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First Drive: 2010 Audi R8 V10

Say hello to Officer Friendly.

by on Sep.01, 2009

Faster than a speeding bullet...  The 2010 Audi R8 V10 is the fastest car the German maker has ever marketed, launching from 0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds and hitting a top speed of 196 mph - the same as a Ferrari F430.

Faster than a speeding bullet? The R8 V10 is the fastest car the German maker has ever marketed, launching from zero-to-60 in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 196 mph, the same as a Ferrari F430.

Few things quite match that knot-in-the-stomach feeling when you crest a hill only to find a radar cop sitting on the other side.

I really wasn’t speeding officer.  Not by much, anyway, and certainly not as fast as I’d been going a few miles back, when the speedometer needle nudged into triple digits.  But 18 over is still enough to earn a ticket.  Unless the cop simply wants to check out your new car.  In this case, the 2010 Audi R8, which seems to be attracting everyone’s attention as I wend my way from San Francisco up to Napa Valley wine country.

“Nice,” he mumbles, as he completes his second loop of the car and starts walking back to his black-and-white cruiser – my license still in my hand.  “We can go?” my driving partner tentatively calls out.  “Oh, yeah,” says Officer Friendly, as he heads back to his stake-out point.

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Few cars have the head-turning power of the Audi R8, which made its movie debut in last year’s popular “Iron Man” movie.  But until recently, the German sports car was missing one thing, and that was a different kind of power, horsepower.  The original 4.2-liter V8 seemed peppy enough, at 420 hp, on paper, but on the street, it just didn’t quite make it into the supercar category.  All that’s about to change with the launch of the new 2010 Audi R8 V10.

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