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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German auto design house PPI launched its new company name and a new Audi R8 -based Razor Spyder GTR model this weekend at Pebble Beach Concours week. PPI is now called PPI Speed Design , and to go with the new name is this hot open-air conversion kit for both the V-8 and V-10 R8 supercars.

Marked out by freer breathing for the induction and exhaust, the most notable element of the Razor Spyder is the open-air door cutouts that make every day a breezy California summer.

Cut from aluminum and reinforced with carbon fiber, the door cutouts promise a spectacular view of the road and create a cockpit that feels open and free like a track day special or the Aston Martin CC100 speedster. Lacking weatherproofing (or side windows) to provide these interesting cockpit vents, the PPI “Spyder Doors” take the R8 V-10 Spyder ’s drama level and performance level - then cranks it up to "11."

The full complement of PPI Speed Design carbon-fiber styling and aerodynamic tweaks are included on the prototype seen above, which also features a custom satin matte blue paint and contrast black features for the side air ducts and a giant dual intake scoop behind the passenger headrests.

The result is certainly dramatic in a way that most modified R8’s are not, with giant virgin gold painted brake calipers and a GT3-inspired front air dam looking amazing with the latest LED headlights from the latest R8 Audi design.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 PPI Speed Design Razor Spyder GTR, a complete package or individual components from this German supercar enhancer.

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Last year, Prior Design announced the PD-GT850 tuning kit for the Audi R8 sports car for the first time. We were very impressed by it and its potential to transform a "simple" R8 into a brutal racing-style car. Now the tuner revisited the kit and came up with a new limited-edition version painted in "Pearl matte white".

This time the kit was designed in cooperation with the guys over Famous Parts which took care of the proper installation of all parts of the body kit and did the rest of the conversion.

Thanks to the new wide-body kit, the PD GT850 is now 6 cm (2.36 inches) broader on the front section and 8 cm (3.14 inches) at the rear one. Combine all this wideness with the new limited serial color "Pearl matte white" and you will get the hell of a sports car.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 PD-GT850 White Phoenix by Prior Design.

The Audi R8 has found itself in yet another blockbuster movie. At this point, we should just give it an Oscar and call it a day, right?

The R8 has been in so many movies over the past couple of years we’re surprised we couldn’t find an IMDB page for it. But in all seriousness, the German sports car is a real action star and recently, it was revealed that Audi has once again collaborated with Marvel Studios to include a fleet of its cars, including the R8 Spyder , in another superhero movie.

This time, the R8 is trading in Iron Man for Wolverine, a not too surprising turn of events given the car’s proclivity for living life on the fast lane. But the R8 Spyder isn’t the only Audi that made an appearance in The Wolverine. Joining it - and making their respective cinematic debuts - are the Audi A8 L and the Ducati Diavel, which is now owned by Audi, by the way.

As far as the respective scenes where the R8 Spyder is in front of the cameras, well, that’s something that we’ll save for the actual movie. The Wolverine opens in the U.S. later this month on July 26th. Be sure to check it out because you never know, the R8 Spyder just might have its own mutant powers by movie’s end.

Click past the jump to read about the standard - and non-mutant - Audi R8 Spyder

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Everyone knows that once an updated version was revealed, a model is preparing to enter a new generation. This is exactly what it will happen with the Audi R8 : it entered the market back in 2008 (2006 in Europe), then received an updated for 2014 (2013 for Europe) and now, Audi is preparing to unveil a new-generation R8.

The new R8 will continue to share its platform with the next-gen Lamborghini Gallardo , but Audi will focus on making it lighter and more powerful. Also, while remaining faithful to its roots, the next R8 will adopt a radical new look with lots of design elements inspired by the R8 E-tron concept car, including the single-frame grille and the matrix-beam LED lights.

Audi will also install many new elements made in carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), most likely the bonnet and roof. These new elements, combined with the new Multimaterial Spaceframe body used in the R8 e-tron, will make the next R8 lighter than the current model.

As is typical for the R8, the new generation will be offered in both V-8 and V-10 versions, with both receiving power and fuel economy boosts. Rumors point toward the V-8 version will delivering up to 450 horsepower and the the V-10 version delivering up to 570 horsepower — a gain of 20 and 50 horsepower, respectively. Both engines will feature cylinder deactivation and stop-start technology to help boost fuel economy by about 10%.

Expect to see the new Audi R8 sometime in the 2016 model year (2015 in Europe), with a roadster version to follow late in the same model year.

Updated 06/19/2013: British magazine AutoExpress is offering a series of new details on the next generation Audi R8.

Updated 07/15/2013: We have created an all-new rendering and added a few extra details on the upcoming 2016 R8.

Updated 07/10/2014: Bad news for all Audi R8 fans out there: the next generation R8 will drop the current six-speed manual transmission and will be offered only with a seven-speed S tronic gearbox. (Automobilemag)

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

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Hertz may not be the first company you think of when conversations turn to granting wishes, but the rental company effectively did just that with the launch of its "Dream Car Program".

For a world-renowned car rental company that typically offers the usual cadre of midsize econo-boxes, Hertz’z decision to finally add a list of exotic and luxury cars to its collection of thrashed rental buckets is the kind of thing that excites Average Joes like us.

With the "Dream Car Program," Hertz is set to offer some pretty interesting models, almost all of which we’d love to get our hands on if only we had the financial resources to do so. There’s a Lamborghini Gallardo , a Porsche 911 , a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG , and a Ferrari F430. , among other exotics.

For only $395, you can get your hands on either a Porsche Boxster or a Tesla Model S. If you’ve got $1,000 at your disposal, you get to whip an R8 or a Vantage . Tack on another $500 and you can level up to the Italian exotics.

