Welcome to my story about that time they gave me the keys to an Audi R8 V10+ and let me loose on the streets around Portimao GP circuit.
The Audi R8 comes in Coupe and Spyder flavours, naturally – appearing more chiselled now than ever before. That’s thanks to a metal skin that looks like it’s been pulled tighter over the aluminium skeleton underneath, finished off with 19 inch alloy hoops in each corner. Too small, how about a lightweight 20 inch option for added aggression. Another option, Audi’s almost obligatory ceramic brake upgrade – for the discerning petrolhead for whom stopping comes second only to acceleration. Visually, there’s a raft of new renditions such as the wider than ever, single-frame grille, bonnet-slits ala ur-Quattro. At the rear Audi have opted for an all-new three-part engine cover in plastic or carbon fibre. Hello V10, you Lamborghini-shared devil you. Still an item with much in relation to its Le Mans counterparts. Essentially, from its ten cylinders power has risen from 397kW to 419kW in base form while the V10 Plus gets 456kW and 580Nm and is good for a 3.2 second 0-100kph sprint. New colours include in Ascari Blue and Kemora Gray.