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  • Audi R8
  • Year:
    2017- 2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V10(Est.)
  • Transmission:
    7-speed S tronic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    540 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    398
  • Displacement:
    5.2 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    3.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    162900
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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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Audi Shoots Down Rumors That It's Developing a V-6 R8

Audi Shoots Down Rumors That It’s Developing a V-6 R8

Well, that was quick

Pew! Pew! Pew! That’s the sound of Audi taking aim at rumors that it’s developing an entry-level, V-6-powered R8. The German automaker quickly responded to rumors of such a car, dismissing it as nothing more than a rumor. Word of the possibility of an R8 V-6 spread quickly on rumors that Audi was considering adding new options for its supercar in time for its mid-life cycle. The company immediately responded by saying it wasn’t true, leaving plenty to wonder if the recently launched R8 RWS is the only new R8 that’s on the table.

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The Audi R8's Facelift will Include a New Entry-Level Model with the Same 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS5

The Audi R8’s Facelift will Include a New Entry-Level Model with the Same 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS5

If we’re not getting a next-gen model, might as well get a new trim level...

While the future of the next-generation Audi R8 is in question, the current version of the supercar is getting a major update soon, and it’s packing a number of major changes. One of the biggest changes is the addition of a new entry-level version, one that will be powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. Incidentally, this is the same powertrain that’s currently being used by the Audi RS4, RS5, and the Porsche Panamera.

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Think VW Killing the Beetle Was Bad? Wait Until You Realize the Audi R8 Is Discontinued too!

Think VW Killing the Beetle Was Bad? Wait Until You Realize the Audi R8 Is Discontinued too!

It had an awesome run, but future priorities have put it on the back-burner

The Audi R8 doesn’t appear to have a bright future beyond its current version. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Audi’s R&D boss, Peter Mertens, admitted that the German automaker has made no plans for a direct replacement for the range-topping supercar. The lack of commitment from Audi, coupled with investments the company is making in diversifying its own portfolio, points to an uncertain future for the ground-breaking R8 that put the company on the supercar map.

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Saint Patrick's Day Special - Check Out These Mean And Green Performance Machines

Saint Patrick’s Day Special - Check Out These Mean And Green Performance Machines

A few new wallpapers to help you celebrate

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, TopSpeeders! We hope all you out there are enjoying the holiday, but in the off-chance you forgot to wear green, don’t worry - we’ve got you covered.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Because why not :)

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Audi R8 to Get the Axe in 2020

Audi R8 to Get the Axe in 2020

Slow sales are killing off Audi’s first supercar ever

It’s been only two months since Audi discontinued the all-electric Audi R8 e-Tron, after only a couple of years on the market, and word has it that the gasoline-powered supercar is also scheduled to get the ax soon. A new report claims that Audi isn’t happy with the supercar’s slow sales and that it’s not planning to develop a replacement for the current model. This means that the R8 will be phased out in 2020, an event that will put an end to Audi’s only supercar to date after 14 years.

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Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

Which ones do you like? Which ones do you not like?

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

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Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

These rides aren’t what they seem…

I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.

Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!

And oh yeah –

Happy Halloween!

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2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS

2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS

Only 999 units of this rear-wheel drive Audi R8 will be built

It should come as no surprise that while in search for a little differentiation for its R8 lineup, Audi decided to develop a special edition model that ditched one of its most important claims to fame: the quattro all-wheel-drive system. And so there it was at the Frankfurt Motor Show for all the world to see. The limited edition Audi R8 officially goes by the name R8 V10 RWS, and according to Audi Sport CEO Stephan Winkelmann, it’s a model that Audi developed specifically for purists with an “appreciation for essential driving enjoyment.”

The special edition R8 V10 is limited to just 999 units and each one of them will ditch the automaker’s famous quattro AWD system in favor of rear-wheel drive. That’s the car’s claim to fame, above all else, and it’s a claim that no other variant of the current-generation Audi R8 has. Beyond the RWD offering, the R8 V10 also features a good amount of exterior and interior changes, as well as significant modifications to its chassis and suspension to accommodate the rear-wheel drive set-up. If it’s hard to imagine what an RWD Audi R8 is all about, think of it as a lighter version of the standard R8 that’s been tuned specifically to put more control of the car in the driver’s hands. Think drifting in an AWD R8 is cool? Well, imagine what you can do with an R8 that sends all of its power in the rear wheels. This is what the Audi R8 V10 RWS is offering, among other things. Better be quick though because only 999 units will be made. Miss out on one and you’re once again staring at the aftermarket tuning scene to get your rear-wheel drive R8 fix.

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Audi Makes a Move to Please Purists with the Audi R8 V-10 RWS: RWD Performance at its Finest

Audi Makes a Move to Please Purists with the Audi R8 V-10 RWS: RWD Performance at its Finest

AWD is for losers - real men send power to the rear wheels only

If you’re a fan of the Audi R8, then you know that unless you do some serious modification, you’re stuck with that Quattro AWD system. Not that it’s a bad system or anything, as Audi’s is actually one of the best, but a sports car is just so much more fun to drive when all its power is channeled to the two wheels in the rear. And, Audi knows this, which is why it’s putting out a limited run of the R8 called the R8 V10 RWS. It will be produced in just 999 examples and will be hand built at Audi’s Bollinger Hofe factory. Stephan Winkelmann, the CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, said, “The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists. A limited-edition special model for customers with an appreciation for essential driving enjoyment, the R8 V10 RWS is an absolutely exclusive offer. With its mid-mounted V10 engine and rear-wheel drive, it successfully brings the driving concept of our R8 LMS racing car to the streets.”

Along with the distribution of power to the rear wheels, it also gets a few other extras that include the front grille and vents in the front and rear being finishing in matt black. The coupe gets gloss black side blades while the lower-body blade is now body colored. A red film is available for the hood, roof, and rear end, just like on the R8 LMS GT 4 while the seats inside come wrapped in leather and Alcantara. Bucket seats are available but must be optioned at the time of ordering. More importantly, however, is what Audi did with the chassis to take full advantage of the car’s RWD nature. Basically, without AWD, the car is lighter thanks to the lack of a center differential and the propshaft. As such, the Coupe form has dropped 110.2 pounds while the Spyder sees a drop of 88.2 pounds. The chassis was modified and tuned specifically to make it easier to perform controlled drifts – that’s right: drifts. The load distribution of the Coupe comes in at 40.6 percent up front and 59.4 percent in the back, while the Spyder gets 40.4 and 59.6 – both offering just enough to kick that rear end out on demand. The car is backed by Audi’s dynamic handling system, which will use the ESC system and electromechanical power steering to help keep things under control when you get to the limit of your drift. You’ll be able to order your own soon, so keep reading to learn a little more.

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Budget Direct Renders 9 Everyday Cars With F1 Style

Budget Direct Renders 9 Everyday Cars With F1 Style

Big aero, big rubber, track-ready and looking mean

We love it when we get our hands on a fresh batch of renderings. Sometimes, it’s lifelike speculation on some hotly anticipated next-gen model, while other times, it’s an imaginative mash-up of the unexpected. This particular set of renderings (nine of ‘em total) falls firmly into the latter category, mixing everyday rides like the Toyota Prius and classic Ford Mustang with the styling cues inspired by Formula 1. The images come courtesy of our friends over at Budget Direct, and long story short, we think they look awesome.

