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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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    TUNED CAR TEST: Words Davy Lewis / Photography AJ Walker & Davy Lewis

    DRIVEN: REVO RS3 We test the 420bhp RS
    With 425hp, Revo’s RS3 promises strong performance – but does it deliver? We headed to an airfield to find out…
    DRIVEN: REVO RS3 We drive Revo’s demo car…

    There’s something about Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground that always gives me a little shiver of excitement. I’ve been coming here for over 16 years – testing everything from brakes and suspension, through to top speed runs – and it’s always good to be back. The Leicestershire airfield provides the opportunity to really push a car – to see what it can do, and find where its limits are. It’s for this reason that Revo has a base here.

    Revo’s Training and Development Centre gives them amble opportunity to test their latest upgrades – both software and hardware. From brutal launches to lay down 0-60mph times, to more ‘real world in-gear acceleration and a multitude of other tests to ensure that each new product comes to market fully developed and ready to improve the performance and drivability of the customer’s car. As part of their ongoing tuning program, Revo runs a fleet of development cars, many of which happen to be Audis. I’ve driven their S7, S3 saloon, S1 and SQ5, but the current car of the moment is a very smart, white RS3. This five-cylinder Sportback has been with them for around 12 months and features the latest performance upgrades available. The plan is to spend some time in the car to see how it compares to a stock RS3.

    Let’s kick off with the looks. The first items you’ll notice are the wheels – they’re a set of gloss black RV019 alloys. Revo launched their first wheel last year and it’s been well received – especially on MQBplatform cars. Teamed up with a set of Revo’s own performance springs, it lends the RS3 an altogether more purposeful look, with definite hints at motorsport. Wrapped in Dunlops, they reduce the unsprung rotational mass (which should translate to a keener handling feel) and offer prodigious grip (handy with 425hp on tap).

    Staying with the chassis, peeking out from behind the RV019s is a set of uprated discs. The RS3 calipers do an admirable job of stopping this feisty five-pot, but as many RS3 owners have discovered, the stock discs can capitulate under sustained hard use.

    This is due to the fact the cooling veins are not ‘sided’ so the air enters from the correct direction on one side to cool them, but on the other it does not, which can lead to premature wear – especially if used hard. Revo has developed ‘sided’ discs which offer maximum cooling potential for both sides. Developed in association with leading braking specialists, Alcon, it addresses an issue with stock RS3s.

    And so to the ‘go-fast’ bits… Much has been written about the RS3’s ability to punch above its weight. That characterful 2.5 TFSI engine is a powerful and sonorous unit, which delivers strong performance straight out of the box. However, should you wish to unlock even more potential, then Revo has developed Stage 1 software for the Audi. This car also features a freer flowing performance exhaust (which also happens to sound fantastic), and brand new prototype carbon fibre inlet system. All told it delivers 425hp and 428lb/ft – a pretty healthy increase over stock. Revo’s own testing has produced a strong set of performance figures too: 0-60mph in 3.55secs and 0-100mph in just 8.37secs. Numbers on paper are one thing, but as Revo themselves advocate, it’s the driving experience that really matters – how a car behaves on the road – it’s drivability and the way the power is delivered that matters.

    With the RS3 nicely warmed up, I take it for a slow sighting lap of the short course at Bruntingthorpe. There’s a selection of commercial vehicles all testing today, as well as the police practising their motorway stopping procedure. It actually feels a bit naughty to sit so close to a couple of traffic patrol cars, as I rev the RS3 before belting off the line like a scalded cat.

    Once launch control is engaged (select Dynamic and switch off the TC), it’s a simple case of left foot on the brake, dial in the revs, before coming off the brake and letting the car do its thing.

    As I sidestep the brake there’s an almighty howl from the five-cylinder lump as the revs hit 4,000rpm and there’s a violet shove as the quattro drive bites. There’s some wheel spin (it’s the middle of November and the concrete surface offers minimal grip), but the RS3’s electronics, aided by that extra slug of power and torque, courtesy of Revo, translates to epic forward thrust. It feels blisteringly quick (bear in mind I arrived in an RS7 Performance) and it doesn’t let up. As I hurtle past the bemused looking coppers, the RS3 feels relentless. The power just keeps on coming and we’re well into three figures, before I begin to ease off and apply the brakes for the right-hander approaching. As I switch from Sport to Drive (to reign in the shriek from that exhaust as we pass the noise testing microphone), I have time to gather my thoughts.

    The first thing to note is that this thing is bloody rapid off the line. I’ve experienced launch control on several stock RS3s and this is significantly quicker. Revo claim a 0-60mph time of 3.55secs and while we’re not about to match that on this cold morning, I don’t doubt it for a second. The second thing is just how well matched the extra power seems to the car. It all feels very OEM – linear, tractable and totally in harmony with the rest of the car. But it isn’t just the off the line heroics that impresses. The in-gear punch is ferocious – which is perfect for the kind of real world situations where you’d use it – overtaking for example.

    Prod the throttle in pretty much any gear and you’ll be treated to a wall of torque (in second and third it’s epic), but there’s plenty of punch in fifth and even sixth too. The seven-speed S-tronic box is very well matched to the RS3 and copes well with the rather immense strain placed on it by hard use. Backing off the throttle is rewarded with a crescendo of pops and crackles, which is one of the best noises ever.

    Today’s test is mainly to get a feel for how the car handles the extra power, particularly in the real world, ‘straightline squirt’ scenarios. That said, I’m still able to chuck it around a few turns, which illustrates the taught handling. There’s less roll and pitch than with a stock RS3 and the whole thing feels tighter and more focused.

