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    Audi returns to Le Mans

    For years the German marque straddled Le Mans like a colossus. Then it left. Jake Groves leads the comeback.
    Audi bailed out of the World Endurance Championship back in 2016, after a decade and a half of near-complete dominanace. Its swansong was the Audi Sport Team Joest R18, but the story began with the R8 – the R8R contested the 1999 race. Heck, even the R8 production car’s concept forebear was called the Le Mans Concept.

    So, when you’re invited to Le Mans, glamping, and with the opportunity to rub shoulders with some famous people (courtesy in my case of Aston Martin Racing, not Audi), taking our R8 to one of the most famous races on the planet is a no-brainer. I’ll be the closest thing to a 2019 Le Mans entry Audi Sport will have – hell, they should be paying me for this.

    Lumpy, congested British motorways and fast, clean French autoroutes generally don’t make for a particularly thrilling drive. But when you have 10 cylinders, a foldable roof and a near-continuous convoy of motorsport fans in similarly tasty cars all the way from Calais to Le Mans, you don’t stop smiling. At one point I even spend time in convoy with CAR’s James Taylor, who’s driving a Porsche 911 GT3 RS; some long tunnels allow for laugh-out-loud (and very childish) acceleration tests between the R8’s bassy midrange and the Porsche’s limiter-bouncing howls.

    I arrive at the campsite with no backache (the bucket seats are uncompromising but supportive) and ready for a weekend in any weather, the R8’s supposedly paltry frunk swallowing everything from T-shirts and shorts to chunky boots and a thick raincoat.

    The weekend itself proves unforgettable. I come away exhausted and temporaily deaf but it will be hard to beat watching the sunrise at Tertre Rouge, taking a helicopter ride over the track mid-race and testing my own endurance by staying up most of the night.

    Then, on the misty Monday morning after, I do the whole trip back again with a similarly wide smile on my face. That is, of course, after a quick blast up and down the Mulsanne straight, sneaking a few pictures on the second chicane.
    Any niggles? It’s a small one, but plenty of recent new Audis have an updated version of Virtual Cockpit that looks cleaner and comes with some cool graphics – something the A1 hatch gets but this facelifted supercar doesn’t, even though the two were launched at the same time. Oh, and there are a couple of creaks coming from the instrument cluster – again, not a dealbreaker, but evidence of the R8’s handmade origins.

    / #2019-Audi-R8-Spyder-Performance-Type-4S / #2019 / #Audi-R8-Spyder-Performance-Type-4S / #Audi-R8-Type-4S / #Audi-R8-Spyder-Performance / #Audi-R8-Spyder-Mk2 / #Audi-R8 / #Audi / #Audi-R8-Spyder

    Month 2

    The story so far

    All style, no substance? Le Mans and back will test the R8, asking that it lug all-weather camping gear, cruise long distances and still thrill when required

    + The attention you get; engine, pliancy in Comfort; engine; topless thrills; grip; did we mention the engine?
    - The attention you get; thirst

    Price £152,645 (£169,120 as tested)
    Performance 5204cc V10, 612bhp,
    0-62mph 3.2sec
    Max speed 204mph
    Efficiency 20.9-21.1mpg (official), 22.2mpg (tested), 302g/ km CO2
    Energy cost 30.1p per mile
    Miles this month 3575
    Total miles 7819


    Come on Audi, GTE next year? The R8 couldn’t look happier on Le Mans tarmac
    In the tunnels, the R8’s bassy midrange battles a Porsche 911 GT3 RS’s limiter bouncing howls
    • Ways to start the day come no finer: ? Naturally aspirated V10 ? Spyder for fruity country smells ⭕️ Mid-engined poise for back-road thrills No wondWays to start the day come no finer:

      ? Naturally aspirated V10
      ? Spyder for fruity country smells
      ⭕️ Mid-engined poise for back-road thrills

      No wonder jake-groves turns up to work grinning every day with this as his
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    / #2019-Audi-R8-V10-Performance / #2019 / #Audi-R8-V10-Performance / #Audi-R8-V10-Performance-Type-4S / #2019-Audi-R8-V10-Performance-Type-4S / #Audi-R8-Type-4S / #Audi-R8 / #Audi

    It’s a superstar supercar on the road, but how does the R8 fare on track?