Of course, this opens up possibilities to a whole range of F1-themed rides. Never before has a Smart car looked so good, or a Jeep looked so quick, or a Prius looked so desirable. Of course, there are a few sports cars tossed in for good measure, like the Audi R8, Porsche 911, and Subaru WRX, all of which make the transition into the world of high-performance a little more easily. Read on for a breakdown on each, and don’t forget to post your favorite in the comments below, plus your suggestions for other street models that need the F1-treatment.

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Audi Sport launches new driving experience at Circuit of The Americas

Audi Sport launches new driving experience at Circuit of The Americas

Learn to master the R8 V10 Plus on a Formula One track!

Audi Sport, the company’s recently founded performance division, launched a new driving experience program in the United States, at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. The program is opened to both customers and fans, who can improve their performance driving skills or experience the new Audi Sport models on a full-blown race track.

The event is open year round to drivers of all experience levels (there’s no specific schedule yet, though,) and the Audi Sport driving experience includes hands-on coaching from professional instructors, dynamic car control exercises, cornering techniques, and high-speed lead. Vehicles featured in the Audi driving experience include the all-new RS3 and TT RS, the R8 V10 Plus supercar, as well as the Q7. In addition to all of the above, participants will also enjoy dedicated suites and garages along with catered meals. Let’s have a closer look at what you can do there.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes

TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes

Two doors and too much fun

Let’s say you’ve got a solid six-figures burning a hole in your pocket, and you’re looking to get out on the track for a little turnin’ and burnin’. Sure, why not? But here’s the catch – whatever you bring to the pits has to make its way back home as well, and without a trailer to boot. Luckily, there are options aplenty these days that fit the bill, with a rash of barely street-legal track stars making headlines with ever-increasing levels of presence, poise, and performance. But which to pick?

Never fear, because we’ve got five of the best lined up for your reading enjoyment right here. Each can be driven on the street and each offers some modicum of comfort. However, the emphasis here is clear – speed, and loads of it, with apex-hungry suspension and tons of power under the right pedal. Restrictions for this list include a maximum of two doors and a price tag around $150,000, but we tried to stay flexible on that latter bit to keep things interesting. As such, we’ve included the Acura NSX, Audi R8, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R, and Porsche 911 GT3. Which is your track-ready sports coupe of choice? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget the bench racing.

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Audi Launches Sport Performance Parts Upgrades For R8 And TT

Audi Launches Sport Performance Parts Upgrades For R8 And TT

Available as a retrofit package

The automotive market has evolved to the point where carmakers offer a wide range of intermediate versions of their vehicles. Can’t afford a BMW M but you also want something above the standard model? You can get one with the M Sport package. The same goes for various Mercedes-Benz models and, starting 2017, for a couple of Audi vehicles too. The German firm has just launched the Audi Sport Performance Parts line, which adds various upgrades to the R8, TT, TTS and TT RS.

With upgrades for the exterior, interior, suspension, and exhaust system, the Sport Performance Parts package is also a bit different from what you can get from BMW or Mercedes-Benz. Specifically, it’s a retrofit range, so you can purchase it for a car you already own. The bundles are scheduled to go on sale this summer, initially in Germany, but other markets will receive them later on. The good news is that Audi is planning to launch similar ranges for additional models in the future. Find out what these packages include in the review below.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 All-Electric Performance Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 All-Electric Performance Cars

They slice! They dice! They even destroy performance records!

Last week, we took a look at our top picks for the best five hybrid sports, listing off some truly awe-inspiring gas/electric combos that proved hybridization wasn’t something to be feared by the common auto enthusiast. But while adding a big battery pack and a few electric motors might seem like a pretty sizable modification to the traditional sports car formula, there’s an even-greater change lurking just over the horizon – the pure-electric powertrain. That’s right, gasoline need not apply in this crowd, and yet, the speed potential is still enough to melt your face. This is our list of the top five all-electric performance cars.

There are plenty of benefits that electric power offers over internal combustion, especially when it comes to the business of going fast. For starters, the torque curve for an electric motor is totally flat, with maximum twist created the instant you touch the long pedal to the right. There’s also zero power loss at high altitude, a characteristic that’s particularly useful at hill climb events like Pikes Peak. What’s more, with enough motors and a little electronic wizardry, you can get away with some pretty kick ass torque vectoring dynamics. Of course, it’s not all roses – for example, the all-electric appliance noise will never beat the sound of exploding dino juice. Regardless, all-electric performance is still quite impressive. Here are five examples that prove it.

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2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

Audi’s most powerful convertible ever!

The second-generation Audi R8 came to life in 2015, when the German firm unveiled an evolutionary design with sharper styling cues and a more aggressive approach. Audi also revamped the engine lineup, adopting an upgraded 5.2-liter V-10 and dropping the base V-8. Instead, it introduced an all-electric version of the R8, which was discontinued only a year on the market. Just like its predecessor, the second-gen R8 also gained Plus and Spyder variants. But for the first time in history, Audi brought the two badges under the same umbrella, creating the R8 Spyder Plus.

Essentially a convertible version of the more extreme R8 Plus, the Spyder Plus finally gives drop-top enthusiasts the option of driving a beefed-up version of the V-10 engine with infinite headroom. Not only a first for the nameplate, the Spyder Plus also gives the company a suitable competitor for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, as well as the new-for-2018 McLaren 570S Spider. How does it stack up against the opposition? Find out in my review below.

Updated 06/19/2017: Audi dropped a first promo video for the new R8 Spyder V10 Plus. Continue reading to watch it!

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2017 Audi R8 LMS GT4

2017 Audi R8 LMS GT4

The already successful R8 LMS goes GT4 racing!

Audi made a bunch of wise marketing decisions in recent years, one of them being the R8, essentially a Lamborghini with different body work and a more affordable sticker. But, while the road-going R8 is somewhat successful, its race-spec counterpart has already achieved iconic status with several wins in just about every racing series out there. The R8 LMS has been incredibly popular among private teams in recent years and it’s not surprising that Audi is looking to expand the lineup as much as possible. The latest version to join the family is the LMS GT4 and made its debut at the 2017 New York Motor Show.

As the name suggests, the LMS GT4 was developed for production-based racing and derived from the road-legal R8 V10. It’s more affordable than the world-beating GT3 and it’s eligible for every racing category under GT4 regulations. The GT4 European Series is arguably the most important competition under these regulations and brings together a massive number of cars. Vehicles that the R8 will compete against include GT4-spec versions of the Chevrolet Camaro, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M4, KTM X-Bow, and Porsche Cayman, just to name a few.

The new race car will make its on-track debut at the Nurburgring 24 Hours on May 25. The R8 LMS GT4 will also compete in North America, Asia, and Australia throughout 2017. Production will begin in the second half of the year with first deliveries to be made by the end of 2017.

“Audi Sport GmbH is one of the leading manufacturers offering cars in the GT3 and TCR customer sport categories. Now we’re targeting the GT4 class at exactly the right time. These fast-growing business segments and the DNA shared by our race cars and production vehicles underscore our ambition to become a true global player in the high-performance league," said Stephan Winkelmann, managing director of Audi Sport.

