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  •   Daniel 1982 reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    Jay Bee posted a new blog post in Audi R8
    Middle East Feast Audi R8 V8 Typ 42 485bhp Feast your eyes on this magnificent R8 loaded with an impressive 480 odd Arabian horses. Words Jay Bee. Photography Brian Maroney.
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  •   Daniel 1982 reacted to this post about 1 year ago
    / #Audi-R8 / #2006-Audi-R8 / #2006 / #2007 / #Audi-R8-Typ-42 / #Audi-R8 / #Audi / #Audi-R8-V8-Typ-42 / #Audi-Typ-42 /

    (2006-2007) COST NEW £77k / VALUE NOW £35k

    Quentin Willson’s hot tips

    Back in 2006 the first-gen Audi R8 really should have been a massive hit – mid-mounted dry sump 414bhp 4.2 V8 32V engine, alloy spaceframe and monocoque, carbonibre cradle plus 0-60mph in 4.6 seconds and 187mph. Virtually hand-built at the Nekarsulm factory and sharing the Lamborghini Gallardo platform, only 28 R8s were made every day. This was a low-volume alloy supercar with four-wheel drive that was as reliable as a Golf. Yet only 164 R8s were sold globally in 2006, 4175 in 2007 and then, thanks to the 2008 recession, production tumbled to 2101 cars in 2009. The R8’s problem wasn’t only the financial environment into which it was born – it was just too clever and cerebral to catch the market’s imagination. Audi’s minimalist Bauhaus design grammar may have been fine for a TT, but for £77k before options, buyers wanted something that shouted a little louder. In many ways the R8 was too invisible, too quiet and too restrained.

    Back in those midmillennium glory days buyers preferred their supercars to wear prancing horses or bulls on their noses. But for collectors those early cars aren’t just worth seeking out because of their rarity – there are only 400-odd 2006-2007 R8s in the UK – they look howling value for money. Tradepricecars in Essex has a Silver ’07 with just 25k for £39,750 – or half the price of a very average Pagoda Merc. A private seller in Swindon has a black 2007, also with 25k, for £34,995 and it comes with £12k of factory options and full Audi history. That has to be one of the cheapest low-mileage supercars you can buy.

    Despite that prodigious top end those 4.2 R8s don’t feel properly ballistic – for that you’ll need the later V10. At 150mph things feel very stable and even exploring 180mph territory isn’t that scary. This is a well-planted and secure machine with a sublime ride. You’ll love the three turns lock to lock hydraulic steering but avoid the carbon brake option because they’re too grabby. I’d stick to the conventional six-speed manual because the sequential R-tronic isn’t as much fun.

    As a future classic a 2006/2007 UK rhd R8 could be a clever buy. They’re rare, respected, exclusive and technologically awesome. Find one of the very few 2006 #launch-year-examples and you’ll have something that’s already collectible. What’s more it’s a genuine supercar that doesn’t make you suffer to own and enjoy.
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  •   Quentin Willson reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    AmD/Scorpion exhaust and re-map package for #Audi-R8-V8 / #Audi-R8-Typ-42 / #Audi-Typ-42 / #Audi-R8 / #Audi-R8-AmD-Scorpion / #Audi-R8-AmD-Scorpion-Typ-42 / #AmD-Scorpion / #Audi-R8-4.2-V8-Typ-42 / #Audi-R8-4.2 / #Audi

    / #AmD-Tuning , in conjunction with their technical and racing partners, #Scorpion-Exhausts , have come up with a new tuning package for the #Audi-R8-4.2-V8-FSI which includes the latest twin outlet duplex exhaust from Scorpion and a tailor-made high-performance #ECU re-map, designed by #AmD to take the advantage of the performance exhaust into account.

    The exhaust alone releases more power (around 5 bhp) and the re-map increases power by around 25 bhp, but – when combined together – the increased efficiency makes more power than just the two individual components, without any fault codes being triggered in error. Using all the standard mounting points and retaining the existing rear valance, it also provides a worthwhile weight saving of around 15 kg.

    AmD Tuning also offers free fitting on all Scorpion exhausts, or if you prefer to purchase by mail-order and fit it yourself they will offer 10 per cent off and free delivery, a significant saving on a full system. Furthermore if you buy an AmD Tuning performance re-map at the same time as a Scorpion exhaust you can have the re-map at half the usual retail price. For more details, call 01708 861 827 or visit
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  •   Bob BMW reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Insane R8 Rotiform’s star of Worthersee / ROTIFORM R8 Worthersee stunner. NO COMPROMISE / Words Davy Lewis Photography Jape Tiitinen / Location Grossglockner Alpine Pass, Austria

    Over the top, in your face and just a little bit mad, the #Rotiform-R8 / #Audi is loved and hated in equal measures…

    Every year in May, the small town of Reifnitz, on the banks of the picturesque Lake Worthersee, is transformed into VW Audi nirvana. It’s the place to be seen in your tuned car, and it attracts every conceivable model, from the sublime to the ridiculous. If you get the opportunity, go – you will be blown away. Although it’s a chilled out event, competition is fierce, with companies and individuals from all over the world, aiming to make their car the most stand out, talked about of the year. This leads to some pretty insane builds. The fact that Audi and VW join in, creating some truly ‘out there’ cars especially for the show, just goes to demonstrate how much impact this event has. Which brings us to this rather lively looking R8…

    On the face of it, sticking a wide arch kit, motorsport-inspired graphics and air-ride to the pinnacle of Audi’s line up is anathema to many. Yet, even those who don’t get it, accept that it makes a big impact. Which is what it was designed to do.

