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.