    This really is the kind of fast Audi that you could live with every day. It’s got the best of both worlds: the refinement and class you’d expect from a premium model, but with the potential to induce a stupid grin when the roads open up, or you’re lucky enough to be on a track. It’s a real split personality: one minute a sensible (dare I say) grown up hot hatch, the next, a ferocious, raucous little monster that evokes memories of Group B rally cars.

    Once we’ve finished testing and have the shots in the bag, I give the RS7 Performance a couple of laps of the proving ground. Even though it’s packing the mighty 4.0 TFSI twin turbo with 597bhp, the RS3 is quicker off the line. The RS7 is a wonderful thing (I’d have one in a heartbeat), but with the options it’s a £100k+ car; it’s also rather large. At around half the price and with significantly less weight to lug around, the Revo-tuned RS3 would leave its hefty big brother behind on twisty UK roads. No doubt about it. I think that shows just how good this thing is – a resoundingly positive outcome for Revo’s RS3 package then. But there’s more to come. The team is working on their Stage 2 package, which will unleash yet more power – to be released next year. If this thing is anything to go by, it’s going to be rather exciting.

    SPECIFICATION #2017-Audi-RS3-8V / #Audi-RS3-8V / #Audi-RS3 / #Audi-A3-8V / #Audi-8V / #Revo-RS3-8V / #Audi-RS3-Revo-8V / #Audi-RS3-Revo / #Audi / #2017 / #Revo

    Engine 2.5 #TFSI 5-cylinder, prototype #Revo-carbon-fibre-intake-system , #Revo-performance-exhaust , #Revo-Stage-1-ECU-software
    Power 425hp and 428lb/ft
    Performance 0-60mph: 3.55secs 0-100mph: 8.37secs
    Transmission 7-speed #S-tronic
    Brakes Revo RS3-specific left and right sided disc upgrade
    Suspension Revo performance springs
    Wheels Revo RV019 alloys in gloss black
    Interior Stock RS3 with super sports seats
    Exterior Glacier white with Revo badges at rear and on front wings, Revo graphics along bottom of doors
    Contacts Revo www.revotechnik.com, thanks to Dan Edwards for arranging the shoot and braving a freezing airfield

    Some fast laps on an airfield showed just how capable Revo’s RS3 is.
    Left: Uprated Revo discs are sided, 1.2kg lighter per side and allow better cooling.
    Above: Carbon intake is still in development, but we’ll have full details and prices soon.

    “Backing off the throttle is rewarded with a crescendo of pops and bangs...”

    “The in-gear punch is ferocious...”

    HOW MUCH?

    As with all of Revo’s performance products, the upgrades fitted to this RS3 can be purchased separately from any of Revo’s wide network of dealers. However, the whole lot can also be fitted in a drive in, drive out package, which will see your RS3 transformed. Here’s what it will cost:

    Stage 1 software: £718
    Carbon fibre intake: TBC
    Brake discs: £898
    RV019 alloys: £1198
    Performance springs: £178
    Revo badges: £30
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    RS3 SALOON 395bhp 5-pot, 0-62 in 4.1sec, 174mph powerhouse! Words Davy Lewis / Photography Audi AG

    NEW CAR NEWS
    It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for – the brand new RS3 saloon…

    NEW RS3 SALOON It’s here at last!

    The RS3 saloon is one of the most eagerly anticipated new cars from Audi. Not since the RS6 C6 has Audi offered a Renn Sport with a boot, and we think this one is long overdue. Given that sportbacks and estates are far more practical, you may expect there to be less of a demand for a saloon. But my Facebook feed has been full of renderings and eager discussion about this car for months, and now that it’s here, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. I’ve said it before, but performance Audi enthusiasts love a fast RS saloon.

    So, aside from the boot, what makes the RS3 saloon so different to the already well-received RS3 sportback? Well plenty, as it goes, starting with the new engine.

    It uses the same, revised five-cylinder engine fitted to the latest TT RS, which means it’s lighter, more efficient, and, of course, more powerful than the current RS3 sportback. Peak figures are 400hp (396bhp) and 480Nm, which should make for impressive performance. It should also deliver a sensational soundtrack that evokes emotions of Audis of old (add own Group B analogy).

    Audi claims the 0-62mph dash will take 4.1secs, which let’s be honest, is plenty quick. Not quite so headline grabbing as the TT RS perhaps (the Coupe takes just 3.7secs), but this is a larger, heavier car. And what’s four-tenths of a second between friends? I also suspect that this figure is a tad under optimistic, so as not to tread on the toes of the TT RS. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the RS3 saloon hits 62mph in under 4secs.

    Like the TT RS, the RS3 saloon can be de-limited to allow a top speed of 174mph, so its performance credentials are impeccable. So what about the rest?

    Well, it certainly hits the spot from an aesthetic perspective. Arguably the best angle is the front – the new angular headlights and grille look very striking, but it’s the new RS bumper with deep air intakes, which really makes an impact. Certainly in RS-specific Catalunya red, with black accents to the intakes, it looks terrific.

    The RS3 saloon runs a slightly wider (20mm) track than the regular S3, so the wheel arches have been subtly extended to accommodate this. It’s not the kind of blistered arch that fans of the B5 and B7 RS4 would applaud, and personally speaking I’d have liked a slightly more pronounced arch, but until I see the car in the metal, I’ll reserve final judgement.

