It’s true that the Audi R8 V10 Plus can be considered as one of the last models in a dying breed of performance cars that use naturally aspirated engines. The evolution of the supercar industry has resulted in the prevalence of turbochargers and superchargers being used in a lot of these exotics. But, the R8 V10 Plus remains true to its naturally aspirated roots, and that’s a big reason why Jay Leno is a big fan of the the most powerful production car Audi has ever built.
Yes, the R8 V10 Plus made its long-awaited appearance in Leno’s famous auto web series, Jay Leno’s Garage. In typical Jay Leno fashion, the famous collector spent the first part of the episode talking shop with a guest who is usually affiliated with the car that’s being featured in the episode. In this instance, it was Audi Product Manager Anthony Garbis who took up the task of discussing the R8 V10 Plus with Leno. The two talked about a myriad of things about the new supercar, including its features and performance capabilities. At one point, Leno even asked Garbis a little trivia about Audi to which the company man deftly answered without batting an eyelash.
Once the discussion ended, Leno and Garbis took the R8 V10 Plus out for a spin and that’s where we see the most powerful production Audi in full bloom. I’m not going to spoil the full details of what went on in the drive so it’s best to just sit back and watch the whole thing for yourselves.
As a refresher, the R8 V10 Plus’ 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine is capable of producing 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a “conservative” time of 3.2 seconds while hitting a top speed of 205 mph.
Jay Leno never seems to run out of cars to talk about, does he? If you’re half the auto enthusiast that he is, you probably wouldn’t get tired of talking about them either. It also helps that he’s got way more money than all of us combined, which means that he doesn’t settle for talking about cars, he actually goes out and buys them.
In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the comedian finds himself looking at Audi’s benevolent beast, the R8 V10 Spyder. Ever the gearhead that he is, Leno gives us the lowdown on the car and shares some pretty insightful thoughts on what he thinks of the R8. He also brings out his buddy, Justin Bell, to give us even more tidbits on the R8, including the time it takes for the soft-top roof to retract and stow away in its compartment, as well as the R8’s now iconic front fascia.
After showing a video of Bell testing the R8 on his own, Leno gets his turn behind the wheel and brings it out on the streets of LA. As he drives, he shares more nuggets of wisdom on what he thinks of the R8, including his admission that, as far as he’s concerned, the R8 Spyder is arguable the fastest supercar in the wet.
Check out the video to see the whole webisode.