    Should a 611bhp mid-engined supercar make a good track car? Reading that back it sounds like a contender for the easiest question asked since ‘Is F1 more interested in the minutiae of the rules than the racing?’

    KY19 NLF has, to date, proved to be a mixed bag on track. Its time has, as I write, been restricted to the first evo track evening of the season at Bedford Autodrome, but the changeable conditions provided the perfect canvas for the R8 to paint me a detailed dynamic picture.

    The first half-dozen laps were on a wet track and it took two laps of the Autodrome’s 3.8-mile GT circuit before the first strokes of feedback appeared, allowing me to pick out more detail on what was going on beneath me. Which on a greasy track and a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres struggling to generate any heat, wasn’t a great deal.

    Entry to low-speed turns had the front end struggling to find any grip, the steering taking on a lightness that mimicked the City steering setting on a 1999 Fiat Punto. And yet the R8’s quattro drivetrain doesn’t struggle on the exit when you start to feed in the V10’s power – unless you’re reckless with the throttle, that is, then there’s plenty of shuffling and slipping to manage, although this isn’t too much of an issue because the R8 comes to you when it starts to get squirmy.
    Mid-speed corners in the same conditions eradicate a large portion of the front-end vagueness on entry, but the transition from grip to slip and back to grip mid-corner isn’t as clearly telegraphed as you would hope for in a car with a 5.2-litre V10 positioned between the bulkhead and rear bumper. It takes a steady throttle and Guinness-smooth steering inputs to avoid a spiky mess of slip when you’d much prefer to be parallel to the circuit’s edge.

    It all comes together in the high-speed stuff. Which is reassuring. When you need the utmost commitment from the R8’s front end, you get it, the Pilot Sports finding purchase through the layer of grease, the steering coming back to you, the chassis chatting away. When you need the full processing power of Audi Sport’s engineers, the R8 delivers terabytes of data to your palms and backside.

    As conditions dry, the R8’s low- and mid-speed performance up their game, but strangely on the drier surface, at higher speeds, within a handful of laps you feel you’ve experienced everything the R8 has to offer. It feels a little synthesised, a sensation that could be down to our car’s optional #Dynamic-Steering and adaptive dampers, two components that have proved themselves to be great companions on the road. This sounds like a perfect excuse for me to try a non-Performance R8 without such features on track, as per the example that triumphed in our 911 group test in issue 262. Away from the track, the R8’s ability to switch from a supercar that will force your eyeballs out of their sockets when you use as much of its performance as you dare, to a car that could rival a Continental GT for suppleness, refinement and comfort, is showing it to be more at home on the road.

    Date acquired April 2019
    Total mileage 4423
    Mileage this month 1075
    Costs this month £0
    mpg this month 18.7
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    / #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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    CAR Audi R8 Spyder V10 END OF TERM

    / #Audi-R8-Spyder / #Audi-R8-Spyder-V10-Plus / #Audi / #Audi-R8-Mk2 / #Audi-R8-Spyder-Mk2 / #Audi-R8

    It’s farewell to our drop-top supercar – and its magnificent #V10 . But will we miss having an R8 as a daily driver?

    Knocking about in a drop-top supercar for half a year is likely to sit pretty high up on any petrolhead’s bucket-list. Running an R8 Spyder was, of course, a brilliant experience – one I may never be lucky enough to repeat. And with the Spyder’s £129,990 base price taken up to £167,740 by options such as carbonceramic brakes (£7700), the gloss carbon exterior styling pack (£4900) and the Sport Plus Pack (bringing Audi’s three-mode magnetic adaptive dampers, Dynamic Steering and a sports exhaust, for £3500), this R8 really was deep into supercar territory. But before I get into the many reasons why it was such fun, there are a few (decidedly first-world) irritations I want to air.

