There’s no disputing that the current Audi R8 is already an exceptional sports car. The combination of its stunning appearance, outstanding performance and general livability are plenty to be proud of, but the folks in Ingolstadt weren’t quite satisfied. As a result, they’ve produced the 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI – or simply put, a ten-cylinder R8.
By and large, the most significant change lies with the 5.2-liter V-10 lurking behind the cabin. Though strikingly similar to the S8’s motor (itself a de-tuned version of the Lamborghini Gallardo’s ten-cylinder power plant), Audi’s fitted it with direct injection and a dry-sump oil system exclusively for service in the R8.
The engine now produces 525 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque, which is reportedly more than enough to move the aluminum-bodied coupe from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and to a top speed of 196 mph. As with the V-8 car, the R8 5.2 FSI Quattro makes use of Audi’s legendary all-wheel-drive system, coupled to either a six-speed manual or the R tronic dual-clutch gearbox.
Source: Automobile Mag