    One thing that’s clearly very ‘RS’ is the rear end. The deep diffuser, which houses the trademark twin-oval tailpipes says RS very loudly. Which is fitting, as it’s sure to make a fantastic noise, courtesy of that fiery five-cylinder engine. The boot features a neat little lip spoiler and like a lady who’s been hitting the squat rack, it’s toned, muscular and guaranteed to draw many admiring glances.

    The outside is finished off with a set of 19in alloy wheels, which I suspect some will love, others not so much. They’re another of the angular spoked, diamond-cut family of wheels that Audi is rolling out (see what I did there?) with each new RS model. Now wheels are always going to be a very subjective thing, but these certainly suit the lines of this super-saloon. The five-spoke pattern is perfect for showing off the brakes, which also bear the RS legend. And, like its TT RS sibling, the RS3 saloon will be available to order with Audi’s stunningly effective, carbon ceramic brakes, as an optional extra.

    Inside, is as you would expect, extremely well appointed. The cabin architecture really is second to none and you’d be hard pushed to find better. The industry leading virtual cockpit (standard kit on the TT RS) is available as an option here, but you do get some nicely sculpted sports seats emblazoned with the RS logo. Some more aggressive super sports seats are optional. One thing the RS does without is the TT RS’ steering wheel. So you don’t get the satellite controls for the Dynamic drive settings or the engine start stop button, but it’s still a very nice, tactile wheel.

    The RS3 will also feature the latest in Audi connectivity, allowing drivers access intuitive and highly advanced functions such as Google Earth, Street View and much more, via the LTE module. The RS3 saloon is going to be a natural competitor to the M3 and AMG CLA45. On paper, it stacks up well against some this impressive opposition. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel and see just how good this super-saloon really is. But if it’s anything like the new TT RS, Audi will have a another huge hit on their hands.


    SPECIFICATION #Audi-RS3-Saloon / #Audi-RS3 / #Audi-A3 / #Audi / #Audi-RS3-Typ-8V / #Audi-A3-Typ-8V / #Audi-A3-8V / #Audi-RS3-Saloon-Typ-8V

    Engine 2.5 #TFSI 5-cylinder, Audi Valve Lift System, dual injection, aluminium crankcase, plasma coated cylinder barrels and main bearings, weighs 26kg less than previous model

    Drivetrain/Transmission New 7-speed #S-tronic dual clutch with revised driveline, gearshift and launch control, permanent quattro drive integrated into Audi Drive Select, redesigned and lightened multi-plate clutch located at rear axle for better weight distribution

    Power 400hp (396bhp) and 480Nm

    Performance 0-62mph 4.1secs, top speed 174mph (delimited)
    Price From £48,000 UK (estimate)
    On sale Early 2017 (estimate)

    RS3 saloon looks great in Catalunya red with gloss black details.
    Left: Cabin is a work of art Above: Optional virtual cockpit features RS mode Below: Diamond stitching is very neat.
    “the 0-62mph dash will take 4.1secs”
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    What’s New AUDI / #Audi-Q3 / #Audi / #2016 /

    The Audi Q3 has received an equipment upgrade, with a navigation system now standard on S line editions. With a 6.5-inch colour screen, the SD-card based system features sevendigit postcode recognition and is controlled either by the dashboard-mounted dial or voice control. Previously the system would cost an extra £495 as an optional extra, and prices have been hiked by £500, effective immediately. This takes into account a general rise in prices of the entire Audi range, meaning that Q3 S line prices effectively remain static, whereas other versions cost more. The cheapest Q3 S line 2.0 TDI 2WD costs £27,690, while the 181bhp 2.0-litre #TDI #Quattro #S-tronic is priced at £34,180.
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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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    UNDER THE RADAR S3 8V 380bhp sleeper

    From Imola yellow daily driver, to matt grey stealth bomber; this 380bhp S3 has packs an unexpected punch… Words Davy Lewis. Photography Dave Jack.

    I have a confession to make: I like yellow cars. There’s something about the bright hue that just does it for me – especially when it’s freshly polished on a bright sunny day (not that this happens much in the UK). I almost bought an Imola yellow B5 S4 avant a few months back, which I neither needed, nor could really justify – but it was the fact it was yellow that had me sorely tempted.

    So, why on earth am I banging on about yellow, when the car you here is clearly, grey? Well, I’ll let you into a little secret: this S3 was once yellow (technically still is, it’s just hidden under an immaculately well applied 3M wrap).

    “I fancied a change from yellow and the matt grey appealed as it’s subtle and understated – the complete opposite to how it was originally,” says owner Richard Steele. It’s refreshing to see someone wrap their car in this way – many do it the other way round – adding bright vinyl to a black or grey car.

    “Prior to the S3 I had a slightly modified A3 Black Edition. I loved everything about the car, until I test drove an S3 and had to have one!” says Richard. With his heart set on an 8P, he set about searching for the perfect car. He quickly found the Imola yellow example, which ticked (almost) all the boxes – it was a Black Edition with DSG and sat nav – the only things missing were the wing back Recaros.

    “My goal with the S3 was to give it RS3-inspired looks and performance as this is the car I ultimately hoped to own eventually; at the time I wasn’t really in a position to afford an RS,” recalls Richard.

    The upgrades began slowly at first with a Stage 1 remap, some new wheels, and lowering springs. But it wasn’t long before things progressed somewhat…

    Richard continues, “After about a year of ownership I ended up with a 380bhp, mini monster that would give most big fish a run for their money. The 0-60 was recorded on a Racelogic box at 3.7-seconds. It’s fair to say that with launch control, it went like a stabbed rat!” he laughs. With relatively simple engine upgrades, it’s testament to just how good the S3’s 2.0 TFSI unit is, that it can be persuaded to make almost 400bhp and deliver supercar levels of acceleration.


