The 2016 R8 V10 Plus edition refers to the enhanced engine onboard. This one delivers a unique experience among other R8 models. Audi wants to reward the European buyers, which are getting more for less in comparison with US clients. This new sports beast is featuring really impressive specs and doesn’t lack power at any moment.
With the new design trademarked by Audi, chances are quite good. The first-gen R8 was a complete success. This seems better at any aspect. So, that could be translated instantly in a better success. We hope so. Hype is high.
Let’s see some of the main features of the 2016 R8 V10 Plus.
Drivetrain and Brawny Specs
The 2016 R8 V10 Plus packs a DOHC 40-valve 5.2 L V10 highly tuned for this edition. With an aluminum block and heads, this engine is capable of generating 610 horsepower at 8250 RPM and 413 lb-ft of torque at 6500 RPM. Models without the Plus badge on them aren’t able of going further 540 hp and 398 lb-ft. So in this matter, this edition represents a significant improvement.
The 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission with manual shifting mode does a great job. Gears are pretty well tuned and provide a lot of good moments. With this setup, the 2016 R8 V10 Plus can go from standstill to 60 mph (100 km/h) in 2.7 seconds. The top speed is established at 205 mph (330 km/h). A modified compression ratio gives the V10 engine an extra boost.
For being such a quick animal, the 2016 R8 V10 Plus features an amazing fuel efficiency with 13 mpg for the city and 22 mpg for the highway. The curb weight is rated at 3664 lb (1662 kg), which isn’t exactly lightweight for today’s supercar standards.
The Audi Quattro electronic platform for the all-wheel drive has been upgraded in terms of computations. This allows the supercar to distribute torque efficiently through the open differential in the front and the limited-slip in the rear. Magnetorheological dampers are exclusive for European markets. The same for the laser high-beam auxiliary lamps, which aren’t legal in the United States.
Carbon ceramic brakes are in charge of the stopping power, which is represented in a 70-mph-to-0 in 151 ft (46 meters). The steering transmits a really straight-forward feeling while the position of the cylinders and the design of the exhaust system allows the output of a unique soundtrack at mid RPMs.
Design and Look
The 2016 R8 V10 Plus, which is the second generation’s R8, has the trademarked design by Audi, used in the latest models, like the TT and the Q7 featured on this blog. The front fascia looks sexy with its square, revamped grille and headlights. Most of the body suffered a minor transformation due the natural course of things. This new model is longer and wider, following new guidelines. Aerodynamics must advance every year. At least, we think that. The rear wing is highly efficient in terms of performance.
For the interior, the things haven’t changed that much. The two passengers will enjoy a Bang & Olufsen Premium sound system. This and variable-effort steering are standard for European-specs models while US user will have to pay extra cash for these features. Luxury isn’t a scarce item. As a proper Audi, the 2016 R8 V10 Plus has enough comfort to enjoy a couple of hours without nagging about it.
The Bottom Line
The 2016 R8 V10 Plus is a quite nice upgrade for the already excellent model. This one will have a base price around US$185.000.