Whether you’re a kid or not, the name "Walt Disney" should instantly ignite a certain amount of joy. We’ve all been flipping through the television channels and stopped at a Disney cartoon just for a few minutes. Disney has been around for years bringing that kind of long-lasting joy for people, and now they are bringing it once again with the new additions to the Walt Disney World Speedway.
The Walt Disney World Speedway is a racing facility located on the grounds of the Walt Disney World resort near Orlando, Florida, but don’t expect to see Lightning McQueen racing around the track. The speedway has recently added a new Exotic Driving Experience that includes some of the most amazing supercars in the world – the Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4, Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4, Audi R8, and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 997.
If you are interested, the experience will officially begin on January 16, 2012.
There are many ways in which two supercars can upstage one another, but nothing is more glorious to the ears than a good ol’ fashion rev-one-upsmanship.
The protagonists on this video are a Ferrari F430 and an Audi R8. Each car comes with a bonafide monster of an engine - the F430 has a naturally-aspirated 4.3-liter V8 engine with 510 horsepower while the R8 comes with a 4.2-liter V8 engine that has an output of 420 horsepower. Basically, there won’t be any shortage of noise in both of them.
The question now is which of these two supercars is louder than the other. Personally speaking, the German supercar makes for an impressive ear-crackling sound, but in this case, we’ll give the nod to the Italian stallion, which has made a tradition out of producing some of the most powerful machines on the planet.
But at the end of the day, supercar enthusiasts will love waking up to this kind of sound from either of these mammoth beasts, so really, there are no losers here; just the sound of revving monsters that’s music to all out ears.
The Audi R8 has been one of the most popular sportscars in the past few years, particularly because when it was first unveiled at the 2006 Paris Auto Show, it came with a cutting edge design that propelled the German automaker’s first true sportscar into the stratosphere. However, the popular belief is that while other brands have introduced fresh takes on their exotics, the R8 has remained virtually the same. What this means is that it just might be time for Audi to give their supercar a much-needed successor.
Nothing has been announced yet, but a leaked photo courtesy of Fourtitude.com has people wondering whether a new R8 will arrive sooner than any of us thought. Looking at the photo, you wouldn’t be remiss if you thought that what you’re looking at is the new front end of the R8. The changes are noticeably different, particularly Audi’s new hexagonal front grille and a new razor-thin lights set-up that stretches from the quarter panel all the way to the grille.
In terms of the powertrain, there’s word that Audi will continue to offer V8 and V10 engine options for the R8, to go with Quattro all-wheel drive. Some have indicated, however, that prototypes of the car have been seen using 2.5 and 3.0-liter TFSI engines. Whether these speculations have merits to them or not, one thing that’s becoming evident is that the R8 needs a make-over.
And if this photo is any indication of what the next-generation R8 is going to look like, then we’re getting ready to have our heads blown off.
What makes the Audi R8 GT different from all other models in the R8 line-up?
Clearly, there are plenty of options to choose from, but a big part of the entire equation boils down to the tremendous weight savings given to the car compared to all other R8 models. Among other things, the rear bumper and diffuser is 17.6 lbs lighter; the battery is lighter by 20.7 lbs; even the carpeting used on the car is made from lightweight material, saving another 17.4 lbs along the way.
The front splitter and rear spoiler are also lightweight, creating the needed downforce to separate itself from the pack.
All in all, the R8 GT is 180 lbs lighter than its counterparts, making for a car that embodies the whole definition of a "high-performance sports car".
In the fourth and final episode of Audi’s R8 GT week, 5-Time Le Mans Champion and AudiWerks Driver, Emanuele Pirro, explains in detail exactly what makes the R8 GT the car that it is. Make no mistake, all the weight savings generated by the car allows its 560-horsepower, V10 engine to reach a staggering top speed of 198.4 mph.
To recap all four episodes of the week-long series, we’ve added the first three episodes of the series after the jump.
