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2014 Audi 'R8 NF' teased years ahead of its debut

2014 Audi ’R8 NF’ teased years ahead of its debut

Audi’s resident supercar, the R8, has spawned a lot of different variants from its home base in Ingolstadt, and according to a new report from Automobile Magazine, the German automaker is looking into building the lightest version of the R8 yet – and that includes the already svelte-looking R8 GT.

For now, this new model is being designated as the ‘R8 NF’ where it was presented by the brand through a number of teaser photos during a recent presentation held at its lightweight research and production plant in Neckersulm, Germany.

The images, which included a computer-generated rendering of the R8 NF’s passenger cell, features the abundant use of carbon fiber on the rear bulkhead between the seat backs and the engine compartment and B-pillars, as well as other lightweight materials on the future Audi supercar. Audi also showed a visual timeline of the company’s roll-out plan on the use of carbon fiber on some of its models with the R8 NF scheduled to hit somewhere around 2014.

At the same event, an R8 5.2 V10 prototype was pictured having a number of its body panels decked with carbon fiber, including both bumpers, the decklid, the roof, and the floor pans. While Audi kept mum on the car, it does look like this prototype could be related to the future ’R8 NF’.

While it seems a little early to be talking about a car that’s going to be launched in three years, Audi must think highly enough of the ‘R8 NF’ to bring it up this early in its design stage.

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2011 Audi R8 by Evolution Motorsports

2011 Audi R8 by Evolution Motorsports

For some people, even a car that already packs a walloping 420 horsepower under its hood isn’t enough to satisfy their lust for speed. These are the very same people that look at a car like the Audi R8 and think of ways to bump up the supercar’s already impressive performance output. They might think of themselves as torque hungry fellows. We think of them as heroes.

Evolution Motorsports is a US-based tuning company that specializes on these sorts of things and their latest project involves taking an Audi R8 V8 and outfitting it with their very own EVOMS R8 Twin Turbo, a performance system that taps the R8’s true potential as one of the best supercars on the planet.

Despite its stature, Evolution Motorsports believes that the R8 lacks in true raw power. So to tap into that, they meticulously designed and engineered a twin turbo conversion system that shoots up the R8’s performance output all the way up to 800 horsepower. The best part is that the 800 horsepower upgrade is only the beginning of Evolution Motorsports’ project for the Audi R8. The folks from Arizona are also building packages for the R8 that will see its pony output rise up to 900 and even 1000+ horses under the hood.

Talk about unleashing the R8’s true potential, huh?

Full specifications of Evolution Motorsport’s R8 Twin-Turbo Conversion can be found after the jump.

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Video: Jay Leno puts the Audi R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro through the paces

Jay Leno never seems to run out of cars to talk about, does he? If you’re half the auto enthusiast that he is, you probably wouldn’t get tired of talking about them either. It also helps that he’s got way more money than all of us combined, which means that he doesn’t settle for talking about cars, he actually goes out and buys them.

In the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the comedian finds himself looking at Audi’s benevolent beast, the R8 V10 Spyder. Ever the gearhead that he is, Leno gives us the lowdown on the car and shares some pretty insightful thoughts on what he thinks of the R8. He also brings out his buddy, Justin Bell, to give us even more tidbits on the R8, including the time it takes for the soft-top roof to retract and stow away in its compartment, as well as the R8’s now iconic front fascia.

After showing a video of Bell testing the R8 on his own, Leno gets his turn behind the wheel and brings it out on the streets of LA. As he drives, he shares more nuggets of wisdom on what he thinks of the R8, including his admission that, as far as he’s concerned, the R8 Spyder is arguable the fastest supercar in the wet.

Check out the video to see the whole webisode.

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Audi works on Mid-Engine Supercar

Audi works on Mid-Engine Supercar

We’ve already got the news of Audi preparing the R4 to slip it right under the R8 in the lineup, but other news of a growing sports car lineup has been spreading, and speculations of the next steps for the Germany company are growing stems. Apparently, the Volkswagen Group will be preparing two new main platforms that may be seen in sports car models from Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen.

