Published on September 27th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audi Super Car Experience, 4 Laps In A V10 R8 @ Sepang
This was our second invite from Euromobil and Audi Singapore to test drive the latest version of the R8 super car…….the V10 powered version. The day started early with the Singapore market launch of the latest Audi RS3 and right after we started some controlled laps in the V10 R8. Our instructor led us in his R8 and we were split into 2 groups of 4 cars each.
The first few laps were sedate and as the lead drivers got more comfortable with our abilities on the corners and driving lines they picked up their speed and we followed enthusiastically as they barked instructions over the walkies in our car.
We built up our confidence and as we picked up speed along our 4th lap, we also managed to keep up and smell the fumes of the lead driver in his R8. Our instructor in the R8 responded by hammering his accelerator and allowed us to open up the V10 to keep up and on the long grandstand straight we almost max’d out the speedometer chasing the R8 showing us the up in top speed in this new V10 R8.
The R8 V10 is a brutally fast car by any standards. There’s no magic trick to extracting the performance in a straight line or even when exiting a corner. You simply lay your right foot down against the heavily sprung accelerator pedal and hang on firmly to the lovely three-spoke steering wheel. The rest is taken care of by the automatic gearbox with remote shift paddles being worked by us only after the 2nd lap.
Not forgetting is Audi’s traditional four-wheel-drive system keeping this sexy car on the tarmac corner after corner. We believe all their claimed figures and this definitely the best drive on the track for me since I started this gig. Thank you Audi Singapore and Euromobil for the invitation and the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a million plus ringgit supercar with no holding back.
AUDI R8 V10 Specifications
Engine: V10-cylinder TFSI Quattro
Gearbox: 6-speed semi-auto
Max power: 525 hp @ 8000 rpm
Max torque: 530 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Top Speed: 361 km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.9 secs
Price: From RM1.1million