The Audi R8 GT has been getting a lot of face time this week - thank Audi’s "R8 GT Week" for that - and the news just keeps on coming.
German tuning firm, Wheelsandmore, has introduced their latest take on the powerful Audi supercar featuring a few styling makeovers, an improved performance set-up, and a swanky name - the Supersport Edition - that hammers home all the changes that came with it.
As far as the visual details on the car, Wheelsandmore limited the changes to a new set of 20" matte black coated lightweight wheels wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires to go with a new remote-controlled hydraulic lift system that can add 40 mm to the supercar’s ride height. The seemingly bare changes on the car’s detailing is more than made up for by an impressive performance upgrade that features a new electronic set-up and the addition of a handcrafted, stainless-steel exhaust system that’s 40 lbs lighter and comes with its own remote-controlled valve flaps. With these modifications set-up on the car, the output from the 5.2-liter V10 engine has spiked from the standard 560 horsepower and 398 lb/ft of torque all the way up to 611 horsepower and 431 lb/ft of torque.
The added output also resulted in a faster 0-60 mph time for the R8 GT - 3.6 seconds to 3.3 seconds - and a higher top speed of 208 mph, up from the ’standard’ model’s top speed of 198 mph.
The R8 GT is a car that Audi is obviously very proud of, and rightfully so because it’s one menacing beast. About 180 lbs lighter than the R8 V10 and carrying a 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 560 horsepower, the R8 GT is the grand daddy of all R8 models. For their part, Audi is promoting the supercar with a week-long run of promo videos that it has amusingly called "R8 GT Week". Obviously, these guys must be huge fans of Shark Week.
The first part of this series features 5-Time Le Mans Champion and AudiWerks driver, Emanuele Pirro, giving us his thoughts on the uber powerful German supercar.
If there ever was an authority on Audi supercars, you won’t find a better one that Emanuele Pirro. He’s been front and center when it comes to testing new Audi models and his opinions on the R8 GT drive home the point that this 560-horsepower monster is the top-of-the-mountain as far as Audi performance vehicles are concerned.
Check out the video to watch Part 1 of Audi’s ’R8 GT Week.’
Anytime you have an Audi R8 V10, then you already have a car that’s as imposing and powerful as any sports car on the streets. But once you add an Akrapovic exhaust set-up, then, well, all bets are off.
The Slovenian tuning firm and specialists in the science of exhaust systems has released a new package that not only gives the R8 V10 a new exhaust set-up, but a corresponding power increase to go with it. The new titanium Slip-On exhaust system comes with carbon tail pipes with an optional wireless kit to give the driver the option of controlling the sound of the exhaust for either street or track use. The exhaust not only reduces the R8’s overall weight by 16kg (35 lbs), but also bumps up the output of the car’s 5.2-liter V10 engine from the standard 525 horsepower and 391 lb/ft of torque to 536 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 403 lb/ft of torque at 5,000 rpm.
The result might not be all that much given the number of tuning packages already in existence for the R8 V10, but anytime a car that already has 525 ponies under its hood get some added output, it’s still something that’s going to attract its share of customers.
Taking all the questions of parental responsibilities out of the equation, you have to give some props to this young 11-year old boy and his rather impressive skills in the art of hooning.
As the video shows, this kid was given the chance to get behind the wheel of an Audi R8, probably with an adult’s consent considering that somebody had to hold that video camera as it was recording.
A part of us is very impressed at the hooning skills of this young kid. There’s a good chance that he’s yet to hit puberty, but he’s already got his throttle-oversteering skills down pat. But as responsible adults, we couldn’t help but cringe at the sight of somebody so young doing something inherently dangerous as this. Heck, he didn’t even fasten his seatbelt before he started destroying those patches of grass.
Sure, it’s an empty field, but a sense of responsibility should still be in play here. if you’re going to let somebody that young hoon a car like the R8, the least you can do is make sure that he’s got his seatbelt on. Better if you get inside the car with him. Best if you don’t let him do it at all.
