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The Audi R8 V10 vs. Lamborghini Gallardo 560-4

Sharing the same DNA to various levels – engine, basic chassis, electronics, mechanical components, etc. – you’d be tempted to assume they are pretty much the same car. Just because you’re born into same family, that doesn’t mean you have to be like your siblings.

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What do kittens, grenades and tofu have in common?

Not much.

But if you really dig deep, you might find some way to tie them all together.

That said, there are things in this world that don’t require a yoga-like imagination to stretch to different conclusions.

Take for instance the Audi R8 V10 and the late Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.

Blue Audi R8

Sharing the same DNA to various levels – engine, basic chassis, electronics, mechanical components, etc. – you’d be tempted to assume they are pretty much the same car.

Not entirely.

Just because you’re born into same family, that doesn’t mean you have to be like your siblings.

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From a visual standpoint, they each have their own distinctive flair.

You can’t mistake one for the other, even if they’re under a satin sheet waiting to be pulled off at an auto show.

While the R8 received supple curves, the Gallardo played with more angular edges.

Sure they both have a glass engine bay at the car’s rear for the masses to drool over. Under such visible protection is the wrath of the 5.2L, V10. In both cases, generating over 500 horsepower; 560 in the case of the Gallardo and 525 for the R8.

White Lamborghini Gallardo on the road

Though Audi’s all-wheel drive supercar hit the market in 2006 (with a V8), it wasn’t until 2008 that a V10 version was brought to fruition.

The Gallardo name had been around since 2003.

Though having driven both vehicles, my heart lies with the Audi.

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Not because Tony Stark from Ironman drove one (a spider, nonetheless), but because it really is a driver’s car. The six-speed manual gated gearbox from my test model past still has me swooning. And not that it really matters with supercars, visibility in the Audi was much better!

Plus its looks are much more subtle – if I can even say that – in comparison to the Lambo.

Blue Audi R8 Rear

Besides, the newest iteration of R8 will share 55% of its DNA with the LMS racecar, including the delicious 5.2L, V10. Not that Lamborghini has been dormant since the Gallardo left us – think Huracan – but your taste takes you one direction or the other.

Let’s just say I prefer schnitzel over pasta in this case.

Yellow Lamborghini Gallardo on the road rear

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