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2018 Audi R8 Coupe Audi Sport Edition

2018 Audi R8 Coupe Audi Sport Edition

R8 goes bespoke with help from the Audi Sport division

Introduced for the 2017 model year, the second-generation R8 has been in dealerships for almost a year now, while race-spec LMS version is already tackling its second motorsport season as of 2017. And, while the road car is struggling to fit in a tough niche, the race car had its most successful season in 2016, when it scored 24 titles and 85 wins. Audi is celebrating the success of Audi Sport division with a special-edition R8 that pays tribute to the track-only LMS. It’s called the R8 Coupe Audi Sport Edition and made its public debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Designed as a tribute for the highly successful R8 LMS, the Audi Sport Edition comes wrapped in the traditional colors of the company’s racing division: silver, red, and black. On top of the special livery and the custom wheels, the limited-edition supercar also sports a bespoke interior. What’s more, it’s limited to just 200 units globally, which makes it the most exclusive second-generation R8 to date.

Unfortunately, there are no drivetrain upgrades to talk about, but with the R8 still fresh, it’s not like the German supecar is in need of more oomph for public road use. For now, an exclusive livery and a custom interior seem to be enough to satisfy custom demand.

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2017 Audi R8 V10 By ABT Sportsline

2017 Audi R8 V10 By ABT Sportsline

German tuner gives its supercar compatriot a shot of the tuning goods

For all of the warts the Audi R8 V10 has - limited storage and ridiculously high price tag, and others – the German supercar has proven to be one of the best all-around performance machines in the market today. It’s got a true sports car look to it and that screaming V-10 engine makes sweet, sweet music to the ears. It’s also become an aftermarket favorite, which speaks to the versatility of the car to stand on its own, while also having enough room for modifications of aesthetic and performance varieties. The R8’s appeal to the tuning industry is evident by the number of programs it has received. And at least one of them will be making an appearance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Audi R8 V10 by ABT Sportsline and in the tradition of previous programs for the German supercar, this kit comes packing with gobbles and gobbles of features, including a performance upgrade that nets an output of 630 horsepower, 20 ponies more than its standard counterpart.

More power, less weight. That, in a nutshell, is the German tuner’s objective with its R8 program is simple. There’s something to be said for four simple words to mean so much more than the sum of their parts, but that’s exactly what we’re dealing with here. The kit, when described individually by their parts, isn’t going to blow anybody’s expectations out of the water. But all together, they help create a version of the R8 V10 that’s well worth the attention it will no doubt receive, not only in Geneva, but in all roads where they’re spotted.

That’s a lot of praise going to ABT Sportsline for its new tuning program for the Audi R8 V10, but for a company that’s been around for 120 years in some form or fashion, it’s hard to expect anything less.

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2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition

2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition

Limited edition R8 becomes first Audi with laser light technology in the U.S.

As the sun sets on the 2016 SEMA Auto Show, the auto world now turns its attention to the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. That’s good because Audi’s getting a jump on the proceedings with the unveiling of the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition, a 25-unit special edition R8 that legitimately qualifies as a special edition in our eyes because of the presence of laser lights. Yes, Audi’s advanced laser headlights are (finally!) making their way to the U.S. market and the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition is the first model to get them.

By that simple distinction alone, the special edition R8 already qualifies as one of the most important unveilings in Los Angeles, but as ground-breaking as the laser lights are, the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition is also characterized by a number of features unique to itself. Safe to say, the 25 people who do end up owning one of these babies is fixing to get a treat once they take deliveries of their prized acquisitions.

There are unique exterior and interior features in the limited-run R8, including a fancy paint finish, a flashy set of wheels, loads of carbon fiber, and interior trim upgrades. Suffice to say, it’s a special edition in every sense of the phrase, and not surprisingly, it comes with a $229,200 price tag that also screams “special edition!”

Care to spend that much on an Audi R8 that, in one very important way, is about to make history in the U.S?

Updated 11/18/2016: We added a series of new images and a video taken during the car’s official unveiling at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2016 Audi R8 Star of Lucis

2016 Audi R8 Star of Lucis

One-off Audi R8 is exclusive to the Japanese market

The Audi R8 is no stranger to being the subject of a special edition treatment from Audi. The current-generation model alone has received numerous limited-run iterations, including the the R8 V10 Plus “Selection 24h” and the R8 V10 Plus Exclusive Edition that Audi is actually bringing with it to the Los Angeles Auto Show. But, before we got dazzled by the Exclusive Edition and it’s promise to bring laser-light technology to the US market, we need to turn our attention to Japan, where another special edition R8 just broke cover. It’s called the Audi R8 Star of Lucis and it pays homage to the Prince Noctis and the Kingdom of Lucis from the fantasy role-playing game juggernaut, Final Fantasy XV.

You’re probably wondering what Audi, a real life German automaker that we all know and love, has anything to do with the Kingdom of Lucis, a fictional place from Final Fantasy XV. For that we have to go back to July of this year when Sony Pictures released the all-CG rendered Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV movie as a precursor to the launch of the actual Final Fantasy XV game later this month. For those who caught the movie, you might have noticed that a 2017 Audi R8 was in it. Well, that was the R8 Star of Lucis in digital form. This one right here is the R8 Star of Lucis in real life.

To make the car feel more exclusive than it already is, Audi Japan and Final Fantasy developer Square Enix decided to build just one model of the R8 Star of Lucis. Just one. That fact alone makes it a lottery to own. Speaking of which, that’s exactly how the R8 Star of Lucis can be won…and then bought. That’s because a raffle will be held on November 21 wherein Audi and Square Enix will pick one winner, who doesn’t actually win the car, but is only afforded the opportunity to buy it for a price of 50 million yen, or around $470,000.

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Audi May Drop its MLB and Mid-Engine Platforms; Audi R8 Could be Discontinued

Audi May Drop its MLB and Mid-Engine Platforms; Audi R8 Could be Discontinued

Raise your hand if you saw all of this coming

Considering the magnitude and the financial repercussions of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, there will always be days when the severity of the mess comes to haunt VW. Well, yesterday was one of those days as multiple reports from Germany have indicated plans that could lead sweeping changes to Audi that could dramatically alter the German brand’s fortunes moving forward.

The big news involves Audi’s home-grown MLB platform, which is responsible for underpinning a number of the brand’s current models, including the A4, A7, and A8. Audi has been using this specific platform in different forms and iterations for years now, but because of the Dieselgate scandal, it might be forced to drop its own platform altogether and resort to “borrowing” other platforms from its sister brands. According to Autocar, the next-generation A4 and A5 sedans will start using Volkswagen’s MQB platform while bigger models like the Audi A6 and A7 will be integrated into Porsche’s MSB platform, which the company currently uses on the Porsche Panamera. While these changes are unlikely to make any big differences in the big picture, the same, somewhat heartbreakingly, cannot be said for the Audi R8.

Yes, the R8 is reportedly in trouble. The supercar’s specific mid-engine platform is also likely to get scrapped and there’s a chance that the R8 itself could go with it. Let that sink in. The Audi R8, one of the most popular supercars in the market today, could be an unwitting victim of the Dieselgate scandal. The chickens are coming home to roost. The cancellation of the R8’s platform also raises questions on the future of the Lamborghini Huracán, which also uses the same platform as the R8.

Just like that, Audi is now in turmoil and appears to be paying for the sins committed by its parent company, so much so that according to German business magazine Der Spiegel, no less than Audi chief Rupert Stadler himself reportedly told the company’s staff that “all future investments” are “under scrutiny.”

