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.
VF Engineering is really into breaking the mold when it comes to developing programs for some of the world’s finest supercars. The American aftermarket company definitely knows a power upgrade when they see one and their latest offering for the mighty German beast, the Audi R8 V10, is no different.
With some help from fellow Audi aftermarket wizard Stassis Engineering, VF Engineering took the R8 V10’s massive 5.2-liter engine and made serious work out of it, highlighted by the addition of a bolt on roots style supercharger system and an Eaton/Magnuson TVS2300 four-lobe roots blower with an air/water aftercooling system that boosts up the R8 V10’s output from the standard 520 horsepower and 390 pounds-per-feet of torque figures all the way up to 720 horsepower and 590 pounds-per-feet of torque. That impressive bump in output is particularly jacked up because of the resulting lag-free instant punch of 5psi from as little as 2,000rpm, with the boost gradually climbing all the way up to 6.5psi at redline.
And should the R8 V10 be using a 91 or 93 octane, the stock engine programming is then recalibrated by VF courtesy of an OBD2 port electronic flash.
For all of the program’s downright awesomeness, there is one bit of bad news out there for anybody interested in getting this package. It’s not compliant with the California Air Resourse Board and cannot be used on public roads in California.
Prior Design has announced a new tuning kit for the Audi R8 sports car. Called PD GT650, the new kit is made from high-quality Dura-Flex FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) and features an excellent surface finish that provides sufficient flexibility combined with high stability.
The aerodynamic kit includes a new front bumper with side vents included, a new front lip spoiler and front fenders. Updates continue at the rear with a new bumper with side vents, a new diffuser and wing, plus a racecar-inspired roof scoop. Prior design is also offering new side skirts and a new set of wheels painted in black with red insertions.
The tuner made no updates under the hood, but we believe a 430-horsepower, V-8 engine is more than enough for a sports car.
The price for the new PD GT650 kit is €19,900 - or about $26,200 at the current exchange rates. Not too shabby.
UPDATE 02/12/13: If you thought Prior Design’s GT650 program for the Audi R8 is awesome, you have to check out the fresh batch of new photos showing the German supercar frolicking in the snow. Can you say "wallpaper"? Hop on over after the jump to check out the photos!
If you thought the Audi R8 China Edition was rare, then you’ll be shocked to know that there’s a limited-edition model that’s even rarer than that. This is the Audi R8 V10 Limited Edition and, as its name suggests, Audi is only building a select number of these babies — 30 in all — for the Chinese market. To distinguish itself from the rest of the R8s out there, including the aforementioned China Edition, Audi decided to dress up the R8 Limited Edition in a unique Nordic Gold paint finish that, on looks alone, can make a serious case as a permanent color option for the R8.
Aesthetic modifications are also abound for this limited-run model, highlighted by front and rear air intakes and outlets, lightweight tailpipes, and a radiator grille that has been finished in matte black. The dress up continues with the front and rear slats. Additionally, the rear bumper, and the radiator grille surround and bars all sport a matte-titanium-grey finish. The front spoiler, side blades, fixed rear wing and the enlarged diffuser have been upgraded to carbon matte.
Inside, the R8 Limited Edition features sports bucket seats and headlining, both of which have been dressed with black Alcantara with contrasting stitching and piping, and the knee pad now comes in shark skin black with its own contrast stitching. Carbon matte, or at least inlays of it, was also used inside, particularly the A-pillar and the door pulls. To assert the limited-edition nature of this R8, the aluminum gear knob comes with a limited edition number, ranging from 1 to 33 with the numbers 4, 14, and 24 excluded from the list. Why, you ask? The number "4" equates to bad mojo for the Chinese.
Audi China has priced the R8 Limited Edition at 2,628,000 yuan, which is around $420,000 based on current exchange rates, an amount that affluent and passionate Chinese auto enthusiasts won’t have trouble shelling out.
