2019 Audi R8

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The ultimate road-going R8?

Introduced in 2015, the second-generation Audi R8 was facelifted for the 2019 model year. The mid-cycle upgrade arrived rather soon, suggesting that the supercar might be redesigned in three years or so. The facelift brought a sportier exterior, a mildly altered interior, and important changes under the hood. Likewise, the R8 V10 Plus model was renamed the V10 Performance.

Sharing 50 percent of components with the R8 LMS GT3 race car shown at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the revised R8 looks more aggressive than ever. It’s also significantly more powerful than before, with up to 30 horsepower added to the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. It’s also the first R8 to surpass 200 mph in every trim, including Spyder models. Although it was originally believed that Audi might add a new GT model to the lineup, the sportier car spotted testing in Europe turned out to be just the regular facelift. Let’s find out more about all of that in the review below.

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2019 Audi R8

2019 Audi R8

The ultimate road-going R8?

Introduced in 2015, the second-generation Audi R8 was facelifted for the 2019 model year. The mid-cycle upgrade arrived rather soon, suggesting that the supercar might be redesigned in three years or so. The facelift brought a sportier exterior, a mildly altered interior, and important changes under the hood. Likewise, the R8 V10 Plus model was renamed the V10 Performance.

Sharing 50 percent of components with the R8 LMS GT3 race car shown at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the revised R8 looks more aggressive than ever. It’s also significantly more powerful than before, with up to 30 horsepower added to the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. It’s also the first R8 to surpass 200 mph in every trim, including Spyder models. Although it was originally believed that Audi might add a new GT model to the lineup, the sportier car spotted testing in Europe turned out to be just the regular facelift. Let’s find out more about all of that in the review below.

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The Audi R8 set to stick with V-10 power

The Audi R8 set to stick with V-10 power

No, you won’t see a budget R8 with a V-6 anytime soon

After years of rumors regarding an entry-level R8 model fitted with a smaller turbocharged engine, we now know for a fact that Audi’s fledging supercar will only be available with the naturally-aspirated V-10 that we’re all familiar with.

Ever since a leaked image supposedly showcasing Audi’s release schedule over the next couple of years hit the internet, people have been talking about the possibility of a more affordable model to complete the range. Since the arrival of the second-generation R8, back in 2015, Audi dropped the V-8 engine option the R8 originally had at its core.

Now, with most manufacturers choosing forced induction to minimize the size of their engines and the number of cylinders, the R8 would have been a likely suspect of receiving this treatment in the near future.

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Will Smith Is About to Get Jiggy With Audi's First Animated Concept, the RSQ e-tron

Will Smith Is About to Get Jiggy With Audi’s First Animated Concept, the RSQ e-tron

The Audi RSQ e-tron is the second RSQ To Appear On The Big Screen

After the PB18 E-Tron, no one really expected Audi to reveal a new supersport car. Yet, it did - the Audi RSQ e-tron. It’s animated, though. Like, cartoon type of thing “animated.” Designed in conjunction with Fox, the new Audi RSQ e-tron is bound to appear in the next animated movie Spies in Disguise, starring none other than Will Smith. As many of you may recall, this is not the first time for Audi and Will Smith to appear together on the big screen. The actor had that astonishing futuristic autonomous Audi for the movie I, Robot. Obviously, right now, the driving part isn’t really possible.

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An Audi R8 Was Literally Ripped in Half After Colliding with a Volkswagen Van

An Audi R8 Was Literally Ripped in Half After Colliding with a Volkswagen Van

Audis aren’t supposed to break in half like this

In what can be considered as one of the most unnerving car crashes we’ve seen in recent history, an Audi R8 was violently cut in half after a massive crash with a Volkswagen van in northern Italy near the Austrian border over the weekend. It’s unclear as to how the crash came about, but photos from the scene of the crash show a wet road, suggesting that the driver of the R8 may have lost control of the supercar before colliding with the Volkswagen van. Fortunately, both the driver of the R8 and the driver of the VW van escaped the ordeal without any major injuries.

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The 2019 Audi R8 is More Attractive and Powerful than Ever

The 2019 Audi R8 is More Attractive and Powerful than Ever

The new Audi R8 looks like a proper race car!

It’s been only three years since Audi introduced the second-generation R8, and the supercar has already been upgraded to its mid-cycle specs. It’s A bit more aggressive on the outside and now cranks out more power in both standard and beefed-up versions. Previously known as the V10 Plus, the range-topping model was renamed the V10 Performance. The German supercar will go on sale in Europe in early 2019.

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Audi Teases the Facelifted R8 - Will it Be More of the Same?

Audi Teases the Facelifted R8 - Will it Be More of the Same?

Audi’s New Facelifted R8 Is Coming And It May Bring A Lot Of Novelties

Audi just teased the new facelifted 2020 R8 on social media. The photograph Audi Sport revealed does show a few subtle tweaks to the front of the car, but thanks to numerous spy photographs caught earlier we can infer a lot about the facelifted Audi R8. While we are waiting for Audi to introduce the real deal sometime later this year or in early 2019, it is obvious that the new car will receive an even wider front grille, slightly tweaked front lights that cast a clear link to the lights on the latest Audi cars, and far wider front air intakes.

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2019 Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe Competition Package

2019 Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe Competition Package

A lighter and more dynamic Audi R8 V10 Plus sounds enticing

It’s time for another Audi R8 Special Edition. The new SE, called the R8 V10 Plus Competition Package, receives a bundle of parts from the Audi Sports bin, included in part to help the supercar shed weight and improve its aerodynamic performance. Production is limited to just ten units, all of which are earmarked specifically for the U.S. market. Each unit of the R8 V10 Plus Competition Package costs $237,350. The special edition R8 arrives in dealerships in November 2018.

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2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3

2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3

Race-spec with Four Rings

Audi is one of the most successful manufacturers in the highly-popular GT3 arena which attracted most of the world’s top manufacturers since the class debuted in 2006. The German manufacturer rolled out an update for its second-generation R8 LMS which promises to build on an already strong base.

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This New Audi R8 LMS GT3 Serves as a Preview for the 2020 Audi R8 Road Car

This New Audi R8 LMS GT3 Serves as a Preview for the 2020 Audi R8 Road Car

The race car will be on starting grids everywhere in 2019

Audi unveiled at the Paris Motor Show the Evo version of its ultra-successful R8 LMS GT3 race car ahead of a 2019 debut in competition. The R8 LMS Evo also shares some design cues with the upcoming 2020 Audi R8 road car.

The most popular sports car racing category of the past decade, FIA GT3, designed for production-based sports cars and supercars with revised aerodynamics and performance just got a new stablemate. It comes from Ingolstadt, and it is the Audi R8 LMS Evo which is an updated version of the second generation R8 LMS which debuted three years ago.