    An APR Stage 2+ map is key to the power, which has been calibrated to work with the full Milltek turbo-back exhaust system with de-cat. With the restrictive cat and downpipes replaced, there’s so much more potential in these cars. A Loba high-pressure pump gets the super unleaded in fast, while a CTS carbon intake takes care of feeding cool air to the engine. With 380bhp and 559Nm, this is one rapid S3. Any more than this would require turbo and supporting upgrades, but for bolt-on tuning on OE engine and turbo, it’s certainly effective.

    Part of the appeal with this particular S3 was the fact it had an S-tronic box. The stock unit offers fast shifts – but these can be ramped up further still with a gearbox map. Ecotune have livened things up so that Richard can hold onto gears for longer; take advantage of faster, crisper shifts and, of course, use the launch control function – which was key to the blistering 0-60mph time he achieved.

    When it comes to wraps, the matt grey look always seems to work well, especially when teamed up with some gloss black details. The window surrounds and rear badges are all gloss, as well as the RS-style honeycomb grille and air intakes in the front bumper. It all looks very classy. But there’s a nod to the OEM paintwork with the bright yellow brake calipers and S3 badges.

    Wheel choice is something that’s very personal and even slight differences in offset or design can have a big impact on the overall look of a car. In this case, Richard has stayed true to his OEM roots and gone for a set of 8x18in multi-spokes from an A4 DTM. They look like they were made for the 8P; subtle, classy and offering plenty of room to show off the bright yellow brakes (with some 3mm spacers added). Incidentally, the calipers are RS3 units, painted to match the original Imola yellow paintwork – but they look just as at home alongside this matt grey wrap. These high-spec OEM brakes also do a grand job of hauling this 380bhp 8P down from big speeds.

    The final chassis tweak came in the form of the suspension. Not wanting to go for uncompromising coilovers, Richard fitted some quality H&R sports springs which bring the ride height down nicely, which not only looks much better also tightens up the handling. With less pitch and roll, the S3 feels more planted through turns, allowing more spirited progress to be made. Thankfully there’s plenty of grip from the quattro drive system, powering Goodyear Eagle F1s at each corner.

    Inside, this immaculate S3 is already well equipped with a flat-bottom wheel, Bose audio and sat nav, but that hasn’t stopped Richard putting a personal touch on it. Some neat yellow stitching has been added to the wheels and the gear gaiter – another nod to this car’s Imola yellow roots.

    A large part of the fun for Richard, like many others, is being able to meet a network of like minded Audi enthusiasts. “I’ve made good friends with local enthusiasts,” he says, “they all had a part to play in the build; we always help one another with tuning each other’s cars and sharing advice/opinions. It’s this aspect of the build I’ve enjoyed the most.”



    With the S3 pretty much where Richard wants it; that is, a credible RS3-chaser; he’s decided it’s time for a change... “Just as I was getting to the stage where I was happy with the build, a perfectly spec’d and priced Daytona grey RS3 came along, so I ended up parting with my beloved S3. The RS3 build is currently underway and should hopefully be featuring in #Drive-My in the near future,” he adds with a smile. We hope so!

    SPECIFICATION #Audi-S3-8P / #2011 / #Audi-A3-8P / #Audi-S3 / #Audi / #Audi-A3 /

    Engine 2.0 #TFSI 4-cylinder turbo, #CTS-Turbo cold air intake and heat shield, #Loba high pressure fuel pump, turbo back full decat non-res #Milltek exhaust system, #APR stage 2+ map.

    Power 380bhp and 559Nm.

    Transmission 6-speed #S-tronic with #Ecotune custom map.

    Brakes Custom RS3 front calipers, TT RS front discs, #HEL braided lines, stock S3 rears.

    Suspension #H&R sports springs.

    Wheels and tyres 8x18in #Audi A4 #DTM wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2 225/40R18 and 3mm spacers at the front.

    Exterior #3M matt dark grey vinyl wrap by TLC Detailing, custom S3 badges, RS3-style grille, sticky vinyl personalised number plate, gloss black trim, APR badge.

    Interior Recaro bucket seats, custom steering wheel with yellow interior stitching to match.

    Tuning contacts/thanks Ecotune www.ecotune-scotland.co.uk, TLC Detailing www.tlcdetailing.co.uk, APR www.goapr.co.uk, Dave Jack at Space 21 Photography for the photoshoot

    Top: Fast but stealthy Below: More cheeky yellow details
    “With launch control, it went like a stabbed rat!”

    Below left: Yellow stitching is neat Bottom More yellow on the RS3 brakes.

    “I ended up with a 380bhp, mini monster”

    Above: Grey wrap looks classy on this 8P S3.
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    FIRST IN LINE Words Davy Lewis / Photography #ABT-Sportsline / #Audi

    ABT Sportsline are always one of the first to market with tuning upgrades for new Audis; this kit for the latest RS3 is another corker…

    The IT revolution means that we’re all now able to achieve things faster than we could ever have imagined, even ten years ago. From doing your weekly shop online, to buying parts for your car; it’s only a click of a mouse or swipe of a smart phone away. This of course presents its own challenges. Who hasn’t said something they probably shouldn’t have on social media after a couple of beers? And don’t get me started on inebriated eBay purchases…

    But, in general, the techno revolution is a very good thing. Tuning companies were some of the first to tale advantage of this wave of new tech. From expert CAD to create new hardware, through to simply being able to sell products on line to a worldwide audience; tuners have certainly made the most of it.

