The 2018 Audi PB18 E-Tron Concept Will Go Into Production After All - The Number to Be Built Will Blow your Mind
Hold on to whatever it is you’re holding to, folks, because an Audi executive has reportedly confirmed the German automaker’s plan to produce the all-electric PB18 e-tron supercar that we first laid our eyes on at the 2018 Monterey Car Week last August. The mind-blowing electric supercar concept took Monterey by storm, and if reports are true, Audi will build 50 units of the 671-horsepower model. No timetable was mentioned on when we’ll see the production model, but that’s a concern for another time. The important thing is that there’s some momentum within Audi calling for the PB18 e-tron Concept to spawn a production model. That’s more than enough for us to start salivating over what we can expect out of the supercar when that day actually comes.
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!
The Audi R8 set to stick with V-10 power
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.
Audi Sport Is Dreaming Of Its Own Hypercar
The landscape of the hypercar segment today is as fertile as it’s ever been, and it’s fixing to grow even more now that Audi Sport GmbH has given indication that it might want to join in on the fun at some point in the future. Just don’t expect that “future” to arrive quickly because at this point, the main concern of Audi’s performance division is to roll out new models to fortify its status as a true performance sub-brand.
There is a glimmer of hope that we’ll eventually see a Audi hypercar. According to Automotive News no less than Audi Sport CEO Stephan Winkelmann is warm to the idea, explaining that a hypercar is something that the brand not only “deserves,” but just as important is that there’s a “demand outside, and the customers are looking into it.” Winkelman’s claims are backed up by the fact that despite carrying price tags exceeding $1 million, hypercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, and McLaren P1 have all sold out, some even in record time. It’s this kind of demand that has spurred Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG to make their own hypercars, which everyone expects will also sell out at a snap of a finer. The fertility of the hypercar market is something that Audi Sport wants to sow its seeds on, but not at the cost of ignoring its other performance models. That, above all else, is the brand’s priority at this point, starting with filling out its roster of performance crossovers and electric cars. Only after it’s done that will Audi Sport really take the thought of a hypercar seriously. Here’s to hoping that it finishes its "priorities" quickly then, right?
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
Another Automaker Could Join The Hypercar Arms Race
Just when you thought the hypercar arms race isn’t already interesting enough on its own, a new player could be joining in on the madness with a limited-run halo car of its own. Sure, it’s still something that isn’t an absolute certainty, but Audi Sport boss Stephan Winkelmann let it be known that it “might be a good idea” for Audi to produce a “very limited car with a high price.”
Winkelmann stopped short of actually confirming such a car in his conversation with CarAdvice, but he did let the cat out of the bag, for whatever that’s worth. So the possibility is now there for an Audi hypercar to come to life. What’s going to be interesting moving forward is how Audi plans to develops such a car in the event that it comes to that point.
One scenario that Winkelmann immediately shot down is the potential for the project to be shared with sister company Lamborghini in an attempt to save to costs. The Audi Sport chief also indicated that if an Audi hypercar does come to fruition, it will need to be a car that will be able to tie in Audi’s long and proud history in motorsports racing. Given that indication, we can at least be sure that an Audi hypercar will be built with premium importance placed on it. It might even turn into an all-hands-on-deck scenario, which would be fitting for a car of its status.
For now though, the whole idea remains, as Winkelmann confirmed, “pie-in-the-sky thinking.” That’s not to say that Audi’s leaning one way over the other, but the mere mention that it’s already being talked about by the company’s execs is a suggestion that an Audi hypercar may not be that much of a reac anymore.
Only time will tell if an Audi hypercar does end up happening, but for what it’s worth, I don’t think anybody will be complaining if Audi ends up making that proverbial leap.
Continue after the jump to read the full story.
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.
What looks like a first-generation R8 hot lapping the Nürburgring is actually a clandestine test mule for the upcoming 2016 Audi R8 e-tron. The biggest giveaway is the obvious lack of internal combustion noise, but the front grilles have also been blocked-off for better aero and there’s a distinct lack of exhaust outlets in the rear. The glass engine cover has also been replaced with an opaque vented panel.