One of the upcoming platforms is the MOB modular architecture that will feature transversely mounted engines in the front of the chassis. This new platform will be used for models like the Audi R4, R3, or TT Successor, as well as the Porsche 914 or 356 Successor and the Volkswagen Bluesport or Beetle.

The second is a longitudinal mid-engine platform known as the MSS. This is where it gets a tad bit confusing. Fourtitude states that "this [MSS] is an entirely new component set that uses the same design parameters as MLB and MQB, such as geometries between steering components and engine placement, but it will add further flexibility to cars on the more exotic end of the spectrum with longitudinal engine configuration." This new platform will be used for the future R8, Lamborghini models, and the future Porsche 911 and 918.

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Video: A look around the MTM Audi R8 V10 Bi-Turbo

Video: A look around the MTM Audi R8 V10 Bi-Turbo

German auto tuner MTM’s new tuned up Audi R8, the V10 Bi-Turbo Prototype, made a cameo appearance in front of the company’s headquarters in Germany recently, giving us a look at the car that’s rumored to pack 888 horsepower underneath its hood. Yes, folks. 888 horsepower.

According to a spokesperson for the tuning house, the monstrous R8 has finally reached the conclusion of its developmental stage and is already in the first stages of being unleashed out on track. From what we’ve gathered, this car has performed extraordinarily well for MTM’s obscenely high standards. Should this car be as good as advertised, then you might be looking at one of the fastest, if not the fastest, Audi R8 on the planet.

The car is expected to make its debut to coincide with the tuning firm’s 20th birthday in November so we’ll be sure to keep you updated when MTM finally decides to pull the covers off of the Audi R8 V10 Bi-Turbo Prototype.

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Audi R8 GT Gets A Price: $198,000

Audi R8 GT Gets A Price: $198,000

The originalAudi R8 was one of the best bargains in the automotive world. It provided serious performance without the insanely high supercar price. Well, like most things, the R8 has gotten pricier over time and the newest version, the R8 GT, is right in line with Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin.

Only 333 will be made, so if you want one and have the money for one, call Audi soon because they might be gone. Only a third of that total number will be coming to the United States and each will cost $198,000.

The R8 GT is a lighter and faster version of the normal R8. Audi has managed to put the car on a diet allowing it to lose around 220 pounds. Weight loss was key, but so was bulking up, so Audi added 35 more horses, or the same power as a Chevrolet Aveo. The 5.2-liter V10 now puts out 560 horsepower and will be connected to a single-clutch R-Tronic semi-automatic transmission. We’re sure that gearbox is all well and good, but a manual option would have been nice.

The Audi R8 GT will be hitting showrooms next summer.

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Inter FC soccer star Mario Balottelli has one awesome matte black Audi R8 V10

Inter FC soccer star Mario Balottelli has one awesome matte black Audi R8 V10

Maybe it’s just us, but our fascination for sports athletes and the cars that they drive is a real sickness, bordering even on downright fanaticism. While we profess to be fans of these athletes and whatever sport they excel in, it’s hard not to get caught up in the fancy rides that they buy from the piles of money they receive when playing their respective sports.

This particular scoop photo was taken by a forum member from CorrieraDellaSera.it – noggin knock to you, Mr. SabraSport – featuring Inter FC striker Mario Balottelli and his jaw-dropping matte black Audi R8 V10.

Okay, given that this 20-year old soccer stud plays for Serie A in Italy, we’re going to excuse you for not being familiar with the dude. But even if you don’t know him, the car he drives certainly needs no introduction. And add that to the fact that it’s dressed in a matte black finish and has unique black/yellow rims with matching brake calipers and you have a car that’s going to make heads turn no matter who’s sitting behind the wheel.

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Lottery winner's week-old Audi R8 burns down on the highway

Lottery winner’s week-old Audi R8 burns down on the highway

Rahul Patel bares the distinction as one of the few men in the US to strike gold in the lottery. This time last year – June 29,2009, to be exact – Patel parlayed a $1 Powerball lottery ticket into $25 million and with his new-found wealth, proceeded to purchase himself a nice, spanking new Audi R8 about a week ago.