    With shorter lead times to produce new products and tuning solutions, aftermarket specialists can release new tuning parts faster than ever.

    Although not an official tuning partner, ABT are very close to Audi and are often first in line with hot new upgrades. This latest kit for the fantastic new RS3 is the first we’ve seen.

    The Mk2 RS3 has only been on sale for a short while, but already its powerful engine and sure-footed quattro drivetrain is gaining The IT revolution means that we’re all now able to achieve things faster than we could ever have imagined, even ten years ago. From doing your weekly shop online, to buying parts for your car; it’s only a click of a mouse or swipe of a smart phone away. This of course presents its own challenges. Who hasn’t said something they probably shouldn’t have on social media after a couple of beers? And don’t get me started on inebriated eBay purchases…


    But, in general, the techno revolution is a very good thing. Tuning companies were some of the first to tale advantage of this wave of new tech. From expert CAD to create new hardware, through to simply being able to sell products on line to a worldwide audience; tuners have certainly made the most of it.

    With shorter lead times to produce new products and tuning solutions, aftermarket specialists can release new tuning parts faster than ever.

    Although not an official tuning partner, ABT are very close to Audi and are often first in line with hot new upgrades. This latest kit for the fantastic new RS3 is the first we’ve seen.

    The Mk2 RS3 has only been on sale for a short while, but already its powerful engine and sure-footed quattro drivetrain is gaining huge traction (pun intended) with Audi enthusiasts. There’s no doubting its credentials – even in factory trim. However, that glorious five-pot is just begging to be liberated to create more power and a correspondingly sonorous howl from the 2.5 TFSI lump.

    ABT have delivered just that with their ABT Power New Generation ECU control unit. This system intercepts the signal from the ECU to the engine, tells it to ‘liven itself up’ and delivers a healthy increase to 430hp and 530Nm – impressive figures for a plug n play system. It’s undetectable by the main dealer (so long as you remove it of course!) and offered with ABT’s extensive warranty. As tuning options go, it’s one of the safest bets. Consequently, this doesn’t come cheap, but you are getting a lot more than a tuning box or remap.

    Not content with 430hp, ABT are in the process of developing their Power S system, which will give even more grunt. With supporting upgrades, we’d expect bhp it to be in the high 400s. There’s no doubt that tuners are going to be working hard to produce new kit for the RS3. It’s going to a big car for Audi and the take up will be huge. Our friends at QS Tuning have recently taken delivery and will be developing upgrades for it over the coming months, so there’s lots to come. Watch this space.

    Top RS3 looks ready for action Above: Interior is very well kitted out.

    Left 2.5 5-cylinder is a dream Below: ABT alloys are very classy.

    SPECIFICATION #2015 #Audi-RS3-ABT / #Audi-RS3 / #Audi-A3 / #Audi-RS3-Typ-8V / #Audi-A3-Typ-8V / #Audi-A3-8V

    ENGINE: 2.5 TFSI 5-cyl, ABT Power New Generation control unit, ABT performance exhaust system with quad tailpipes in Black
    POWER; 430hp, 530Nm
    TRANSMISSION: #S-tronic
    SUSPENSION: RS3
    WHEELS AND TYRES: 9x19in ABT ER alloys with Continental tyres 235/35
    EXTERIOR: Stock RS3
    INTERIOR: ABT floor mats, LED entrance lights with #ABT logo
    TUNING CONTACTS: ABT Sportsline www.abt-sportsline.com Richter Sport (UK) www.richtersport.co.uk
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    Jay Leno
    JON OLSSON’S #Audi-R8-V10

    Carbon Razor GTR

    The special edition of the special edition – welcome to the 710bhp brainchild of PPI and Jon Olsson. The term ‘special edition’ gets thrown around an awful lot these days. With manufacturers desperately trying to eke out the last bit of profit from premium models, it seems a special edition can mean as little as a flashy badge and a set of wheels.

    Thankfully the world of aftermarket tuning takes a much more thorough approach to this, as perfectly demonstrated by PPI. No, these aren’t the guys responsible for those annoying insurance adverts, but instead an #Audi - exclusive tuning operation from the Bavarian town of Stuttgart. And we all know the German’s don’t mess around when it comes to tuning!

    Since 2004, #PPI (otherwise known as Precision Performance Individuality) has quickly established themselves as one of the world’s leading Audi tuners. From wind tunnel testing to F1-grade carbon fibre, PPI don’t cut corners when developing every upgrade. In fact, as a member of the German Car Modification Companies, PPI have to meet strict quality and safety guidelines before releasing a product. You won’t see any wood screws or filler holding a car together here…

    One of their most infamous cars is the Razor GTR Audi R8. Limited to just 10 models worldwide, PPI opted for the tried and tested method of ‘less weight, more power’ shaving 250kg from the bodywork and boosting the V10’s power. Factor in the strict German tuning laws and this super-lairy #Audi-R8 is even more impressive. The Razor GTR is a proper special edition. But for one person it wasn’t quite special enough. Step forward professional skier (and Internet superstar) Jon Olsson – the original owner of the Razor GTR pictured here. Instantly recognizable by its monstrous rear wing and functional roofbox, Olsson’s Razor GTR is further customized and is as exclusive as it gets… limited to just one.

    But the keys to this unique car are now in new hands, residing in good ol’ Blighty of all places. Time to take a closer look at just what makes this unique motor so special!

