Find a Car

2009 Detroit Auto Show: Audi R8 V-10

Follow Marty

2009 Detroit auto show

2009 Detroit auto show

Enlarge Photo
Here's a holiday present early--that is, if you believe in the power of 10 cylinders, instead of a big, fat man clogging up your chimney. It's the long-awaited, Lambo-powered version of Audi's fabulous R8 supercar.

The new version of the R8 sports a 5.2-liter V-10 engine derived from the one in the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. For Audi duty it puts out 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, which translates to the road through quattro all-wheel drive. Audi promises 0-60 mph runs in 3.9 seconds--damn close to the 2009 Nissan GT-R and the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. Six-speed and R-tronic transmissions are offered--and speaking of GT-Rs, there's a "launch control" program for drama-free, supersonic accel runs.

Revised brakes, 19-inch wheels, and a retuned suspension are a part of the V-10 package. Visual cues for the V-10 model include black and chrome trim on the outside, and a two-bar cross brace for the grille, the side sills are wider--and the V-10-engine is on display through the rear window.

Audi won't confirm whether this R8 V-10 will ever make it to the U.S., but it's on track for European sale early in 2009 for a price of about $180,000. Stay tuned for more from our 2009 Detroit auto show coverage--and in the meantime, lap up some exquisite high-res photos over on our 2009 Audi R8 page.


Make sure you check out our partner sites dedicated to focused news, reviews and more for Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda, and the Toyota Prius.

Follow Us

Commenting is closed for this article
Take Us With You!
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

© 2016 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by Internet Brands Automotive Group. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Read Our Cookie Policy.