Audi introduced the new R8 V10 5.2 FSI Quattro – which managed to be revealed ahead of schedule on the Internet. The R8 shares some qualities with the Lamborghini Gallardo. However, it isnâ€™t until now that we have seen Lamborghiniâ€™s coveted V10 engine in something that wasnâ€™t exclusive to their brand name supercars.
The R8 V10 will become the street version of the R8 LMS – which debuted a few weeks ago during the Essen Motor Show in Germany. It is equipped with a 5.2 liter V10 engine that can produce 525 horsepower and 390.91 pound-ft of torque. These numbers are impressive – but they are still lower when compared to the Gallardo LP560-4.
The U.S. version of this supercar will stay close to these numbers. This will help it to hit 0-62 mph in under four seconds. On the downside it will still be using the 6-speed R-tronic as an alternative to its usual proper manual gearbox. The R8 V10 will now be closer to the 200 mph mark with a terminal velocity of 196 mph.
Other features that it will be given will be a new set of LED headlights for the low and high beams as well as the scoops on the side blades that now bulge out to suck in the extra air that is needed to cool and feed the larger engine. A brand new diffuser will help to keep the back end planted where a set of twin oval tailpipes will replace the quad exhausts on the standard model.
The Audi R8 V10 will be available in Germany next spring with a base price of EUR 142,400. Itâ€™s official debut will be in January of next year at the Detroit Auto Show.