    PPI’s idea of a power increase just wasn’t enough for Mr. Olsson, hiking the 601bhp output another 100bhp with the help of a VFEngineering supercharger kit. Nestled in the banks of the rangetopping V10 engine, the supercharger adds a distinctive howl to the soundtrack provided by a titanium PPI exhaust. Everything about this car is excess; the power, the sound, the width and the carbon. To say it’s an experience driving the car is an understatement, and from the smiles on other motorists’ faces, it’s a welcome addition to the British landscape.

    Tasked with re-commissioning the wildest R8 onto the UK roads were tuning specialists Regal Autosport. Based in Southampton, Regal are no strangers to AudiTuner Magazine, with a supercharged R8 having previously graced these pages. The new owner of Olsson’s Razor GTR was already a Regal Auto customer, boasting a custom-painted V10 R8 Spyder tucked away in his garage. It was this confidence in the supercharged V10 lump which allowed him to not think twice about purchasing Olsson’s PPI creation.

    Chris Stewart, owner of Regal Autosport, explains “The supercharger kit turns an R8 from a capable GT car into a much more serious supercar contender’” The standard Audi V10 is no slouch, but with 700bhp on tap and 250kg reduced from the weight, this R8 is firmly in the hypercar territory. “The acceleration is relentless,” adds Chris. “There’s so much power in reserve. PPI quote a 0-60mph sprint in just 3.2sec for the 601bhp version. This model is over 700bhp, so go figure!”

    But that’s not something Chris is keen on demonstrating too often. “Every panel of the #Audi-R8-Razor-GTR is unique to the 10 models, and this is number 003.” PPI have re imagined the R8’s bodylines with aggressive carbon fibre aero parts as far as the eye can see. But these aren’t just for show or even weight loss – each panel is wind tunnel tested by PPI to provide additional down force and reduce lift where possible. Even that huge ski-box is slimline and flush mounted to reduce drag.

    Open the door and the bespoke nature of this build continues. Every interior panel is finished in a unique red and black Alcantara, from the dashboard and headlining, to the figure-hugging seats. What’s more, as the star of the 2012 Gumball Rally, this Razor GTR has had numerous stars clamber across that beautiful interior – a testament to the PPI build quality given how fresh it still looks. That’s the real test of a special edition model – not how crazy it looks, but how well it stands up over time.

    If you get lucky enough to see this rare beast out on the road, pinch yourself, because the most famous R8 in the world now resides on these shores. Just don’t try and race it…

    Top: Roof box is nuts Above: 1 of just 10 ever made.

    SPECIFICATION

    The #2012 #Audi-R8-V10-VF-Engineering
    Engine 5.0 FSI V10, #VF-Engineering Supercharger System with Sterman Motorsport Catless headers
    Power 720hp and Torque 530lb/ft (estimated) Transmission #S-tronic .
    Brakes Carbon ceramics
    Suspension
    Psi Raceline/Ohlins Suspension with 2-way race dampers
    Wheels and Tyres
    20in ADV.1 wheels
    Exterior Full #PPI #Razor-GTR spec carbon bodywork, comprising front and rear bumpers, sideskirts, wheel arches, bonnet, roof, rear engine cover, bespoke carbon roof box.
    Interior Full carbon and Alcantara PPI interior upgrades Tuning contacts Regal Auto www.regalautosport.com

    WHO IS JON OLSSON?

    Aside from being a bit of an Internet celebrity, 32-year-old Jon Olsson is actually a pretty talented skier. He holds nine Winter X-Games medals, won the US Free Skiing Open, Red Bull Big Air and World Superpipe Championship, to name but a few achievements. The Swedish athlete is even responsible for inventing a range of double flips and generally being quite talented on snow.

    As a man who loves all things extreme, it’s no surprise the standard Audi R8 wasn’t wild enough for him, resulting in the Razor GTR featured here. Oh and his current project? A DTM-inspired, 950bhp Audi RS6 twin-turbo V8 – as featured in AudiTuner last issue.

    “Acceleration is relentless, there’s so much power in reserve”

    “The supercharger kit turns the R8 into a much more serious contender”

    This crazy R8 is dripping with carbon fibre and high end kit – definitely not for the shy or feint hearted!
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    orlov1988
    FIRST RIDE NEW AUDI R8 #2015

    We ride shotgun in the second generation #Audi-R8-Mk2 ...

    When #Audi launched the #Audi-R8 in #2007 , it was both a show of skill and a declaration of war. Inspired by the #2003 #Le-Mans quattro concept, and sharing many core components with the #Lamborghini-Gallardo , Audi’s first ever mid-engine machine was aimed directly at the #Porsche #911 and the junior league Italian supercars.

    Thanks to its aluminium spaceframe construction, the R8 is relatively light. Blessed with timelessly elegant mid-engined supercar proportions, it offers stunning performance in a timelessly elegant package, which although basically 12-yearsold in concept, still turns heads today.

    In 2008, a mildly detuned version of the Gallardo’s 5.2-litre V-10 was added to the 4.2-litre V8 offering, and the ultra- desirable Spyder version debuted in #2010 . While the charismatic open-gated manual shifter remained available to the end, at facelift time in #2012 , the clunky #R-Tronic automated manual transmission gave way to the smooth and rapid seven-speed #S-Tronic dual-clutch unit that finally rounded off the R8’s dynamic package. Last summer, the most powerful ever R8, the 562hp #Audi-R8-LMX , was launched. This limited edition of 99 cars heralded the technical culmination of the first generation R8, while hinting at some of the features the next R8 would bring, such as laser headlights.

