Audi expects V10 R8 to beat ZR1, GT-R Nurburgring lap times

Nissan and GM have managed to attract a lot of attention to their new GT-R and Corvette ZR1 sports cars thanks to some highly publicized lap times at Germany's Nurburgring race track. With the launch of the V10 version of R8 around the corner, Audi hopes to trump both cars with a time faster than 7 minutes and 26 seconds.

Exact specs of the new range-topping R8 are unknown, but it should deliver around 535 horsepower and is expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.

While Audi hasn't yet made an official proclamation of R8 V10's Nurburgring-crushing abilities, a source told Sweden's Auto Motor & Sport the new model has already beat the ZR1.

A month ago, GM announced a ZR1 piloted by development engineer Jim Mero recorded a time of 7 minutes 26.4 seconds -- three seconds faster than the Nissan GT-R time announced in May.

With Nissan aiming for a sub-7:25 lap time with its Spec-V GT-R, it will be interesting to see if the Audi will manage to come out on top.