We’re taking on the show-stopping Audi R8 V10 Plus for this edition of ZINVO’s Favourite Cars. With looks that could kill, a powerful engine, and a plush interior, this supercar ticks all the boxes — and did we mention it just happens to perfectly match our Blade Nemesis

 

WHERE AUDI BEGAN

Though Audi is considered, together with BMW and Mercedes, to be one of the world’s best-selling luxury car brands today, it had a troubled beginning. Audi’s founder, August Horch, first established A. Horch & Cie. in 1899. A few years later, in 1904, he established the joint-stock company, August Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG. Following conflict with the company’s CEO, Horch left Motorwagenwerke and attempted to form the company August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH, however, former partners sued him for trademark infringement. The German Supreme Court ruled in his old colleagues’ favour and it was decided that the Horch brand belonged to his former company, as such, he was prohibited from applying the word “Horch” to his new car business.

 

 

Horch’s son would come to the rescue with the brilliant idea of translating “Horch” into Latin. In German, “Horch” means “hark” or “hear,” which translates to “audi” from “audire” in Latin. Thus on 25 April 1910, Audi Automobilwerke GmbH Zwickau was established. In 1932, two other carmakers, DKW and Wanderer, would join Horch to form the Audi Union. Indeed, the company’s four-ringed logo represents each of the four car companies — Horch, Audiwerke, DKW, and Wanderer — that came together to ultimately form Audi. As with some of the best cars in the world today, Audi is part of the Volkswagen Group and has been since the sixties when it was acquired from Daimler-Benz.

 

AUDI R8 V10 PLUS

Audi first graced the world with the presence of the R8 in 2006, shocking the world of supercars. In 2008, however, they released the V10 model, which put the car on par with Porsche and Lamborghini. This year, following its first release in 2014, Audi is launching the second generation R8 V10 Plus, so grab your ZINVO Blade Phantom, strap in, and get ready for a revolutionary drive.

 

With a 5.2 litre dual injection V10 engine, Audi’s R8 V10 Plus dishes out a whopping 610 horsepower @8,250 RPM, plus 413 lb. ft. of torque. This beaut of an engine is neither supercharged nor is it paired with an electric engine assist for the car’s initial acceleration. In fact, this R8 V10 houses a naturally aspirated engine — the same engine found in the Lamborghini Huracan — to create its incredible power. Unsurprisingly, this Audi can achieve 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and its top speed is 330 km/h.

 

 

The extreme amount of power generated by the R8’s engine is transferred to the supercar’s tires via a seven-speed S tronic twin clutch automatic transmission. Audi has done away with the six-cog manual transmission in favour of the automatic dual-clutch to allow this car to offer the fastest most responsive experience. This R8 also features an updated Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which adapts the power given to each set of wheels electronically, so in normal driving conditions to allow for a dynamic driving experience, 100% of the power is sent to the rear wheels, while in slippery conditions, for instance, up to 100% of the power can go to the front for maximum traction.

 

Audi’s R8 has incredibly distinct lines and curves, which the world has come to love since the supercar’s first release and happily not much has changed in this model. To make the car as lightweight as possible and increase its performance, the R8’s body is made of carbon fibre giving it a low curb weight of approximately 1565 kg.

 

 

 

Despite begin a stunner of a high-performance sports car, the Audi R8 V10 Plus was built for daily driving and it can take on any car currently in the market. Even those familiar with supercars will be impressed by this beautiful and powerful machine. Twinned with the Lamborghini Huracan — thanks to the engine they both share — the Audi R8 V10 Plus for 2017 is completely worth its 187,400 EUR price tag.