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By the numbers: Audi R8's V10 engine

Audi's V10 engine is a powerhouse.

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The Audi R8's V10 engine is a robust power plant that delivers the acceleration that super car enthusiasts crave. Here's a closer look at the engine by the numbers.

5.2

The engine has 5.2 liters of displacement. According to Wikipedia, "Engine displacement is the measure of the cylinder volume swept by all of the pistons of a piston engine, excluding the combustion chambers."

10

The engine has 10 cylinders in a v-shape layout. That's how it gets its "V10" designation. Traditionally, modern passenger cars have four, six, or eight cylinders.

15

All Audi R8s are built on an assembly line at Böllinger Höfe, near Neckarsulm, Germany. The line assembles approximately 15 R8s per day.

2020 Audi R8 engine V10

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88.3

Each of the 10 cylinders has a piston. Each piston travels approximately 88.3 feet every second. Altogether, the pistons cover more than 600 miles in an hour. That's about as fast as a domestic commercial aircraft can fly and faster than the pistons in Formula One cars.

1 – 6 – 5 – 10 – 2 – 7 – 3 – 8 – 4 – 9

This is the firing sequence of the cylinders of the R8's engine. This is what gives the car, "a hissing tenor exhaust note that builds to a crescendo," according to Audi.

50

According to Audi, "The Audi R8 race cars share more than 50 percent of their parts content with the road-going models (60 percent comparing the GT4 to the road car), including their Audi Space Frames and V10 engines. The only structural difference between the road car and racecar is a mounting point on the frame for hydraulic lift struts to simplify pit stops."

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90

The 5.2-liter V10 engine is situated in a 90-degree position. This means that its pistons are 90 degrees apart. The position traditionally results in good balance.

413

The U.S. spec of the engine delivers 413 pound-feet of torque at 6,700 rpm.

602

Pressing the R8 to its limit, in the U.S. version of the car, the engine will achieve a maximum 602 horsepower at 8,100 rpm.

6,213

In many of the R8 race car models, Audi recommends servicing the V10 every 10,000 km (6,213 miles) and completely rebuilding it every 20,000 km (12,427 miles).

33,000

More than 33,000 R8s have been sold throughout the world since going on sale in 2005.

1.97 million

The engine is assembled in Győr, Hungary, Audi's largest engine plant. In 2019, the plant produced approximately 1.97 million engines and electric motors. Those engines and motors found their way into vehicles around the world.

Audi R8 race car side by side

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No. 1

Audi's R8 race cars have laid claim to five overall wins at the Nürburgring 24, four overall wins at Spa and class wins at Daytona, the Bathurst 12 Hours, Macau, and many other tracks across the globe. According to a release, "From its first race through April 2020, globally, racers in the R8 LMS GT3 have achieved 75 driver championships, 13 overall wins in 24-hour races and numerous other podium finishes."

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

Infiniti

The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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The new Tiguan sports an all-new front-end design.

Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Tiguan is an interesting compact SUV with a fun-to-drive personality and plenty of style. After 14 years on sale, the Tiguan is just in its second generation, but VW has given it a significant update for the 2022 model year that brings new tech, updated styling, and a refreshed interior.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The rear has been massaged with new badging and standard LED taillights. Volkswagen

The restyled Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, SE, and SE R-Line Black. All models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive can be optioned in.

Styling updates are the big story for the 2022 Tiguan. The front end is entirely new and carries design cues from the larger Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. LED headlights are now standard, and an illuminated light line is available for the SUV's grille. On the rear liftgate, the Tiguan model name lettering also mirrors that of the Atlas, with the name spelled out underneath the VW logo.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Most trims get an 8-inch touchscreen.Volkswagen

Inside, the Tiguan now comes standard with heated seats, while a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats are available. Cloth upholstery is standard, while mid-range trims get leatherette. The top SEL R-Line comes with leather and a perforated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Front-wheel drive models come standard with three rows of seating as well, making the Tiguan one of the more family-friendly vehicles in its class.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The top trim gets upscale leather upholstery.Volkswagen

The base Tiguan S comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Volkswagen's excellent MIB 2 software, but all others get MIB 3 infotainment software running on a glass-covered 8.0-inch touchscreen. The automaker notes that it's a capacitive touch system, which functions more like a smartphone than other infotainment systems, which sometimes require pressure to register a touch input. All Tiguans get a digital gauge cluster with an 8-inch display, while the top SEL R-Line upgrades to a 10.25-inch configurable gauge cluster that offers full-screen navigation and other views.

Pricing for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $25,995 for the base S trim with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the prices to $27,495. All Tiguan models will see a $1,195 destination charge tacked on at the bottom line.

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