Audi R8

Audi R8

  The Audi R8 is the German automaker's current top of the line model based on the Le Mans Quattro concept car. Thanks to lightweight aluminum construction the mid engine super car weighed in at under 3,500 lbs when it was introduced in 2006. The original 4.2 Liter FSI V8 powered car made 420 HP and 320 lb-ft of torque sprinting the four wheel drive dream machine from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.4 sec, through the quarter mile in 12.8 sec at 113.2 MPH and up to 187 MPH while an updated version will offer a Lamborghini 5.2 Liter V10 making 520 HP and 390 lb-ft of thrust and gets to the 60 MPH mark in only 3.9 seconds and all the way up to 196.4 MPH. The road car is named after the LMP1 endurance race car that won the ALMS title from 2000 thru 2006 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2000 until 2005 only to be beaten in 2003 by a closed roof version from VW family member, the Bentley Speed 8.

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When the Audi R8 was introduced back in 2006, one of its more notable features was that it was a supercar that could be used as a daily driver. Yes, it was a very fast and capable handler, but it could also be driven to the grocery store if the need arose. Unfortunately, for most people, all of that was overshadowed by the fact that the R8 was an absolute stunner. Even with a base price of over $100,000, it had the kind of good looks that made it look more expensive than it actually was. The Porsche 911 4S still runs the risk of being confused for a Cayman, but as distinctive as the R8 was, there really wasn’t anything on the road that it would be confused with.

It isn’t 2006 anymore though, and despite a refresh in 2012, the overall design is still eight years old. With the R8 no longer looking as fresh and cutting edge as it did at one point, what is the discerning buyer to do? How can you make sure that your R8 stands out in the sea of more than 20,000 other R8s?

Enter the Audi R8 XII GT Aero-Kit by SGA Aerodynamics. With a full body kit and new set of wheels, an R8 owner can make sure that his car not only stands out visually but also possibly even handles better than a stock R8.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Audi R8 XII GT Aero-Kit By SGA Aerodynamics.

Time for some juicy prototype supercar footage and speculation. The cool kids at TouriClips have scored some new film of the new Audi R8 blasting around the Nurburgring . Based on the sound of the engine, this appears to be a V-10-powered car. There are some weird things happening though. At certain points, there appears to be what sounds like the whistle of a turbocharger.

This is crazy for many reasons, not the least of which is the idea of a turbocharged V10 production car. For starters, the Lamborghini Huracan uses a sister engine, and I don’t see the Volkswagen bosses letting the Audi outpace the Lamborghini .

Otherwise, the video is full of what we traditionally expect. Plenty of speed, hard cornering and engine noise. Take a look at the video and keep your ears open. Tell us what you think about this video. Does that engine note have the familiar sound of forced induction, or are my ears playing tricks on me? Sound off in the comments.

We know Ken Block has sick drifting skills, but we didn’t know he was still as adept at smoking tires even with the lights turned off. The man famous for his Gymkhana videos definitely proved as much in this new commercial from Castrol Edge.

Block was joined by BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus, GP2 driver Adrian Zaugg, and DTM driver Mike Rockenfeller in this commercial. Together, all four drivers were given a unique challenge: drive their respective vehicles in complete darkness with only their headlights to put the company’s newest and strongest oil to the test.

The challenge looks simple enough until you realize how easy it is to get discombobulated by all the lighting effects, particularly the Laser Box that Block found himself in.

But true to their racing pedigrees, the drivers successfully pulled off all the stunts, capped off by Block doing his own drift tricks inside the Box. It’s definitely worth three minutes of your time, if only to see how Mr. Gymkhana himself manages to balance drifting his car while also enjoying that laser lights show.

A mildly camouflaged, next-generation Audi R8 has hit the Nurburgring track again, revealing a few never-before-seen details. You’re probably anxious to ogle at its sexy, supercar -like body, but the fake body panels mounted on the front and the rear fascias blocked our paparazzi, yet again.

The good news is the folks over at Audi have brought with them a second prototype with a fully uncovered interior, a perfect target for our skilled photographers and their lenses. The most noticeable novelty is the introduction of a digital TFT instrument cluster.

