first here's how you can tell the V10 from the V8 for one thing, the front end is different. The grill is Chrome where the V8 version is all black. Gloss black here below the headlights. And also the spoiler here would be gloss black standard, but this happens to be a carbon fiber option. There are a number of them on the car and standard are all LED lights here. Now they're optional on the V8, a different shape, maybe not better, but certainly different. The side mirror is carbon fiber. That is an option to the V10 has flared rocker panels down here. And also the side blade is this is called, also flared a little bit wider. Once again, carbon fiber here is an option. Now around back, which is the part that you're most likely to see is the telltale sign for the V10, and that is one continuous gloss black piece here instead of a kind of vertical look, which I like better on the V8. Also the functional diffuser down here is larger. It would be gloss black. Again, it's an optional carbon fiber piece here, and the tailpipes are big ovals instead of two round pieces. Only a few things distinguish the from the V8 on the inside. One is full leather seats, and also the knob on the manual shifter is a little bit different. Now there is a lot of carbon fiber in this particular test car, but once again, it's an option. Now the V10 comes standard with parking assistance, and that includes a backup camera. What you see on the display here, navigation also standard. But one of the things I liked the most is the sonar in the front and rear. The sensors are actually very low, especially in the front, which helps protect your splitter from bumps, blocks, curves. A couple other things I really like. Manual shifter. You really have to have it in any sports car. Now this one is a gate shifter, which is pretty unique. It's probably not the best system, honestly, for driving quick, because sometimes second to third, you get a little caught, et cetera, but I have to say, it's so distinctive having this thing. And it sounds so cool clicking it into each gear. You gotta love it. Now as always I'm going to direct you to the full review on cars.com for all the details on the driving. But in short, it's a really, really quick car and it handles as well as the V8 version generally speaking. Excellent. The test car is optioned to $170,000, but most of that is all the carbon fiber add-ons. If you don't need that, you can pay a lot less. If you don't need 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds, you don't need the V10 either, but even at $146,000, I'm thinking this thing is a bargain because other things like in terms of styling and performance costs, way, way more. For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog kickingtires.net.
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