We should be getting used to by now, but it still screws with your head to see a car this fast not making any noise aside from its squealing tires.
Audi showed a production version of the R8 e-tron at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and claimed a Nürburgring lap time of 8:09.099, making it the fastest all-electric production car to ever lap the ‘Ring. Visually, it’s nearly identical to the new second-generation R8, with the addition of a few chrome accents on the front grille, side intakes and rear fascia to differentiate itself from the V-10-powered R8.
Under it all is a 49-kWh battery pack powering two electric motors at the rear wheels. The entire system produces 455 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque — roughly enough to tow an aircraft carrier. An electromechanical braking system recuperates energy during deceleration, and torque vectoring improves handling by managing the amount of twist sent to each rear wheel.
The sprint to 62 mph comes in 3.9 seconds, while top speed has been electronically limited to 155 mph. All that with a range of 280 miles after a full two-hour charge. Order books open later this year, at which point we’ll have more information on pricing.
Earlier this year, Audi released the revamped 2016 R8 R8 e-tron, and at the 2015 CES Asia show, it released a self-driving version of the electric supercar dubbed the R8 e-tron Piloted Driving Concept.
One of the biggest concerns among gearheads when it comes to self-driving cars is that the fun of driving will be taken away. Well, when it comes to this insane concept supercar, there is plenty of fun to go around, thanks to its sub-four-second 0-to-60 time and agility. What’s more, its range rivals the likes of the Tesla Model S, and it looks cooler.
Unfortunately, this is just a concept car for now, but at the rate Audi is putting out these piloted concept models (read our reviews of the RS7 piloted driving concept here and the Prologue piloted driving concept here), it seems like this tech is on the verge of making it to showrooms.
Continue reading to learn more about this high-tech concept that debuted at the 2016 CES Asia show.
Looks like someone is in a serious world of "loose-lips" hurt, as an image of what appears to be the 2016 Audi R8 has made its way onto Instagram. The image was first shared by Instagram user “dreboog,” but it’s since been ripped down, likely due to threats from Audi. Fortunately, the Internet never forgets, and plenty of other folks have grabbed the picture.
There is a good bit to soak in from this leak, but the best news is that not too much is changing. Sure, many of the design cues are different, but on a whole, the next-gen Audi supercar will be very similar to the 2015 R8. Some of the changes include a new front grille to put it in line with other current Audi products, smaller front air intakes, harder angles on the base of the front apron, and what appear to be more-streamlined air inlets just behind the doors.
I cannot confirm the validity of this leak, but to my eyes this sure does look like it’s the real deal. If this image is real, then the rumors of a Geneva debut for the R8 seem to fit perfectly, as the car in this picture looks to be a finished product.
The Geneva show kicks off for us press folk on March 3, 2015, so we don’t have to wait too long to find out.
The industry is full of so many aftermarket companies that it’s hard to keep track of all of them. I admittedly don’t know all of them, including, at least up to this point, German tuning company K.MAN. The company used to call itself Chiptrick, which is actually a more memorable name than K.MAN, but that’s besides the point. What’s important is that K.MAN has developed a three-stage program for the Audi R8 V-8 that affords customers the opportunity to enjoy the speed and power of the R8 V-8’s big brother — the R8 V-10 — without having to actually bump up to the V-10-powered supercar.
K.Man’s three-stage program offers incredible increases in power that transforms the R8 V-8 into a fire-breathing monster that can go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful exotics on the market. That’s an impressive achievement for an aftermarket company that doesn’t carry a household name.
Apart from the obvious performance upgrades, K.MAN’s program for the R8 also comes with some carbon-fiber bodywork and an exclusive set of wheels. These modifications will only be offered at the request of buyers and are still subject to availability.
