These are the first official pictures of the Audi R8 V10, the fastest, most powerful version of Audi’s Porsche-baiting mid-engined supercar.
The range-topping Audi R8 V10 goes on sale in the middle of next year, costing £99,575 for the six-speed manual version and £104,675 with the R-tronic paddle-shift gearbox.
Its V10 powerplant is based on the unit from the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 but has been detuned in the Audi. It delivers 518bhp at 8000rpm and 390lb ft torque.
The 5204cc direct-injection FSI in the Audi R8 V10 is designed not only to be very powerful but also relatively lightweight in an effort to boost performance and efficiency.
Two more cylinders
Audi’s V10 engine weighs just 31kg more than the older V8, despite its two extra cylinders. In all, the Audi R8 V10 weighs 1620kg - just 60kg more than the standard car.
This blend of power and only modest weight gains helps the Audi R8 V10 hit 62mph from standstill in just 3.9sec, 0.6sec quicker than the familiar V8 model.
Perhaps more tellingly, Audi claims the R8 V10 will sprint from 0-124mph in just 12sec. Top speed is said to be 196mph, but despite the potent performance, Audi claims 20mpg economy is possible.
Chassis and suspension
The Audi R8 V10’s suspension has been tweaked. Compared with that on the standard car, it will be harder and more performance-focused, although the adjustable magnetic dampers remain.
Audi’s Quattro four-wheel-drive system stays to ensure class-topping traction. Audi says the R8 V10 can generate cornering forces up to 1.5g.