    Created by Brian Henderson, the man behind the ubiquitous and forward thinking wheel outfit, Rotiform, this R8 is all about standing out. And like a Coco-Pop inside a bowl of Rice Krispies – it certainly fulfils the brief.

    Think of it this way: if you were headed to the ultimate gathering of VWs and Audis in Europe and wanted to make a big impression, the kind of thing that’ll light up social media faster than a dancing cat, then you need to think outside the box. No good rocking up in something finished in a classy, but subtle colour.

    For 33-year old Brian, a veteran of many big builds, the inspiration came from a rival German manufacturer. “I loved the old Hugo Boss BMW M1 race car,” he explains. For those who don’t know, this was one of the all time great racers. A true icon for BMW fans in the same way that the S1 E2 is for Audi guys.

    The R8 was chosen as, in certain parts of Europe, at least, it’s an attainable proposition. In the UK, £40k will get you behind the wheel of an early V8; with a personal plate, most would think you were in a car that cost twice that. It also floated Brian’s boat because it’s an R8. Messing with an S4 or RS6 wouldn’t have had quite the same impact (though Jon Olsson may disagree!).

    With a tight deadline to get the car ready for its Austrian adventure, Brian pulled out all the stops and worked fast. First up, the whole thing was disassembled. That’s right folks, with a Prior Design 850 wide arch kit ready to fit up, the OE panels had to come off. Can you imagine paying 40-grand for a top of the line Audi and then ripping it apart almost immediately? Not sure many people (myself included) could stomach that. But then Brian isn’t most people.

    With the aggressive kit mated to the R8’s body, things began to take shape. The Prior kit is a high-end, very well made package, so there were no issues with fitment. Although the stock wheels now looked ridiculous set inboard with huge arches swallowing them up. But no matter; a set of Rotiform’s finest would soon be attached to each hub; a very special set indeed.

    The wheels had to be something amazing and the CCV threepiece rims with forged step lip are simply stunning. They’re massive too – a girthy 9x20in up front with a whopping 13x20 at the rear. Custom made for the R8’s wide arch body, they are magnificent – the perfect showcase for Rotiform’s considerable talents.

    With such a showy car, you may think that Brian took it easy, parking it up nice and carefully at the show. Not a bit of it. This thing was designed to be used and used it was. In fact, Brian didn’t bat an eyelid when we asked if we could take it up into the mountains to find a breathtaking backdrop to shoot it in front of. The now legendary Grossglockner Alpine road cost us 35€ in tolls to get to on this beautiful road. It was 26-degrees at the bottom and 3500 meters higher winds were blowing and weather was changing all the time from warm to cold, with lots of snow. Anyone that’s driven this route will know that it can be hairy, so a widened R8 with fat 13in rear wheels and stretched summer tyres probably wouldn’t be your first choice for such a trip. So massive respect to Brian, Jape and the rest of the guys for making the trip to get these stunning shots.

    When it came to suspension, a static drop was never going to cut it. As a demo car for Rotiform, it had to be dropped as low as possible at shows to attract maximum attention. Brian is very much a fan of the high quality set-up that was fitted.

    “It has the best suspension I’ve ever driven, and I’ve driven A LOT OF THEM. I chose to use HP Drivetech air suspension which is built off Bilstein Clubsport dampers. Then I went with the Accuair E-Level air management system,” he enthuses.

    The exterior wrap is what you might term striking. It’s a homage to the legendary BMW M1 racers of the 80s and Rotiform’s twist on it certainly looks out of this world. Too much for most of us perhaps, but it’s only a wrap, and it shows what can be achieved with a little inspiration.

    So, what’s next for this game changing R8? Well, not much as Brian sold it before he returned to the US. “I wish I could have kept it now,” he admits, “but it served its purpose.” Having done over 3000 miles in it while he was in Europe, he did his brand the world of good with this no compromise build.

    SPECIFICATION #2012 #Audi-R8-4.2FSI-V8 / #Audi-R8 / #Audi / #Audi-R8-Rotiform / #Audi-R8-4.2-V8-FSI

    Engine 4.2 FSI V8, performance exhaust and induction system
    Transmission 6-speed R-tronic
    Brakes Stock R8
    Suspension #HP-Drivetech air suspension which uses #Bilstein-Clubsport dampers and #AccuAir / #AccuAir-E-Level air management system
    Wheels and Tyres 9x20 and 13x20in #Rotiform-CCV forged step lip 3-piece wheels
    Interior Cobra Imola bucket seats
    Exterior #Prior-Design PD GT850 widebody kit / #Prior-Design-PD-GT850

    Tuning contacts #Rotiform / Prior Design / #Bilstein

    Top: Stunning scenery Above: Ready to rumble V8 style.

    “First up, the whole thing was disassembled”

    Right: R8 looks great in the Alps Below: Special order Cobra seats Bottom: This R8 is no trailer queen.

    “The wheels themselves had to be something amazing” ‏ — at Grossglockner High Alpine Road, 5661, Austria
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