The car will debut in competition worldwide next year with the R8 LMS Evo expected to run in championships in Asia, Europe, North-America, and Australia. Customers will be offered the choice of either acquiring a brand-new race-ready R8 LMS Evo or just the aerodynamic kit and mechanical upgrades that can be applied to 2015-spec R8 LMS cars.

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Is Audi Bringing a Race-Spec Version of The R8 To Paris?

Is Audi Bringing a Race-Spec Version of The R8 To Paris?

Mysterious model is scheduled to debut at the City of Lights this week

Audi Sport has released a mysterious teaser of a car that looks like the R8 supercar. Audi didn’t confirm that it’s the facelifted version of the supercar so if it’s not that, this model sitting underneath the sheets could be a race car based on the R8. The facelifted R8 is expected to arrive later this year so it’s possible that this model could serve as a preview of what we can look forward to when the new R8 debuts. There are no specific details about the car other than Audi’s plan to show the model at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. We’ll know more then.

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The 2019 Audi R8 Facelift May Bring Back the Rear-Wheel Drive RWS

The 2019 Audi R8 Facelift May Bring Back the Rear-Wheel Drive RWS

Should This Facelift Be Called ‘Rearlift’ instead?

If the launch of 2019 facelift of the Audi R8 before the end of this year is not exciting enough for you, then we have a scoop that might help. Audi is analyzing the prospects of reviving the rear-wheel-drive RWS model! The non-Quattro version of the R8 was limited to just 999 copies all across the globe, out of which only 330 were earmarked for the U.S.

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Next-Gen Audi Supercar Could be an All-Electric, 1,000-Horsepower Monster

Next-Gen Audi Supercar Could be an All-Electric, 1,000-Horsepower Monster

It won’t be a third-gen R8, but the name could stick around for this model

The arrival of the Audi PB18 E-Tron has opened the floodgates on surrounding the R8’s future. The latest whispers indicate that while the R8 will not return for a third generation, the name will soldier on as part of an all-electric supercar that will have as much as 1,000 horsepower at its disposal. There’s no timetable for the electric supercar’s release as the current R8 is just about to start its mid-cycle refresh. If the R8 E-Tron happens “again,” it’s unlikely to arrive at least until the next decade, possibly around 2022.

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2019 Audi R8 Spyder

2019 Audi R8 Spyder

Could it be a new RS or GT model?

The second-generation Audi R8 was launched in 2015 and, despite rumors that it may be discontinued, the supercar will live on for at least a few more years. The facelifted version of the R8 coupe was spotted on public roads back in March, and now the Spyder model surfaced with similar updates.

While notable changes make sense for a mid-cycle refresh, word has it that the Spyder in out latest shots could be more than just a facelift. Audi may be working on a beefed-up version of the supercar that could carry an "RS" or "GT" badge. With the nameplate likely to go into the history books in a few years, the Germans might be looking to give it a proper send-off with a more aerodynamic and powerful version. Unfortunately, Audi is still mum on the details, so we won’t know for sure until the company spills the beans or the camo comes off. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what the updated R8 Spyder might bring to the table.

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2019 Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition

2019 Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition

Only 44 units will be made, including five that are allocated for the U.K. market

The Audi R8 has had no shortage of special editions, and like clockwork, the German automaker is presenting a new limited edition model called the Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition. Limited to just five models, the Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition packs plenty of upgrades spread throughout the whole car. There are new aero bits, improved suspension, and an exclusive body kit that no other R8 model, past or present, has worn. There will only 44 units of the Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition produced, including five models allocated for the U.K. market.

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Video of the Day: Jay Lenos Garage: Audi R8 V10 RWS

Video of the Day: Jay Lenos Garage: Audi R8 V10 RWS

The closest thing you can get to Audi’s race car

As Jay Leno puts it, the Audi R8 V10 RWS isn’t a flashy car, really, and it’s a huge improvement over the Audi sports cars of the past. Unlike the other versions of the Audi R8, it was made specifically for rear wheel drive. Less than 400 were destined for the United States with the remaining examples of the limited edition car being spread across the rest of the world’s markets. What’s even cooler, however, is the engine placed behind the rear seats is the same engine that’s used in Audi’s race car. Of course, it’s tuned down a bit to 540 horsepower and 399 pound-feet of torque, but that’s enough for a 3.7-second sprint to 62 mph. It tops out at just 199 mph. Of course, there’s so much more to the R8 V10 RWS, so check out this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage to learn all about it.

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Will Audi Replace The R8 With An EV Supercar Powered By A Solid-State Battery?

Will Audi Replace The R8 With An EV Supercar Powered By A Solid-State Battery?

Looking for the next big thing in electric performance

In case you hadn’t heard, the so-called “EV Revolution” is currently underway, bringing the heat to internal combustion with crazy torque and power levels. However, there are still a few ways in which traditional powerplants best their battery-driven rivals, but that might all change if Audi follows through on its research into solid-state batteries.

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 Video of the Day: Unlicensed Moron Smashes a McLaren 720S into an Audi R8

Video of the Day: Unlicensed Moron Smashes a McLaren 720S into an Audi R8

This is what happens when you let stupidity take over

Idiots come in many shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, one of them just happened to be driving this McLaren 720S. Maybe he was showing off, maybe he was in over his head, but what he does to this amazing supercar is going to make a lot of people cringe. I will suggest that you take a deep breath before watching this video because it gets pretty crazy towards the end.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 Coupe

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 Coupe

Audi debuted the second-gen R8 Coupe for the 2016 model year, but it was more of a dud in terms of generational evolution. To be quite honest, it looked really similar to the mode it replaced. But, it’s a still alternative to anything from Lamborghini or Ferrari and it does look good even if its design is considered too similar to the first-gen model. Either way, if you’re a fan of the R8, then it deserves some screen time on your computer. Go ahead and take our favorite wallpaper or pick one from the handpicked gallery below.

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Audi Shoots Down Rumors That It's Developing a V-6 R8

Audi Shoots Down Rumors That It’s Developing a V-6 R8

Well, that was quick

Pew! Pew! Pew! That’s the sound of Audi taking aim at rumors that it’s developing an entry-level, V-6-powered R8. The German automaker quickly responded to rumors of such a car, dismissing it as nothing more than a rumor. Word of the possibility of an R8 V-6 spread quickly on rumors that Audi was considering adding new options for its supercar in time for its mid-life cycle. The company immediately responded by saying it wasn’t true, leaving plenty to wonder if the recently launched R8 RWS is the only new R8 that’s on the table.

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The Audi R8's Facelift will Include a New Entry-Level Model with the Same 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS5

The Audi R8’s Facelift will Include a New Entry-Level Model with the Same 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS5

If we’re not getting a next-gen model, might as well get a new trim level...

While the future of the next-generation Audi R8 is in question, the current version of the supercar is getting a major update soon, and it’s packing a number of major changes. One of the biggest changes is the addition of a new entry-level version, one that will be powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. Incidentally, this is the same powertrain that’s currently being used by the Audi RS4, RS5, and the Porsche Panamera.

