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.

Audi R8 E-Tron

The Audi R8 E-tron is officially a ’go’ after Audi successfully made revisions to make the electric sports car run longer distances than its initial range.

So, it looks like the on-again, off-again status of the R8 E-tron has now been resolved, and not a moment too soon because Audi has spent a pretty long time coming to this decision. To be fair, the German automaker understood that to green light the production of the R8 E-tron, significant improvements had to be made to increase the model’s range of 134 miles.

It turns out that the solution, according to Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for technical development, was found after significant progress had been made in battery technology, including the way it was packaged, which made them more space efficient.

Ultimately, Audi successfully bumped up the E-Tron’s range, thanks to a re-engineering program, and to be fair, it wasn’t just a marginal increase in range. From the initial 134 miles, Hackenberg’s team of engineers managed to more than double the electric sports car’s range to an impressive 279 miles.

So with that headache resolved, the road to production for the R8 E-Tron just got a lot smoother, even though a specific time frame for its arrival has yet to be announced.

But hey, one problem at a time, right? The important thing is the R8 E-tron is going to be produced after all, even if the decision that led to it took a lot longer than a lot of people anticipated.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 E-tron.

Source: AutoCar
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If last week Drive’s Inside quattro GmbH series too a look at the development process of the R8 V10 Plus. This time around, Drive took trip behind the scenes at Audi ’s home and spent some time at the Audi Sport Customer Racing program at Quattro GmbH — the home of the R8 LMS Ultra race car.

This video will teach you about how the R8 LMS Ultra race car is built, plus you get to watch various testing sessions and you will hear different opinions on how good or bad it is.

As a reminder, the R8 LMS Ultra is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total of 570 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. This power is transferred to the rear wheels through a a sequential, pneumatically activated, six-speed gearbox. The car is priced at €350,000 — about $475,000 at the current exchange rates.

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The second season of DRIVE’s Inside quattro GmbH started big with a very cool video shot at the assembly line of R8, which is situated in Neckarsulm, Germany. In this episode you will learn how the most powerful R8 — the V10 Plus — is built.

The video was filmed by Leo Parente, the man who toured the special assembly shop where the R8 comes together. Of course, the assembly line if equipped with all the latest technologies, but many of the car’s elements are hand-built.

The R8 V10 Plus is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total 550 horsepower and a peak torque of 398 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm. When equipped with the S tronic transmission, the R8 V10 Plus sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 196 mph, and when mated to a manual gearbox, R8 Plus goes from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, up to a top speed of 198 mph.

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Now this is the the type of video we expect to see from Chris Harris, as he went to the Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit where he put the Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 race car and its road-going brother, the R8 V10 head to head.

When compared to a standard R8 , the LMS GT3 version is equipped with an aggressive aero package with a newly designed rear diffuser, a new exhaust system with the tailpipes relocated to exit upwards. The model also gets new wheels, new suspension system and braking software. Of course, that all these changes raised the price to a total of $440,000, which is quite a lot, even for a race car. But then again, the R8 LMS already scored 18 championship titles, so it’s likely well worth it.

Check out the video to see if Harris finds the R8 LMS Ultra as cool as the street version.

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Audi R20

In 2012, rumors swirled that Audi was working on a production version for the R8 V12 TDI concept that it unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Since then this model was up and down so many times that we ran out of fingers and toes to count it on on.

During a recent interview at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg announced that such a model — rumored to be called R20 — was put to rest once again and that it was "an interesting idea but not a priority."

Even though this model is on the shelf for now, Audi really needs to develop a new supercar, as the R8 is starting to get a little wrinkly and a new generation R8 likely wouldn’t hold a candle to all of the recently launched hybrid supercars. In fact, even BMW finally decided to release the i8 after years of ups and downs, and we’re sure that Audi will shortly follow its steps.

Now its true that Audi also has in its plans the R8 e-tron , which has also seen its fair share of ups and downs, so maybe the restarting of the R8 e-tron talks at Audi headquarters sparked the shelving of the diesel-electric supercar.

Hackenberg also said that instead of the diesel-electric supercar, Audi will focus on developing a sub-2,200-pound version of the future TT . This model will likely be high-tech and perform well, but it definitely won’t satisfy the cravings of supercar junkies.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 V12 TDI Concept.

Source: Autocar
Audi R8 E-Tron

And so, the Audi R8 e-tron saga rolls on.

