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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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2021 Audi R8 RWD Coupe and Spyder

2021 Audi R8 RWD Coupe and Spyder

The Audi R8 RWD returns as a full-scale production model

The 2021 Audi R8 RWD is a rear-wheel-drive version of the German-made R8 supercar. Essentially a regular Audi R8 stripped of its Quattro all-wheel-drive system, the 2021 R8 RWD comes with the same 5.2-liter V-10 engine under the hood and similar features inside and out.

The big news is that the RWD model is notably lighter and a bit more affordable. The 2021 R8 RWD isn’t the first R8 with rear-wheel drive, but it’s the first RWD that’s s regular production model. Back in 2018 offered the R8 RWS, also an RWD variant, but it was limited to just 320 examples. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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You Must Check Out This Quadbike With An Audi V-10 Heart

You Must Check Out This Quadbike With An Audi V-10 Heart

There’s nothing ordinary about the Engler F.F Superquad

Quad bikes aren’t new inventions. They’ve been around for some time now, and there are many manufacturers — Honda, Suzuki, Arctic Cat, among them — that build and sell quad bikes. But we’re not here to talk about those quad bikes or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) as they are otherwise known. We’re here to talk about a unique ATV, and it might as well be called the quad bike: the Engler F.F Superquad. While it does fit the profile of an ATV, the F.F Superquad is anything but a normal quad bike. It’s more like a mishmash between a motorcycle and a supercar carrying enough power to make other exotics weep. YouTube sensation Shmee found some time away from his busy schedule to check out the Superquad ahead of its debut at Salon Prive in the U.K., and, as you may have guessed, even Shmee found himself geeking out over this extraordinary vehicle.

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2021 Audi R8 Green Hell Edition

2021 Audi R8 Green Hell Edition

German automaker celebrates Nurburgring dominance with a spicy special edition R8

The Nurburgring is arguably the world’s most famous race track, and if that distinction is attached to your name, automakers are likely to come up with any reason to release special edition models in your name. Take Audi, for example. The German automaker carries one of the richest racing legacies on the ‘Ring.

Since 2012, Audi has dominated the Green Hell, winning the 24 Hours of Nurburgring race five times. Not one to be bashful about its achievements, Audi is celebrating those victories with a special edition R8 called the Green Hell.

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The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Can Hold Its Own Against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Can Hold Its Own Against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8

The C8 Corvette Isn’t Quite As Fast As the Porsche 911 and Audi R8, But It Can Keep Up

The mid-engine C8 Corvette has literally been decades in the making. When it arrived for the 2021 model year, the Corvette found itself competing against some new competition that at one time were little more than distant competitors. The Corvette name has always been associated with performance, but now that it has to take on a long list of European competitors, we – like the rest of you – have been wondering just how well the C8 can hold up. Now, thanks to a new video from Sport Auto, we can see how the C8 fairs against the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 V-10 on the track, and you have to see what happens.

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Track Weapon Showdown: Audi R8 LMS GT2 Vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport

Track Weapon Showdown: Audi R8 LMS GT2 Vs. Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport

Two of the wildest track-only supercars going head-to-head at Spa-Francorchamps

The Porsche 911 GT2 RS is, unarguably, the wildest 911-based car that Stuttgart can sell you and, similarly, the R8 is Audi’s hottest street-legal proposition yet, if you are willing to step onto a race track, both manufacturers will gladly sell you even hotter versions of either vehicle.

Sam Dejonghe was lucky enough to sample both the Audi R8 LMS GT2 and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport on one of the planet’s best road courses, Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, and he tells the tale of two different cars that try to breathe life into a brand-new category.

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Be Prepared to Say Goodbye to the Audi R8 and TT

Be Prepared to Say Goodbye to the Audi R8 and TT

Audi Could Send The Audi R8 and TT to the Grinder in the Name of Cutting Costs

Remember when I told you that Audi Sport will phase out ICE-power RS models? Well, now thanks to the same cost-cutting measures – probably thanks to parent company VolkswagenAudi may be forced to either axe two of its most important models or do something new with them entirely. Regardless of what happens, it certainly looks like the Audi R8 and TT won’t be sticking around too much longer, at least not as we know them today, anyway.

