The Audi R8 May Not Be The Newest Kid On The Block, But It’s Still Very Exciting


By supercar standards, the Audi R8 is getting on a bit. Sure, the current generation was launched in 2015, but the car actually dates back to 2006 and still looks roughly the same as it did more than a decade ago.

Doug DeMuro recently had the opportunity to test out the car and concluded that while it may be older than some of its rivals, it is still a very appealing supercar, particularly in the limited-edition Decennium version he sampled.

Also Read: Audi’s New Limited R8 Decennium Pays Homage To The V10 Engine

Audi unveiled the Decennium earlier this year as a way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the V10-powered R8. The car was initially presented in a special Daytona Gray paint finish, but this particular unit sports a more subtle shade of gloss black. It retains the features matte-bronze 20-inch wheels of the Decennium and also features some parts, like the side blades, wing mirror caps and rear wing, made from carbon fiber.

Audi is only building 222 units of the R8 Decennium and the car lacks any differentiating designation in the cabin or the exterior. However, as DeMuro discovers, there is a light that shines out from the door when it is opened that reveals each car’s production number; this one is no. 219.

As the R8 Decennium is based on the range-topping R8 V10 Plus, it is powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 delivering 611 HP and 428 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque, allowing it to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.1 seconds and a 205 mph (331 km/h) top speed.

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