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Say Goodbye to the Short-Lived Audi R8 e-tron

Say Goodbye to the Short-Lived Audi R8 e-tron

The all-electric R8 canceled after less than two years on the market

Launched to much fanfare at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi R8 e-tron, the all-electric version of the German supercar, is no more. That’s the word from Car and Driver, which claims that Audi has pulled the plug on its high-performance EV, with production to stop as soon as the German brand delivers the last few units.

An ambitious project that goes back all the way to 2009, the R8 e-tron goes into the history books after a little more than 18 months on the market, during which it never appeared in the R8’s online configurator and had no sales literature. What’s more, the sales process was also rather awkward for a car built by a mainstream automaker, with potential customers being referred by dealers to Audi’s headquarters.

According to the same report, Audi built less than 100 e-trons since its introduction in the first quarter of 2015. The €1 million (about $1.1 million) price tag and the fact that it was sold in Europe only may also explain the extremely low output.

“We could have built more than we did,” an unnamed Audi representative told Car and Driver without giving any details as to why the e-tron is being discontinued.

But no matter the reasons, the fact that the all-electric R8 spent fewer than two years on the market isn’t that surprising given the car’s tumultuous history. Originally unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show as a concept car, it was supposed to go into production a couple of years later. However, when Wolfgang Durheimer took over at Audi, the project was shelved. It was put back on track when Durheimer was replaced by Ulrich Hackenberg, but delayed until the second-generation R8 was introduced in 2015. At first designed with a complex four-motor layout, the e-tron was eventually launched with only two motors on the rear axle, making it the only road-legal R8 with rear-wheel drive instead of Quattro AWD.

The electric drivetrain was rated at 456 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque, could hit 62 mph in 3.9 seconds, and returned a range of up to 280 miles on a single charge.

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Entry-Level Audi R8 to get the 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera

Entry-Level Audi R8 to get the 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera

Engines get smaller as power output increases

There was a time when big power meant having a big engine, but that just isn’t the case anymore thanks to various technological advances. Over the years we’ve developed things like direct injection, high-pressure injection, cylinder deactivation, variable valve timing, and let’s not forget advancements made in the turbocharging department. As such, naturally aspirated, large engines are starting to die off as manufacturers transition to developing smaller, but equally powerful engines. One of the more recent cases of this comes in the form of the Audi R8. When the 2017 R8 model made its debut, the naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V-8 found in the entry-level model made its official exit, leaving the 5.2-liter V-10 as the only available engine option. Now, it looks like a new entry-level R8 is on the way, this time powered by a 2.9-liter V-6.

The 2.9-liter in question made its debut in the new Porsche Panamera earlier this year with a power output of 434 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. It was designed through a joint venture between Audi and Porsche and is said to be scalable to offer more than 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet. This type of scalable power is made possible via computer tuning and control of turbocharger boost pressure. In the Panamera 4S, boost pressure is kept at a rather low 5.8 psi. Since the engine is part of a modular engine family known as KoVoMo, it will also be found in other models in the future. Outside of the Panamera and R8, it will eventually find a home in the RSR, RS5, and potentially the RSQ5, should it ever be confirmed.

So far, Audi has yet to confirm what kind of output we’ll actually see out of the 2.9 in any of its performance models, but in the RS4 and RS5, the 4.2-liter kicked out 444 horsepower and 314 pound-feet while the 2015 R8 benefitted from 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet. With that said, you can expect similar outputs for the RS models, possibly even increasing to as much as 460 for good measure, while the R8 will likely get something closer to 490 horsepower, leaving it some 50 horsepower shy of the R8 V-10 and around 120 horsepower shy of the wild R8 V-10 plus at 610 horsepower.

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We Found the Audi R8 24H Edition Sitting Pretty In a Paris Showroom

We Found the Audi R8 24H Edition Sitting Pretty In a Paris Showroom

And we took some photos!

The 2016 Paris Motor Show is still couple of weeks away, but preparations are underway for the event that will bring us some of the most important automotive debuts in the world. But while most vehicles have yet to arrive in the "City of Lights," we found the Audi R8 Coupé V10 Plus "Selection 24h" Edition, one of the most exclusive supercars launched in 2016, posing in Audi City Paris’ showroom. Naturally, we spent some time up close and personal with this amazing machine and took some photos to share with you.

While we’ve already given the "Selection 24H" the attention it deserved when Audi unveiled it back in May, we had just a handful of photos to go along with the official specs. And all of them depicted the car’s exterior only. Now, thanks to the folks over at Audi City Paris, we can finally have a look inside the cabin and check out the many extra features that come with the limited-edition supercar. And thanks to its Rotor Gray leather, Alcantara headlines, and carbon-fiber air vents, inlays, and door sills, it’s quite the treat. Not to mention that it also comes with matte-finished "R8 24H" badges and R8 logos that are projected onto the ground when the doors are open, a feature that will only be made available to customers through Audi Exclusive.

As a brief reminder, the "Selection 24H" Edition is based on the R8 V10 Plus, which hides a 610-horsepower and 413-pound-feet 5.2-liter V-10 engine under its hood. Equipped with Audi’s permanent Quattro AWD system, the supercar needs only 3.2 seconds to hit 62 mph on its way to a top speed of 205 mph. As the name suggests, it pays tribute to the R8’s prodigious racing career, which includes countless wins on race track in Europe, North America, and Asia.

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2017 - 2018 Audi R8 Spyder

2017 - 2018 Audi R8 Spyder

Audi’s V-10-powered supercar loses its top

Launched in 2007, the first-generation Audi R8 was so successful that the German brand decided to keep it around for no fewer than eight model years. The Spyder, on the other hand, is a bit younger than that, having been unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show for the 2010 model year.

At first only available with the 5.2-liter V-10, the convertible also received the 4.2-liter V-8 for 2011, and a limited-edition GT model for 2012. With the second-generation R8 already in dealerships, Audi introduced the redesigned Spyder version at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

Much like its predecessor, the second-generation R8 Spyder is essentially a topless version of the R8 Coupe,using a soft-top instead of metal roof. Specs are obviously identical, meaning there’s no longer a V-8 engine and a manual transmission. Audi has yet to confirm whether the R8 Spyder will also get an e-tron version, but an all-electric drop-top is very likely to arrive by the end of 2016.

Audi’s new angular design works well with the R8 Spyder’s convertible layout and the performance is definitely strong, but does it have what it takes to compete against the bonkers Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and McLaren’s upcoming 570S Spider? Keep reading to find out.

Update 7-29-2016: Audi has announced that the R8 Spyder will be priced from £129,990 (including destination fees) in the U.K. That translates to nearly $172,000 at current exchange rates. Check out the details as well as the options available in the Prices section below.

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Auto Express Lines Up The McLaren 570S Against The Audi R8 V10 Plus And The Porsche 911 Turbo S: Video

Auto Express Lines Up The McLaren 570S Against The Audi R8 V10 Plus And The Porsche 911 Turbo S: Video

It’s the triple threat match of the best performance cars on the market

Picking among the McLaren 570S, Audi R8 V10 Plus, and the Porsche 911 Turbo S is like picking which of the Avengers would win if they faced each other. There aren’t any wrong choices, just a lot of different preferences. That’s what it really boils down to among these three supercars. You could pick the 570S for its overflowing technological credentials and everyday appeal. You could pick the R8 V10 S for its all-around power and versatility. Or you could pick the 911 Turbo S because, well, it’s the 911 Turbo S.