Sounds like a pretty good deal to us.

Granted, a lot of car rental companies are already offering supercar rentals like the one Hertz is dipping into, but none of them have the mainstream cache as this company. So, if you’re interested in renting any of these exotics, Hertz’s rental program will be implemented in 35 markets across the US, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego. You can see all of the available cars and the markets they are available in on the Hertz Dream Car site.

Click past the jump to read about some of the hottest cars that are now part of Hertz’s "Dream Car Program"

It’s got a name that’s more fitting for a superhero, but OK-Chiptuning’s new Phantom Black Panther program for the Audi R8 V10 is every bit as super as its name suggests.

Packed with enhanced visual characteristics to go with an impressive performance boost, the Phantom Black Panther certainly lives up to its name. First of all, OK-Chiptuning fitted the German super car with new aerodynamic components, all wrapped in a phantom black metallic finish. A new carbon-front lip was installed, as was that new diffuser nestled so comfortably on the back. The R8 V10’s taillights were also modified to resemble those from the R8 GT . Don’t forget the grille, too, because OK-Chiptuning decided to give it the same phantom black metallic finish that you can see throughout the supercar.

Under its hood, the R8 V10 was treated to the kind of performance upgrade that the it will definitely be proud of. Through some careful and deliberate software optimization, and the installation of support flaps on the exhaust system, OK-Chiptuning was able to increase the output of the R8 V10 to a tidy 620 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torques, good enough to allow the car to sprint from 62-124 mph in just 6.9 seconds with an presumed top speed of just north of 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the Audi R8 V10

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Audi recently refreshed the entire R8 lineup , with exception to the GT version - the most powerful variant. Now, our spy photographers have caught what appears to be a refreshed version of the R8 GT, or possibly even the R8 GT Plus, out testing. The car was caught at the Quattro GmbH engineers’ testing track and it looks meaner than ever.

Why do we think this could be the Plus version ? Well, because it features some updates that clearly indicate this is no normal R8 GT. These features include: a new chin spoiler for added downforce up front; large brake calipers; and what look to be carbon-ceramic, cross-drilled brake rotors. Around back, we find yet another GT Plus tipoff: a huge wing that looks like it is built from carbon fiber.

On top of the GT Plus-like elements, this prototype also features front quarter panel winglets, like we see on the current R8 GT.

Under the hood, the next R8 GT Plus will get a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that produces somewhere between 575 and 600 horsepower.

Updated 06/17/2013: According to the British magazine AutoCar, the revised R8 GT will be unveiled at the Le Mans 24 Hours race set to take place this week-end, June 22-23.

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

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Last year, Audi has dropped the official details on its updated R8 family , and, much to everyone’s surprise, the company has added a new top model to the line-up: a new R8 V10 Plus.

Offering an increase of 25 horsepower over a base R8 V10 version, the new R8 V10 Plus is now also available in the U.S. This is, in fact, the second Plus model offered by Audi, after the German automaker announced the TT-RS Plus at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

Compared to the rest of the R8 lineup , the new Plus version is distinguished by carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) additions from just about every angle of the sports car, including the front splitter, lateral air inlets, the huge rear diffuser, the lining in the engine compartment. The intense use of carbon fiber has helped drop the car’s total weight to an impressive 3,461 pounds.

In addition to these features, the vent louvers next to the rear window have been painted in matte black, while the dual round exhaust tailpipe trim sections have been finished in gloss black. The new R8 V10 Plus also features LED lights that illuminate the engine compartment.

Updated 06/10/2013: This review has been updated with all of the 2014 model year details.

Hit the jump to read more about the new Audi R8 V10 Plus.

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Exactly one year ago, XXX Performance unveiled a tuning kit for the Audi R8 V10 version . Now, the tuner has turned its attention to the R8 one more time and came up with a new, extravagant and exclusive wide-body construction for the R8.

The tuner started by making a series of upgrades under the hood. It added a chip, a carbon air-box and a new exhaust system with valve control. These updates increased the V-10 engine’s output up to a stout 650 horsepower.

XXX Performance continued by adding an aggressive GT-X650 wide-body kit made in carbon fiber. The car was also wrapped in a very cool blue CFC chrome wrapping and place on a set of 20-inch, three-part GTR forged wheels wrapped in Hankook tires sized 235/30R20 up front and 325/25R20 on the rear.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 V10 by XXX Performance.

Audi has finally let us in on its big secret regarding the 2014 R8. Audi had to tread very carefully with the redesign of the R8, as to not disturb the water too much and scare away the easily spooked sports car lovers. Many auto manufacturers have made the mistake of fully revamping a lineup, only to have traditionalists hate it (see: Toyota MR2 Spyder , Mazda RX-8 , and Ford Mustang II ).

Audi’s approach in this changeover seems more like a refresh than a complete redesign, as all of the changes to the R8 V10 coupe are minor nips and tucks here and there. Then again, we all know that a nip here and a tuck there can eventually turn into on gigantic facelift nightmare, so we need to really pull apart this refreshed R8 and see what’s doing and whether it can still hang with the likes of Porsche or if it will go the route of the Ford Mustang Pinto and be forever loathed, except by a few enthusiasts.

Updated 08/30/2012: Audi has unveiled today a new set of images for the facelift version of the R8 V10 sports car. Check the picture gallery to see them!

Updates 9/27/2013: Audi has released a new video of the R8 V10 showing off its new seven-speed S tronic transmission. You can see it above.

Click past the jump to have a look at the new Audi R8 V10 and see if it still stacks up to the competition.

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