Audi R8 V10 Plus
Automatic / Manual
Audi’s ten-cylinder totem to human ingenuity looks as if it should be accompanied by a soft-spoken docent to narrate its very existence: At 610 horsepower, this naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 is the most powerful engine ever put into production by Audi. It revs 20 percent quicker than its predecessor, spinning from idle to its 8500-rpm redline in 0.66 second.
Except this naturally aspirated ten-cylinder isn’t a museum piece. It hasn’t been driven to extinction by downsized, turbocharged engines—not yet, at least. The pedestal it’s bolted toV10 Plus, blitzes to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and wails a stirring soprano aria in the process. It is the world’s greatest hands-on museum. Want to play with 413 pound-feet of torque?