According to a number of reports, Patel was in the northbound side of Merritt Parkway somewhere between exits 46 and 47 when the R8’s engine inexplicably began smoking, causing the lottery winner to pull over on the shoulder to check up on his new toy. As soon as he stopped to check, flames suddenly burst out of the Audi R8’s engine as Patel haplessly watched his new Audi supercar be barbecued by the ensuing fire. The result, as you can imagine, was a complete loss with Patel left wondering if his luck had finally ran out.

We feel bad for him for losing such a beautiful car after only purchasing it a week earlier, but on the other hand, it’s hard to empathize with the dude because he can probably afford a few more of these R8’s with the money he scooped up a year ago. That is, unless, he hasn’t burned through the winnings too.

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Video: Audi R8 V10 goes loose at the El Toro Marine Base airstrip

Video: Audi R8 V10 goes loose at the El Toro Marine Base airstrip

It’s a daunting question to ask, but one that should be laid out nonetheless. What do you do when you have an empty airstrip, a ton of rolling video cameras, ALMS driver Nathan Swartzbaugh at your disposal, and an Audi R8 5.2 FSI waiting to be unleashed?

Okay, the answer isn’t that difficult given that it’s pretty obvious what you would do. Roll the cameras, get Swartzbaugh behind the wheel of the R8, and say, “go!”

Granted, the whole process of piecing together a 30-second spot of a supercar blasting along an airstrip takes more than a few hours; actually, it’s closer to an entire day, which is how long it took the folks over at WebRidesTV to shoot this footage. It’s not as easy as it looks either. The preparation, the shooting, and the production work is enough hard work to make the heads of those who know nothing about production spin faster than a jacked-up carousel.

But that’s why we have these guys to thank. They do all the hard work and all we have to do is wait for the final product and watch it as soon as it’s done. Not all that difficult, is it?

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Audi e-tron caught testing

Audi e-tron caught testing

Shortly after the official unveiling of the E-tron supercar at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, Audi announced that it would be put into production in a limited 1000 units. The first prototypes that were caught testing is proof to that statement. The E-tron will compete with the electric version of the Mercedes SLS AMG which Mercedes is currently working on.

The prototype caught testing has no air intakes and the traditional front and side air intakes of the V8 and V10R8s have also been removed.

The E-tron concept is powered by a purely electric drive system made up of four motors – two at the front and two more at the rear axle. The total output of this electric drive system is 313 HP and 3,319.03 lb-ft of torque, meaning that the car can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.8 seconds and from 60 to 120 km/h (37.28 – 74.56 mph) in 4.1 seconds.

If anyone is interested, as we assume some people might be, then you better start putting away some dough. Audi has said that the E-Tron should be in showrooms by the end of 2012 and will be more expensive than the Audi R8 which starts at about $114,200.

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Video: "Audi Race Experience" and the first eight people to ride the R8 LMS racer

Video: "Audi Race Experience" and the first eight people to ride the R8 LMS racer

Just in case you thought Audi was pulling your leg when they announced that they were letting their customers get a chance to get behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS racer, here’s video evidence proving that Audi can certainly back up their word.

The video features the first eight individuals that were given the unbelievable opportunity to experience the R8 LMS racer first-hand in all its unbridled power. Each participant was given time to get to know the car and all its intricacies. As soon as the crash course on the race car was finished, it was off to the track for a nice little round of testing.

To the eight folks who got a chance to drive the R8 LMS racer, you won’t believe how envious we are of you.

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Audi R8 V8 catches fire in the Netherlands

Audi R8 V8 catches fire in the Netherlands

If we punched ourselves for every burned down sports car we’ve seen in recent years, our face would be indistinguishable by now. However, no matter how many times we’ve seen these exotic beauties get engulfed in flames, the pain remains the same.

Take this brand new, matte black Audi R8 V8 for example. With only 20 km on its odometer and being taken out for a standard test run, the R8 inexplicably catches fire as it was running along the A67 highway in Someren in the Netherlands. No word yet on what caused the fire, only that it happened without any hint or warning. Luckily, both the driver and the passenger managed to get out of the car in time.

Ouch.

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