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2017 - 2018 Audi R8

2017 - 2018 Audi R8

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.

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2015 Audi R8 E-Tron Piloted Driving Concept

2015 Audi R8 E-Tron Piloted Driving Concept

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.

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2014 Audi R8 V-8 by K.MAN

2014 Audi R8 V-8 by K.MAN

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.

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2013 Audi R8 Razor Spyder GTR by PPI Speed Design

2013 Audi R8 Razor Spyder GTR by PPI Speed Design

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.

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2012 Audi R8 V10 "Phantom Black Panther" by OK-Chiptuning

2012 Audi R8 V10 "Phantom Black Panther" by OK-Chiptuning

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.

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2013 Audi R8 GTR by ABT Sportsline

2013 Audi R8 GTR by ABT Sportsline

ABT Sportsline always makes some noise at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and this year, you better get ready because the German aftermarket company is prepared to drop the boom.

With a number of programs headed to the biggest auto show of the year, ABT Sportsline is determined to show the gathered masses that it’s one of the best Audi tuners in the world. And what better way to prove that point by bringing a new program for the German brand’s resident supercar: the [https://www.topspeed.com/cars/audi/2013-audi-r8-v10-ar132905.html].

The GTR program for the R8 GT was actually developed sometime back, but the one that’s going to Geneva is a revised version that features new and exciting modifications.
With every intention of shaving off some weight to make the R8 lighter and faster, ABT Sportsline fitted the German supercar with a new carbon-fiber aero kit that includes a new hood, front and rear aprons, new side skirts and a rear wing. With all these new components in tow, ABT was able to shave 242 pounds off of the R8, no small feat for a car that now weighs just 3,340 pounds. Rounding out the exterior mods include a set of 19-inch forged alloy wheels a new stainless-steel exhaust system, and a coil-over sports suspension with adjustable dampers.

For the engine - the unquestioned highlight of the GTR program - ABT Sportsline did its usual array of magic tricks on the R8’s 5.2-liter FSI engine, increasing the output from 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque all the way up to an impressive 620 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque.

With these modifications, the German supercar is now capable of hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds - three-tenths of a second faster than the production model. It is capable of hitting a top speed of 202 mph, a significant job from the standard R8’s 193 mph top speed.

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2013 Audi R8 "Project Phantom" by SR Auto Group

2013 Audi R8 "Project Phantom" by SR Auto Group

For the past three years, Canadian based tuner SR Auto Group has established its Project Phantom program for the Audi R8 as one of its most recognizable projects. And for three years, the aftermarket specialist has taken the task of adding modifications and improvements to the program.

Now that the clock has struck 2013, SR Auto Group’s Project Phantom is making another comeback, only this time it returns with more changes, beginning with a black exterior that takes the place of the phantom black cloak it previously carried. In addition, the program now carries a set of 20-inch PUR 4OUR Black Diamond Monoblock wheels, providing suitable refreshment from the components the program previously carried.

It goes without saying that the Audi R8 is one of those supercars that carries an aura of sporty aggression. The addition to these wheels and subsequent other styling details to the tuning firm’s Project Phantom program gives credence to why the latter has lasted the test of three years’ worth of time.

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2017 Audi R20

2017 Audi R20

When Audi announced the R8 E-tron has been dropped we were pretty disappointed, to say the least. But, to our surprise, it looks like Audi hasn’t entirely dropped the idea of offering a hybrid supercar because new rumors seem to suggest that in the next three years we will see a street-legal version of the German automaker’s very successful LeMans race car, the R18.

The new model will be called the R20 and will be offered with the trademark full-length tailfin of an R18 LeMans racer. In order to help distinguish itself as an Audi model, the R20 will be equipped with a downsized, single-frame grille; stacked LED headlights; ventilated front and rear wings; and an adjustable rear spoiler. The best part is that the next R20 will likewise be offered with gulling doors, which will offer access to a highly equipped interior. It will offer a multi-functional black panel center display, active-contour seats with integrated four-point belts and tons of other technology features.

Under the hood, Audi will combine a 550-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine with two electric motors that will drive the front wheels. The R20 will also be equipped with brake energy recuperation, high-speed coasting, and a broader start-stop application.

The new Audi R20 will be unveiled in 2015 at the Pebble Beach event. Production will begin in the spring of 2016 and there will be only 100-250 units offered.