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Think VW Killing the Beetle Was Bad? Wait Until You Realize the Audi R8 Is Discontinued too!

Think VW Killing the Beetle Was Bad? Wait Until You Realize the Audi R8 Is Discontinued too!

It had an awesome run, but future priorities have put it on the back-burner

The Audi R8 doesn’t appear to have a bright future beyond its current version. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Audi’s R&D boss, Peter Mertens, admitted that the German automaker has made no plans for a direct replacement for the range-topping supercar. The lack of commitment from Audi, coupled with investments the company is making in diversifying its own portfolio, points to an uncertain future for the ground-breaking R8 that put the company on the supercar map.

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Saint Patrick's Day Special - Check Out These Mean And Green Performance Machines

Saint Patrick’s Day Special - Check Out These Mean And Green Performance Machines

A few new wallpapers to help you celebrate

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, TopSpeeders! We hope all you out there are enjoying the holiday, but in the off-chance you forgot to wear green, don’t worry - we’ve got you covered.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Because why not :)

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Audi R8 to Get the Axe in 2020

Audi R8 to Get the Axe in 2020

Slow sales are killing off Audi’s first supercar ever

It’s been only two months since Audi discontinued the all-electric Audi R8 e-Tron, after only a couple of years on the market, and word has it that the gasoline-powered supercar is also scheduled to get the ax soon. A new report claims that Audi isn’t happy with the supercar’s slow sales and that it’s not planning to develop a replacement for the current model. This means that the R8 will be phased out in 2020, an event that will put an end to Audi’s only supercar to date after 14 years.

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Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like?

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

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Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

These rides aren’t what they seem…

I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.

Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!

And oh yeah –

Happy Halloween!

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2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS

2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS

Only 999 units of this rear-wheel drive Audi R8 will be built

It should come as no surprise that while in search for a little differentiation for its R8 lineup, Audi decided to develop a special edition model that ditched one of its most important claims to fame: the quattro all-wheel-drive system. And so there it was at the Frankfurt Motor Show for all the world to see. The limited edition Audi R8 officially goes by the name R8 V10 RWS, and according to Audi Sport CEO Stephan Winkelmann, it’s a model that Audi developed specifically for purists with an “appreciation for essential driving enjoyment.”

The special edition R8 V10 is limited to just 999 units and each one of them will ditch the automaker’s famous quattro AWD system in favor of rear-wheel drive. That’s the car’s claim to fame, above all else, and it’s a claim that no other variant of the current-generation Audi R8 has. Beyond the RWD offering, the R8 V10 also features a good amount of exterior and interior changes, as well as significant modifications to its chassis and suspension to accommodate the rear-wheel drive set-up. If it’s hard to imagine what an RWD Audi R8 is all about, think of it as a lighter version of the standard R8 that’s been tuned specifically to put more control of the car in the driver’s hands. Think drifting in an AWD R8 is cool? Well, imagine what you can do with an R8 that sends all of its power in the rear wheels. This is what the Audi R8 V10 RWS is offering, among other things. Better be quick though because only 999 units will be made. Miss out on one and you’re once again staring at the aftermarket tuning scene to get your rear-wheel drive R8 fix.

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Audi Makes a Move to Please Purists with the Audi R8 V-10 RWS: RWD Performance at its Finest

Audi Makes a Move to Please Purists with the Audi R8 V-10 RWS: RWD Performance at its Finest

AWD is for losers - real men send power to the rear wheels only

If you’re a fan of the Audi R8, then you know that unless you do some serious modification, you’re stuck with that Quattro AWD system. Not that it’s a bad system or anything, as Audi’s is actually one of the best, but a sports car is just so much more fun to drive when all its power is channeled to the two wheels in the rear. And, Audi knows this, which is why it’s putting out a limited run of the R8 called the R8 V10 RWS. It will be produced in just 999 examples and will be hand built at Audi’s Bollinger Hofe factory. Stephan Winkelmann, the CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, said, “The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists. A limited-edition special model for customers with an appreciation for essential driving enjoyment, the R8 V10 RWS is an absolutely exclusive offer. With its mid-mounted V10 engine and rear-wheel drive, it successfully brings the driving concept of our R8 LMS racing car to the streets.”

Along with the distribution of power to the rear wheels, it also gets a few other extras that include the front grille and vents in the front and rear being finishing in matt black. The coupe gets gloss black side blades while the lower-body blade is now body colored. A red film is available for the hood, roof, and rear end, just like on the R8 LMS GT 4 while the seats inside come wrapped in leather and Alcantara. Bucket seats are available but must be optioned at the time of ordering. More importantly, however, is what Audi did with the chassis to take full advantage of the car’s RWD nature. Basically, without AWD, the car is lighter thanks to the lack of a center differential and the propshaft. As such, the Coupe form has dropped 110.2 pounds while the Spyder sees a drop of 88.2 pounds. The chassis was modified and tuned specifically to make it easier to perform controlled drifts – that’s right: drifts. The load distribution of the Coupe comes in at 40.6 percent up front and 59.4 percent in the back, while the Spyder gets 40.4 and 59.6 – both offering just enough to kick that rear end out on demand. The car is backed by Audi’s dynamic handling system, which will use the ESC system and electromechanical power steering to help keep things under control when you get to the limit of your drift. You’ll be able to order your own soon, so keep reading to learn a little more.

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Budget Direct Renders 9 Everyday Cars With F1 Style

Budget Direct Renders 9 Everyday Cars With F1 Style

Big aero, big rubber, track-ready and looking mean

We love it when we get our hands on a fresh batch of renderings. Sometimes, it’s lifelike speculation on some hotly anticipated next-gen model, while other times, it’s an imaginative mash-up of the unexpected. This particular set of renderings (nine of ‘em total) falls firmly into the latter category, mixing everyday rides like the Toyota Prius and classic Ford Mustang with the styling cues inspired by Formula 1. The images come courtesy of our friends over at Budget Direct, and long story short, we think they look awesome.

Of course, this opens up possibilities to a whole range of F1-themed rides. Never before has a Smart car looked so good, or a Jeep looked so quick, or a Prius looked so desirable. Of course, there are a few sports cars tossed in for good measure, like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, and Subaru WRX, all of which make the transition into the world of high-performance a little more easily. Read on for a breakdown on each, and don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments below, plus your suggestions for other street models that need the F1-treatment.

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Audi Sport launches new driving experience at Circuit of The Americas

Audi Sport launches new driving experience at Circuit of The Americas

Learn to master the R8 V10 Plus on a Formula One track!

Audi Sport, the company’s recently founded performance division, launched a new driving experience program in the United States, at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. The program is opened to both customers and fans, who can improve their performance driving skills or experience the new Audi Sport models on a full-blown race track.

