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.




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