UPDATE 3/29/2013: Rumor has it that the model once known as the R20 will actually be called the R10. And with a new name comes an all-new rendering based off of design cues from the R8 and the R18 racecar.

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2008 - 2013 Audi R8 V10 Stassis by VF Engineering

2008 - 2013 Audi R8 V10 Stassis by VF Engineering

VF Engineering is really into breaking the mold when it comes to developing programs for some of the world’s finest supercars. The American aftermarket company definitely knows a power upgrade when they see one and their latest offering for the mighty German beast, the Audi R8 V10, is no different.

With some help from fellow Audi aftermarket wizard Stassis Engineering, VF Engineering took the R8 V10’s massive 5.2-liter engine and made serious work out of it, highlighted by the addition of a bolt on roots style supercharger system and an Eaton/Magnuson TVS2300 four-lobe roots blower with an air/water aftercooling system that boosts up the R8 V10’s output from the standard 520 horsepower and 390 pounds-per-feet of torque figures all the way up to 720 horsepower and 590 pounds-per-feet of torque. That impressive bump in output is particularly jacked up because of the resulting lag-free instant punch of 5psi from as little as 2,000rpm, with the boost gradually climbing all the way up to 6.5psi at redline.

And should the R8 V10 be using a 91 or 93 octane, the stock engine programming is then recalibrated by VF courtesy of an OBD2 port electronic flash.

For all of the program’s downright awesomeness, there is one bit of bad news out there for anybody interested in getting this package. It’s not compliant with the California Air Resourse Board and cannot be used on public roads in California.

Wait, what?

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2013 Audi R8 V10 Limited Edition

2013 Audi R8 V10 Limited Edition

If you thought the Audi R8 China Edition was rare, then you’ll be shocked to know that there’s a limited-edition model that’s even rarer than that. This is the Audi R8 V10 Limited Edition and, as its name suggests, Audi is only building a select number of these babies — 30 in all — for the Chinese market. To distinguish itself from the rest of the R8s out there, including the aforementioned China Edition, Audi decided to dress up the R8 Limited Edition in a unique Nordic Gold paint finish that, on looks alone, can make a serious case as a permanent color option for the R8.

Aesthetic modifications are also abound for this limited-run model, highlighted by front and rear air intakes and outlets, lightweight tailpipes, and a radiator grille that has been finished in matte black. The dress up continues with the front and rear slats. Additionally, the rear bumper, and the radiator grille surround and bars all sport a matte-titanium-grey finish. The front spoiler, side blades, fixed rear wing and the enlarged diffuser have been upgraded to carbon matte.

Inside, the R8 Limited Edition features sports bucket seats and headlining, both of which have been dressed with black Alcantara with contrasting stitching and piping, and the knee pad now comes in shark skin black with its own contrast stitching. Carbon matte, or at least inlays of it, was also used inside, particularly the A-pillar and the door pulls. To assert the limited-edition nature of this R8, the aluminum gear knob comes with a limited edition number, ranging from 1 to 33 with the numbers 4, 14, and 24 excluded from the list. Why, you ask? The number "4" equates to bad mojo for the Chinese.

Audi China has priced the R8 Limited Edition at 2,628,000 yuan, which is around $420,000 based on current exchange rates, an amount that affluent and passionate Chinese auto enthusiasts won’t have trouble shelling out.

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2013 Audi R8 V10 China Edition

2013 Audi R8 V10 China Edition

We totally get why automakers from all over the world are suddenly falling over themselves trying to get some love in China. After all, it’s already the world’s largest auto market and the wide diversity of buyers in the country has given automakers of all levels opportunity to establish themselves and gain some footing in the market.

For its offering, Audi decided to build an R8 V10 China Edition specifically for this purpose. The car is limited to only 80 units and comes in a choice of two colors: Malibu Blue Body/Suzuka Grey Sideblades or the inverse Suzuka Grey Body/Malibu Blue Sideblades. Look at the photos and it’s easy to be enamored with the color choices Audi decided to use on the R8 China Edition.

In addition to the color choices, the R8 China Edition also makes prevalent use of ultra-light and high-strength carbon fiber. Both the R8’s body — the carbon matte fixed spoiler — and the interior are decked in carbon fiber, making for a true special edition model that lives up to the “special” designation. Rounding out the modifications for the 80-unit R8 China Edition is a set of 19-inch, high-gloss black wheels in a 5 twin-spoke “Y” design, further stamping the uniqueness and exclusivity of this special-edition supercar.

