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This is the new, sort of limited-edition Audi R8 E-Tron. It has a promised range of 280 miles, but not many vents. Except for a significant one.

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The 2016 Audi R8 uses an upgraded, now hybrid aluminum/carbon fiber space frame designed to be the perfect base of a mid-engined sports car. And from that point on, the possibilities are almost endless.

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There's no talk about an entry-level V8 version yet, but Audi launched four versions of the R8 anyway. The difference between the two V10-powered road cars is marginal, so let's start looking at vents instead.

Believe it or not, the R8 V10 Plus comes with a bunch of fake vents despite having acres of functional ones. Its whole grille, for starters.

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The R8 E-Tron doesn't have such a big mouth.

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It does however come with a giant cut in the hood that helps cool all those microchips hidden under the metal.

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V10 Plus? Less so, as seen above.

It does have sufficient rear cooling though. Plus a wing.

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The E-Tron is lacking both, although there's an active wing hidden there.

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As for the now defunct side blades, the V10 Plus is cheating with the top half, but at least the big one is still a proper oxygen cemetery.

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The E-Tron comes with something completely different, and I'm not even sure how much air gets through behind that carbon piece.

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What's certain is that the V10 Plus' brakes stay cooler on a hot summer track day.

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Basically, all I'm saying is that if you really, really want to get as much cooling as possible, you need to buy the LMS.

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That's essentially a collection of vents wrapped around a racing engine...

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