    My first complaint relates to the attention a car like the Spyder gets out on the road. Mostly the waves and the thumbs-ups and the friendly comments are all quite fun, but what I could have done without was the steady stream of morons who were determined to lure me into a street-race on motorways and dual carriageways. I’m no saint, and there will be drivers out there who’ll have vivid memories of a bright red projectile firing off into the distance, but mostly I just let them go.

    You could spot these bargain-bin Brian O’Conners a mile off. They’d approach at speed, then suddenly stand on the brakes when they clocked the R8’s extra-wide rump. They’d sit behind for a little while, too close for comfort, before pulling alongside. I never looked over to make eye contact, instead fixing my stare on the road ahead. From here they might circulate the car once or twice, or sit in front of it, or even flash their lights to try to get my attention. After a short while, once they’d realised there was no sport to be had, they’d disappear, probably to recount to their mates the time they roasted an R8 on the A43.

    Then there was the fact that a car such as this one stands out wherever it’s parked. I was always nervous about leaving it out on the street overnight (living in a city, I had no other choice), a concern that was realised one morning when I found the driver’s window had been smashed. Unless you happen to have secure parking wherever you go, I suspect that underlying nervousness is, sadly, part of the supercar ownership experience.

    There were a few annoyances relating specifically to the R8, too, notably the fixed-back bucket seats (a £3000 option), which I’ve written about far too often already, and the width of the thing, which made certain car parks hell to navigate. It also needed a quiet-start function, as my poor neighbours will attest. Does this all sound a bit moany?

    Perhaps it does. Regardless, in just about every other sense, running the Spyder was utterly brilliant.

    How could it not be? I always smiled to myself when I caught a glimpse of it. I made a point of dropping the little window behind the seats on every single journey, no matter how tedious, and stretching the magnificent engine all the way around to the 8500rpm red line, with the exhaust in sport mode, just to let the V10 howl flood into the cabin. There’s no better way to start the day. Or finish it, for that matter. I suggested when the car arrived that this exercise would be more a case of living with a whacking great V10 engine than running a particular car, and it’s certainly true that the motor dominated the entire R8 experience.

    Once the weather improved, sometime in March, I could actually use the car as its maker intended by getting the roof down. I found that quite a calming experience. I wouldn’t drive the car particularly hard with the hood lowered, but instead would stroke it along and enjoy the sounds and the smells and the fresh air. It isn’t often you can use 533 wild horses to their full potential on the road, so having something to enjoy about the R8 at moderate speeds was a massive boon.

    The car averaged around 23mpg, with high-20s just about achievable on a long, steady run. It didn’t need a service during its time with us, but it did need a fresh set of Pirelli P Zeros (just over £1000 fitted) soon before it went back to Audi. Smashed window aside, the R8 didn’t once let me down in any way – which, of course, is how it should be.

    One final thought. Having run a bona fide supercar as my everyday car, I’m not certain I’d be in a hurry to do it again. Not because the R8 was in any way taxing – given its massive performance and handling ability, it was actually very easy to use – but because I wouldn’t want to normalise what is actually a very special thing. I think I’d keep the supercar for weekends and driving holidays. After all, eating steak every night would soon wear thin.

    Date acquired November #2016
    Duration of test 6 months
    Total test mileage 9667
    Overall mpg 22.8
    Costs £1048 four tyres
    Purchase price £167,740
    Value today £120,000-135,000

    Left: Prosser took the R8 to north Wales for a farewell drive. Where better to enjoy that mighty, 533bhp V10 one last time?

    ‘There will be drivers out there who’ll have vivid memories of a bright red projectile firing off into the distance’
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    Pushing the limits

    Fancy a little extra from your 5.2 V10? ABT may have the answer, with their stunning Gen 2 R8… R8 V10 ABT’s Geneva show stopper. Words Davy Lewis. Photography ABT.

    The gen 2 R8 is, quite simply, one of the finest cars on the road today. I’ve been fortunate to drive a few of them and each time it’s been a thrilling experience.

