Just when you thought the V10 in the Audi R8 couldn’t be more interesting, the team at Hoonigan stepped in and turned things into 11. This first-generation Audi R8 V10 is a special vehicle in its own right, however, its owners just can’t keep things. With the addition of a supercharger and special tuning, this special supercar is now a dream machine capable of producing a lot of power in a dyno.
Hoonigan’s latest video series is quite simple, they modify the car with a dyno and talk about vehicle modification with their proud owners. Before the dyno runs, power prediction is performed to see if the video host can pinpoint the exact horsepower output of the subject vehicle.
The Audi R8 V10 featured in the Hoonigan video is owned by YouTuber Mike Tornabene, better known as Dom Mazzetti or Bro Science Life. Tornabene modifies its R8 V10 with a VF Engineering Supercharger that boosts the power of the V10 in its R8 far beyond stock. On the Hoonigan dyno, the R8 V10 produces 595 horsepower (443 Kilowatts) and 501 lb-ft (680 Newton Meters) at the wheels. Since the Audi R8 V10 is an all-wheel-drive car, there’s a fair amount of power lost to the drivetrain.
The first generation Audi R8 was an important vehicle for Audi and after its debut in 2006 changed the Audi lineup. The R8 was Audi’s first genuine supercar and benefited from the VW Group’s ownership of Lamborghini which shared many of the components used to make the R8. Audi engineers worked to give the Audi R8 its own unique identity as an everyday supercar that was considered practical when compared to its rivals.
The Audi R8 debuted with a high-speed naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces 414 horsepower (309 Kilowatts) and 317 lb-ft (430 Newton Meters) of torque. This rugged V8 wasn’t powerful enough for some customers, so Audi introduced the R8 V10 powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine producing 525 horsepower (391 Kilowatts) and 391 lb-ft (530 Newton-meters).
Will you increase the cost of your Audi R8? Or are you going to keep it and enjoy a naturally aspirated engine at high rpm?