That’s not an issue for me, especially when there’s a chance to score any one of these engine upgrades that can improve the R8 V-8’s output to as much as 750 horsepower.
Welcome to my life, K.MAN. Hell of a way to introduce yourself.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 By K.MAN.
And so, the Audi R8 e-tron saga rolls on.
A report late last year indicated that Audi was indeed reconsidering launching the R8 e-tron, but the report remained unconfirmed until last night at the 2014 NAIAS. The four-ring company’s technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg made the confirmation when he told Auto Express that he is "discussing the project with the board."
The run-around regarding the future of the R8 e-tron has taken more turns than an endurance racer on the Nurburgring, with numerous delays plaguing the development of the vehicle culminating in another report that Audi was going to develop the vehicle solely for research purposes.
But now that the word has officially come from the horse’s mouth, we’re going to believe Hackenberg’s recent proclamation. He did stop short of saying when the official launch is going to be, but with the way automakers have embraced the idea of electric sports cars recently — the BMW i8, for one, is coming very soon — Audi’s decision to bring back the R8 e-tron was a move done in large part to keep up with the competition.
The car’s development has progressed to the point that Audi can just pick up where it left of so it shouldn’t take too long to see a production model — we hope. With the next-gen R8 just around the corner, don’t be surprised to see the e-tron version sooner rather than later.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi e-tron
Considering that the current Audi R8 already uses a lightweight aluminum structure, news that the German automaker plans to drop as much as 130 pounds on the second-generation R8 caught a lot of people by surprise.
So why is this important news? Well, for one, it could usher in a new era of how the company will construct the bodies of its cars moving forward. And another thing: don’t sleep on what 130 pounds less can do to the performance characteristics of a car, let alone one that’s as fast and powerful as the R8.
That’s exactly what we could be in store for if recent comments by Audi R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg have any weight to them. At the LA Auto Show, Hackenberg told Motor Trend of the company’s plan to offer a lighter Audi R8, which could very well mean that the automaker will be improving upon its current lightweight aluminum structure technology.
Hackenberg stopped short of diving into specifics, but he did indicate that the company will use what it calls a ‘multi-material’ strategy where some elements of aluminum on the current car will be replaced with lighter carbon fiber and more of the latter material will be used in the floor structure and center tunnel.
The second generation Audi R8 is scheduled to be released in the next few years so there’s still enough time to dissect what the company has in store for its resident supercar.
Click past the jump to read about the 2016 Audi R8
German auto design house PPI launched its new company name and a new Audi R8-based Razor Spyder GTR model this weekend at Pebble Beach Concours week. PPI is now called PPI Speed Design, and to go with the new name is this hot open-air conversion kit for both the V-8 and V-10 R8 supercars.
Marked out by freer breathing for the induction and exhaust, the most notable element of the Razor Spyder is the open-air door cutouts that make every day a breezy California summer.
Cut from aluminum and reinforced with carbon fiber, the door cutouts promise a spectacular view of the road and create a cockpit that feels open and free like a track day special or the Aston Martin CC100 speedster. Lacking weatherproofing (or side windows) to provide these interesting cockpit vents, the PPI “Spyder Doors” take the R8 V-10 Spyder’s drama level and performance level - then cranks it up to "11."
The full complement of PPI Speed Design carbon-fiber styling and aerodynamic tweaks are included on the prototype seen above, which also features a custom satin matte blue paint and contrast black features for the side air ducts and a giant dual intake scoop behind the passenger headrests.
The result is certainly dramatic in a way that most modified R8’s are not, with giant virgin gold painted brake calipers and a GT3-inspired front air dam looking amazing with the latest LED headlights from the latest R8 Audi design.
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 PPI Speed Design Razor Spyder GTR, a complete package or individual components from this German supercar enhancer.
The Audi R8 has found itself in yet another blockbuster movie. At this point, we should just give it an Oscar and call it a day, right?