A report late last year indicated that Audi was indeed reconsidering launching the R8 e-tron, but the report remained unconfirmed until last night at the 2014 NAIAS . The four-ring company’s technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg made the confirmation when he told Auto Express that he is "discussing the project with the board."

The run-around regarding the future of the R8 e-tron has taken more turns than an endurance racer on the Nurburgring , with numerous delays plaguing the development of the vehicle culminating in another report that Audi was going to develop the vehicle solely for research purposes.

But now that the word has officially come from the horse’s mouth, we’re going to believe Hackenberg’s recent proclamation. He did stop short of saying when the official launch is going to be, but with the way automakers have embraced the idea of electric sports cars recently — the BMW i8 , for one, is coming very soon — Audi’s decision to bring back the R8 e-tron was a move done in large part to keep up with the competition.

The car’s development has progressed to the point that Audi can just pick up where it left of so it shouldn’t take too long to see a production model — we hope. With the next-gen R8 just around the corner, don’t be surprised to see the e-tron version sooner rather than later.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi e-tron

Source: AutoExpress
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The Audi R8 GT is limited to only 333 units worldwide, so you can imagine that the chance to own one is pretty rare. For us, a base R8 GT is powerful enough from factory and it needs no upgrades. If you forgot, it is powered by a 5.2 V-10 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and up to 198 mph.

But, what while we consider this amount of power quite enough for a sports car, the guys over Underground Racing decided the R8 GT can do much better so they developed a first upgrade package for it.

The kit is called Stage 2R Twin Turbo and was specially developed for a customer that opted for the FULL 2R build. This setup makes an easy 1,150 whp on 93 octane pump gas and more than 1,800 whp on race gas.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 GT by Underground Racing.

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Audi just dropped the revised 2014 R8 on the market and the German tuner Regula Tuning already found an extreme way to update it.

The kit is entirely made in carbon fiber and completely transforms the look of the R8 , even though the updates are limited just to a new front and rear apron, and a new set of side skirts.

The kit checks in at &euro7,850 — about $10,500 at the current exchange rates — and it can be applied to both the coupe and roadster versions, and all the engine variations.

No changes were made under the hood, but we think that what Audi is offering from factory is quite enough. In case you forgot, the R8 Spyder is powered by a 5.2-liter, V-10 engine that delivers a total of 525 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 391 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. This output is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds and up to a top speed of 193.25 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about Audi R8 Spyder by Regula Tuning.

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A few days ago xXx Performance was unveiling a very cool tuning kit based on the Lamborghini Gallardo . Now is time for another awesome update, this time based on the Audi R8 , the 4.2 V-8 version. As with the previous kit, the new R8 Biturbo received a series of upgrades to both the exterior and the interior, but most of the job was made under the hood.

For the engine upgrades the tuner offers three different stages, with power increased to 590 horsepower and 486 pound-feet of torque in stage 1; 640 horsepower and 497 pound-feet in stage 2 and an astonishing 707 horsepower and 596 pound-feet of torque in stage 3. In all three stages xXx Performance is offering a biturbo system, ECU remap and a new exhaust system. The sequential R-tronic 6-gear manual transmission was also upgraded with a special transmission software that is adapted to the new situations.

The most powerful version goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, from 0 to 124 mph in 10.6 seconds and from 0 to 186 mph in 15.8 seconds. Top speed goes up to 194 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 Biturbo by xXx Performance.

Audi R8

Considering that the current Audi R8 already uses a lightweight aluminum structure, news that the German automaker plans to drop as much as 130 pounds on the second-generation R8 caught a lot of people by surprise.

So why is this important news? Well, for one, it could usher in a new era of how the company will construct the bodies of its cars moving forward. And another thing: don’t sleep on what 130 pounds less can do to the performance characteristics of a car, let alone one that’s as fast and powerful as the R8.

That’s exactly what we could be in store for if recent comments by Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg have any weight to them. At the LA Auto Show , Hackenberg told Motor Trend of the company’s plan to offer a lighter Audi R8, which could very well mean that the automaker will be improving upon its current lightweight aluminum structure technology.

Hackenberg stopped short of diving into specifics, but he did indicate that the company will use what it calls a ‘multi-material’ strategy where some elements of aluminum on the current car will be replaced with lighter carbon fiber and more of the latter material will be used in the floor structure and center tunnel.

The second generation Audi R8 is scheduled to be released in the next few years so there’s still enough time to dissect what the company has in store for its resident supercar.

Click past the jump to read about the 2016 Audi R8

Source: Motor Trend

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