Listen to the glorious V10 and the clickety-clack of the gated shifter.
Audi has yet to decide whether a true successor to its iconic supercar will be made, but if so, it will be electric. The high-revving V10 will reportedly be ditched in favor of electric motors and a single-speed drive unit. Once Lamborghini is done with the Huracan, the V10 will disappear forever. We expect that the Italian brand is already working on a twin-turbo V8.
To us, the R8 was at its best when you could order it with a manual gearbox. In other words, the first-generation R8, which sold from 2006 to 2015. This was back when self-shifting was still considered a valuable form of self-expression.
The video above makes us long for the first-gen R8. We don't care which engine, although the V10 makes a strong case for itself. This video was posted by AutoTopNL, which has the most unambiguous mission statement ever. We've posted several of their videos now, as they're seemingly only interested in filming fast cars like the Ferrari F8 Tributo on the famous Autobahn.
This video makes us nostalgic for several reasons. First and most importantly, we love the sound of a high-revving, naturally aspirated V10 engine. Secondly, the gated manual shifter and the clickety noises it brings to the party. This sort of experience is almost unheard of today, and that's tragic.
Then there are the satisfying pauses between the shifts and just the simple pleasure of leaving the car in a gear you selected without worrying that an electronic overlord will override your decision. And don't forget the satisfying pops and burbles, which aren't artificial. It's the genuine sound of unburnt fuel hitting the exhaust manifold, resulting in a glorious explosion.
The 5.2-liter V10 in the first-generation R8 produced 525 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque, or 550 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque in the Plus model. With the manual transmission, it could hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, which was slower than the dual-clutch, which managed to do the same in 3.7 seconds. In this video, the manual easily hits 195 mph.
When the second-gen arrived in the states in 2017, you could only order it with a V10 and a seven-speed dual-clutch.
While we agree that a manual isn't always best, videos like these do the most to convince us that every other transmission on earth should be banned.