    However, like many people, I’m not in a position to own one of Audi’s super cars right now. But that doesn’t mean I’m not hungry to find out more. The R8 is something to aspire to – a life goal perhaps. If you’ve made it, then you can afford one, and if that’s the case you may well want something a little extra on top. A little extra on top is what ABT Sportsline do very well indeed. The German tuning specialists have been doing it for many, many years and know what’s what when it comes to high-end upgrades.

    So what do we have here, then?

    Well, it’s part of the quartet of power launched at Geneva and perhaps the most desirable of the lot. The base car is an R8 Plus, which means it’s already a bit of a weapon. The mighty 5.2 V10 kicks out a rather brutal 610hp and makes the kind of sound that could raise the dead. A wrung out V10 is one of the finest things you’ll ever hear – especially if you’re lucky enough to be piloting it. Add to this advanced chassis dynamics, cutting edge design, carbon ceramic brakes and an interior that oozes class and you’ve got one heck of a package. But there’s always room to squeeze a bit more out…

    The first thing that hits you with the ABT R8 is the colour. It’s finished in satin red, which on paper sounds at best average, but in the metal looks superb. Without a glossy paint grabbing all the attention, your eyes are free to take in the curves and angles of the R8’s bodywork. But there’s more…

    The front and rear bumpers have been subtly redesigned. Not that they were lacking in visual appeal to begin with, but the ABT treatment has given the R8 an even more snarling, almost racecar look. They’re more angular, stand out further and do a grant job of setting this car apart from the rest.

    “With an extra 20hp, the R8 now kicks out 630hp”

    ABT are masters at carbon fibre artistry and have given the R8’s muscular shape some extra definition. Up front there’s a neat carbon lip that adds some aggression and brings the nose closer to the black stuff. There’s also a very tough looking carbon blade added to the bumper.

    Add to this a gloss black grille, complete with ABT badge and black Audi rings, and the front is on point. Moving to the side, you’ll find some carbon side blades, which are what you’d expect on something like this. But look closer and you’ll see more carbon – this time behind the front wheels and continued with neat carbon spats at each corner of the skirts, front and rear. The carbon-fest continues with the mirror covers and the rear quarter panels, then as you move to the rear (arguably the best feature), you take in the deeply sculpted diffuser and rear wing. The OEM twin tailpipes have been replaced with a quad-pipe setup, which looks bang on the money – and helps to unleash the full potential of that spine tingling V10.

    The breathtaking exterior is completed with a set of ABT’s new wheels, which are diamond cut and feature slender spokes and a nice inner dish. In 20in finished in matte black, these lightweight, forged rims really do look the part on this red supercar.

    Inside, things are equally, if not even more impressive. Every surface has been covered in Alcantara or carbon fibre, with contrasting red details. Again a stock R8 plus is no poverty spec cabin, but this thing is on another level.

    So there we have it. Like many cars we feature this may not be the most modified, but it’s a well considered package that all works well together – in an OEM like way. Exotic machinery like this may out of reach for many, but there’s nothing wrong with dreaming…

    “The exhaust helps unleash the full potential of that spine tingling V10”

    Right: 20in forged rims and carbon ceramics.
    Above: Interior is awash with Alcantara and carbon.
    Top: The rear end screams aggression.

    TECHNICAL DATA FILE/SPECIFICATION #2017 / #Audi-R8-Plus / #Audi-R8-Plus-ABT / #Audi-R8-V10 / #Audi / #Audi-R8 / #Audi-R8-V10-Plus / #Audi-R8-Mk2 / #Audi-R8-Mk2-ABT / #Audi-R8-ABT / #ABT

    Engine 5.2 #V10 #Audi-V10 , #ABT custom software, #ABT-exhaust-system with quad tailpipes
    Transmission 8-speed #S-tronic
    Brakes Carbon ceramic
    Suspension ABT sports setup
    Wheels ABT forged 20in in matte black
    Interior Full re-trim in Alcantara with red details and carbon fibre pieces, including steering wheel, dash and headlining
    Exterior ABT front and rear bumpers featuring more aggressive intakes, carbon side blades, carbon sideskirt ends, carbon front arch pieces, carbon rear quarters, carbon rear wing, carbon rear diffuser, carbon mirrors, black grille with ABT badge, black Audi rings, painted Exclusive satin red

