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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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2023 Nissan ZThe Z gets a 400-horsepower V6 from Infiniti.Nissan

The 2023 Z comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. That's the enthusiast's dream setup, and it's one of few cars available in the U.S. with a manual gearbox. The body is stiffer and features more reinforcements from prior cars, and the steering system now features electric assistance instead of hydraulics. 18-inch wheels are standard and 19-inchers are available.

When it announced the car, Nissan made a point to talk about its retro-inspired styling and classic proportions. The coupe features a sweeping roofline, a distinct front fascia, and is unmistakeably a Z car, through and through. Inside, the car features a three anlog gauges for a classic look, 12.3-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and a 9-inch touchscreen display. The cabin looks upscale and tech-forward, with deep bucket seats.

2023 Nissan ZThe 2023 Z lands this summer. Nissan

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The Sport Classic comes to the U.S. for the first time next year.

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2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe Sport Classic comes exclusively with a manual transmission and RWD.Porsche

The Sport Classic gets the Turbo S powertrain, which means a 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine producing 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. It's paired exclusively with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Porsche says the combo makes the car the most powerful 911 with a manual gearbox currently on sale. The Sport Classic also gets a laundry list of parts from the Turbo S, including Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, rear-axle steering, a sport exhaust, and an active sport suspension system.

2021 Porsche 911 Sport ClassicThe car comes with an interior not seen since the Porsche 918 Spyder.Porsche

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