We totally get why automakers from all over the world are suddenly falling over themselves trying to get some love in China. After all, it’s already the world’s largest auto market and the wide diversity of buyers in the country has given automakers of all levels opportunity to establish themselves and gain some footing in the market.
For its offering, Audi decided to build an R8 V10 China Edition specifically for this purpose. The car is limited to only 80 units and comes in a choice of two colors: Malibu Blue Body/Suzuka Grey Sideblades or the inverse Suzuka Grey Body/Malibu Blue Sideblades. Look at the photos and it’s easy to be enamored with the color choices Audi decided to use on the R8 China Edition.
In addition to the color choices, the R8 China Edition also makes prevalent use of ultra-light and high-strength carbon fiber. Both the R8’s body — the carbon matte fixed spoiler — and the interior are decked in carbon fiber, making for a true special edition model that lives up to the “special” designation. Rounding out the modifications for the 80-unit R8 China Edition is a set of 19-inch, high-gloss black wheels in a 5 twin-spoke “Y” design, further stamping the uniqueness and exclusivity of this special-edition supercar.
The interior of the R8 also strengthens its billing as a special edition. It includes the characters “R8 专享” to go with the model number embedded on the aluminum gear lever knob. Notice also that any number with a “4” on it has been removed to "respect the cultural habit of Chinese customers,” as it is considered unlucky – like the number 13 in the U.S., but intensified.
Adding to the supercar’s luxury swag are materials that include shark skin and colored stitching, the handbrake and steering wheel are wrapped in Alcantara, and the instrument shield is finished in carbon matte. Finally, R8 emblems also adorn the interior of the supercar, particularly on the dash and the aluminum door sill trims.
The entire cost of the R8 China Edition hits at 2,628,000 yuan, which is around $420,000 based on current exchange rates.
In the latest episode of "The Downshift" the crew over MotorTrend took a trip to Quattro GmbH, the birthplace of the the RS3, RS4, RS5, RS6 and R8. Since 1983, Audi’s go-fast factory has been taking Audi sedans to the extreme and in 2006 it unveiled the R8, which has quickly become one of the worlds most sought after supercars.
The factory was founded in October 1983 and it is located on a 3,500-square-meter site in Neckarsulm, near Stuttgart, Germany. The factory specializes in producing high-performance Audi cars and components, and its name pays homage to Audi’s original four-wheel-drive, rally-inspired road car: the Audi Quattro.
Take a look at this video; you will be amazed by the dedication and heart these folks put into each and every Audi that passes through. Let us know what do you think!
Since Audi R8 dropped onto the market in 2008, it has been repeatedly recognized as one of the most gorgeous cars to brace the asphalt. That, of course, is because many people simply consider it a designing masterpiece. So, when companies like Regula Exclusive come with these kinds of tuning packages we can’t help but scratch our heads and wonder “why?”
Regula Exclusive’s body kit is made from aramid (aromatic polyamide) and it is offered for the coupe and roadster models. While everything in this body kit is taken to the extreme, that central air inlet and the two lateral "fellows" under the headlights are pretty over the top. In order to wrap your R8 in this kit, you’ll have to pony up €7,698 — about $9,950 at the current exchange rates.
If the body kit isn’t enough, Regula Exclusive also offers up a set of 20-inch Oxigin wheels measuring in at 8.5 inches wide at the front and 11 inches wide at the rear.
To avoid being 100-percent aesthetic, Regula Exclusive is also offering a tuning chip for €1,398 euro ($1,800) that will increase the output of your V-10 engine up to 560 horsepower – a 35-horsepower bump.
With exception to the tuning chip, we can live without this upgrade. However, this type of over-the-top kit just might be up your ally…
SR Auto Group has unveiled lots of upgrade packages in the past few weeks, but this latest one is among our favorites. This is true not only because it is based on the Audi R8 Spyder, but also because the updates themselves are pretty sweet.
