Fortunately when it comes to performance cars, the guys who are responsible for choosing the world car do a much better job! This year they’ve announced the Audi R8 V10 as the 2010 world performance car of the year. Actually it’s the second time Audi R8 is honored as the WPCOTY, as the R8 V8 won it in 2008. With its 552 hp 5.2 liter TFSI V10 engine, the R8 does 0 to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 196mph.
The Audi R8 has been named 2010 World Performance Car at the World Car of the Year Awards ceremony at the New York Auto Show. This is the second time that the R8 has won the World Performance Car award: the V8-powered R8 took this award in 2008.
The World Car Awards jurors observed that: “In the opinion of many on the World Car Awards jury, Audi has at long last satisfied our hunger for a street car that lives up to the excitement of the original Le Mans series-dominating R8 LMP1 race car.”
Developed jointly with quattro GmbH, the Audi R8 V10 is powered by a 5.2 litre direct injection ten-cylinder engine which develops 525PS, enabling it to sprint from zero to 62mph in just 3.9 seconds and then to a top speed of 196mph. It features Audi technologies such as quattro permanent all-wheel drive, a lightweight aluminium body and innovative all-LED lights.
This is the second World Performance Car award win for the Audi R8: the original V8-powered version won the same award in 2008. Whether a customer chooses an R8 with a V8 or a V10 engine, they will get a World Performance Car award winner.
This is also the third Word Performance Car award for Audi in the five years that the award has been on offer: the RS 4 was named as the 2007 World Performance Car.
The truly global nature of the World Car jury is evidence that Audi is hitting the performance car sweet spot of car lovers around the world.
Since the awards began, Audi has claimed one overall award and five category awards:
Audi A6 World Car of the Year
Audi RS 4 World Performance Car
Audi TT World Car Design of the Year
Audi R8 World Performance Car
Audi R8 World Car Design of the Year
Audi R8 V10 World Performance Car