The event is open year round to drivers of all experience levels (there’s no specific schedule yet, though,) and the Audi Sport driving experience includes hands-on coaching from professional instructors, dynamic car control exercises, cornering techniques, and high-speed lead. Vehicles featured in the Audi driving experience include the all-new RS3 and TT RS, the R8 V10 Plus supercar, as well as the Q7. In addition to all of the above, participants will also enjoy dedicated suites and garages along with catered meals. Let’s have a closer look at what you can do there.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes

TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes

Two doors and too much fun

Let’s say you’ve got a solid six-figures burning a hole in your pocket, and you’re looking to get out on the track for a little turnin’ and burnin’. Sure, why not? But here’s the catch – whatever you bring to the pits has to make its way back home as well, and without a trailer to boot. Luckily, there are options aplenty these days that fit the bill, with a rash of barely street-legal track stars making headlines with ever-increasing levels of presence, poise, and performance. But which to pick?

Never fear, because we’ve got five of the best lined up for your reading enjoyment right here. Each can be driven on the street and each offers some modicum of comfort. However, the emphasis here is clear – speed, and loads of it, with apex-hungry suspension and tons of power under the right pedal. Restrictions for this list include a maximum of two doors and a price tag around $150,000, but we tried to stay flexible on that latter bit to keep things interesting. As such, we’ve included the Acura NSX, Audi R8, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R, and Porsche 911 GT3. Which is your track-ready sports coupe of choice? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget the bench racing.

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Audi Launches Sport Performance Parts Upgrades For R8 And TT

Audi Launches Sport Performance Parts Upgrades For R8 And TT

Available as a retrofit package

The automotive market has evolved to the point where carmakers offer a wide range of intermediate versions of their vehicles. Can’t afford a BMW M but you also want something above the standard model? You can get one with the M Sport package. The same goes for various Mercedes-Benz models and, starting 2017, for a couple of Audi vehicles too. The German firm has just launched the Audi Sport Performance Parts line, which adds various upgrades to the R8, TT, TTS and TT RS.

With upgrades for the exterior, interior, suspension, and exhaust system, the Sport Performance Parts package is also a bit different from what you can get from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Specifically, it’s a retrofit range, so you can purchase it for a car you already own. The bundles are scheduled to go on sale this summer, initially in Germany, but other markets will receive them later on. The good news is that Audi is planning to launch similar ranges for additional models in the future. Find out what these packages include in the review below.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 All-Electric Performance Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 All-Electric Performance Cars

They slice! They dice! They even destroy performance records!

Last week, we took a look at our top picks for the best five hybrid sports, listing off some truly awe-inspiring gas/electric combos that proved hybridization wasn’t something to be feared by the common auto enthusiast. But while adding a big battery pack and a few electric motors might seem like a pretty sizable modification to the traditional sports car formula, there’s an even-greater change lurking just over the horizon – the pure-electric powertrain. That’s right, gasoline need not apply in this crowd, and yet, the speed potential is still enough to melt your face. This is our list of the top five all-electric performance cars.

There are plenty of benefits that electric power offers over internal combustion, especially when it comes to the business of going fast. For starters, the torque curve for an electric motor is totally flat, with maximum twist created the instant you touch the long pedal to the right. There’s also zero power loss at high altitude, a characteristic that’s particularly useful at hill climb events like Pikes Peak. What’s more, with enough motors and a little electronic wizardry, you can get away with some pretty kick ass torque vectoring dynamics. Of course, it’s not all roses – for example, the all-electric appliance noise will never beat the sound of exploding dino juice. Regardless, all-electric performance is still quite impressive. Here are five examples that prove it.

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2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

Audi’s most powerful convertible ever!

The second-generation Audi R8 came to life in 2015, when the German firm unveiled an evolutionary design with sharper styling cues and a more aggressive approach. Audi also revamped the engine lineup, adopting an upgraded 5.2-liter V-10 and dropping the base V-8. Instead, it introduced an all-electric version of the R8, which was discontinued only a year on the market. Just like its predecessor, the second-gen R8 also gained Plus and Spyder variants. But for the first time in history, Audi brought the two badges under the same umbrella, creating the R8 Spyder Plus.

Essentially a convertible version of the more extreme R8 Plus, the Spyder Plus finally gives drop-top enthusiasts the option of driving a beefed-up version of the V-10 engine with infinite headroom. Not only a first for the nameplate, the Spyder Plus also gives the company a suitable competitor for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, as well as the new-for-2018 McLaren 570S Spider. How does it stack up against the opposition? Find out in my review below.

Updated 06/19/2017: Audi dropped a first promo video for the new R8 Spyder V10 Plus. Continue reading to watch it!

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2017 Audi R8 LMS GT4

2017 Audi R8 LMS GT4

The already successful R8 LMS goes GT4 racing!

Audi made a bunch of wise marketing decisions in recent years, one of them being the R8, essentially a Lamborghini with different body work and a more affordable sticker. But, while the road-going R8 is somewhat successful, its race-spec counterpart has already achieved iconic status with several wins in just about every racing series out there. The R8 LMS has been incredibly popular among private teams in recent years and it’s not surprising that Audi is looking to expand the lineup as much as possible. The latest version to join the family is the LMS GT4 and made its debut at the 2017 New York Motor Show.

As the name suggests, the LMS GT4 was developed for production-based racing and derived from the road-legal R8 V10. It’s more affordable than the world-beating GT3 and it’s eligible for every racing category under GT4 regulations. The GT4 European Series is arguably the most important competition under these regulations and brings together a massive number of cars. Vehicles that the R8 will compete against include GT4-spec versions of the Chevrolet Camaro, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M4, KTM X-Bow, and Porsche Cayman, just to name a few.

The new race car will make its on-track debut at the Nurburgring 24 Hours on May 25. The R8 LMS GT4 will also compete in North America, Asia, and Australia throughout 2017. Production will begin in the second half of the year with first deliveries to be made by the end of 2017.

“Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time. These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league," said Stephan Winkelmann, managing director of Audi Sport.

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2018 Audi R8 Coupe Audi Sport Edition

2018 Audi R8 Coupe Audi Sport Edition

R8 goes bespoke with help from the Audi Sport division

Introduced for the 2017 model year, the second-generation R8 has been in dealerships for almost a year now, while race-spec LMS version is already tackling its second motorsport season as of 2017. And, while the road car is struggling to fit in a tough niche, the race car had its most successful season in 2016, when it scored 24 titles and 85 wins. Audi is celebrating the success of Audi Sport division with a special-edition R8 that pays tribute to the track-only LMS. It’s called the R8 Coupe Audi Sport Edition and made its public debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Designed as a tribute for the highly successful R8 LMS, the Audi Sport Edition comes wrapped in the traditional colors of the company’s racing division: silver, red, and black. On top of the special livery and the custom wheels, the limited-edition supercar also sports a bespoke interior. What’s more, it’s limited to just 200 units globally, which makes it the most exclusive second-generation R8 to date.