    The R8 LMS went racing in 2009, with great success, while a full-electric #Audi-R8-E-Tron was announced in 2013, taken off the menu, and then put back on again when improved batteries made its range acceptable. Audi even dabbled with diesels, showing a #V12-TDI concept, and internally, a #V8-TDI prototype was produced as well.

    The Next Generation

    A few weeks prior to its official unveiling at the Geneva auto show, we were invited to the #Ascari racetrack for a passenger ride in a prototype of the second-generation R8, which will hit the showrooms in late 2015. We will not be able to get behind the wheel ourselves till the summer, but were quite content to ride shotgun with Audi test driver and DTM racer, Frank Stippler, who knows the new car inside out.

    The already relatively light, all aluminium R8 was put on a diet, and has shed between 50 and 100kg depending on the model and spec. The new vehicle architecture, called MSS (Modular Sport System), is an evolution of the previous R8 platform, and is shared with the Lamborghini Huracán.

    This is a mainly aluminium spaceframe using carbon-fibre for the rear bulkhead and some other structural parts. Audi say that this halfway house between an all carbonfibre tub as used by McLaren, and an allaluminium one as used by Ferrari on their #Ferrari-458 , is the best cost to strength and weight compromise for a relatively low volume car of this type.

    As work on the car had already commenced before #Porsche was integrated into the #VW Group, almost no parts are shared between the R8 and any existing Porsche model.

    Face-to-Face

    The lightly camouflaged R8 prototype looks low, aggressive, and contemporary. While it retains the broad proportions of its predecessor, with similar overall length, it is slightly lower and wider than before, and its more angular lines and details make the connection to Audi’s current model line-up.

    The rakish front end of the new car features LED headlights as standard or the distinctive optional laser lights, which double the high beam range. These have now been homologated for the US market. Despite many new features, the second generation R8 retains strong styling links to its predecessor. One of these, an R8 signature styling cue, the big vertical blade behind the doors, has been re-imagined into two more subtle half blades, one below the beltline, and one above.

    The latter is now an air intake duct for cabin and engine compartment venting, and the visually unbroken strake that now runs from the doors to the top of the side air scoops gives the new car its longer, lower and more homogenous looking flanks. The standard wheel size is 19-inch, with 245/35ZR19 and 295/30ZR19 rubber front and rear. The optional 20s are shod with 245/30ZR20 and 305/30ZR20 tyres. Semislick trackday tyres are an option as are carbon-ceramic brakes.

    Initially, the new R8 will be powered by two versions of the 5.2-litre V10, the V10 and V10 Plus rated at 533 and 602bhp, with 540Nm and 560Nm of torque respectively. Both have cylinder de-activation and stop/ start for better fuel economy and lower emissions.

    The official 0-62mph (0-100km/h) numbers for the V10 and #Audi-R8-V10-Plus are 3.5 and 3.2 seconds respectively, with 0 to 200 km/h taking 11.4 and 9.9 seconds. Top speed is an ungoverned 200.7mph (323 km/h) for the 533bhp model, and an incredible 205mph (330 km/h) for the 602bhp monster. These Vmax figures are significantly better than the current model, and a testament to the new R8’s aerodynamic superiority. Only one transmission will be available, the lightning-quick, seven-speed dualclutch gearbox with Launch Control as standard. The original R8’s six-speed manual with its wonderful click-clack, riflebolt action has been consigned to history. It seems that take-up rate had dropped to just five-percent in the last year of production, its fate finally sealed by the smooth and rapid S-Tronic paddle-shift transmission.

    On Track

    As we rocket out of the pit lane the new R8 feels and sounds great from the passenger seat as the naturally-aspirated V10 struts its classic, high revving stuff. The throttle response feels linear, the power building smoothly and strongly with revs as Frank coaxes the engine to its lofty 8,850rpm redline in the intermediate gears. This is one rapid and charismatic machine. The increased power and lower weight are telling, and Frank does not hang about. As we slide through a few bends on the bald limit, the new R8’s chassis proves it is a match for the 602 horses.

    From this side of the car, the turn-in seems even crisper than before, and as Frank balances the car in varying degrees of oversteer on the way out of each bend, it is clear that the enhanced and rear-biased quattro system is a drivers’ delight. The slightly lower centre of gravity helps dynamics, and Audi has fitted a watercooled front differential, and a mechanical limited-slip differential in the rear to help apportion power. The power steering is electro-mechanical, and variable magnetic ride suspension is an option.

    Audi’s Drive Select button offers several modes, including Dynamic, which “allows the driver to notice some action,” to quote one of the engineers. On top of that, there is a Performance setting, which can be adjusted according to the road surface.

    The focus with this mode is not on hooning around, but rather on helping the driver achieve good lap times. That said, enthusiasts will be happy to learn that the stability control system can be switched off completely. The counterpoint is Comfort mode, which lowers the noise level and trims away NVH, rendering the R8 an ideal long-distance cruiser.

    While the new R8’s exterior is indeed evolutionary, the interior takes a major leap forward. Quality was always top notch, and that is unchanged, but the aesthetics of the cabin architecture and infotainment system are now state-of-the-art.

    “The new R8 moves the bar higher in every way”

    The flat-bottom steering wheel, carried over from the new TT, is fitted with four additional buttons to start and stop the engine, select the driving modes, and choose the exhaust sound level. The TFT Virtual Cockpit directly in front of the driver, is another TT carryover, and that is a good thing. With the central console mounted screen gone, the strong driver orientation of the new R8 is set in stone.