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Kick Off Your Weekend By Watching an Audi R8 Take on an Audi TT RS-R

Kick Off Your Weekend By Watching an Audi R8 Take on an Audi TT RS-R

This sibling rivalry suddenly becomes more competitive

On paper, the stock Audi TT RS is no match to the Audi R8 V-10 Plus. One car is powered by a 2.5-liter TFSI engine that produces 394 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the other car packs a 5.2-liter FSI V-10 engine that produces 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.

You can’t dispute those figures, especially when you race both Audis against each other. So why did Carwow bother to race a TT RS against an R8 V10 Plus? The answer is the TT RS-R, the heavily modified version of the sports coupe.

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2020 Audi R8 V10 Quattro Limited Edition

2020 Audi R8 V10 Quattro Limited Edition

We are sad to see the R8 V10 Quattro go, but this limited edition makes up for it

Audi USA is churning out a special batch of R8 V10s - 30 units, for that matter - to mark the retirement of the 2020 Audi R8 V10 Quattro from the carmaker’s lineup in the U.S. Fret not, R8 fans, as Audi will keep selling the range-topping R8 V10 Performance for the 2021 model year.

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You Just Might Be Able to Get a RWD Audi R8 In the United States Again

You Just Might Be Able to Get a RWD Audi R8 In the United States Again

The RWD Audi R8 soldiered on in Europe and now it looks like it’s coming back to the U.S.

Remember back in 2018 when Audi released the Audi R8 V10 RWS in a limited production run of just 999 examples? It didn’t last long here in the States, but Audi kept it as a main part of its lineup over in Europe. Now, three years later, a new listing on the EPA’s fueleconomy.gov website hints that it’s making a comeback to the U.S. Market in both coupe and convertible form.

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This Five-Car Mashup Rendering Is the Epitome of Unfulfilled Desire

This Five-Car Mashup Rendering Is the Epitome of Unfulfilled Desire

Automakers, please produce this wild mashup of a supercar!

Renderings often serve as a fun expression of what we expect from new cars or the evolution of current cars. Sometimes, people create fun, unique renderings that look back on iconic cars from the past with a modern twist of what they would look like today. Every now and then, however, something truly amazing comes to digital life, and that’s the case with the rendering we’re about to discuss here. In short, someone took styling cues from a handful of cars that are iconic in their own right and created an all new car that has never existed and never will exist. Is this what it would look like if some of the greatest car companies in the world came together to build a truly unique supercar?

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New 2022 Audi R8: Everything We Know So Far

New 2022 Audi R8: Everything We Know So Far

New Audi R8 rumors have been flying around for years, but to no official confirmation

2019 was a splendid year for gearheads and high-end car companies alike. The Chevrolet Corvette went the mid-engine way, Bugatti blew past the 300 mph barrier with the Chiron, McLaren launched both the amazing Speedtail and the GT, while Lamborghini and Ferrari sold more supercars than they had planned.

So, we must ask. What’s Audi been doing? Sales of the Audi R8 haven’t been piercing holes through the roof, since you asked, and there’s intense talk about a new generation coming in 2022. So far Audi has been tight lipped on the topic, so the rumor mill did most of the talking. Here’s everything we know about the new Audi R8.

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New Audi R8 Meets Old Audi R8 and The Real Winners Are Us

New Audi R8 Meets Old Audi R8 and The Real Winners Are Us

It’s like watching Muhammad Ali against Muhammad Ali, really

How would you describe the first-generation Audi R8? While you’re finding your words, know that Jacky Ickx called it “the best handling road car today [i.e. back when it was introduced in 200]” yet we believe the old R8’s character is better highlighted not in front of its rivals and certainly not by itself, but in the presence of the current Audi R8.

Enter Carfection and their latest video, a petrolhead-centric masterpiece that looks at the first and second iterations of one of the most recognizable and desirable supercars to ever be born. Let’s get to it, then.

