Top Gear Poland drag raced a 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus and a 2016 Lamborghini Huracan. Both have the exact same engine, powertrain and suspension. Which one is faster?
When the second generation Audi R8 was finally unveiled last year, everyone held a collective gasp when to no surprise, Audi stuffed the exact same engine from the Lamborghini Huracan into the Audi chassis. Top Gear Poland went about the task to find out which one is actually faster in a straight line, the Audi or the Lamborghini. Watch the video below to find out. We think the results might not surprise you.
As we stated before, both have the same engine at 610 HP, transmission, partial carbon fiber floor, chassis hardpoints, steering and electronic architecture. The tale of the tape does reveal some subtle nuisances. First of all, the Lamborghini weighs 70 pounds lighter with a slightly less max velocity at 202 MPH instead of 205 MPH. Both reach 60 MPH at the exact same time.
But thanks to some clever software engineering done to the ECU, reviewers have pegged the characteristics of both cars to be quite different. Whereas the Lamborghini revs loud, launches violently and is more exciting, the Audi is a little less exciting and more civilized. An all-rounder if you will.
Time and time again when journalists have pitted both these cars against each other, the Audi usually nips the Lamborghini even though the Audi costs $65,000 less.
And in this particular drag race, the results are no different.
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While the Audi may be cheaper, at the end of the day it isn’t a Lamborghini. And therein lies the premium.