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2017 Audi R8 V10: The German Lamborghini

First it was the Gallardo and now it’s the Huracan, and both Lamborghini cars are intertwined with a German sports car. It’s called the Audi R8, and it’s pretty damn incredible.

Like the Gallardo has evolved into a better Lamborghini, so too has the R8. It’s better, tougher, more aggressive, and yet an easier driving machine when you want it to be. It was never difficult, but it’s now more compliant and comfortable when you push a few buttons.

Push a few more buttons… and you can hang the tail, scream the V10 up to its redline, and set blistering dashes from a stop. The updated Audi R8 is a tremendous machine.

[Disclaimer: Audi tossed us the keys to the R8 and included a full tank of gas. Many more tanks were consumed in short order.]

  • Andrew_theS2kBore

    Maybe it’s just because I haven’t driven one, but the new R8 just makes me kind of sad. It’s uglier, full of ugly, overstyled plastic inside, and lacking the V8/gated manual combo that felt very right in the old car. The 5.2 is an incredible motor, but… it sounds like a Lamborghini. Without the base model, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t just go for the Huracan.

    The old R8 4.2 was much slower than a Gallardo, but the steering, chassis balance, brake feel, and interior were in a different league. You could hurl it up a canyon road like a brawnier Lotus (I rented one for a weekend and returned it with tires on the wear bars). Most reviews so far have criticized the control weight/feel in the new R8. I know that’s what the market demands, but I can’t help but mourn the old model, which now seems to have been a truly singular moment in Audi’s product history.