That said, these three exotics also provide something unique to the table relative to its competitors. Steve Sutcliffe of Auto Express sought to find out exactly what those differences are when he had a chance to take all three exotics for some fun times around a racetrack. Like I said, there are no wrong choices here and Sutcliffe, while ultimately picking one car over the two, will likely have no problems going home with the two he didn’t end up choosing.

Put yourselves in his position having all three right in front of you. Believe me, all of you will have different choices and all of you will be justified for doing so. That’s how incredible all three supercars are, and if you need more convincing, go ahead and watch the episode.

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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!

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2017 Audi R8 Coupé V10 Plus "Selection 24h" Edition

2017 Audi R8 Coupé V10 Plus "Selection 24h" Edition

Audi honors its endurance racing legacy with a limited-production R8 V10 Coupe Plus

When it comes to endurance racing, Audi has been pretty successful. In the past 15 years, the brand has claimed 13 overall wins in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and since the Audi R8 LMS made its debut back in 2009, the brand has managed to collect more than 300 wins across the globe. Those wins include a class victory at Daytona and a win at the 24-hour race at the Nurburgring last year with the latest Audi R8 LMS.

That win at the Nurburgring kicked off a successful racing year for Audi Sport, bringing the victory tally up to 323 since 2009. So, with that kind of history behind it, it’s only fitting that Audi pays homage to its resident race car with a special edition Audi R8 Coupe V10 Plus, dubbed the “Selection 24h.” It’s a limited-production model, with just 24 examples slated for production and a number of “technical” add-ons that make it stand out from the pack.

The Audi R8 Selection 24h will be on public display at the Audi AG presentation area in the paddock at the 24 Hours Nurburgring, which will be the car’s first time on display and mark its official debut to the public. The order books for the Selection 24h are now open, with the special model priced at €229,999 ($260,842 at current exchange rates, 05/10/2016). Surely, the few examples being built will be spoken for fast, so let’s take a closer look at it and what Audi did to make it so special.

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2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Beastie Toys By Wheelsandmore

2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus Beastie Toys By Wheelsandmore

German supercar gets fitting name for a fitting upgrade

The R8 V10 Plus is the closest Audi has come to officially entering the supercar market. Depending on who you ask, the car is or isn’t a supercar. I’m on the side who considers it a supercar and judging by its first crack at the R8 V10 Plus, I think Wheelsandmore shares that sentiment. The German tuner prepared this tuning kit for Audi’s latest performance crown jewel with one objective in mind. It wanted to leave every shred of doubt behind as far as what the R8 V10 Plus is capable of. If it’s power and performance that people want, it’s power and performance they will get.

By itself, the R8 V10 Plus already packs a wallop. It’s got a massive 5.2-liter V-10 engine that spits out 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. I don’t think anybody would be complaining about what it’s capable of. It’s just that a tuner like Wheelsandmore is rarely satisfied with standard production numbers. In fact, no tuner in its right mind is ever satisfied. So Wheelsandmore did what tuners usually do. It created an engine program that takes the R8 V10 Plus’s standard output and punts it in the name of more power.

This is what you get with this program, which the tuner has dubbed “Beastie Toys.”
Cute pun notwithstanding, this is the kind of engine modification that owners of the R8 V10 Plus can really enjoy. They bought a car that may or may not be a supercar in the eyes of some, but with Wheelsandmore’s help, those doubts immediately become irrelevant.

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Drive Hits 180 MPH At Daytona In An Audi R8: Video

Drive Hits 180 MPH At Daytona In An Audi R8: Video

Unleashing the Four Ring monster

If you’re a fan of outrageously overpowered supercars, then 2016 is a pretty great time to be alive. At no other point in history has so much velocity been so readily available, with a huge breadth of makes, models, and price points tempting those with an itch for ultimate speed. But actually finding the upper limits of these machines takes a racetrack, preferably one with high banks and long straights – kinda like Florida’s Daytona International Speedway. Best known for the Daytona 500, this prestigious motorsport mecca recently played host to Drive, which put the spurs to an Audi R8 V10 Plus to find what it can do when foot meets floor.

This time around, the hot lap takes place on Daytona’s 3.81-mile 24-hour road course configuration, rather than the 2.5-mile tri-oval, which means top speed isn’t quite as high as it could be. Still, with a solid launch out of the “Bus Stop” chicane, the R8 manages to peak at 180 mph past the grandstand.

That’s mighty impressive for any passenger car, let alone something as streetable and easy to drive as the Audi. Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the specs – mounted in the middle is a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 good for 610 horsepower, which hits the pavement through a quattro AWD system and can propel the two-seater to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. And given the right stretch of pavement, 205 mph is possible at the top end.

Sounds like a new goal to me.

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Audi Reportedly Working On Baby R8

Audi Reportedly Working On Baby R8

Will be called the R6 and share underpinnings with the Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster

In the late 1990s, Audi entered a new era. The TT was launched in 1998, and the Ingolstadt-based company finally had a proper sports car in its lineup. Eight years later and Audi used the Lamborghini Gallardo’s platform to introduce the R8, its first-ever production supercar. A full decade has passed since the R8 arrived in dealerships and the German brand could benefit, yet again, from a sports car platform within the Volkswagen Group. This time around, Audi is reportedly working on an vehicle that will share underpinnings with the Porsche 718 Boxster/Cayman.

That’s the word from German outlet Autobild, which claims that the new sports car is already underway and it is codenamed the PO455. The actual market name of the car will be R6, the report adds, and it will slot between the TT and the R8. Much like the R8, the R6 will use the platform from a sister brand, but in conjunction with an in-house built engine and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive. There’s no specific timetable for the R6, but Autobild says that Volkswagen approved the project to help spread the costs around for the next-gen 718 platform, which is likely to bow sometime in 2018.

A coupe and a roadster (R6 Spyder) are both in the cards and motivation is likely to come from four- or six-cylinder engines. The only certainty is that the drivetrain will be turbocharged.

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Several Audi Models Will Be Featured In "Captain America: Civil War"

Several Audi Models Will Be Featured In "Captain America: Civil War"

All of the superheroes might not agree with each other, but apparently they all love Audi vehicles.

Audi and Marvel have been collaborating together for a while now, and it looks like to two have continued working together for Marvels next move – Captain America: Civil War. This means that we’ll see a number of Audi vehicles in the film, plus an advertising campaign that should spark interest in the movie and the Audi brand as a whole.

Loren Angelo, Audi’s Director of Marketing in America, said, “Even as the mighty Avengers break into Civil War, their affinity for best-in-class, high performance and state of the art technology in their vehicles ties them together. Audi is excited to be a mainstay for the Marvel franchise and to support their cast of Super Heroes with a fleet of superior Audi vehicles.”

Anthony Russo, a Co-director of the newest Marvel movie, said, “We’re always trying to ride the line in these movies between something that is set in our real, present day world, but at the same time feels special and forward thinking – just a little out of reach. So to be able to work with a company like Audi and have access to their current models and their most advanced designs, it helps us strike that right balance between real world and the future.”

