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Audi R8 V10

<< Back to Robb Report, 21st Annual Best of the Best

The new Audi R8 V10 (www.audi.com) features the body of Robb Report’s 2008 Car of the Year and the same engine—a 5.2-liter V-10—that powers the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4. Aside from a few minor design alterations—oval-shaped exhaust pipes, slightly larger scoops on the side blades, and fewer crossbars beneath the all-LED headlights—the R8 V10 is indistinguishable from the V-8-equipped R8, which was the judges’ top pick at our 2008 Car of the Year competition. The V-10 version, which has an estimated cost of approximately $160,000, reaches 60 mph in less than four seconds and can continue on to 196 mph, a top speed that matches that of the Gallardo Superleggera. On the track, the naturally aspirated R8 V10 can keep pace with a Porsche 911 Turbo. And thanks to its quattro all-wheel-drive system, the Audi provides better balance and handling than the 911 through tight chicanes and off-camber corners.

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