The R8 has been in so many movies over the past couple of years we’re surprised we couldn’t find an IMDB page for it. But in all seriousness, the German sports car is a real action star and recently, it was revealed that Audi has once again collaborated with Marvel Studios to include a fleet of its cars, including the R8 Spyder, in another superhero movie.
This time, the R8 is trading in Iron Man for Wolverine, a not too surprising turn of events given the car’s proclivity for living life on the fast lane. But the R8 Spyder isn’t the only Audi that made an appearance in The Wolverine. Joining it - and making their respective cinematic debuts - are the Audi A8 L and the Ducati Diavel, which is now owned by Audi, by the way.
As far as the respective scenes where the R8 Spyder is in front of the cameras, well, that’s something that we’ll save for the actual movie. The Wolverine opens in the U.S. later this month on July 26th. Be sure to check it out because you never know, the R8 Spyder just might have its own mutant powers by movie’s end.
Click past the jump to read about the standard - and non-mutant - Audi R8 Spyder
Last year, we heard the first details on a possible Audi diesel-electric supercar. It was supposed to be offered with a diesel engine combined with an electric motor for a total output of around 700 horsepower and at least 737 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in the 3-second range.
But as this sounded just too good to be true, new reports suggest that Audi dropped the idea of offering such a supercar. Instead, it appears that Audi’s focus is squarely on the production version of the Sport Quattro concept set to be unveiled in Frankfurt.
The model was rumored to be named Scorpion or R20 and was supposedly based on the R18 racecar. From the sounds of it, Audi has already prepared several design concepts for the new supercar, but now it has "bigger and more pressing issues to tackle."
This decision made a few Audi people very unhappy, but it’s not a big surprise to us, considering that electric technology is still in its early stages, as the company announced that another electric vehicle, the R8 e-tron, wouldn’t make it to production.
Click past the jump to read more about the R8 V12 TDI - the concept that supposedly inspired the Scorpion.
It’s got a name that’s more fitting for a superhero, but OK-Chiptuning’s new Phantom Black Panther program for the Audi R8 V10 is every bit as super as its name suggests.
Packed with enhanced visual characteristics to go with an impressive performance boost, the Phantom Black Panther certainly lives up to its name. First of all, OK-Chiptuning fitted the German super car with new aerodynamic components, all wrapped in a phantom black metallic finish. A new carbon-front lip was installed, as was that new diffuser nestled so comfortably on the back. The R8 V10’s taillights were also modified to resemble those from the R8 GT. Don’t forget the grille, too, because OK-Chiptuning decided to give it the same phantom black metallic finish that you can see throughout the supercar.
Under its hood, the R8 V10 was treated to the kind of performance upgrade that the it will definitely be proud of. Through some careful and deliberate software optimization, and the installation of support flaps on the exhaust system, OK-Chiptuning was able to increase the output of the R8 V10 to a tidy 620 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torques, good enough to allow the car to sprint from 62-124 mph in just 6.9 seconds with an presumed top speed of just north of 200 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the Audi R8 V10
The full-court press surrounding the upcoming release of Iron Man 3 has reached a fever pitch, especially for Marvel and German automaker Audi.
A week ago, the two companies decided to give fans of the comic a chance to write their own ending, or more specifically, create the final frame of Iron Man’s comic book showdown against the Blizzard.
This week, Marvel’s "Steer the Story" campaign released a new video, only this time it’s one where Marvel fans will undoubtedly trip over in delight. Or at least those with the artistic chops to do so.
See, Marvel and Audi are giving fans a chance to learn how to do draw a car. But it’s not just any car; it’s a lesson on how to draw the Audi R8 Spyder. The tutorial is a pretty cool exercise, specifically because the instructional video starts with a blank sheet of paper and runs us through the entire process of drawing the R8, beginning with the outline all the way to the shading.
Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R8 and Marvel’s Steer the Story contest.
Audi must’ve missed Tony Stark so much. Or you can probably say the same thing vice versa.