    Contacts Richter Sport www.richtersport.co.uk ABT / www.abt-sportsline.de
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    Ben Barry
    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 www.amdtuning.com
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    AUDI R8 SPYDER / #Audi-R8-Spyder

    The roof may have gone, but the magic is still there – the new #Audi-R8-Spyder is a truly impressive machine…

    The all-new R8 has been greeted with critical acclaim. It’s dripping with the latest technology, stunningly beautiful to look at and boasts a V10 engine that offers spine tingling performance, as well as a sensational sound track. No surprise, then, that orders have been strong for the Audi supercar. While the Coupe has been going great guns, many have held back, waiting to see the Spyder. Would the loss of the roof dilute the R8’s winning formula? Not on your life.


    Unveiled at the prestigious #2016-New-York-Motor-Show , the #Audi-R8-Mk2 Spyder is another triumph for Audi.

    Let’s begin with the aesthetics. With the hood down, the R8 is a very good-looking machine. The flowing lines, enhanced by the deep, wide flanks look great from every angle. The hood itself has been designed to taper into two fins, to maintain the shape of the #Audi-R8 . An electro-hydraulic system opens the lightweight hood in just 20 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. Like the Coupe, the glass engine cover has gone and is replaced by a panel featuring cooling vents for the mighty V10. Matrix LED headlights come as standard, while laser lighting technology is available as an option.

    19in alloys are standard while 20s can be specified along with carbon ceramic brakes. The chassis benefits from the class leading quattro drive system and four modes are available, Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Individual. The system draws on the s-tronic, steering, exhaust flap control and control of the optional magnetic damping system. The optional Performance steering wheel offers three further settings, Wet, Dry and Snow for the ultimate in personalising the set up according to conditions.

    The Spyder weighs in at just 1,612kg (dry), giving an impressive power to weight figure of 310PS per ton. This has been achieved using the super-stiff and lightweight Audi Space Frame (ASF), a blend of aluminium and carbon fibre.

    One of the real treats with any ‘soft top’, of course, is the ability to hear the engine properly. And engines don’t come much better than the naturally aspirated 5.2 V10 nestled behind the driver. This 532bhp and 540Nm free-revving unit emits a highly sonorous bark that wills you to prod the throttle more and more. With the roof down, you get to hear every note as you explore the V10’s capabilities. From a meaty, but unobtrusive burble at idle, through to a screaming crescendo when you near the limiter, the fantastic noise is amplified in the Spyder. The V10 is truly one of the great powerplants and so well matched to the R8’s dynamically impressive chassis. Top speed is a heady 197mph, with 0-62mph achievable in just 3.6secs.

    A more powerful Spyder Plus is expected to be unveiled later in the year, offering the same 601bhp and associated upgrades as the Coupe Plus. Inside, the Spyder features the same high-quality, driver focussed cabin and controls as the Coupe. The driver may control important functions via the new Sport or Performance steering wheel. This includes the engine start stop button and Audi Drive Select for altering the engine dynamics.


    The #Audi-Virtual-Cockpit comes as standard with a 12.3in display allowing three screens to be set – classic, infotainment or performance. Add to this touchscreen #MMI navigation plus, and the brand new smartphone interface, which allows selected smartphone content to be displayed in the virtual cockpit. A new B&O sound system with 13 speakers, including two in each head restraint offer amazing sound.


    Sports seats come as standard, but a diamondstitched pattern is an option, while bucket seats may also be specified.

    A brand new colour is available especially for the Spyder, Argus brown, matt, together with five other finishes, including the vivid yellow of the car pictured. Orders are open from late spring, with the first UK deliveries scheduled for late 2016. Prices are yet to be announced, but we’d expect around a £10,000 premium over the Coupe, which starts at £119,500. One thing’s for sure, Audi has absolutely nailed it with the new R8 Spyder – we love it.