The unit comes to replace the more conventional analogue gauges and represents a significant update for a sports car that has some tough competition to bark at. The dashboard is also new, and so are the steering wheels and the air vents, which feature chromed bezels.

Getting back to the outer shell, we’re expecting for the brand-new R8 to break cover with a set of smaller headlamps, a reshaped grille and a smoother front hood. Around back, we should see slimmer LED taillights, redesigned vents and rectangular exhaust pipes on each side of the diffuser. Overall, the next R8 will look flatter, wider and even meaner.

Audi will bolt the body on the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan , which means the new model will shed up to 200 pounds compared to its predecessors. Both the 4.2-liter V-8 and the 5.2-liter V-10 powerplants will carry over with the regular horsepower updates. Naturally, these units will see improvements in the fuel efficiency department as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi R8.

Another Thursday afternoon means another TopSpeed.com Podcast . You can click play here for audio, or look after the jump for a FULL video podcast.

This week sees the return of Justin after his vacation, lots of cars with manual transmissions and a few automotive farewells.

Our weekly wheels for this week include the Honda Accord Touring from Justin and the Chevrolet Silverado High Country from Mark. I am a sad boy this week and have no new cars to talk about. Cue the sad trombone.

To make myself feel better, we cover a whole host of bad-ass car news. We start with the announcement of a manual transmission for the F-Type . We move to more fun cars with the Cayman GT4 spy shots , and the final edition of the Cadillac CTS-V . Cadillac gets some more love with the ELR-V and we finish with the BMW i8, the future of the M1 and round things out with a special edition Audi R8 .

We wrap up the show with a trio of questions from you, our wonderful listeners, and an Own, Drive, Burn made entirely of Corvettes.

We had one final viewer question, but it was a long one, so we decided to tackle it as a special "after-show bonus" so feel free to stick around after the closing music to catch that. We discuss what you should buy if you are sitting on $30k and want a performance car.

As always, you can catch us on iTunes ( we would love it if you rated and gave us a review), drop us an email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com, find us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast or just hit up the comments. We read and respond to basically everything, so if you have feedback, let us know.

Click "play" to hear this week’s Podcast

See you next week-

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Honda Accord, Chevy Silverado

The current-generation Audi R8 is getting ready to enter its last year on the market as the automaker is already testing a redesigned version. However, the Germans haven’t given up on the current R8 just yet.

Starting this summer, customers will be able to acquire an even more powerful version of the V-10 variant which will carry the LMX name and sit atop the V-10 Plus . Besides a significant power bump, the LMX also benefits from extensive Audi Exclusive treatment with numerous bespoke parts added inside and out.

A unique blue paint job, new wheels, carbon-fiber reinforced plastic components, and a leather-wrapped cockpit are only a few of the features found on the new edition. But more importantly, the new sports car is fitted with Audi’s laser light technology, previously seen on the R18 e-tron quattro race car .

Although only 99 units are set to be built, the Audi R8 LMX will become the first production road-going vehicle to carry laser headlamps, snatching the achievement from German rival BMW who will launch a similar technology in the i8 sports car later this year. A sneaky move from Audi, who is probably introducing the LMX only to poke at the Bavarian company.

Updated 06/13/2014: Audi unveiled a very cool promo video featuring driver featuring Tom Kristensen driver pushing the R8 LMX to the limits. Enjoy!

Updated 06/18/2014: Audi unveiled the R8 LMX at the 2014 Le Mans and this was the perfect opportunity to release new images and video. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi R8 LMX.

It’s been less than a month since the 2016 Audi R8 was caught testing at the Nurburgring, and the redesigned sports car returned to the "Green Hell" for more performance adjustments.

Fortunately, our skilled spy photographers were on duty when the vehicle hit the course and provided us with the most revealing spy shots of the upcoming R8 yet.

The Germans finally ditched most of the camouflage and, although the signature front grille isn’t out in the open, it’s clear as day that the next-generation model won’t stray too much from the current R8 in terms of styling.

Up front, both the headlamps and the grille appear to be smaller than before, while the hood features a smoother surface with less muscular lines toward the sides. Around back, the new, slimmer LED taillights are joined by redesigned vents. Below there’s a new diffuser flanked by wide, rectangular exhaust pipes. The latter are now mounted lower than the old, rounded ones.