Either way, the two have reunited after a brief split during the “Avengers” and the second time around appears to have come with a serious lovefest for both parties. It was only a few days ago when Audi released a commercial for the R8 e-Tron featuring no less than Robert Downey Jr in it.
Well, they followed that one up pretty quickly with another ad, this time for the new R8 with Downey again reprising his role, small as it may be, of Tony Stark.
If there’s one thing these promotional tie-ups have shown us, it’s that you get copious amounts of mileage for both companies, something Audi must be happy to have, especially when you consider that the new Audi R8, with its 525-horsepower 5.2-liter V-10 engine with a top speed of 195 mph, is apparently "Iron Man Approved".
If Iron Man likes it, so do we! So do we!
Iron Man 3 hits theaters on April 24.
A few months ago, we first learned that Audi was planning a new supercar inspired by the automaker’s very successful LeMans racecar, the R18, and that it would feature a hybrid powertrain. Initial rumors suggested the model could be named R20,. New rumors are now pointing toward the new supercar being called the R10, which makes more sense to us, considering it will sit right above the upcoming second-generation R8. With this new rumor comes an all-new rendering for you to enjoy (above).
The R10 is rumored to combine a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine driving the rear wheels with a pair of electric motors driving the front wheels. The total output will be in the 600-horsepower area.
Ok, so how we designed our rendering? We started with an R8 and increased the proportions to make it more hypercar-ish. The front is enhanced with design elements from the e-tron Concept and quattro Concept, while the A-pillars are inspired by the R18 racecar.
Why do we think this car will really happen? Because Audi spent lots of money on the R8 E-tron that won’t make it to production because of the current market situation and all the things they have learned designing it need to be used somewhere.
However, don’t expect to hit up your local Audi dealer for one next year, as the R10 is currently in the product-evaluation stage and likely won’t arrive until 2016 or 2017.
Click past the jump to read more on the Audi R10 and its history
It was fun, Acrua NSX, but ultimately, Tony Stark is returning to his old love.
With Stark set to return to the big screen this coming May for Iron Man 3, the eccentric billionaire playboy will once again sit behind the wheels of his old flame, the Audi R8. The German supercar has been on the side of Stark since the first Ironman movie, but was left in the garage in favor of the NSX when Stark and his superhero buddies teamed up in the Avengers.
But now that it’s back to Iron Man, the R8, or specifically, the battery-powered R8 e-tron, is back in the loving arms of Tony Stark. You can see some production photos of Iron Man 3 that was released by Audi and clearly see Robert Downey Jr. behind the wheel of the German exotic.
Just like his high-powered suits, the Audi R8, in whatever variant it is, just suits Tony Stark to a tee.
Rumors of Audi’s plans to build a Le Mans-inspired supercar have been floating around for the past couple of months. Expected to be called the R20, speculation has run rampant on the technical details of the supercar.
While Audi has resisted from making any comments regarding what it plans on doing with the car, technical chief, Wolganf Durheimer, bared some refreshing news at the Geneva Motor Show. Talking to Autocar, Durheimer commented that the proposed supercar is currently under "production evaluation"
More importantly, Durheimer believes that development of the car will go far enough that we could see a prototype later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
“We run product evaluation on different ideas, looking at market positioning, brand image, development cost and time to market,” Dürheimer said. “Once this is done we will have a clear decision on what happens next. I would expect an update on this project in September at Frankfurt."
“It is still alive and I’m pushing for it,” he added.
Should the proposed R20 progress to the point that it could be green lighted for production, Audi believes that a lot of people would go nuts for the car, something the automaker is looking for as it tries to align its Le Mans program with a dedicated road car. Should that end up being the case, it’s likely that the R20 will carry some sort of a diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, similar to what the automaker uses on its R18 Le Mans racer.
Ultimately, Durheimer believes that hybrid supercars are becoming an important aspect of a brand’s focus.
“The market for these cars is fairly limited, but they are so important for brand image and perception,” he said.
“I think we need to do this car and show clearly where racing goes.”
Sounds good to us.