The alliance has already released a digital video teaser known as “The Chase” that previews a pivotal scene from the movie and the all-new Audi SQ7. A 30-second commercial will begin airing globally this month as well. In the movie, we’ll see Agent 13 sport the Audi A4, Zemo drives the A7 Sportback, Captain America drive the Audi SQ7 and Iron Man driving the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe. So, not only will we get to enjoy the next installment from Marvel with our favorite superheroes, but we’ll also get to see some of Audi’s best cars in the mix too.

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Audi R8 V6 Could Get Variation Of S4's V-6 Engine

Audi R8 V6 Could Get Variation Of S4’s V-6 Engine

Entry-level R8 is also being touted to pack as much as 450 horsepower

An entry level Audi R8 with a V-6 engine appears to be a certainty at this point, especially if that leaked image of Audi’s timetable ends up being true. So now that there’s at least some weight to the R8 V6, the next piece of the puzzle is figuring out what kind of V-6 it’s going to have. Apparently, the answer to that question has already been answered by Car & Driver, which, citing a “reliable” source, claims that the specific engine will be a variation of the 2017 Audi S4’s 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine.

No mention was made on the exact amount of power the R8 V6 will have, but it should pack more horses than the 354 ponies on the S4. Given how the R8 V10 has 540 horsepower on tap, it wouldn’t be impossible to surmise that the entry-level R8 could at least have 450 horsepower on tap, leaving plenty of distance between the upcoming Audi TT-RS and the aforementioned R8 V10.

Speaking of the V10, the R8 V6 is reportedly getting the same seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission that’s already being used by the V10 model. The new model will also receive Audi’s quattro AWD system, albeit with a rear bias to improve its overall agility and versatility. A 0-to-60-mph time for the car won’t be announced anytime soon, but there have been some rumblings that Audi plans to let the R8 V6 loose by not giving it a speed limiter. As such, the most likely top speed being thrown around at this point is 190 mph, powerful enough to justify its supercar abilities, but still a good distance away from the R8 V10’s top speed of 200 mph.

The R8 V6 isn’t expected to be launched for another two years, which means that we can expect it to arrive sometime in 2018. Once it arrives, it would become the third variant of the R8.

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Audi and LEGO Speed Champions Unveil Two LMS Racer Kits

Audi and LEGO Speed Champions Unveil Two LMS Racer Kits

Race-winning performance built brick by brick

Do you ever dream about building a world-beating race car? Do you ever fantasize about rolling hot into the pits for a splash of fuel and a driver change before the next stint? Do you wanna do all that, but your budget has a hard cap at 20 bucks? Well, don’t worry, because Lego has you covered. Say hello to the latest addition to the Speed Champions series – a pair of Audi LMS racers.

If you were unaware, the Speed Champions series is Lego’s take on some of the fastest machinery on the planet, including the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren Mercedes F1 car, the Ford F-150 Raptor, and the Porsche 911.

New to the grid is the Audi R8 LMS Ultra that took top honors at the Nurburgring 24 Hours race in 2014, and the Audi R18 quattro that’s battling it out in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Exclusive to the R8 kit is a winner’s podium and trophy, while the R18 gets a fuel pump.

Both are available now for $14.99 a piece.

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Leaked Document Shows Audi R8 V6 Is A Go For 2018

Leaked Document Shows Audi R8 V6 Is A Go For 2018

The Four Rings appear to have a busy 2017 and 2018 ahead

Rumors of a possible V-6 version of the Audi R8 have been around since February 2015 and while whispers have remained dormant since then, everything came to a head when a leaked Audi product schedule shows that the R8 V6 will become a reality in 2018.

The leaked image comes by way of Autobahn.eu and it points to a lot of revealing information surrounding the German automaker’s production schedule over the next two years. Arguably the most important of these releases is the R8 V6, a car that until this schedule leaked out, has been discussed and debated in rumor mills all over the Internet. Well, debate no more, fellas, because the R8 V6 is about to become a reality.

The R8 V6 will definitely get the lion’s share of the discussion here, but just as important is the road map for Audi’s other models. Granted, the schedule only reveals the latter half of 2017 and 2018, but judging by the photos and labels of those cars, as seen on the upper left of the photo, we’re going to see a lot of models introduced in the first half of next year.

The Audi A5/S5 will probably kick off Audi’s year, while the R8 Spyder and the TT RS will follow suit. Then there’s the line connected to the Audi Q5/SQ5. It’s not shown in the photo, but it appears that those models are scheduled for an April 2017 launch. It becomes a lot clearer from there with a handful of Audi A5/S5 models projected for a May 2017 release. From there, it’s the SQ7 getting a July 2017 release, followed by the RS3 Sedan in August 2017 and the Q7 e-tron rounding out the year in October 2017.

The 2018 releases are a little bit trickier because there’s no timetable for any of them. What it does point to is that Audi seems to have earmarked this year for all of its premium and performance models. In addition to the R8 V6, 2018 will see the release of the RS5 Coupe, Q8, A6, A7, and A8. All these models are expected to come in next-generation guises, or in the case of the Q8, as an all-new model.

The last and arguably most mysterious of the 2018 batch of releases is the C-BEV. There aren’t a lot of details surrounding this model, but based on that name, it points to a future electric vehicle. Details about this car, as well as a lot of the other models on this road map, should surface in the coming months, or maybe even at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show next week.

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Speedriven Took an Audi R8 V10 and Turned it Into a 1,000 Horsepower Monster

Speedriven Took an Audi R8 V10 and Turned it Into a 1,000 Horsepower Monster

This beast of an Audi broke the same record twice in one day

Speedriven is based out of Palatine, Illinois and has been making quite a splash lately with its insane upgrades to some of the finest cars out there. In the past, we’ve brought you reviews of a 2011 Mercedes E-Class V12 the 2011 Mercedes S600, and my personal favorite – the 1,000 horsepower V-12 CL600 that we reviewed back in November of 2015. Mercedes isn’t the only brand Speedriven specializes in, though. They also have programs for various Lamborghini models and several Audi models as well.

The vehicle in question here is a 2012 Audi R8 V10 that, after being caressed by the techs over at Speedriven, has broken records at the race track – twice in one day – as a matter of fact. The most insane fact about this R8 isn’t necessarily that it broke records on the dragstrip, but the fact that Speedriven was able to more than double the horsepower of the R8 without breaking into the engine. Now that is certainly something to write home about.

So how did the guys over at Speedriven manage to muster so much power out of the R8’s 5.2-liter engine? Well, it surely wasn’t easy, but keep reading to find out.

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Audi Drops "The Commander" Commercial For Super Bowl 50

Audi Drops "The Commander" Commercial For Super Bowl 50

Audi R8 set to make second Super Bowl appearance

Audi has been a consistent presence in the Super Bowl, having shown seven commercials in the past games. One of those commercials occurred during Super Bowl XLII, when the New York Giants ended the New England Patriots’ undefeated season. The athletics aside, Audi remembers that game for an entirely different reason. That was the day it aired a commercial featuring the first generation Audi R8, the car that jump started the brand’s incredible sales growth in the U.S.

Eight years later and the German automaker has found itself in an oddly familiar position as it returns for its eighth go-round in the Super Bowl with a new 60-second commercial that features the all-new Audi R8 V10 Plus. The commercial is called “The Commander” and tells the story of a retired astronaut that has lost purpose in his life. He just sits blankly in his chair as he reflects on the memories he experienced in his old line of work. It isn’t until his son arrives that he stirs back to reality after Junior hands over the keys to the new R8 V10 Plus. And just like that, the thrill and excitement of adventures come rushing back in as he gets behind the wheel of the Audi and rockets out into the night.