Dubbed "Project Speed Walker," this special edition R8 was developed in cooperation with PUR Wheels, Hofele, PPI, MA Carbon, Miltek, APR and Carbonio, and combines naked carbon fiber with shades of black. On the exterior, it features a carbon-fiber front spoiler and a set of 20-inch PUR 4OUR Monoblock wheels coated in a modern gloss-black paint.
On the inside, the folks over at PPI offered a carbon-fiber steering wheel and MA added a carbon-fiber center console and a carbon-fiber gear shift bezel.
Aesthetics are not all that this tuning kit consists of; that would be a waste. SR Auto Group took care of business under the hood by adding in a Carbonio carbon-fiber intake system and an APR ECM upgrade. The under-hood mods are all capped off by a Miltek exhaust system that’s sure to give the R8 a throaty rumble. The official specifications are not available, so your guess on final engine output is about as good as ours.
The German tuner MTM has prepared another tuning package for the Audi R8 V10 Quattro. This new package will be available for both the roadster and coupe versions, and will offer engine upgrade and an exterior kit.
In order to improve the V-10 engine’s output, the tuner remapped the ECU and installed a new stainless steel sports exhaust system, which not only lowers the back-pressure, but also improves the engine’s sound. As a result, the R8 will now deliver a total of 606 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and a peak torque of 413 pound-feet. A sprint from 0 to 60 mph is now complete in 3.5 seconds, while top speed leaps up to an incredible 200 mph.
Exterior changes are minimal and only include a new front spoiler lip, side skirts and rear spoiler. For the interior, the tuner opted to install new Recaro carbon-fiber race-style seats that reduce the R8’s total weight by 88 pounds.
The package continues with a set of Bimoto forged alloy wheels in 9.0J and 11.0J x 20-inch sizes, shod with 245/30ZR20 and 315/25ZR20 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. These wheels have been combined with a new KW 3 coil-over suspension that can lower the car by as much as 60 mm (2.36 inches). A set of MTM high-performance brakes with 380 x 34 mm (14.96- x 1.34-inch) vented discs up front complete the picture.
To further stylize the R8, MTM is also offering checkered-flag graphics that can be combined with any possible exterior color.
It’s no secret that German automaker Audi has had a longstanding relationship with soccer giants Real Madrid. Over the years, the two have celebrated a successful partnership with a variety of joint appearances, brand promotions, and even going so far as Audi supplying the entire team with their chosen set of models.
Recently, another one of these Audi giveaways took place, but the real highlight of the festivities wasn’t so much the photo-ops or the test runs on the race track. Heck, it wasn’t even the cursory "handing over the keys" to the Real Madrid players.
The real star of the show was the unique Audi R8 LMS that was dressed in Real Madrid livery and dubbed the "R8 LMS Real Madrid Edition." The changes on the car’s body is what will immediately catch your attention, in large part because it’s been dressed to show the colors, logos, and even markings of Real Madrid.
The team’s iconic crest is prominently displayed on the hood of the R8 LMS as well as on both sides of the car — just above the side skirts. The team name is also spread across the top portion of the windshield and on both doors. Apparently, as soon as you open the doors of this racecar, Real Madrid’s own club anthem will play in full blast until you start the engine.
Surely, this is a vehicle that is on its way to becoming a prized possession of many environmentally friendly people who still enjoy to cruise around at high speeds, right? Negative. Audi has decided that it will be putting this project on hold and could even be axing it in the future.
The decision to put the car on hold was made by Audi’s new R&D chief Wolfgang Dürheimer who thinks that the high price of the batteries could still be a problem. He also fears that there aren’t enough customers interested in an electric car of this caliber.
This seems to be a reasonable explanation for putting a vehicle on the back-burner, but we’re still a little bummed that we will not be seeing the R8 e-tron in all of its glory. Then again, we can take comfort in the fact that the Audi F12 E Performance Prototype is still out there, chugging along with the R8 e-tron’s technology, so not all is lost.