    SPECIFICATION 2016 #Audi-R8-Spyder / #Audi-R8-Spyder-V10-Plus / #Audi / #Audi-R8-Mk2 / #Audi-R8-Spyder-Mk2
    Engine 5.2 #FSI #V10
    Power 532bhp and 540Nm
    Transmission #S-tronic gearbox, quattro drive
    Weight 1,612kg (dry)
    Top speed 197mph
    0-62mph 3.6sec
    Price TBC
    On sale Available to order Spring 2016

    Top: Angular front end looks fantastic. Right: Diamond-stitched seats are an option Middle: Looks great with the hood up.

    “THE R8 SPYDER IS A VERY GOOD LOOKING MACHINE”
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    Debonair Audi R8 V10 with Mansory goodies

    Cover Car / #Mansory / #Audi-R8-V10-Mansory / #Audi-R8-Mansory / #Audi-R8-V10-Typ-42 / #Audi-R8-Typ-42 / #Audi-Typ-42 / #Audi-R8-V10-Mansory-Typ-42 /

    Text: Faz&Furiouz
    Photos: Kenny Yeoh
    Model: Chelsea Chil

    There are not too many cars that have made it to production that bore an uncanny resemblance to its concept car perpetrator. How many times have we seen such gorgeously penned artistic rendition, with their sleek lines, ultra large wheels and ultra thin rubbers ended up being paired down more like, looking at best, only a passing likeness to the concept it was derived from. So to have the Le Mans Quattro Concept (back 2003) made into the R8 (in 2006) without so much as a body panel being changed was quite something.


    Quite something indeed, not that it is germane to our matter at hand here but still, the R8’s concept-turned-production genesis had hitherto being proven a stellar success for Audi AG, being among the most popular performance car pretty much in every major car market ours included.

    And of course, they’re pretty big in the tuning scene as well. Utilizing the wonders of Google and you’d see a huge array of aftermarket options for the R8, along with the subsequent tuners and brands. Another key indicator is the R8’s exploits in motor racing which covers not only Europe and Asia but other regions as well.

    Inasmuch as the R8 has evolved into a bonafide legend in its class, with its brilliant run of successes in GT Championships the world over, it is still the production car that makes enthusiasts and even ‘regular’ car folks all flipped up and over, whenever they rumbled pass, or when one is spotted. Little wonder than that Mr. Tony Stark himself, despite having the means to get pretty much any megabucks exotics, chose instead the R8 – both the first and its successor. And yeah I know, the man is a figment of the imagination, unadulterated fiction manifested into cinematic reality. But then again, it is Hollywood after all, and with the global market that Hollywood’s box office flicks catered to, the perpetual hype that a big budget super hero movie entails inasmuch, and its association with Audi was indeed quite a statement and a tribute to consumerism and capitalism.



    Anyway, right here and right now our collective focus falls upon this here 2010 model R8, the Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI Quattro to be exact. Now this car has quite a history of close collaboration with Hypertune. If you recall like a couple of issues back it made an appearance as a matted out black R8 resplendent with quite a considerable selection of Mansory performance and styling products. Now moving forward the ownership of that very same ride has changed and seeing as the new owner is pretty much the same ilk as the previous one, he’d then gone about doing it up for quite a bit, and this fine looking ride is the end result.

    Before I rattle on and on waxing lyrical about the finer personalization that our man had showered upon his exceptional R8, perhaps I could interest you on this preemptive ‘detour’ as per the R8’s place of birth. Well, it is no secret really since we’re all ‘connected’ pretty much 24-7 that we’d still have our squinting eyes fixated upon our handheld devices when we’re relieving ourselves even (a ‘masterstroke’ of progress perhaps). Anyway, as per the R8’s origin, it is not Ingolstadt but Neckarsulm – Quattro GmbH’s state of the art 3,500 square meters plant, which the R8 and its numerous variants and versions shares with Audi’s RS models. Fancy that? Consider how important the R8 is for Audi as a global automotive powerhouse that they’ve invested quite a bit of capital on such facilities. To think that before the R8 came to being, there were those who’d voiced some ‘concerns’ that Audi does not have the conviction as such to produce such superlative performance cars.