The interior of the R8 also strengthens its billing as a special edition. It includes the characters “R8 专享” to go with the model number embedded on the aluminum gear lever knob. Notice also that any number with a “4” on it has been removed to "respect the cultural habit of Chinese customers,” as it is considered unlucky – like the number 13 in the U.S., but intensified.

Adding to the supercar’s luxury swag are materials that include shark skin and colored stitching, the handbrake and steering wheel are wrapped in Alcantara, and the instrument shield is finished in carbon matte. Finally, R8 emblems also adorn the interior of the supercar, particularly on the dash and the aluminum door sill trims.

The entire cost of the R8 China Edition hits at 2,628,000 yuan, which is around $420,000 based on current exchange rates.

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2013 Audi R8 LMS Real Madrid Edition

2013 Audi R8 LMS Real Madrid Edition

It’s no secret that German automaker Audi has had a longstanding relationship with soccer giants Real Madrid. Over the years, the two have celebrated a successful partnership with a variety of joint appearances, brand promotions, and even going so far as Audi supplying the entire team with their chosen set of models.

Recently, another one of these Audi giveaways took place, but the real highlight of the festivities wasn’t so much the photo-ops or the test runs on the race track. Heck, it wasn’t even the cursory "handing over the keys" to the Real Madrid players.

The real star of the show was the unique Audi R8 LMS that was dressed in Real Madrid livery and dubbed the "R8 LMS Real Madrid Edition." The changes on the car’s body is what will immediately catch your attention, in large part because it’s been dressed to show the colors, logos, and even markings of Real Madrid.

The team’s iconic crest is prominently displayed on the hood of the R8 LMS as well as on both sides of the car — just above the side skirts. The team name is also spread across the top portion of the windshield and on both doors. Apparently, as soon as you open the doors of this racecar, Real Madrid’s own club anthem will play in full blast until you start the engine.

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2012 Audi R8 V10 by APR Tuned

2012 Audi R8 V10 by APR Tuned

US-based tuning company, APR Tuned, has produced a modest performance upgrade for the Audi R8 V10 that allows it to be more competitive than its R8 V10 big brother, the R8 GT.

In order to do this, the tuner from Alabama tweaked the German supercar’s ECU unit in a variety of levels for different fuel quality to give it that added juice. Stage One, as the video above previews, gives the R8 V10 an increased output of 559 horsepower at 7,950 rpm and 411 lb/ft of torque when the car carries 91 octane fuel. Should you be using 93 octane fuel, that output rises to a tidy 583 horsepower at 7,850 rpm and 431 lb/ft of torque.

An impressive improvement, to say the least. Especially when you consider that the standard R8 V10 is capable of "only" 526 horsepower at 7,750 rpm and 395 lb/ft of torque.

The program, it appears, is still under development, but like we said, APR Tuned has released a video of the Stage One ECU program to give us an idea of what’s in store.

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2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder "Triade Bianco" by Wheelsandmore

2012 Audi R8 GT Spyder "Triade Bianco" by Wheelsandmore

German tuner Wheelsandmore is back, and they’re returning with yet another impressive tuning program. This time for the limited-run Audi R8 GT Spyder.

Since the German super car is only limited to 333 units, the fact that it gets its own tuning program ramps up the exclusivity to a whole new level. The whole onus of the program was to make the R8 GT Spyder lighter and more powerful, a task that’s easier said than done.

In order to accomplish it, Wheelsandmore prepared a special performance package that includes a lighter stainless steel exhaust system with remote-able valve flaps that’s 40% lighter than the standard equipment. Add that to special carbon-frame air filters and a reprogrammed ECU that nets a new output of 620 horsepower and 435 lb/ft of torque, and you have an R8 GT Spyder that’s even more special than the rest of its special edition brethren.

Suspension was also an important part of the program. In this case, Wheelsandmore fitted the German super car with the latest state-of-the-art motorsports technology from KW-Automotive within the LCS (level-control-system) hydraulic lift up system. There’s also a remote control switch that provides an additional road clearance of +40mm and a separate and independently adjustable rebound- and compression damping, giving the owner free reign over his super car’s suspension set-up.

Finally, there are the handcrafted 3-piece ultralight forged 6Sporz² wheels that can be customized and finished according to the customer’s whims. The wheels are then wrapped in a set of Continental Sport Contact 5P tires.

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