Unfortunately, there are no drivetrain upgrades to talk about, but with the R8 still fresh, it’s not like the German supecar is in need of more oomph for public road use. For now, an exclusive livery and a custom interior seem to be enough to satisfy custom demand.

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2017 Audi R8 V10 By ABT Sportsline

2017 Audi R8 V10 By ABT Sportsline

German tuner gives its supercar compatriot a shot of the tuning goods

For all of the warts the Audi R8 V10 has - limited storage and ridiculously high price tag, and others – the German supercar has proven to be one of the best all-around performance machines in the market today. It’s got a true sports car look to it and that screaming V-10 engine makes sweet, sweet music to the ears. It’s also become an aftermarket favorite, which speaks to the versatility of the car to stand on its own, while also having enough room for modifications of aesthetic and performance varieties. The R8’s appeal to the tuning industry is evident by the number of programs it has received. And at least one of them will be making an appearance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Audi R8 V10 by ABT Sportsline and in the tradition of previous programs for the German supercar, this kit comes packing with gobbles and gobbles of features, including a performance upgrade that nets an output of 630 horsepower, 20 ponies more than its standard counterpart.

More power, less weight. That, in a nutshell, is the German tuner’s objective with its R8 program is simple. There’s something to be said for four simple words to mean so much more than the sum of their parts, but that’s exactly what we’re dealing with here. The kit, when described individually by their parts, isn’t going to blow anybody’s expectations out of the water. But all together, they help create a version of the R8 V10 that’s well worth the attention it will no doubt receive, not only in Geneva, but in all roads where they’re spotted.

That’s a lot of praise going to ABT Sportsline for its new tuning program for the Audi R8 V10, but for a company that’s been around for 120 years in some form or fashion, it’s hard to expect anything less.

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2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition

2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition

Limited edition R8 becomes first Audi with laser light technology in the U.S.

As the sun sets on the 2016 SEMA Auto Show, the auto world now turns its attention to the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. That’s good because Audi’s getting a jump on the proceedings with the unveiling of the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition, a 25-unit special edition R8 that legitimately qualifies as a special edition in our eyes because of the presence of laser lights. Yes, Audi’s advanced laser headlights are (finally!) making their way to the U.S. market and the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition is the first model to get them.

By that simple distinction alone, the special edition R8 already qualifies as one of the most important unveilings in Los Angeles, but as ground-breaking as the laser lights are, the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition is also characterized by a number of features unique to itself. Safe to say, the 25 people who do end up owning one of these babies is fixing to get a treat once they take deliveries of their prized acquisitions.

There are unique exterior and interior features in the limited-run R8, including a fancy paint finish, a flashy set of wheels, loads of carbon fiber, and interior trim upgrades. Suffice to say, it’s a special edition in every sense of the phrase, and not surprisingly, it comes with a $229,200 price tag that also screams “special edition!”

Care to spend that much on an Audi R8 that, in one very important way, is about to make history in the U.S?

Updated 11/18/2016: We added a series of new images and a video taken during the car’s official unveiling at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2016 Audi R8 Star of Lucis

2016 Audi R8 Star of Lucis

One-off Audi R8 is exclusive to the Japanese market

The Audi R8 is no stranger to being the subject of a special edition treatment from Audi. The current-generation model alone has received numerous limited-run iterations, including the the R8 V10 Plus “Selection 24h” and the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition that Audi is actually bringing with it to the Los Angeles Auto Show. But, before we got dazzled by the Exclusive Edition and it’s promise to bring laser-light technology to the US market, we need to turn our attention to Japan, where another special edition R8 just broke cover. It’s called the Audi R8 Star of Lucis and it pays homage to the Prince Noctis and the Kingdom of Lucis from the fantasy role-playing game juggernaut, Final Fantasy XV.

You’re probably wondering what Audi, a real life German automaker that we all know and love, has anything to do with the Kingdom of Lucis, a fictional place from Final Fantasy XV. For that we have to go back to July of this year when Sony Pictures released the all-CG rendered Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie as a precursor to the launch of the actual Final Fantasy XV game later this month. For those who caught the movie, you might have noticed that a 2017 Audi R8 was in it. Well, that was the R8 Star of Lucis in digital form. This one right here is the R8 Star of Lucis in real life.

To make the car feel more exclusive than it already is, Audi Japan and Final Fantasy developer Square Enix decided to build just one model of the R8 Star of Lucis. Just one. That fact alone makes it a lottery to own. Speaking of which, that’s exactly how the R8 Star of Lucis can be won…and then bought. That’s because a raffle will be held on November 21 wherein Audi and Square Enix will pick one winner, who doesn’t actually win the car, but is only afforded the opportunity to buy it for a price of 50 million yen, or around $470,000.

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Audi May Drop its MLB and Mid-Engine Platforms; Audi R8 Could be Discontinued

Audi May Drop its MLB and Mid-Engine Platforms; Audi R8 Could be Discontinued

Raise your hand if you saw all of this coming

Considering the magnitude and the financial repercussions of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, there will always be days when the severity of the mess comes to haunt VW. Well, yesterday was one of those days as multiple reports from Germany have indicated plans that could lead sweeping changes to Audi that could dramatically alter the German brand’s fortunes moving forward.

The big news involves Audi’s home-grown MLB platform, which is responsible for underpinning a number of the brand’s current models, including the A4, A7, and A8. Audi has been using this specific platform in different forms and iterations for years now, but because of the Dieselgate scandal, it might be forced to drop its own platform altogether and resort to “borrowing” other platforms from its sister brands. According to Autocar, the next-generation A4 and A5 sedans will start using Volkswagen’s MQB platform while bigger models like the Audi A6 and A7 will be integrated into Porsche’s MSB platform, which the company currently uses on the Porsche Panamera. While these changes are unlikely to make any big differences in the big picture, the same, somewhat heartbreakingly, cannot be said for the Audi R8.

Yes, the R8 is reportedly in trouble. The supercar’s specific mid-engine platform is also likely to get scrapped and there’s a chance that the R8 itself could go with it. Let that sink in. The Audi R8, one of the most popular supercars in the market today, could be an unwitting victim of the Dieselgate scandal. The chickens are coming home to roost. The cancellation of the R8’s platform also raises questions on the future of the Lamborghini Huracán, which also uses the same platform as the R8.

Just like that, Audi is now in turmoil and appears to be paying for the sins committed by its parent company, so much so that according to German business magazine Der Spiegel, no less than Audi chief Rupert Stadler himself reportedly told the company’s staff that “all future investments” are “under scrutiny.”

