05-28-2013, 01:14 AM #1
More test numbers for the 2014 Audi R8 V10 plus - 11.4@126 1/4 mile, 3689 pound curb weight
Here are more test numbers for the facelifted Audi R8 V10 Plus model with the 550 horsepower 5.2 liter FSI V10 motor and 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission. Car and driver was able to get a healthy 11.4@126 out of the car in the 1/4 mile which lines up exactly with what German magazine AMS was able to hit. Edmunds got a slightly better elapsed time at 11.3 but their trap speed was lower at 123.8 miles per hour.
Curb weight numbers all line up as Edmunds weighed the car at 3676 pounds and Car and Driver weighed it at 3689 pounds. So, not super light as the dual clutch trans is adding a little bit of weight.
Definitely a very quick car in stock form and the dual clutch transmission is giving approximately three tenths of elapsed time versus the R-Tronic although the R-Tronic V10 had less horsepower so it is difficult to say definitively. Either way, this is the fastest R8 made for the street thus far.
05-28-2013, 01:05 PM #2
I test drove one of these today. It's absolutely incredible! I want one... I want one, bad!
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05-29-2013, 04:32 AM #4
It took some getting used to the brakes, they really do feel sticky, this seemed to go away after driving for several minutes.
As I've said before, JHB is 1700m - 1800m above sea level, so a NA car is getting a 16-18% hit in power, we also don't have 98 RON petrol (Which the handbook says the car should run) at our petrol stations so I imagine it was on 95. However, it felt great, 450hp - 460hp is still a bunch of fun.
Steering was tight, and the car stuck to the road like it was on rail tracks.
Acceleration is seriously impressive and the throttle is very very responsive. The responsive throttle coupled with sticky brakes makes you feel like a learner driver for the first couple minutes. I would have liked to try launch control with a vbox to get some real numbers, but I don't think the guy from Audi would have been happy. The R8 has a similar setup to other "performance" Audi vehicles in regards to sport mode - the car stays in between 3500rpm to 4500rpm, and there is a significant change in exhaust note. Driving through the city with that noise from the V10 reverberating off the buildings was amazing.
The Plus edition, I believe, comes standard with bucket seats. The seats are fairly comfortable, they do make the ride a little bit hard, but they do give you a lot of side support when in the corners.
The biggest plus for me, was being 6'3", I could easily fit into the car. Lots of leg room and about 5cm between my head and the roof. For comparison, I can't fit into a Gallardo.
The only thing I wasn't too fond of, is the pedals are set to the left of the driver's seat, so you sit at an angle while driving, but you quickly got used to it.
Um, I realise now after writing all of that, was all you asked was how did it feel. Tl;dr it felt fantastic.
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Get a manual, or a DCT plus. I got the opportunity to drive a 4.2 spyder with the s-tronic. Had a great experience other than the stop and go stuff. Maybe its because I'm not used to cars with an automated clutch. If it was my money I would go for that beautiful aluminum gated shifter.
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05-31-2013, 02:17 PM #16
Well, the price of buying the car new R8 V10 or Lambo Gallardo + add around ~$140k for the X Twin turbo kit & X engine build upgrades.. drive it for less than 6k miles... not many Lambo/Audi dealer will give you the money near a used untouched stock car after this kind of mods, no warranty & it no longer pass SMOG/EPA.
So the FUN you spend for this race TT conversions it's a matter of how long you want to keep a Audi/Lambo TT & the hit of resale value.
05-31-2013, 08:26 PM #17