Audi has brought to life the new R8 V10 in front of a live audience at the Detroit Auto Show. The V10-powered R8 makes a sizable 386kW (525hp) through a normally aspirated 5.2-litre.

After a long time trying to make it out from under heavy camouflage, watching it go up in flames in testing, admiring it in pictures and getting to know its powertrain better, the Audi R8 5.2-litre V10 is finally within public reach. Uncovered during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the R8 V10 looks ready to create lots of rubber trails and put smiles on many faces.

Powered by a 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10 engine this car makes a heady 386kW (525hp) and 530Nm, all planted on the road via a quattro 4WD system and the standard 6-speed manual gearbox or Audi's S Tronic gearshift. The S Tronic system enables shifts of under one-tenth of a second. A button-activated launch control action hurls the car from standstill to a 3.9 second 100km/h dash. The speedo needle only stops at 316km/h (196mph).

The R8 V10 runs on 19-inch tyres with sizes of 235/35 front and 295/30 at the rear. Audi magnetic ride helps the car adapt to changing road situations while the big brakes, optionally available in ceramic, ensure good stopping power. It also has those LED lights but also stands out from its ‘older' V8 brother in a number of ways. These are more pronounced sideblades, more striking side sills, matt-aluminum-look exhaust grilles on the rear windows, rear air outlets with two cross-braces and of course those two big oval pipes.