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Say Goodbye to the Short-Lived Audi R8 e-tron

Say Goodbye to the Short-Lived Audi R8 e-tron

The all-electric R8 canceled after less than two years on the market

Launched to much fanfare at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi R8 e-tron, the all-electric version of the German supercar, is no more. That’s the word from Car and Driver, which claims that Audi has pulled the plug on its high-performance EV, with production to stop as soon as the German brand delivers the last few units.

An ambitious project that goes back all the way to 2009, the R8 e-tron goes into the history books after a little more than 18 months on the market, during which it never appeared in the R8’s online configurator and had no sales literature. What’s more, the sales process was also rather awkward for a car built by a mainstream automaker, with potential customers being referred by dealers to Audi’s headquarters.

According to the same report, Audi built less than 100 e-trons since its introduction in the first quarter of 2015. The €1 million (about $1.1 million) price tag and the fact that it was sold in Europe only may also explain the extremely low output.

“We could have built more than we did,” an unnamed Audi representative told Car and Driver without giving any details as to why the e-tron is being discontinued.

But no matter the reasons, the fact that the all-electric R8 spent fewer than two years on the market isn’t that surprising given the car’s tumultuous history. Originally unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show as a concept car, it was supposed to go into production a couple of years later. However, when Wolfgang Durheimer took over at Audi, the project was shelved. It was put back on track when Durheimer was replaced by Ulrich Hackenberg, but delayed until the second-generation R8 was introduced in 2015. At first designed with a complex four-motor layout, the e-tron was eventually launched with only two motors on the rear axle, making it the only road-legal R8 with rear-wheel drive instead of Quattro AWD.

The electric drivetrain was rated at 456 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque, could hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, and returned a range of up to 280 miles on a single charge.

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Entry-Level Audi R8 to get the 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera

Entry-Level Audi R8 to get the 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera

Engines get smaller as power output increases

There was a time when big power meant having a big engine, but that just isn’t the case anymore thanks to various technological advances. Over the years we’ve developed things like direct injection, high-pressure injection, cylinder deactivation, variable valve timing, and let’s not forget advancements made in the turbocharging department. As such, naturally aspirated, large engines are starting to die off as manufacturers transition to developing smaller, but equally powerful engines. One of the more recent cases of this comes in the form of the Audi R8. When the 2017 R8 model made its debut, the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 found in the entry-level model made its official exit, leaving the 5.2-liter V-10 as the only available engine option. Now, it looks like a new entry-level R8 is on the way, this time powered by a 2.9-liter V-6.

The 2.9-liter in question made its debut in the new Porsche Panamera earlier this year with a power output of 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. It was designed through a joint venture between Audi and Porsche and is said to be scalable to offer more than 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet. This type of scalable power is made possible via computer tuning and control of turbocharger boost pressure. In the Panamera 4S, boost pressure is kept at a rather low 5.8 psi. Since the engine is part of a modular engine family known as KoVoMo, it will also be found in other models in the future. Outside of the Panamera and R8, it will eventually find a home in the RSR, RS5, and potentially the RSQ5, should it ever be confirmed.

So far, Audi has yet to confirm what kind of output we’ll actually see out of the 2.9 in any of its performance models, but in the RS4 and RS5, the 4.2-liter kicked out 444 horsepower and 314 pound-feet while the 2015 R8 benefitted from 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet. With that said, you can expect similar outputs for the RS models, possibly even increasing to as much as 460 for good measure, while the R8 will likely get something closer to 490 horsepower, leaving it some 50 horsepower shy of the R8 V-10 and around 120 horsepower shy of the wild R8 V-10 plus at 610 horsepower.

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We Found the Audi R8 24H Edition Sitting Pretty In a Paris Showroom

We Found the Audi R8 24H Edition Sitting Pretty In a Paris Showroom

And we took some photos!

The 2016 Paris Motor Show is still couple of weeks away, but preparations are underway for the event that will bring us some of the most important automotive debuts in the world. But while most vehicles have yet to arrive in the "City of Lights," we found the Audi R8 Coupé V10 Plus "Selection 24h" Edition, one of the most exclusive supercars launched in 2016, posing in Audi City Paris’ showroom. Naturally, we spent some time up close and personal with this amazing machine and took some photos to share with you.

While we’ve already given the "Selection 24H" the attention it deserved when Audi unveiled it back in May, we had just a handful of photos to go along with the official specs. And all of them depicted the car’s exterior only. Now, thanks to the folks over at Audi City Paris, we can finally have a look inside the cabin and check out the many extra features that come with the limited-edition supercar. And thanks to its Rotor Gray leather, Alcantara headlines, and carbon-fiber air vents, inlays, and door sills, it’s quite the treat. Not to mention that it also comes with matte-finished "R8 24H" badges and R8 logos that are projected onto the ground when the doors are open, a feature that will only be made available to customers through Audi Exclusive.

As a brief reminder, the "Selection 24H" Edition is based on the R8 V10 Plus, which hides a 610-horsepower and 413-pound-feet 5.2-liter V-10 engine under its hood. Equipped with Audi’s permanent Quattro AWD system, the supercar needs only 3.2 seconds to hit 62 mph on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. As the name suggests, it pays tribute to the R8’s prodigious racing career, which includes countless wins on race track in Europe, North America, and Asia.

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2017 - 2018 Audi R8 Spyder

2017 - 2018 Audi R8 Spyder

Audi’s V-10-powered supercar loses its top

Launched in 2007, the first-generation Audi R8 was so successful that the German brand decided to keep it around for no fewer than eight model years. The Spyder, on the other hand, is a bit younger than that, having been unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show for the 2010 model year.

At first only available with the 5.2-liter V-10, the convertible also received the 4.2-liter V-8 for 2011, and a limited-edition GT model for 2012. With the second-generation R8 already in dealerships, Audi introduced the redesigned Spyder version at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Much like its predecessor, the second-generation R8 Spyder is essentially a topless version of the R8 Coupe,using a soft-top instead of metal roof. Specs are obviously identical, meaning there’s no longer a V-8 engine and a manual transmission. Audi has yet to confirm whether the R8 Spyder will also get an e-tron version, but an all-electric drop-top is very likely to arrive by the end of 2016.

Audi’s new angular design works well with the R8 Spyder’s convertible layout and the performance is definitely strong, but does it have what it takes to compete against the bonkers Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and McLaren’s upcoming 570S Spider? Keep reading to find out.

Update 7-29-2016: Audi has announced that the R8 Spyder will be priced from £129,990 (including destination fees) in the U.K. That translates to nearly $172,000 at current exchange rates. Check out the details as well as the options available in the Prices section below.