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If You Missed Out on the Audi R8 RWS but Still Want a RWD R8, We've Got Good News For You

If You Missed Out on the Audi R8 RWS but Still Want a RWD R8, We’ve Got Good News For You

This Audi R8 V10 RWD isn’t a limited-edition model, either!

Right before Audi facelifted the second-gen R8 for 2019, it released the Audi R8 V10 RWS, which was, essentially, a RWD version of the V-10 R8. The model was limited to just 999 examples, though, leaving anyone who wanted a RWD R8 left holding an empty bag. All that has changed now, though, as Audi as finally launched a new RWD version of the R8 with a V-10, and it looks even better than the RWS since it’s being introduced post-facelift. Even better yet, this baby isn’t production limited, so you might actually stand a chance at getting one. It’s not all peaches and cream, though, and there are a couple of things that you need to know.

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2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2

2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2

The R8 race car tailored for those that wear tailor-made suits on the week days

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a great place to go if you want to see some of the world’s most revered racing cars of the past as well as a vast array of modern machinery and peeks into the future. The festival that takes places annually since 1993 on the grounds of the Goodwood House is also the place favored by some manufacturers to unveil their new products. The 2019 edition was chosen by Audi as the perfect occasion to pull the wraps off Audi Sport’s latest creation: the 640 horsepower Audi R8 LMS GT2, the most powerful racing car Audi has ever sold through its Customer Racing department. It’s designed for a new formula of Grand Touring racing that slots between GT3 and GT4 and caters for amateur racers looking for hight output machinery that’s quick down a straight line and easy to manage through the twisty bits.

Audi is a pragmatic company. Audi doesn’t put out a product for a class it doesn’t think will succeed. When Audi finally built a GT3-spec car, the class had been around for three full seasons, and it showed no signs of slowing down with more cars joining in (that same year Alpina debuted a B6-based contender, for instance) at a steady pace. Then there was the R8 LMS GT4, the GT3’s baby brother, its more pedestrian relative that is still tremendously fast (it puts out somewhere between 580 horsepower and 600 horsepower sans limiter, as much as the GT3 car without restrictions) and also expensive.

The RS3 LMS followed suit, the first sedan built by Audi Sport, one that, again, was built to be raced in a burgeoning category: TCR Touring Cars. The RS3 arrived in 2017, three years after the TCR format was first introduced. This is what makes the R8 LMS GT2 the odd one out. It’s the first Audi Sport-built car to be launched before any cars built to this ruleset ever took the track. So Audi must already know that it will be a success.

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The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 Is the R8 We Deserve For the Road But Can't Have

The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 Is the R8 We Deserve For the Road But Can’t Have

The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 is a new car for a new class in global GT racing

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed was the stage for many impressive firsts and among them has been the worldwide debut of Audi Sport Customer Racing’s latest product, the ludicrous Audi R8 LMS GT2. With 640 horsepower, it’s faster than its GT3 and GT4 brethren but, somehow, it slots in between the two. Audi Sport says it’s the most potent car to come out of the Customer Racing program, and you’ll be able to see it on track next year as Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO) will allow the GT2 class to compete in series like the GT Sports Club in Europe and the GT World Challenge America across the Atlantic.

Racing has a tendency to become more and more expensive as time goes on. The pattern is as follows: a sanctioning body or a championship organizer proposes a new ruleset for a new category that’s supposed to replace an older, prohibitively expensive one. Everyone involved is happy, the new class is launched, it becomes popular, and as it starts to gain momentum, the cars evolve pushed by factory involvement and, in a matter of years, they become too expensive, and we’re back to square one. This is, broadly, what happened with the (still) highly popular GT3 formula that turned, from one category catering for amateur drivers, to one that comprises the bulk of today’s leading sports car and luxury car manufacturers, many of them pouring serious amounts of money in developing race cars able to win on the world stage. Let’s see how GT2 plans to fix this issue. In a way...

