Audi R8 5.2L V10

By Mike Goetz

When introduced to the press-day crowd at the Toronto auto show, the new Audi R8 5.2 at centre stage had its throttle blipped several times — and it was good.


The 5.2-litre V10 not only sounds good, it should go “real good” too, owing to the 525 horses on tap. Audi estimates the car will sprint to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and top out at 316 km/h.

Audi R8 5.2L V10

Photo: Isaac Adams-Hands

The 5.2 further distinguishes itself from its R8 sibling with bigger air intakes up front, wider side-pods, and a special rear end design. The R8 V10 was developed from Audi’s experience at Le Mans; it embodies racing technology, such as dry sump lubrication and FSI gasoline direct injection.


Audi is using this new engine in a new R8 racing car, which the automaker intends to sell to racing teams, for competition in the GT3 category of the American and European Le Mans racing series.

This entry was posted in Gallery, Toronto 2009 and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.