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Auto Express Lines Up The McLaren 570S Against The Audi R8 V10 Plus And The Porsche 911 Turbo S: Video

Auto Express Lines Up The McLaren 570S Against The Audi R8 V10 Plus And The Porsche 911 Turbo S: Video

It’s the triple threat match of the best performance cars on the market

Picking among the McLaren 570S, Audi R8 V10 Plus, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S is like picking which of the Avengers would win if they faced each other. There aren’t any wrong choices, just a lot of different preferences. That’s what it really boils down to among these three supercars. You could pick the 570S for its overflowing technological credentials and everyday appeal. You could pick the R8 V10 S for its all-around power and versatility. Or you could pick the 911 Turbo S because, well, it’s the 911 Turbo S.

That said, these three exotics also provide something unique to the table relative to its competitors. Steve Sutcliffe of Auto Express sought to find out exactly what those differences are when he had a chance to take all three exotics for some fun times around a racetrack. Like I said, there are no wrong choices here and Sutcliffe, while ultimately picking one car over the two, will likely have no problems going home with the two he didn’t end up choosing.

Put yourselves in his position having all three right in front of you. Believe me, all of you will have different choices and all of you will be justified for doing so. That’s how incredible all three supercars are, and if you need more convincing, go ahead and watch the episode.

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2017 - 2018 Audi R8

2017 - 2018 Audi R8

When the R8 arrived on the market in 2007, it gave buyers who couldn’t quite swing that Lambo or Ferrari an option, particularly when equipped with the V-10 engine. But as the years wore on, the R8 became stagnant and by the time the 2015 model came out everyone was begging for an update. Well, for the 2017 model year, we are all getting our wish, as the second-generation R8 is here. It’ll make its official debut at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show, but ahead of this debut, Audi revealed all of the juicy details of its redesigned supercar.

The term “redesign” takes a different meaning here, as most redesigns include a whole new look. For the R8, however, the exterior changes are quite light. There are a number of modifications under the skin and in the cabin of the new R8, but the big issue at hand here is whether or not these changes are enough to overcome Audi mailing in a revised exterior.

Updated 06/08/2016: Audi dropped a new promo video for the new R8 sports car in which it wants to highlight the sports car’s technology. Hit "play" to watch it!

Continue reading my full review of the 2017 Audi R8 to find out if I think the German automaker succeeded or failed with this redesign.

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2017 Audi R8 Coupé V10 Plus "Selection 24h" Edition

2017 Audi R8 Coupé V10 Plus "Selection 24h" Edition

Audi honors its endurance racing legacy with a limited-production R8 V10 Coupe Plus

When it comes to endurance racing, Audi has been pretty successful. In the past 15 years, the brand has claimed 13 overall wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and since the Audi R8 LMS made its debut back in 2009, the brand has managed to collect more than 300 wins across the globe. Those wins include a class victory at Daytona and a win at the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring last year with the latest Audi R8 LMS.

That win at the Nurburgring kicked off a successful racing year for Audi Sport, bringing the victory tally up to 323 since 2009. So, with that kind of history behind it, it’s only fitting that Audi pays homage to its resident race car with a special edition Audi R8 Coupe V10 Plus, dubbed the “Selection 24h.” It’s a limited-production model, with just 24 examples slated for production and a number of “technical” add-ons that make it stand out from the pack.

The Audi R8 Selection 24h will be on public display at the Audi AG presentation area in the paddock at the 24 Hours Nurburgring, which will be the car’s first time on display and mark its official debut to the public. The order books for the Selection 24h are now open, with the special model priced at €229,999 ($260,842 at current exchange rates, 05/10/2016). Surely, the few examples being built will be spoken for fast, so let’s take a closer look at it and what Audi did to make it so special.

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2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Beastie Toys By Wheelsandmore

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Beastie Toys By Wheelsandmore

German supercar gets fitting name for a fitting upgrade

The R8 V10 Plus is the closest Audi has come to officially entering the supercar market. Depending on who you ask, the car is or isn’t a supercar. I’m on the side who considers it a supercar and judging by its first crack at the R8 V10 Plus, I think Wheelsandmore shares that sentiment. The German tuner prepared this tuning kit for Audi’s latest performance crown jewel with one objective in mind. It wanted to leave every shred of doubt behind as far as what the R8 V10 Plus is capable of. If it’s power and performance that people want, it’s power and performance they will get.

By itself, the R8 V10 Plus already packs a wallop. It’s got a massive 5.2-liter V-10 engine that spits out 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. I don’t think anybody would be complaining about what it’s capable of. It’s just that a tuner like Wheelsandmore is rarely satisfied with standard production numbers. In fact, no tuner in its right mind is ever satisfied. So Wheelsandmore did what tuners usually do. It created an engine program that takes the R8 V10 Plus’s standard output and punts it in the name of more power.

This is what you get with this program, which the tuner has dubbed “Beastie Toys.”
Cute pun notwithstanding, this is the kind of engine modification that owners of the R8 V10 Plus can really enjoy. They bought a car that may or may not be a supercar in the eyes of some, but with Wheelsandmore’s help, those doubts immediately become irrelevant.

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Drive Hits 180 MPH At Daytona In An Audi R8: Video

Drive Hits 180 MPH At Daytona In An Audi R8: Video

Unleashing the Four Ring monster

If you’re a fan of outrageously overpowered supercars, then 2016 is a pretty great time to be alive. At no other point in history has so much velocity been so readily available, with a huge breadth of makes, models, and price points tempting those with an itch for ultimate speed. But actually finding the upper limits of these machines takes a racetrack, preferably one with high banks and long straights – kinda like Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. Best known for the Daytona 500, this prestigious motorsport mecca recently played host to Drive, which put the spurs to an Audi R8 V10 Plus to find what it can do when foot meets floor.

This time around, the hot lap takes place on Daytona’s 3.81-mile 24-hour road course configuration, rather than the 2.5-mile tri-oval, which means top speed isn’t quite as high as it could be. Still, with a solid launch out of the “Bus Stop” chicane, the R8 manages to peak at 180 mph past the grandstand.

That’s mighty impressive for any passenger car, let alone something as streetable and easy to drive as the Audi. Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the specs – mounted in the middle is a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 good for 610 horsepower, which hits the pavement through a quattro AWD system and can propel the two-seater to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. And given the right stretch of pavement, 205 mph is possible at the top end.

Sounds like a new goal to me.

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Audi Reportedly Working On Baby R8

Audi Reportedly Working On Baby R8

Will be called the R6 and share underpinnings with the Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster

In the late 1990s, Audi entered a new era. The TT was launched in 1998, and the Ingolstadt-based company finally had a proper sports car in its lineup. Eight years later and Audi used the Lamborghini Gallardo’s platform to introduce the R8, its first-ever production supercar. A full decade has passed since the R8 arrived in dealerships and the German brand could benefit, yet again, from a sports car platform within the Volkswagen Group. This time around, Audi is reportedly working on an vehicle that will share underpinnings with the Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman.

