But this newer 5.2-liter FSI, intelligently launched first with 552 hp in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 in mid-2008 (out of sheer respect for the reborn Italian brand), could work perfectly. And it damned well does.
Today I’m awash in the V10’s horsepower, set as it is at 518 at 8000 rpm, whereas before I had no choice beyond 414 hp at 7800 rpm. Torque has leapt forth as well from the 317 lb-ft between 4500 and 6000 rpm to now 391 lb-ft peaking at 6500 rpm but essentially flat from 3900 rpm. And the V10 R8 quotes a curb weight of 3,583 pounds versus the base V8 at 3,450, so each horse from the V10 is lugging just 6.9 pounds instead of the individual V8 horse lugging 8.3 pounds. The stage, she is set.
Versus the original V8 trim, driving the V10 I really feel an Ingolstadt personality shift and it’s to my liking. (If you’ve ever visited exciting Ingolstadt, you know what I mean.) To repeat, Audi has gotten itself officially into the supercar big leagues and the years of huge investment in endurance racing are finally directly influencing the street lineup. Just as it’s sort of tough finding anything to slam about the Lamborghini, I am almost at a loss for complaints when I drive the Audi in this more substantial package. First off, the V10 gleefully revs to a seriously full-throated 8700 rpm instead of the V8’s leashed 8250. Top speed increases to 196 mph and the zero-to-60 time improves to 3.7 seconds. The double-bigmouth oval exhaust replaces the V8’s double-double stacks and the sound is massive.
Source: European Car Web