Home / Social media / News / Carwow pits VAG's N/A V10 cousins against each other in a drag race - the Lamborghini Huracán Evo vs the Audi R8 Spyder V10


If you’re also a lifelong Volkswagen fanatic chances are high that you’re a fan of a bunch of the offerings that fall under the VAG banner. Sister company Audi has some amazing cars and one of the best and most expensive you can get is, or was, the R8. While expensive, it was still the supercar for the masses and it has been a great-selling car worldwide. The original V8-powered one had one of the best soundtracks of any German V8, including the C63 AMG. That specific powerplant lasted for 9 years of production until it was replaced by a powerplant sourced from another iconic car under the VAG umbrella, the Lamborghini Gallardo. This meant more power, two more cylinders and an even better soundtrack, oh and better performance. After the upgrade buyers could have what is essentially an Italian supercar wrapped up in the best of German engineering. There wasn’t too much of a difference in pricing which meant the cars were technically segment rivals and many speculated on which one was superior. Even now after the Gallardo has been out of production for 11 years and the R8 for around a month, people still end up comparing them to each other. It makes perfect sense though seeing as they share so many of the same components, more than just the powerplant. In fact, we know people who own a Lamborghini Gallardo and they buy their necessary spares from Audi because they get the identical component at a better price point. The comparison that we like is the performance side of both cars, and that makes more sense, but with the difference in manufacturing years, it’s not easy to do a proper comparison test and film it. It’s for this reason that the Carwow crew decided on an updated comparison of sorts by pitting the Lamborghini Huracán Evo up against one of the latest R8s in the form of the Audi R8 Spyder V10 as they still share a large number of components - and that awesome engine. 

This is one of the reasons that we like Mat Watson and the Carwow crew so much, the content they create answers loads of questions that petrolheads have, and in this case, they went to some great lengths to find out which Lamborghini V10-powered car has the best performance. The Audi in this fight is the open-top version which means it has a little extra weight over the tin-top model thanks to the stiffening needed in the chassis to keep the car rigid with a folding roof. It weighs 1,695 kg, but with the naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 in place, it can easily chuck that weight around. The R8 V10 has 456 kW of power with 580 Nm of torque available and it’s sent to all four wheels via Audi’s legendary quattro all-wheel drive system with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission to swap cogs. This combo is reportedly good for a 0-100 km/h launch in just 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 316 km/h. In the Lamborghini Huracán Evo, the same normally aspirated 5.2 litre V10 has a bit more juice being rated at 470 kW with torque also higher at 600 Nm. Weight is claimed at 1,422 kg, which means it’s lighter and more powerful than the Audi. While the car can be had in a rear-wheel drive configuration, the one used in this battle is the all-wheel drive version so it matches the Audi even more. It’s claimed that this car can hit that 100 km/h benchmark in a quicker time of 2.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 325 km/h. On paper, the Huracán Evo is lighter and more powerful than the Audi with better performance stats, but that is expected when the price difference between the two is enough to buy a GR Yaris. While we’re mad VAG car fans, in this test we’re rooting for the Lambo for the simple reason that we don’t like the R8 in Spyder trim. At the end of the day, the winner will still be a VAG car, and that’s good enough for us.

Take a look at the YouTube video from the crew at Carwow as they pit a pair of supercar rivals against each other to find out which of the cousins is the fastest in a straight line. Our money is on the normally aspirated V10, where are you placing your bets?: Lambo Huracan v Audi R8: DRAG RACE | carwow

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