Unlike the goofy approach that defined the “Godfather” commercial back in 2008, “The Commander” is a lot mellower, playing to the emotional attachment we all have for the things that give our lives purpose. When it’s lost, it’s hard to get it back. But that’s exactly what Audi’s message is for the new R8. It’s the kind of car that’s going to bring some life back to those veins, just the way it did for the Commander.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus Drops By Jay Leno's Garage: Video

Audi R8 V10 Plus Drops By Jay Leno’s Garage: Video

It’s true that the Audi R8 V10 Plus can be considered as one of the last models in a dying breed of performance cars that use naturally aspirated engines. The evolution of the supercar industry has resulted in the prevalence of turbochargers and superchargers being used in a lot of these exotics. But, the R8 V10 Plus remains true to its naturally aspirated roots, and that’s a big reason why Jay Leno is a big fan of the the most powerful production car Audi has ever built.

Yes, the R8 V10 Plus made its long-awaited appearance in Leno’s famous auto web series, Jay Leno’s Garage. In typical Jay Leno fashion, the famous collector spent the first part of the episode talking shop with a guest who is usually affiliated with the car that’s being featured in the episode. In this instance, it was Audi Product Manager Anthony Garbis who took up the task of discussing the R8 V10 Plus with Leno. The two talked about a myriad of things about the new supercar, including its features and performance capabilities. At one point, Leno even asked Garbis a little trivia about Audi to which the company man deftly answered without batting an eyelash.

Once the discussion ended, Leno and Garbis took the R8 V10 Plus out for a spin and that’s where we see the most powerful production Audi in full bloom. I’m not going to spoil the full details of what went on in the drive so it’s best to just sit back and watch the whole thing for yourselves.

As a refresher, the R8 V10 Plus’ 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine is capable of producing 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a “conservative” time of 3.2 seconds while hitting a top speed of 205 mph.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus Vs. Porsche 911 Turbo S: Video

Audi R8 V10 Plus Vs. Porsche 911 Turbo S: Video

The Porsche 911 Turbo S and the Audi R8 V10 Plus may be distant cousins, but there’s no mistaking that the two everyday supercars regard each other as the other’s biggest rival. On the technical side, both the 911 and the R8 V10 have their advantages. The R8 V10, for instance, has more power at its disposal with 602 horsepower on tap. The 911 Turbo S, on the other hand, isn’t quite there at “just” 552 horsepower.

But if this comp is based this strictly on output, then what’s the point of continuing, right? The truth is that picking between the 911 Turbo S and the R8 V10 Plus is like picking between two equally potent exotics. You really can’t go wrong with either one, but in case you’re struggling to make a choice, the latest episode of Evo’s “Deadly Rivals” series should give you a clearer idea on what both cars have to offer.

Evo road test editor Dan Prosser takes the helm on this episode and put both the 911 Turbo S and the R8 V10 on a gruelling test run. Both left impressionable marks on the Prosser, resulting in what can only be described as a dead heat comparison. If you want something that’s a little more refined, the 911 Turbo S can fill that void. But if you’re looking for something that’s a little edgier to drive, the R8 V10 Plus is as good a supercar as any to get you where you need to go.

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XCAR Drives The 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus: Video

XCAR Drives The 2016 Audi R8 V10 Plus: Video

The second-generation Audi R8 may look strikingly similar to the first-generation model, but apart from the arresting looks both models share, there is quite a lot of difference between the two models. For starters, the new R8 exclusively uses a V-10 engine whereas the first-generation option offered that and a less powerful V-8 version. The absence of the V-8 caught a lot of R8 purists by surprise, a lot of whom, including, it seems, XCAR’s Alex Goy, miss the unbridled roar and cackling of the V-8 engine. The nit-picky among these group of people also point to the disappearance of the trademark side blades and the fact that the new R-8 is close to 50kg lighter than its predecessor, thanks in large part to Audi’s use of aluminum and carbon fiber on the physical components of the car.

All that being said, the Audi R8 is still as dynamic as ever, maybe even more so now that it has graduated to a second-generation model. For his part, Goy seems to have bought in on a lot of the changes Audi made to the R8, while also highlighting its status as one of the last naturally-aspirated holdouts in its segment.

The XCAR presenter also points out the supercar’s impressive balance of handling and aggressiveness, especially in less-than-ideal road conditions. He did manage to have a few slip-ups, but by and large, the second-generation R8 was about as well received as any of the last vanguards of the naturally-aspirated era.

With more and more supercars transitioning to turbochargers these days, it does feel like the Audi R8 is becoming one of the last of a dying breed. But, with clever engineering and an attention to all the details that made the first-generation model so popular, Audi seems to be doing quite well in resisting the urge to follow the crowd.

The second-generation R8 is still a beast in every sense of the word. Just the way Audi intended it to be.

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Audi Considers Entry-Level R8 With Five-Cylinder Turbo

Audi Considers Entry-Level R8 With Five-Cylinder Turbo

The second-generation Audi R8 is going to get an entry-level model after all. That’s the word coming out of Auto Express, who reported that Ingolstadt is considering a turbocharged five-cylinder engine on its resident supercar to complement the two V-10 versions that’s already out on the market.

If there’s any weight to these rumors, the five-cylinder turbo-powered R8 would take the place of the V-8 versions from the first generation model as the model’s entry-level offering. The five-cylinder engine already powers the current Audi RS3, but it could reengineered for the R8 to help increase its output numbers. Equally important is the possibility of a hybrid system that might also be part of the mix.

Let’s say that this plan does push forward. The current output of the RS3’s turbo packed, five-cylinder engine sits at 362 horsepower. Meanwhile, the hybrid system could, in theory, pack around 100 horsepower, essentially bringing the output up to the 460- to 480-horsepower range. That would slot the five-cylinder R8 below the existing 540-horsepower R8 V10 and the 610-horsepower R8 V10 Plus.

Obviously, Audi has yet to confirm this rumor, so take it for what it’s worth. It makes some sense on a number of levels, not the least of which is that it creates a clear hierarchy in the R8 family. The V10 Plus will still sit as the range-topping version while the five-cylinder turbo hybrid would slot in nicely as the entry level version. The V10 would then be identified as the middle version or the bridge between the five-cylinder turbo hybrid and the V10 Plus.

In the event that Audi does green light this entry level version, don’t expect to see it anytime soon. The conservative estimate would be for it to arrive in two to three years since Audi engineers are still tied up with the development of the R8 Spyder and the R8 e-tron — the electric version of the car. These two models are likely to be launched before the five-cylinder turbo version.

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2016 Audi R8 E-Tron

2016 Audi R8 E-Tron

Audi has teased the idea of an electric version of its R8 supercar on more than one occasion. First we had the e-tron concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2009, which then made a debut at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. Audi even went as far as to put its creation around the Nürburgring for a record-setting 8:09.099 minute lap time. Now, finally, it looks like the R8 e-tron is set to make it to showrooms worldwide.

