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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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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The Audi R8 proved its supremacy once again, as an R8 tuned by MTM was the fastest car around the Motordrome Short Course during the 2013 Tuner Grand Prix. With Florian Gruber, MTM ’s chief racer and test driver, the MTM R8 proved to be the fastest car around the 2.6 km (1.6-mile) track.

There were 66 entries in the challenge, but none of them managed to beat MTM R8’s time of 1:06.695. The R8 was equipped with a height-adjustable chassis, three-part BBS rims with center-mount locks and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

At the same event, Florian Gruber recorded a best time of 1:14.0 at the wheel of the MTM A1 quattro. The next challenge for MTM will be at the Slovakia Ring, near the capital Bratislava, on June 8th theought 9th, 2013. We’ll see if it has equally awesome results.

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

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Audi R8 E-Tron

In the past few months, the fate of theAudi R8 e-tron was up and down, having been delayed so many times we’ve already lost count. Today, British magazine AutoCar reports that the R8 E-tron will be built after all, but only for internal testing and development. Audi will build a total of ten units, but none of these units will be offered to customers.

It looks like this decision was made because the battery technology hasn’t advanced as fast as Audi has anticipated. Plus, production costs are still ridiculously expensive making the car out-of-reach as a production model.

While this isn’t an official statement coming from the company, other rumors seem to suggest that Audi is not also very happy with the limited range and long charging times offered by the current battery technology.

Even so, Audi has declared many times in the past that it has "acquired extensive expertise that will benefit its electrified production models." So even with this latest bout of speculation, we’re still keeping our eyes and ears open on any further developments surrounding a production version of the R8 E-tron.

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

Source: AutoCar
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In the latest episode of MotorTrend’s "Head 2 Head,” Carlos Lago put face to face two of our favorite sports cars: a 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Pack and a 2014 Audi R8 V-10 Plus . Before telling you about the test, let us explain why the two models are our favorite.

First, let’s take any other all-wheel-drive sports car out there, like the Lamborghini Aventador . It is priced at about $400k, while a GT-R equipped with the Track Pack starts at $116,710 and the R8 V10 Plus starts at $170,545. So, you see, instead of buying an Aventador, you can have both the GT-R and the R*, plus you will be left with plenty of cash for the gasoline. We’re not saying the R8 and GTR are on the same level as the Aventador; we’re simply pointing out that they are more car for the money.

The Audi R8 is powered by a V-10 engine that delivers a total of 550 horsepower and can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The GT-R gets a 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine with an output of 545 horsepower and a peak torque of 463 pound-feet of torque.

So, which of the two cars do you think handles the Streets of Willow racetrack better: Godzilla or the four-ringed supercar? Check the video to find out!

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You shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that the Audi R8 V10 has just received a new upgrade package. After all, ever since it was launched on the market, it received lots of attention from tuners. Today’s package comes courtesy of Pfaff Tuning and Heffner Performance.

The two tuners teamed up for one of the most amazing upgrades offered for theR8 V10 . The car received a new twin-turbocharger system from Heffner that includes a pair of Garrett GT35R units running 6 psi of boost.

As a result, the 5.2 liter V-10 engine delivers a total of 725 wheel horsepower (about 850 horsepower at the crank) - quite an increase over the car’s standard 525 horsepower. We’re just wondering how these upgrades will improve the car’s performance figures. Pfaff promised that it will let us know soon.

Click past the jump for a video of the tuning kit and more details on the standard Audi R8 V10.

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We never considered the Audi R8 a model that needs much improvement. We think it has everything it needs: beauty, style and power.

The folks over at ABT Sportsline have developed a very cool kit for the 2013 R8 V10 and transformed it into "an extreme athlete." The tuner started by doing some tricks under the hood, including installing an ABT POWERed kit that increases the engine’s output to a total of 600 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque - up from the standard 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque.

Thanks to these upgrades, the ABT R8 V10 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and up to a top speed of 198 mph. That’s a 0.2-second drop in 0-to-60 time and a 2 mph increase in top speed from the factory numbers.

Also, because it is even more powerful than the standard version, the tuner equipped it with new ABT suspension springs and coil-overs that both lowered the car’s ride and improved road behavior.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 V10 by ABT Sportsline.

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The Nissan GT-R , Audi R8 V10 Plus and Porsche 911 Turbo S form the dream garage for any car enthusiast. In the latest episode of the Drive’s "Chris Harris On Cars" show he puts these three amazing sports cars to the test – a head-to-head-to-head test, that is.

It’s true that the GT-R has a big advantage from the start, as it is a heavily modified version by the fine folks over at Litchfield and it delivers a total of 750 horsepower. On the other hand, the R8 V10 plus delivers a total of 550 horsepower and the 911 Turbo S has just been upgraded to a total of 560 horsepower. So, if you do a little math, that’s like 1,860 horsepower in just one place! Is your mouth watering yet?

Watch the video to see what Harris thinks of the three cars. On top of the awesomeness of the cars, you also get to hear some of Chris’s iconic quotes; out favorite quote was: "packaged under-steer for the masses!"

The full-court press surrounding the upcoming release of Iron Man 3 has reached a fever pitch, especially for Marvel and German automaker Audi .

A week ago, the two companies decided to give fans of the comic a chance to write their own ending , or more specifically, create the final frame of Iron Man’s comic book showdown against the Blizzard.

This week, Marvel’s "Steer the Story" campaign released a new video, only this time it’s one where Marvel fans will undoubtedly trip over in delight. Or at least those with the artistic chops to do so.

See, Marvel and Audi are giving fans a chance to learn how to do draw a car. But it’s not just any car; it’s a lesson on how to draw the Audi R8 Spyder. The tutorial is a pretty cool exercise, specifically because the instructional video starts with a blank sheet of paper and runs us through the entire process of drawing the R8, beginning with the outline all the way to the shading.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 and Marvel’s Steer the Story contest.

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