Other than that, sick skills, young buck!
Remember that Porsche 911 we featured a few days ago with about 10,000 bullet holes in it?
Despite its ramshackled state, we’re comforted knowing that the destruction of that 911 served a pretty good cause. This Audi R8, however, was doing nothing except being driven by a complete douchebag who thought that engaging the German police in a gun fight was a good idea.
The scene plays out in Germany where an armed man began opening fire at the police after he was about to be questioned for a domestic dispute incident in his household. After seeing the officers in their patrol cars, the idiot began opening fire on them. In the course of the pursuit, the police managed to pepper the R8 with 37 rounds of bullets, four of which found its mark into the driver.
Despite getting wounded, the driver managed to survive the whole episode where he was eventually arrested for all the trouble he caused. But where the driver escaped with his health intact, for the most part at least, the same cannot be said for the R8, which looked like it had far better days than this one.
We knew there was something special about the Audi R8. It’s not because it’s the fastest Audi on the market, nor is it because it’s made a number of appearances in some of the biggest movie blockbusters of the past few years - Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Transformers:Revenge of the Fallen come to mind.
The Audi R8 is one special cat because somehow, through whatever it does or doesn’t do, it gets the attention of the ladies. More importantly, bikini-clad vixens at that.
This three-minute video clearly demonstrates the intoxicating allure of the R8 to the opposite sex, one that doesn’t go unnoticed by strapping, young lads like us. It was created by Tuan Hong for his buddy Kirby - my namesake! - who was doing a photo shoot on the R8 and its groupies and it just goes to show just how much attention this Audi supercar can get without even trying.
Kind of makes us wish we had one to take to the beach with us because apparently, where the R8 goes, smoking hot women follow.
RENM Performance is no stranger to fine tuning Audi R8s, which is evident in how many variants of the R8 they’ve had in their shop. Continuing that trend, the aftermarket tuning company has released the first details of their latest project for the R8 V10 Spyder called the RMS.
Combining a body kit to go with a performance upgrade, RENM Performance went to work on the R8 V10 Spyder with a number of striking new details, including a new tail pipe configuration that looks strikingly similar to the tail pipe configuration of the Bugatti Veyron. To go with the new tailpipe, RENM Performance also has a new integrated spoiler, a carbon diffuser, and a set of 20” ATS wheels. Over at the interior, RENM dressed up the R8 V10 Spyder with plenty of carbon fiber doses, a digital display system with its very own gear indicator, and black leather seats with matching red stitching to complement the car’s hot red exterior finish.
In terms of engine capabilities, RENM Performance was able to raise the output under the R8 V10’s Spyder 5.2-liter V10 engine from the standard 525 horsepower and 391 lb/ft of torque to 600 horsepower and 431 lb/ft of torque.
All told, it’s as impressive a tune up work as we’ve seen with the Audi R8 V10 Spyder, and something RENM Performance should be very proud of.
Audi brought forth the R8 as a competitor for the Lamborghini Gallardo, so wouldn’t it be appropriate for the Aventador LP700-4 to get its own rival? Bembli Design, a student at the Transportation Design (with Audi and Lamborghini) at the Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Italy surely thinks so as he has gone back to the drawing board with his original R10 rendering and given it a little facelift for the occasion.
When Bembli first designed the R10, his vision was for it to be the next Audi supercar and placed above the current R8 in Audi’s line-up. It is a supercar that weighs about 2,645 lbs and was designed to be powered by a V10 engine. Bembli didn’t mention anything about a possible output, but while theR8 V10 delivers a total of 525 HP, we imagine the R10 will reach up to about 600 HP. Add in the proposed intense use of carbon fiber and the R10 should be able to hit up to about 210 mph.
Audi hasn’t bitten yet, but this facelift may just be the ticket to get their attention.