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Audi R8 V8 vs: Audi R8 V10 (Exclusive Velvet Purple!)

Jun 8

I can’t believe how lucky I am to have such good friends. Last year my wife I went to the Audi Sportscar Experience and we met a great guy who just loved his V8 R8 and was waiting for his new V10 R8. Of course we kept in contact and when he told me he had decided on Velvet Purple, an Audi Exclusive I got excited. Here we are and the Velvet Purple Exclusive R8 V10 has arrived and I have a comparison article between his previous V8 R8 and the new V10… Enjoy!

A comparison of a 2008 R8 V8 (6MT) vs. a 2010 R8 V10 (R-Tronic)

I entered the R8 fold back in February of 2008 when I was fortunate enough to find a Phantom Black manual transmission R8. I had just spent a day at Infineon Raceway at a intro to the Audi Sportscar Experience. It was my very first track experience and was totally bitten by the bug.

From there, I attended several more sessions at Infineon Infineon all driving the V8 version. The V8 was certainly what you would call a “hero car.” The car seemed so well balanced that it made you a better driver. About the only complaint I had (and complaint is a strong word here) is that it felt like it needed a little more power in certain situations – like exiting some corners where you have a longer straight ahead. Part of this problem went away when we were given the chance to drive the cars with the first level of traction contro (ASR) turned off. Suddenly the car could get a little sideways, and the throttle wouldn’t cut back as much when the car thought you were out of control. The electronics would still make sure you don’t get totally in trouble, but it really seemed to open up the car.

Fast forward 2 years and now the V10 version is out. When I first learned this version was coming, I really didn’t think I would be interested. The V8 has more than enough power for an around-town car, and for the occasional track use, still perfectly adequate. And without too many other changes, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to have the new version. No such luck.

Back to Infineon we went, as the new V10 fleet had just arrived. Immediately the car sounded quite different. Much more formula-car sound compared to the deeper rumble of the V8. Our day started with an exercise “anatomy of a curve.” Now I had done this exercise a multiple of times in the V8, so I figured I knew what I was doing. The initial acceleration of the V10 was instantly noticeably more than the V8 and upon accelerating out of the apex, I nearly spun the car out as the power is significantly more than what I was used to in the V8. Wow, what a difference. It became very apparent that the V10 is a completely different setup than the V8 – in a very good way. Went home, called the dealer – time to order a new car!

So, the power is a major difference as well as the suspension/electronics. I am convinced that the level of electronic intrusiveness in the V10 is less than in the V8. When driving with the full electronics on in the V10 it seems to give the freedom that the V8 did with the first level turned off. Now this makes the V10 a car you need to give a little more respect to as it can get away from you. Take the electronics off and you need to give it even more respect. In day-day driving, it still retains all the civility that the V8 did. It’s still a comfortable car to drive around town, on a long drive, or on the track.

As far as the transmission goes, there has obviously been much debate on the R-tronic vs. the manual. Many have their own personal preferences and both transmissions are great. I will say that the 2010 V10 R-tronic is MUCH smoother than the early versions of the R-tronics I drove in the V8’s. For me, I am absolutely happy having gone to the R-tronic for my V10. It gives me the option for being lazy when driving in traffic and the quick shifting options for track or spirited driving.

All in all, the V10 is a great enhancement to an already incredible car. Both engine versions are a blast to own and drive.

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Audi sucks – has been claiming the best for years and is still far from beeing good. only a redesigned overprized volkswagen. shame on this sick company and all audi drivers out there! get yourselfes a live!

From Torsten from germany on June 10th, 2010

troll, doesn’t even list what he drives, and he says Audi owners need to get a life? at least I don’t go around to sites of cars o don’t even like like

From schroeder on June 10th, 2010

Scott asked me who is the best if not audi.

Well: Have a look at the statistics and you may answer the question yourself. Btw there is one thing audi is best in: exaggerating. They are not leaders anywhere even though their marketing department has been claiming it for years (almost seems like decades to me). This is just weak and has nothing to do with a premium car manufacturer.

PS: The car I am driving is not important here but if you challenge it: I’d rather by something real premium (like Mercedes and BMW – the real leaders in innovation). In germany there is no sympathy for VWs produced else where in the world, badged as audi and sold way to expensive to audi fanboys who actually think they are cool for buying this crap!

From Torsten on June 11th, 2010

Haters gonna hate…btw can you tell me which VW model the R8 is redesigned off of? LOL. Maybe the Gallardo?

I love that purple – it was my school’s colors so perhaps I’m biased, but I think it looks awesome. I’ve seen a Solar Orange R8 through the Exclusive program and that was pretty neat too.

Great review as always!

From Nick on June 11th, 2010

What do you drive?
Seriously, let us know.

I drive an Audi A4, and I am not sure about that whole re-packaged VW, doesn’t feel like it, or drive like it.

From chlordane on June 18th, 2010

Audi A4… wow.. no wonder you being harsh.. I don’t see any comparison to the R8. Seriously.. I own an R8 and its one of the best cars I have ever been in… and I have owned some very nice GERMAN cars Mr. T!

From Nick on June 19th, 2010

Sounds like Torsten has issues.

From James on June 24th, 2010

Bmw founded 1916 Revenue for 2009 was 50.6 Billion (euros) profit was only 204million.
Mercedes founded in 1881 Revenue for 2009 was 78.92 Billion (Euros) profit was 2.6 Billion.

AUDI founded in 1909 Revenue for 2009 was 33.6 Billion (Euros) profit was 2.9 Billion.

Audi may not compete in Formula one, but Audi has been a front runner of engineering since 1937 with their “AutoUnion”. They have perfected Quattro in that they were banned from some racing for a time because they OWNED everything out there for a time until regulations caught up with engineering. Look at IMSA, BTCC, SCCA, ALMS, LMS, all successful. For the nutjob that says Audi is Volkswagon really does not know anything about German cars whatsoever, and is an embaressment if he even ownes a German car. He is probably one of these people that would call a Porsche, a “Porsch”

From James on June 24th, 2010

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