How much of a difference could the word “plus” really make in regards to a supercar? Other than the additional $20,000 on the price tag of course. In the case of Audi’s contribution to the supercar world, the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 Plus, it turns out it’s quite a bit of difference.

Photo: 2016modelcars
Photo: 2016modelcars

Both versions use the 5.2L V10, which also happens to be the same motor used in the Lamborghini Huracan. The base R8 gets 540hp and the Plus has an additional 70hp bringing the total up to 610hp, similar to the output in the Huracan. We know the R8 Plus is lightning fast because it came out on top in the most recent “World’s Greatest Drag Race” put out by MotorTrend. But how much faster will it be than its slightly less athletic twin brother?

Audi R8 V10 Plus Photo: motortrend
Audi R8 V10 Plus
Photo: motortrend

There’s really no question which of the two will be the fastest. Having that extra 70hp is going to make a big difference. However there is one other thing to consider, the Plus weighs almost 80 lbs more than the base R8. If you look at 0-60 times, the Plus lays down a blistering 2.7 second time, which is actually quicker than its Italian counterpart, where the standard R8 is a measly 3.1 seconds.

Audi R8 V10 Photo: motortrend
Audi R8 V10
Photo: motortrend

With a difference that small, it would come down to which driver got the best start if you were racing just to 60mph. But what if you raced a full kilometer in these two fantastic all-wheel drive beasts how close would the race be? Thanks to the guys at Auto Express we now get to find out. Place your bets, I can guarantee it’s going to be a lot closer than you’re expecting. It’ll definitely make you stop a wonder if that additional money is worth it or not.

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