FASTLANE Dec ’09 / Jan ’10
As the name suggests, it was truly a ‘power’ event – mainly due to the presence of the Audi R8 V10. Yes, THE Audi R8 V10. Held sometime at the end of September at Changi Exhibition Centre, the purpose of the event was to launch the Audi S3 Sportback 2.0, Audi S4 3.0 TFSI V6 and the Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10. It was an exclusive two-day event by Audi Singapore where a select few Audi owners got the chance to try the three cars on two courses designed by Audi Sportscar Experience instructors.
Slightly over a year ago when the Audi R8 V8 was brought to Singapore, it generated so much news and stole loads of media limelight that the car practically sold by itself. With raving reviews from happy writers, the most common negative thing about the R8 that was said then was how it wasn’t something that anyone and everyone can afford. I wasn’t given any personal time with the Audi R8 then, but had the privilege of sitting in one and was later given some precious limited time behind the wheel thanks to a friend who owned one.
This time, I got to try the R8 at this Powerhouse event, where I took it for three laps on the course I suspect was designed with minimal difficulty so as to prevent any unwanted incidents. Sharing the same engine as the Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4, the R8 with its 525bhp and 530Nm was amazing. Flooring the accelerator of the R8 and going from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds tugged at my heart (the ache from pushing such a beauty) though the exhilaration that overwhelmed me quickly covered that up. I kept it in auto with Sport mode engaged and took on the course – it starts with a long straight for maximum acceleration, then hard braking before turning a sharp left into the slalom before going through an S-bend and hairpin turn. What’s there to complain about getting to try the R8 under such conditions?
The R8 was a car that convinced me and showed me why people are willing to pay such prices for a car. Costing about $150,000 more than its V8 counterpart, the R8 V10 retails at almost S$650,000. Now tell me what’s the fastest way to earn S$650,000 without breaking the law or defying my morals.
*This story was first published in FASTLANE issue #12 (Dec ’09 / Jan ’10). FASTLANE is available at all leading bookstores and major newsstands.