Audi R8 5.2l V10 drive review: Mumbai Pune Expressway
Working for Rushlane not only gives us an opportunity to travel across the country, but also gives us access to test drive some of the best cars in the world today. Recently, we had one such car in our garage, and it was the Audi R8 V10. With nothing much to offer inside the city, we took the Audi sportscar on the Mumbai Pune expressway to see what it has to offer.
Audi R8: Offered in a choice of two engine options, 4.2 FSI quattro, and 5.2 FSI quattro, the one we got to drive was the 5.2 FSI quattro. This version was introduced first in 2009 at the Detroit Motor Show. Powered by a 5.2L V10 petrol engine generating 525 hp power and 530 Nm torque, it achieves 0-100 kmph in just 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 314 kmph. This is made possible, thanks to the newly installed seven speed S Tronic gearbox and the intelligent quattro all wheel drive.
Design: Apart from being one of the most awarded sportscar in it’s category, Audi R8 also features many firsts, like the LED headlight, which was a first in the world. Speaking about the design of R8, as it is derived from a race car, the design is very aggressive. The sharp features on it’s side, the bulky front and the elongated rear, gives the R8 a distinctive look. Tyre profile is sleek, with 235/35 R19 front and 295/35 R19 at the rear. New alloys too match the overall aggressive stance of the R8.
A glance at the front, and you see the big grille and huge air intakes. These are not there for show, but to serve a purpose, and play an important role in the aerodynamics of the car. Dimensions of the R8 stand at 4430 mm in long, 1900 mm wide, and just 1240 mm tall. On the side, you have another pair of air intake, which car deliver the V10 engine 750 liters of fresh air every hour, this is very important in keeping the engine cool. At the rear end, you see spoiler, which automatically gets to work once you cross 100 kmph, LED taillights, air intakes and chrome plated exhaust.
Another interesting thing to notice is the missing wiper at the rear wind screen. The wiper is missing purposely. The car is designed in such a way that the air passes through the rear wind screen. We were driving on a rainy day, and we saw the rear wind screen getting clear of water droplets with increase in speed.