    Even the colour and trim choices are innovative. The standard leather dashboard covering features a high-tech texture, highlighted by hand stitching. Alternative leather and Alcantara upholstery is available, with a wide range of standard and quattro GmbH finishes there for the asking. The new R8 interior is now the class benchmark, and makes the cabins of the Porsche 911, #Mercedes-AMG-GT , and even the #BMW-i8 look dated.

    Audi R&D Chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, has confirmed a rear-wheel drive R8 e-tron with a 450 km range, as well as a new Spyder. The new R8 moves the bar higher in every way.
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    Martin
    THE ALL NEW AUDI R8 #2015 NEW PRICE RANGE £119,500 - £137,500

    Finally, the new R8 has been unveiled. Here’s everything you need to know about Audi’s latest super car…

    The original R8 was always going to be tough act to follow. In the same way that the Mk1 TT set the benchmark, Audi’s super car replacement had to be something special. First off, let’s address the looks. This is the one thing that R8 fans have been concerned about – would the new car lose some of the original’s magic.

    Well, on the face of it, like the progression from Mk1 to Mk2 TT, #Audi has played it pretty safe. The new car is more angular and has the current ‘family’ look to it (especially at the front), but it clearly shares its DNA with the original.

    It looks lower and wider, with deeper side air intakes, giving it a more muscular appearance. The door handles are now recessed under the side strakes for a cleaner look. At the front, the grille in particular, has the aggressive sneer of the latest TT and there are purposeful looking intakes below the headlights. The lights themselves use laser technology to produce what is said to be truly amazing clarity at night. To the rear, the back end appears neater and more compact than before, although it could be argued it lacks some of the drama of the original. The regular V10 has a popup wing, while the Plus model gets a fixed carbon fibre unit.

    For the first time, 20in alloys are an option, as are carbon ceramic brakes (standard on the Plus).

    Based on the lightweight and highly rigid Huracan platform, the R8 is lighter and stronger than its predecessor. The monocoque makes it 40-percent stiffer too. Because of this, the suspension has been completely redesigned with a more forgiving bias.

    Perhaps the biggest improvement is the interior. Open the wide door and you’re greeted with a fantastic looking cabin. The low slung layout hasn’t changed, but everything feels much higher quality than before – equal to that of any other high-end Audi. The big news is the new TFT screen. It’s the same unit that was launched in the Mk3 TT – a stunning system that gives the driver full control over what they view on the instrument binnacle. It’s all nicely laid out, minimalist and extremely well screwed together.

    The #Audi-R8 will be available with the V10 powerplant in two states of tune – 533bhp regular and 602bhp Plus. The Plus will hit 0-62mph in 3.2sec and go on to a top speed of 205mph. It will be available with the twin-clutch #S-tronic gearbox only, which delivers lightening fast shifts. Some may miss the classic manual with its exposed ‘click-clack’ gate, but so few buyers specced the manual that its days were always going to be numbered.

    The standard #Audi-R8-V10 will cost £119,500 with the V10 Plus, yours for £137,500, with a Spyder version to follow, probably next year. There are unconfirmed rumours that a smaller capacity (possibly forced induction) engine may join the line up, but at this stage it’s pure speculation.

    Given the epic noise and shove produced by the V10, it’s hard to see Audi changing the winning formula.

    Overall, then, it appears that the new R8 is better in every way. Turn the page to see what it’s like to drive...

    R8 E-TRON

    Although the petrol-powered R8s are gong to be the big sellers, Audi also unveiled the stunning e-tron version. This fully electric #Audi-R8-E-Tron is packing two motors which drive the rear wheels. The 92 kW battery is integrated into the central tunnel, behind the passenger compartment for optimum weight distribution. With a combined output of 456bhp and a whopping 679lb/ft of torque, the e-tron can hit 62mph from rest in just 3.9sec. Top speed is reduced, as you’d expect, with a full electric car, with 155mph available. Impressively, it has a range of 276 miles and a charge time of less than two hours.

    “The 602bhp #Audi-R8-Plus will hit 0-62mph in 3.2sec”

    If anything, the e-tron looks even better than the regular petrol-powered cars, with its flat nose (no need for cooling airflow), drag reducing wheels with carbon fibre inserts, and that large bonnet scoop. There are also banks of LED lights front and rear. The futuristic styling is designed to make the #Audi-R8-Mk2 as slippery as possible to minimise drag. It just so happens to look awesome! Prices are yet to be confirmed but the e-tron will be available to order later this year…
    • Audi used Geneva to unveil the new incarnation of the R8. Redesigned from the ground up and now featuring two versions of the 5.2-litre V10 FSI engineAudi used Geneva to unveil the new incarnation of the R8. Redesigned from the ground up and now featuring two versions of the 5.2-litre V10 FSI engine, one producing 540PS and another pushing 610PS, both are hooked up to a sevenspeed S tronic transmission. The new model is lighter than the outgoing one too, up to 50kg according to the blurb, which no doubt helps the 610PS version go from 0 to 62mph in 3.2 seconds, 0 to 124mph in 9.9 seconds, and hit a top speed of 205mph. It’s green too, kind of, as it features Cylinder on Demand for the first time too. It’s the new looks we’re not sure on though, we’re not convinced the new sharper lines look better than the old model. Still, with prices starting at £119,500 for the smaller 540PS version and £137,500 for the quicker one, we’re sure our opinions don’t matter one bit!  More ...
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