Although the silhouette of the car remains basically the same, Audi managed to make the new R8 look flatter and a little bit wider. We won’t get confirmation until the sports car is properly revealed, but, if this proves to be true, the 2016 R8 will deliver vastly improved performances on the track.

Updated 04/09/2014: If you really like how the next R8 looks in black, we’ve just added a new set of images for you.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8.

The competitiveness of the Audi R8 LMS ultra in GT world championships lends itself to the widely known belief that the car is as good a racer you can get. That competitiveness is expected to continue in the 2014 season, specifically at the Nurburgring 24 Hours where as many as eight R8 LMS ultra cars are tipped to compete.

Ahead of the actual 24-hour race this coming June, the R8 LMS ultra was put through the paces over the weekend in qualification for the endurance race. While it failed to upend the BMW Z4’s dominance, don’t expect for one second that the R8 LMS ultra won’t be a contender when the real race at the "Green Hell" commences this coming June.

All in all, five teams will be fielding the R8 LMS ultra at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, with some notable drivers in the mix, including Le Mans winners Frank Biela, Marcel Fässler, Stéphane Ortelli, and Marco Werner. These four drivers have accounted for 11 wins at the ’Ring, and will be complemented by former GT1 World Champions Marc Basseng and Markus Winkelhock, defending FIA GT Champion Laurens Vanthoo, and three-time Porsche Supercup Champion René Rast.

That’s as good a lineup to drive the R8 LMS ultra at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. It’s going to face some stiff challenges, especially with the BMW Z4 and the defending-champion Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 in the fold. But don’t expect the R8 LMS ultra to just sit idle and let the rest get the spoils. The racer is tipped and ready to make some waves when the endurance race kicks off this coming June.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi R8 LMS ultra.

Our spy photographers have been at it again, capturing even more shots of the 2016 Audi R8 running laps at the Nürburgring. This time, we’ve got some fresh angles and different lighting revealing some details not previously seen in the last batch of photos .

A few of those details are noticeable in the rear three-quarter view and center around the rear window area. For starters, the vents flanking the rear window have a new shape. Gone are the open-top louvered vents, replaced by ones with long slats facing the window. A completely new vent is seen too. Just below the rear window lies a horizontal vent that likely expels heat from the mid-mounted engine. The addition makes sense when considering the supposed cooling issues Audi had with the 4.0-liter twin turbocharged V-8. There’s still no word on whether that engine will be included in the R8 lineup though.

Another newly spotted detail is the vertical slats in the large heat extractors just below the taillights. In previous R8s, the vents were horizontal, adding to the visual width of the car.

Up front, we see the swirly-wrap camo hiding what appears to be bulkier camouflage around the license plate disguising the R8’s production nose while the three main grilles are covered in thick mesh, keeping their looks a mystery.

Click past the jump to read more speculation on the 2016 Audi R8

Feast your eyes upon the reworked 2016 Audi R8 as it enjoys a spirited drive around its natural habitat — the Nurburgring . While the R8’s overall shape doesn’t change, the car is riding on an all new platform shared between its corporate cousin, the new Lamborghini Huracan .

Our sources are saying the new platform architecture helps trim 100 to 200 pounds off the R8’s once-hefty proportions. The generous use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials will help the R8 gain rigidity, as well as quicker lap times around the ‘ring.

The other hot speculative news is the R8 will keep its monstrous 4.2-liter, naturally-aspirated V-8 despite rumblings Audi would swap it for the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 found in the RS6 , RS7 , and S8 . According to Car & Driver, the force-induction engine is having issues staying cool in the R8’s mid-mounted engine bay. All rumors seem to be consistent regarding the massive 5.2-liter V-10, however. Looks like it will be returning for 2016. Also returning will be the six-speed manual and the seven-speed DSG gearbox, available with either engine.

Appearance wise, the new R8 doesn’t change that much. It does feature a more squared-off front grille similar to what Audi’s new TT looks like. Out back, the square cutouts in the camouflage reveal curvaceous LED taillights. Beneath that are reshaped vents that lack the horizontal bars of the current model. Down below is a reshaped and more aggressive air diffuser with reworked exhaust pipes.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Audi R8.


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