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Watch: This Classic-ish Review of the R8 V10

Watch: This Classic-ish Review of the R8 V10

Back in 2009, it was hard to imagine the R8 getting any better, but Audi was convinced that with an engine from its subsidiary, Lamborghini, and a pair of extra cylinders, people would be convinced. Not everyone was, as this classic review from Fifth Gear shows, but history would be on the V10’s side.

Back when it first came out, Fifth Gear’s Jonny Smith was impressed by the drivability and practicality of Audi’s supercar but failed to see why he should pay a £20,000 premium for the 5.2-liter V10 when the 4.2-liter V8 was so excellent already.

These days, most of the world has come around on the V10, a feat no doubt made easier by the fact that the V8 was dropped in the generational handover. But still, although the V8 has its well-earned fans, the V10’s excellence makes it hard to argue that Audi made a mistake.

It is still fun to look back on the old review with the knowledge of the present. Rumors of a V6 now make the debate about the V8 vs V10 seem hedonistic and the gated manual transmission is a dearly missed relic from a better time.

But the real lesson from this review is that a brown sweater should never be worn over a brown shirt.

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April 28, 2017 at 04:43AM

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