The big news comes straight from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, where Audi showcased an all-electric supercar alongside the redesigned, second-generation R8. At first glance, the e-tron model is an R8 with the stock V-10 drivetrain swapped out for a pair of electric motors and their associated batteries, but this German-built EV with supercar credentials is more than that. And with zero emissions emanating from a non-existent tailpipe, the R8 e-tron represents a big step forward for green racing tech.

As expected, the R8 e-tron is one of the quickest EVs out there. What’s surprising though is that it can perform extremely well in the range department. How well, you may ask? Let’s say that the Tesla Model S needs a small range update next time Elon Musk rolls out a new upgrade. But you’re going to have to check out the review below for more info on that.

Updated 10/27/2015: While Audi already dropped official details on the R8 E-tron, this is the first time the new car was caught in action at the Nurbrugring race track. You have to admit that its blue exterior color looks stunning, and that orange light around the “sideblades” is also a nice detail.

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2015 Audi R8 LMS

2015 Audi R8 LMS

After first entering the GT3 fray with the R8 LMS in 2009 and following it up with the slightly improved R8 LMS Plus a few years later, Audi is recommitting to its GT3 customer-racing program with the all-new 2016 R8 LMS. Based on the redesigned 2016 R8 road car, this thing looks positively ferocious.

Though GT3 cars are intended to be factory-supported customer race cars, and are for the most part, the class has become the stage for a global proxy battle between an unprecedented number of major manufacturers. BMW, Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin, Mercedes-AMG, Lexus, Porsche, Lamborghini, Nissan and McLaren are all major players, and most either recently introduced new GT3 cars or have new ones on the way.

Despite all that competition, the first-generation R8 LMS excelled in the class, collecting 26 GT3 Championship wins and 23 titles in other international classes. It won seven 24-hour races, including two wins in the torturous Nürburgring 24. With 130 cars sold to customer teams worldwide, it’s arguably the most successful and popular GT3 car in the world. So, the new one has a lot to live up to.

And we won’t have to wait long to see if it will. Entries during the 2015 season have already been confirmed for the Nürburgring 24 in May and the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in July, with more likely to come. We can also expect to see it racing on our shores, possibly in the Pirelli World Challenge series and in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship after the GTD class fully embraces the FIA’s global GT3 specifications in 2016.

Updated 09/09/2015: The new Audi R8 LMS can now be ordered by customers, and the first deliveries will be made by the end of the year. Audi’s GT3 sports car is priced at 359,000 euros (plus VAT) - $400,000 at the current exchange rates, with a starter and parts package increasing the total price up to 398,000 euros (plus VAT) - $444,000 at the current exchange rates.

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2017 Audi R8 Spyder Begins Public Testing

2017 Audi R8 Spyder Begins Public Testing

Sun-worshipping supercar lovers won’t have to wait too much longer to drive topless in the second-gen Audi R8. After the 2016 Audi R8 was introduced earlier this year, new spy shots reveal that a drop-top isn’t too far away, but there is still no telling when or where the all-new R8 Spyder will be revealed.

Based on the coupe, it isn’t too hard to imagine what the Spyder would look like, but in an interesting move, Audi has camouflaged every inch of this prototype with the exception of the power-retractable soft top. As expected, the bulk of the changes are being made to the rear of the car, but it doesn’t appear to be all that different than the rear-end styling of the current 2014 - 1015 Audi R8 Spyder, including the side buttresses on the soft top and the vented engine cover. One key difference is that the rear engine compartment vent previously incorporated into the retractable spoiler is now situated between the taillights.

The new R8 Spyder will still pack the same 5.2-liter V-10, but the added weight and reduced aerodynamics should negatively affect performance. As a refresher, the 2016 R8 weighs around 3,200 pounds and the engine can be tuned to up to 610 horsepower on the 2014 - 2015 Audi R8 Plus, which returns a 0-60 time of around three seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.

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Audi R8 Could Get Turbo V-6 Entry Level Version

Audi R8 Could Get Turbo V-6 Entry Level Version

Apparently those in control of Audi can’t make up their minds about what they want to do with the 2016 Audi R8. Last month we brought you the news that the R8 would get a turbocharged engine. Two weeks later, I reported that the R8 would remain the only model with a naturally aspirated engine, aside from the 2014 Audi RS5. Our sources now indicate that Audi has changed its mind again, and will drop the naturally aspirated, 4.2-liter, V-8 that powered the entry-level 2014-2015 Audi R8.

Audi has yet to confirm what engine will replace the 4.2-liter, but rumor has it will be the twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6. It may be a smaller engine, but it should put out upward of 450 horsepower – an increase over the 414 horsepower put out by the 4.2-liter. It looks like China, and its high taxes on any vehicle with a large engine is the primary reason for the changeup.

In China, consumers were buying up imports with larger engines like they were going out of style. Most Chinese-built vehicles have smaller, turbocharged engines, so China had to take action to increase interest in cars made within its market. The answer was to impose additional taxes on any vehicle with an engine over 3.0-liters in size – a move that would significantly impact the sales of the entry-level R8 had Audi continued with the 4.2-liter. For now, Audi will continue to power the premium version of the R8 with the naturally-aspirated V-10.

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Audi Denies R8 Going Turbo

Audi Denies R8 Going Turbo

Back on July 15th we reported that the 2016 Audi R8 would "inevitably" be turbocharged. I’m sure the news was a bit expected, considering Audi throws a turbo at most vehicles in its lineup. Now, it looks like Audi has had a change of heart. During the international launch of the new R8 last week, our sources learned that the R8 will not be getting a turbocharged engine anytime in the near future. For now, Audi will stick with two naturally aspirated variants of the 5.2-liter V-10.

The initial idea of going with a turbocharged engine was long debated by the powers that be. There are advantages to going with a turbocharged engine. You can get the same power out of a smaller engine, and that smaller engine produces fewer emissions than its larger counterpart. On the other hand, things like throttle response and acceleration at lower engine speeds are negatively affected. Jurgen Konigstedt — the head of design for Audi’s V-6, V-8 and V-10 engines — says the 5.2-liter, V-10 provides more than enough power while naturally aspirated, so it doesn’t need a turbo at this point. Not to mention that while smaller, turbocharged engines are more efficient at lower speeds, under prolonged load and higher speeds, forced induction actually takes away from fuel economy. So for now, the R8 will continue to live next to the current 2014 Audi RS5, as the only other non-turbocharged vehicle in Audi’s lineup.

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Audi R8 Will Get Turbocharged Engine

Audi R8 Will Get Turbocharged Engine

Speculation has been swirling for months about a possible turbocharged variant of the 2016 Audi R8, and now Audi executives have said the addition of a turbocharged engine is “inevitable” for the second-generation R8. It probably won’t be Audi’s turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, but either the company’s next-generation turbocharged five-cylinder engine or the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that will power the next 2017 Audi RS 4 Avant.

"It is inevitable that we will go to a turbocharged motor for it at some point. It would be in this model cycle, to give us a fuller range," Audi’s board member for development Ulrich Hackenberg told Motoring recently at the R8 launch in Portugal.

But he and quattro boss Heinz Peter Hollerweger made it clear that a turbocharged R8 would slot in below the normally aspirated V-10 models as a more affordable entry-level option. "It’s quite unique to build naturally aspirated engines today and our customers love it,” Hackenberg went on to say. “It doesn’t mean we are not going to do a turbo, but naturally aspirated is here to stay as well."

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