A Tale Of Two Audis: R8 V10 Drag Races The V10 Plus

If you’ve ever wondered how much of a difference well under 100 PS can make between two rather identical supercars, you’re about to get your answer.

What we have here is a 540 PS (532 HP) Audi R8 V10 and its 610 PS (601 HP) V10 Plus sibling, with only 70 PS (69 HP) between them. Torque figures are almost identical, with the Plus putting down 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) and the plain V10 being good for 540 Nm (398 lb-ft).

Otherwise, you’ve got the same engine, all-wheel drive system, 7-speed dual clutch transmission and even the same Continental ContiSport rubber.

So what do you think? Close race, blow out, something in-between? Well, on paper, the V10 Plus needs just 3.2 seconds in order to hit 100 km/h (62 mph), whereas the V10 is 0.3 seconds slower. The latter is also beaten when it comes to its top speed, reaching 320 km/h (198 mph) flat out, with the Plus version being able to climb a bit further to 330 km/h (205 mph).

So, there’s no denying the V10 Plus being quicker – as it should, of course. The only question is, how much of a difference will 70 PS (69 HP) and 20 Nm (14 lb-ft) of torque make in a 1 km (0.62 miles) race?

VIDEO

  • Six_Tymes

    this is suppose to be a halo car correct? then why even bother offering the non-plus? people that really want an R8, will buy the plus, the ones who don’t probably don’t know much about cars in general. cant see them selling that many non plus versions

  • pcurve

    something isn’t adding up. 69hp difference shouldn’t cause 0.5 sec diff in 0-60 time.

Ford Is Reportedly Developing A Focus-Based Ute In Australia

Code-named the P758, it is expected to target the South American market, though it could be sold elsewhere as well.

Hyundai’s Pickup Could Get A Ranger Raptor-Rivaling Variant

A Hyundai pickup with the i30 N’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder and close to 300 HP could be very fun indeed.

This Chevy Camaro Has Turned To The Dark Side, Sith Lords Don’t Approve

Underneath this badly executed body kit, which comes bundled with all sorts of unusual add-ons, lies a sixth-gen Camaro.

V8-Powered Ford Fusion With 450 HP And RWD Is The Closest Thing To A Mustang Sedan

Not content with the stock 325 HP twin-turbo V6, the owner of this saloon fitted a tuned Coyote engine and a 2007 ‘Stang GT500 transmission.

Kevin Hart’s Plymouth Barracuda Crash Investigated By Californian Authorities

The California Highway Patrol may recommend modified cars like Hart’s are fitted with five-point safety harnesses.

2020 Genesis G90 Vs. 2019 Mercedes S-Class: Underdog Takes On Top Dog

The 2020 G90 is fantastic value for money, but is it good enough to take on the luxury segment’s benchmark?.

Here’s a Close Look At The ID.3, Volkswagen’s Most Important New Car In Many Decades

The all-new compact electric hatchback is available in three different battery and electric motor configurations.

Mercedes SL 73 AMG: Rarer Than A Pagani Zonda And The Coolest R129 Of Them All

If you like 1990s AMGs, this SL 73 is the pick of the decade, packing a healthy 525 HP and being made in no more than 50 examples .

What Is BMW Testing With This M8 Prototype At The Nurburgring?

One possibility is that it’s an even more hardcore variant of the Competition, and another that the rear wing is going to be offered as an M Performance part.

Bugatti CEO Reveals More Track-Focused Chiron Variants Are Coming

Now that it has made a point about its hypercar’s top speed with the 300+, Bugatti will turn its attention to other aspects like power-to-weight ratio and ultimate handling.