2009 Audi R8 V10 Production-Ready On The 'Ring

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Another day, another Audi R8 tearing up the Nürburgring, right? Well, look closer, because this is actually a new version of Ingolstadt's supercar. The 'ring-obsessed guys over at Bridge To Gantry say this is the much-anticipated V10-powered model, and though we can't see what's in the engine bay or hear the exhaust note on video, there are some subtle exterior differences between this car and an "average" R8. Actually, this might even be same car we saw not too long ago. Either way, we're expecting the mill to be a 5.2-liter V10 similar to that found in the R8's corporate sister, the Lamborghini Gallardo. So, what are the hard-to-spot exterior tweaks?

What gives this car away are a couple of subtle changes to the intakes. Notice that the front grille now only has two horizontal bars, whereas a normal R8 has three. Also, look closely at the side scoops in the crossblades and you'll notice that they've been enlarged to feed the bigger engine. Ze 'chermans are all about ze details, yes?

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Rob Emslie

Also, note that the passenger ISN'T WEARING A TIE, indicating that this is a significantly sportier and more devil-may-care version of the car. This is the one you'd drive to that casual summer party down at the marina. This is the one for that trip to the Hamptons. This isn't what you'd drive to grandpa Rockefeller's funeral. Nor is it appropriate for that court appearance - damn ex, why can't she be satisfied with the house, kids and bonds.

So, it looks like you will need to buy two R8s.