you wouldn’t put a happy puppy and an Olympic shooter in the same bloodline. Someone, somewhere, strayed and bedded outside the family. That Polo GTI is a close relative of many Audis but finding a link between a GTI and an R8 is looking at the wrong bloodline, because four rings pronounced a Gallardo and an R8 man and, erm, man, over a decade ago and the beautiful children of this union are the current generation Huracan and R8 V10 Plus. Oh boy how the game has moved with the new V10 R8. You all know that.
What you don’t know is how it feels to get out of the comfy driver’s seat of a Polo GTI and hop into the snug buckets of the Audi, press the red starter button on the steering wheel and turn the sport exhaust on.
If a flat out drive through the hills in a GTI can tickle your spine, going pedal to the metal in the R8 with its glorious V10 shrieking at 8700rpm behind your ears will shake the nearby villages out of its slumber. You shave four seconds off the 0-100kmph sprint in this game of musical chairs, and the corresponding attack on your reflexes gives you a stronger adrenaline rush than a bucket of a winged energy drink.
It’s louder and more sonorous than the 488 GTB and when you drive the R8 on the same day as the 488, you drive it with the kind of fearlessness that would never ever come back to you in your lifetime. It’s definitely not calm, but it feels so collected and in tune with the road surface, handling the irregularities with great poise. Can you imagine that! We were driving an R8 V10 Plus hard on a road in the interiors of Maharashtra somewhere on the way to Baramati that was never made for a supercar – just Google it to know where we were – yet it not only took it all in its stride it was driven back home to Mumbai. And yes, the 488 came on a flatbed to our shoot location if you were wondering.
So is the R8 V10 Plus the fastest of its kind – all-wheel drive naturally aspirated supercar on an Indian winding road? Without a doubt. Yes you get a similarly quick Huracan with the same powertrain that could pose a challenge, but hey, you could own a Mustang in addition to the R8 for the same price. More than anything though you wouldn’t dare take a Huracan so far and push it the way you could an R8 V10 Plus.
The Audi R8 V10 Plus is the common man’s supercar, and that is very, very high praise. That brings us to the protagonist of this story.