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Audi Sport Wants the Next-Gen R8 to Have a V-10 But It Really Doesn't Need It

Audi Sport Wants the Next-Gen R8 to Have a V-10 But It Really Doesn’t Need It

Audi has a big choice ahead in deciding the fate of its resident supercar

The future of the Audi R8 is still up in the air with no clear resolution in sight from Audi executives who are still debating whether to go ahead with the model or not. There are numerous scenarios floating around that could point to the future of Audi’s flagship performance vehicle, including the possibility that the R8 lives on to see a next-generation model. Some questions still need to be answered, though, before a decision is made, the most pressing of which is the kind of powertrain that will be used in the model. If Audi execs greenlight a third-generation R8, would it go electric or would it continue using the same 5.2-liter turbocharged V-10 engine that’s been sitting at the heart of the model since it hit the market in 2006? That’s a question Audi needs to answer — Audi Sport managing director Oliver Hoffman wants to keep the V-10 — though at this point, is the V-10 engine even critical to the success of the R8 anymore, or is the R8 ready to expand its powertrain horizons?

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Audi Will Dilute the Taycan's J1 Platform a Little More With the E-Tron GTR; A Replacement for the Aging Audi R8

Audi Will Dilute the Taycan’s J1 Platform a Little More With the E-Tron GTR; A Replacement for the Aging Audi R8

Pretty soon all cars will be identical below the skin – what a sad day that will be

We all now that the Dirty VAG loves to share its technology and platforms among its various appendages – a Bentley is just an Audi, and an Audi is Just a Porsche. With that in mind, we already figured out that the J1 platform that underpins the Porsche Taycan will eventually funnel down to other automakers, with brands like Audi, Bentley, and even Lamborghini eventually placing their in-house designs on top of the same chassis and battery technology. Eventually, real-life cars will all feature the same guts underneath and bodies on top – kind of like remote control cars d today. And, that’s where we’re at now as Audi starts to plan a replacement for the aging Audi R8. In doing so, CAR Magazine reports that the company will take the Taycan’s J1 platform and place it under an all-new body, creating a car that will go by the name “E-Tron GTR.” We already know quite a bit about it, but how will it serve as a spiritual successor to the Audi R8? Well, it probably won’t.

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2020 Audi R8 V10 Decennium

2020 Audi R8 V10 Decennium

The R8 turns a decade old, and Audi’s rolling out an anniversary model to celebrate the occasion

Ten years ago, Audi shocked the auto world when it uncorked an all-wheel drive, ten-cylinder supercar that ushered in a new era of performance for the German automaker. This year, the Audi R8 turns a decade old, and Audi’s throwing a party for its beloved performance machine with a special edition model called the R8 V10 Decennium. Taken from the Latin word that literally means “decade,” the R8 V10 Decennium is a fitting ode to a supercar that played a huge role in redefining the supercar segment. Only 222 models of the anniversary R8 will be available. Each model is priced at €220,000, which converts to about $250,000 based on current exchange rates. The Audi R8 Decennium becomes available starting in the spring of 2019.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Audi R8

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Audi R8

The Audi R8, aka the poor man’s Lamborghini, is only a few years old, but Audi decided to give it a thorough update for the 2019 model year. Unfortunately, what we thought was going to be a GT model was actually nothing more than the facelifted model that you see here. The good news, however, is that the standard model is now more aggressive than ever. Adding icing to that so delicious cake is that fact that it comes with some extra oomph to justify that extra aggression. How much? Only 30 horsepower, but that’s enough. Now, every trim can blast past the 200-mph threshold, and it can hit 62 mph in as fast as 3.1 seconds. Today, however, that performance doesn’t matter, because we’re here to honor the R8’s beautiful appearance. To do that, we’ve decided to pick out our favorite wallpaper and share it with you. If you don’t like it, there are a few more in the gallery below. Remember, if you want to know more, you can check out our in-depth review of the 2019 Audi R8 as well!

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Audi R8 Spyder.

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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.

Continue reading for the full story.

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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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