When it comes to power and sound, few things can match the visceral experience of a V10 engine. These marvels of engineering have found their way into a variety of modern cars. However, a few days ago Audi produced the very last R8 (as we reported here). The same fate awaits the Lamborghini Huracan. That means there will be no series production V1o engine available in the new-car market. Hold outs are confined to the likes of the McLaren Solus track special.

V10 engines in modern cars range from luxurious sedans and SUVs to high-performance supercars. With that in mind we take a look at some of the more memorable vehicles to feature this engine configuration, particularly those that have some local presence.

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  1. BMW M5 (E60)

    E61 BMW M5 Touring

    The BMW M5 E60 holds a special place in the hearts of BMW enthusiasts. This is the last M5 to feature a naturally aspirated engine. Its 5,0-litre V10 delivered a staggering 373 kW and 520 N.m of torque. These outputs would propel this sedan from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4,7 seconds. It had a spine-tingling exhaust note, and and appetite for revs. Interestingly, the engine blocks were made in the same foundry as F1 items of the era. The same engine was used in the M6 derivatives of the era.

  2. Audi RS6 (C6)

    Audi RS6 with V10 engine

    We suspect this is a car many have forgotten about. Audi’s RS6 (C6 series) boasts a formidable V10 engine borrowed from Lamborghini. With its 5,0-litre twin-turbocharged V10, the RS6 delivered a remarkable 426 kW and 650 N.m of torque. The engine was combined with Audi’s legendary Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which made for a sedan that offered unmatched traction and performance.

  3. Lamborghini Gallardo

    Lamborghini Gallardo

    No list of V10-powered cars would be complete without mentioning the Lamborghini Gallardo. This engine configuration was unique in the segment. With its striking design and ferocious performance, the Gallardo is a true supercar icon. Its 5,0-litre V10 engine produced 368 kW  and 510 N.m of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4,0 seconds. The very same engine was used in various Audi products. In later guise it powered its successor, the Huracan and Audi R8.

  4. Dodge Viper SRT-10

    Dodge Viper RT10

    The Dodge Viper SRT-10 is the epitome of American muscle. It had a monstrous 8,4-litre V10 engine under its long bonnet. The engine was reportedly made from joining together two V8s and lopping off the extra cylinders. With 447 kW and 760 N.m of torque on tap, the Viper SRT-10 was a proper handful. Its iconic design and raw, unfiltered driving experience made the Viper SRT-10 a true legend of the automotive world.

  5. Volkswagen Touareg (V10 TDI)

    Volkswagen Touareg R50 with V10 engine

    While perhaps an unexpected addition to this list, the Volkswagen Touareg deserves recognition for its V10 TDI variant. This diesel-powered SUV is equipped with a 5,0-litre V10 engine producing 230 kW and a staggering 750 Nm of torque. With its impressive towing capacity and off-road capabilities, the Touareg V10 TDI proves that V10 engines can be versatile as well as powerful.

  6. Lexus LFA

    Lexus LFA

    The Lexus LFA is a masterpiece of Japanese engineering, featuring a high-revving 4,8-litre V10 engine that produces 412 kW and 480 N.m of torque. The LFA boasts carbon-fibre construction and Formula 1-inspired technology. It also offers blistering performance and razor-sharp handling that rivals the best supercars in the world.

  7. Porsche Carrera GT

    Porsche Carrera GT

    Last, but certainly not least, the Porsche Carrera GT is a true icon of automotive engineering. Its 5,7-litre V10 engine produces an awe-inspiring 450 kW and 590 N.m of torque. These outputs propel the mid-engined supercar from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3,9 seconds. The Carrera GT is the ultimate expression of Porsche’s motorsport heritage as the engine was developed directly from a race unit.