That’s the word from German outlet Autobild, which claims that the new sports car is already underway and it is codenamed the PO455. The actual market name of the car will be R6, the report adds, and it will slot between the TT and the R8. Much like the R8, the R6 will use the platform from a sister brand, but in conjunction with an in-house built engine and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive. There’s no specific timetable for the R6, but Autobild says that Volkswagen approved the project to help spread the costs around for the next-gen 718 platform, which is likely to bow sometime in 2018.

A coupe and a roadster (R6 Spyder) are both in the cards and motivation is likely to come from four- or six-cylinder engines. The only certainty is that the drivetrain will be turbocharged.

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Several Audi Models Will Be Featured In "Captain America: Civil War"

Several Audi Models Will Be Featured In "Captain America: Civil War"

All of the superheroes might not agree with each other, but apparently they all love Audi vehicles.

Audi and Marvel have been collaborating together for a while now, and it looks like to two have continued working together for Marvels next move – Captain America: Civil War. This means that we’ll see a number of Audi vehicles in the film, plus an advertising campaign that should spark interest in the movie and the Audi brand as a whole.

Loren Angelo, Audi’s Director of Marketing in America, said, “Even as the mighty Avengers break into Civil War, their affinity for best-in-class, high performance and state of the art technology in their vehicles ties them together. Audi is excited to be a mainstay for the Marvel franchise and to support their cast of Super Heroes with a fleet of superior Audi vehicles.”

Anthony Russo, a Co-director of the newest Marvel movie, said, “We’re always trying to ride the line in these movies between something that is set in our real, present day world, but at the same time feels special and forward thinking – just a little out of reach. So to be able to work with a company like Audi and have access to their current models and their most advanced designs, it helps us strike that right balance between real world and the future.”

The alliance has already released a digital video teaser known as “The Chase” that previews a pivotal scene from the movie and the all-new Audi SQ7. A 30-second commercial will begin airing globally this month as well. In the movie, we’ll see Agent 13 sport the Audi A4, Zemo drives the A7 Sportback, Captain America drive the Audi SQ7 and Iron Man driving the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe. So, not only will we get to enjoy the next installment from Marvel with our favorite superheroes, but we’ll also get to see some of Audi’s best cars in the mix too.

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Audi R8 V6 Could Get Variation Of S4's V-6 Engine

Audi R8 V6 Could Get Variation Of S4’s V-6 Engine

Entry-level R8 is also being touted to pack as much as 450 horsepower

An entry level Audi R8 with a V-6 engine appears to be a certainty at this point, especially if that leaked image of Audi’s timetable ends up being true. So now that there’s at least some weight to the R8 V6, the next piece of the puzzle is figuring out what kind of V-6 it’s going to have. Apparently, the answer to that question has already been answered by Car & Driver, which, citing a “reliable” source, claims that the specific engine will be a variation of the 2017 Audi S4’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine.

No mention was made on the exact amount of power the R8 V6 will have, but it should pack more horses than the 354 ponies on the S4. Given how the R8 V10 has 540 horsepower on tap, it wouldn’t be impossible to surmise that the entry-level R8 could at least have 450 horsepower on tap, leaving plenty of distance between the upcoming Audi TT-RS and the aforementioned R8 V10.

Speaking of the V10, the R8 V6 is reportedly getting the same seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that’s already being used by the V10 model. The new model will also receive Audi’s quattro AWD system, albeit with a rear bias to improve its overall agility and versatility. A 0-to-60-mph time for the car won’t be announced anytime soon, but there have been some rumblings that Audi plans to let the R8 V6 loose by not giving it a speed limiter. As such, the most likely top speed being thrown around at this point is 190 mph, powerful enough to justify its supercar abilities, but still a good distance away from the R8 V10’s top speed of 200 mph.

The R8 V6 isn’t expected to be launched for another two years, which means that we can expect it to arrive sometime in 2018. Once it arrives, it would become the third variant of the R8.

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Audi and LEGO Speed Champions Unveil Two LMS Racer Kits

Audi and LEGO Speed Champions Unveil Two LMS Racer Kits

Race-winning performance built brick by brick

Do you ever dream about building a world-beating race car? Do you ever fantasize about rolling hot into the pits for a splash of fuel and a driver change before the next stint? Do you wanna do all that, but your budget has a hard cap at 20 bucks? Well, don’t worry, because Lego has you covered. Say hello to the latest addition to the Speed Champions series – a pair of Audi LMS racers.

If you were unaware, the Speed Champions series is Lego’s take on some of the fastest machinery on the planet, including the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren Mercedes F1 car, the Ford F-150 Raptor, and the Porsche 911.

New to the grid is the Audi R8 LMS Ultra that took top honors at the Nurburgring 24 Hours race in 2014, and the Audi R18 quattro that’s battling it out in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Exclusive to the R8 kit is a winner’s podium and trophy, while the R18 gets a fuel pump.

Both are available now for $14.99 a piece.

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Leaked Document Shows Audi R8 V6 Is A Go For 2018

Leaked Document Shows Audi R8 V6 Is A Go For 2018

The Four Rings appear to have a busy 2017 and 2018 ahead

Rumors of a possible V-6 version of the Audi R8 have been around since February 2015 and while whispers have remained dormant since then, everything came to a head when a leaked Audi product schedule shows that the R8 V6 will become a reality in 2018.

The leaked image comes by way of Autobahn.eu and it points to a lot of revealing information surrounding the German automaker’s production schedule over the next two years. Arguably the most important of these releases is the R8 V6, a car that until this schedule leaked out, has been discussed and debated in rumor mills all over the Internet. Well, debate no more, fellas, because the R8 V6 is about to become a reality.

The R8 V6 will definitely get the lion’s share of the discussion here, but just as important is the road map for Audi’s other models. Granted, the schedule only reveals the latter half of 2017 and 2018, but judging by the photos and labels of those cars, as seen on the upper left of the photo, we’re going to see a lot of models introduced in the first half of next year.

The Audi A5/S5 will probably kick off Audi’s year, while the R8 Spyder and the TT RS will follow suit. Then there’s the line connected to the Audi Q5/SQ5. It’s not shown in the photo, but it appears that those models are scheduled for an April 2017 launch. It becomes a lot clearer from there with a handful of Audi A5/S5 models projected for a May 2017 release. From there, it’s the SQ7 getting a July 2017 release, followed by the RS3 Sedan in August 2017 and the Q7 e-tron rounding out the year in October 2017.

The 2018 releases are a little bit trickier because there’s no timetable for any of them. What it does point to is that Audi seems to have earmarked this year for all of its premium and performance models. In addition to the R8 V6, 2018 will see the release of the RS5 Coupe, Q8, A6, A7, and A8. All these models are expected to come in next-generation guises, or in the case of the Q8, as an all-new model.

The last and arguably most mysterious of the 2018 batch of releases is the C-BEV. There aren’t a lot of details surrounding this model, but based on that name, it points to a future electric vehicle. Details about this car, as well as a lot of the other models on this road map, should surface in the coming months, or maybe even at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week.

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