Over the last several decades, Audi has gone from being an ugly little Volkswagen clone, upon which nobody wanted to work, to being considered outstanding in the area of high-performance factory automobiles. Now, Audi luxury sedans and sport utility vehicles are turning heads and impressing automobile enthusiasts around the globe with their stunning aesthetics and technologically advanced powertrain configurations.
A few car lengths out front of the sedan and SUV models is the racing inspired Audi R8 V10 (533hp) and Audi R8 V10 Plus (602hp). These radical coupes roll out at a curb weight of approximately 3,500-pounds (the Plus is a little less than 80-pounds heavier than the standard V10) and both feature all-wheel drive. Both cars use an identical 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated, V10 engine, despite the fact that the Plus makes nearly 70hp more than the standard V10. The additional horsepower can primarily be attributed to a more aggressive tune, a less restrictive exhaust system, and a more open intake air setup.
Both cars are also equipped with a 7-speed, dual-clutch, automated manual transmission. However, the Plus uses a lower gear ratio to help improve takeoff and melt away a half-second from 0 to 60 mph acceleration (more than that if you check out some other reviews).
The exterior appearance variations between the two are virtually indiscernible apart from a few carbon-fiber panels. The Audi R8 V10 sells for around $165K and the Audi R8 V10 Plus will set you back about $193K.