    Well that notion has been put to rest the moment the first production R8 rolled out of Neckarsulm back in 2006. That first Audi R8 powered by the brutish 414 hp 4.2 FSI V8 and mated to the benchmark Quattro powertrain registered some truly super performance figures – 4.6 seconds naught to sixty mph, 301 km/h, with handling to match. And of course, the sensational ‘digital age’ looks. Few cars can match the R8 for visual gratification, and even now after a number of aesthetic revisions the original silhouette remained unaltered, as is the imposing façade.

    And that very same DNA resides within this quite spectacular 2010 example. After some four years in production some ‘transplanted’ Lamborghini elements were put in place – the Gallardo LP560-4 derived 5.2 liter V10. Nestled longitudinally mid-ship the normally aspirated 5,204 cc Odd firing V10 40 valve DOHC with some 518 hp at 8000rpm and 391 foot pounds of torque at 6500rpm, takes the standard car through a swift, pretty darn quick 3.7 seconds century sprint, 11.5 secs quarter mile, 196mph max speed. With the APR Direct Port Program, Quicksilver exhaust and Carbonio intake, we’d reckon some pretty major readjustments as per the above figures are required. Telltale hint is that APR tuning program which had been known to yield some incredibly huge horsepower and torque gains.

    With that sorted now we’ve come upon the remarkably done up aesthetics of this APRprepped R8 5.2 FSI V10. The Mansory exterior carbon fiber components (bonnet, front blade, side sigma, rear side mirror, dry carbon side blades) were carried over for the most part from the previous owner, and added on to that were the carbon spoiler, front lip and rear diffuser from the R8 GT. The gorgeous black finish is made even more gorgeous with that final touch – the 19” Y DESIGN alloys. Behind that reside the standard brakes, equipped with aftermarket racing brake pads from Endless.

    Inside the trademark R8 interior (voted as among the best interior recently) has a Mansory carbon interior trim, along with fine Nappa leather, Alcantara head lining, Contour sport steering wheel, Bang & Olufsen sound system along with numerous multimedia gadgets inasmuch. All in all a fine piece of modified R8.


    TECHNICAL DATA Hyperfacts!

    Car: #Audi-R8-Spyder-V10-5.2-FSI-Quattro / #Audi-R8-Spyder / #Audi-R8-Spyder-V10 / #Audi-R8-V10 / #Audi-R8 / #Audi /

    Engine Modifications: 5.2 #V10 #FSI #Quattro , #APR-Direct-Port-Programming / #Quicksilver Titan Supersport Exhaust system ( #AU230T ), Carbonio Carbon intake

    Transmission: 6-speed #R-tronic automatic transmission

    Suspension: standard

    Brakes: standard, Endless racing brake pads

    Wheels & Tyres: 19” 10-spokes #Y-Design A/W

    Interior: Fine Nappa leather, Alcantara head lining, Contour 3 spoke leather sport steering, multimedia music interface, multifunction steering wheel, electric seat with lumbar adjustments, Audi parking system plus, reverse camera, CD changer, mobile telephone via Bluetooth, Bang & Olufsen sound system, Mansory racing pedals, Mansory carbon interior

    Exterior: Mansory carbon bonnet, #Mansory carbon fuel cap, Mansory carbon a pillar, Mansory carbon front blade, Mansory side sigma, Mansory rear side mirror
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    The #2012 #Audi-R8-GT in Suzuka Matte Gray #Audi-R8-Typ-42 / #Audi-R8-V10 / #Audi-R8 / #Audi /

    About the car: This is a special edition race inspired version of the already potent #Audi-R8-V10-Typ-42 . With only 333 ever made and 90 coming to the United States, this is quite a special car for Audi. Powered by the Lamborghini Gallardo 5.2L V10, the GT pumps out 560HP/398ft lbs. Its AWD helps it to sprint to 60 in 3.5 seconds and tops out at 199mph. 180lbs lighter, more power, a fixed carbon wing, front splitters, and much much more help to make this by far the most exhilarating Audi I’ve ever driven.
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