It’s been seven years since the Audi R8 propelled Germany’s third luxury car brand into supercar territory for the first time.
In terms of both sales and brand image, the car that’s based on a Lamborghini Gallardo has been an unqualified success.
In Australian alone, 312 buyers have heard the call and spent their hard-earned on Audi’s most prestigious car. And now there’s an updated and revitalised 2013 Audi R8 range that is faster, better equipped and more stylish.
Most Australian buyers have picked the V8 over the V10, 91 per cent prefer the coupe to the convertible, and 63 per cent have selected the R tronic automatic transmission over a manual. Nonetheless, with the introduction of the $ 408,200 Audi R8 V10 plus and the new S tronic gearbox, the R8 has become a different beast.
To find out just how different, we came to Philip Island, two hours southeast of Melbourne and home to the world-renowned Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit where Audi had brought an R8 V8, two all-new R8 V10 plus test cars, and plenty of Pirelli tyres…
Our good friend, Shmee150 was running out of tread on the tires on his Audi R8 V10 Spyder. Now in a situation like this, many would simply drive around normally until the tires began to lose all grip, but in order to speed up the process before the fitment of a new set of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, Shmee150 did what any other supercar and driving enthusiast would do and burnt rubber with some serious powerslides and donuts in his 500+ horsepower German supercar!
Although the Audi R8 V10 Spyder, like all other Audi R8’s, is fitted with Audi’s patented Quattro all-wheel drive system, spinning the rear wheels is easy enough as only a small percentage of the power is sent through the front wheels.
If this visual wasn’t enough to grab your attention, then the aftermarket exhaust from Quicksilver is more than likely to do the trick!
A new Porsche supercar that would sit between the iconic 911 and upcoming 918 Spyder will switch its sights from the Ferrari 458 to the Ferrari F12 if it goes into production, according to company sources.
Porsche CEO Matthias Muller has previously stated the German car maker is considering a new supercar model to rival the V8-powered 458.
A Porsche insider told CarAdvice at the international launch of the new Cayman, however, that the new Porsche 911 Turbo due later this year would have sufficient performance to match the 458 Italia.
“We are still thinking of a car between 911 and [upcoming] 918, but I think with the 458 we can fight against that with the next 911 Turbo, that’s no problem.
“It’s the same power level. But there will be more a car that can fight against the [Ferrari] F12.”
The F12 is the fastest car ever produced by Ferrari and is powered by a 6.3-litre V12 with 544kW and 690Nm.
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Regula Tuning has introduced a new tuning package for the 2012 (and before) Audi R8 to give the car an extremely aggressive look for both the Coupe or Spyder and a V8 or V10 powerplant.
Check out more news on the Audi R8.
Known as the Grandiose package, the tuning firm added a new bodykit consisting of a new bumper, new grille, a fixed rear wing, new tail lamp covers, new fenders, a new rear bumped with air vents and a pair of twin exhaust pipes.
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Here’s your first chance to take a close look at the new Audi R8. It’s only been announced two weeks ago and it won’t hit the stores for at least a couple of months – at least not until Audi sells their special Selection Edition models. This gorgeous black V10 Spyder has been spotted in Italy. We have to say, the new LED lights and small changes in the bumper do make a big difference in the way the R8 looks.
The car also sounds very lovely. Can’t wait to hear the 550 horsepower R8 V10 Plus.
The new Audi R8 will roll off the line to European customers at the end of 2012. The base price is EUR 113,500 for the V8 Coupe, and EUR 124,800 for the Spyder. The V10 variants are listed at EUR 154,600 and EUR 165,900 respectively, while the Audi R8 V10 plus costs EUR 173,200.
Video by NM2255
Ah, Monaco, the playground for the rich and famous and one of the best places on earth to catch the crème de la crème of supercars and luxury vehicles of all sorts in action.
The small sovereign and independent city-state that’s tucked between the foot of the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean, nine miles east of Nice, France, plays host to the swanky “Top Marques” show that brings together the most exotic and expensive cars in the world.
A one Nick M. who uses the YouTube alias NM2255, spent some time filming the numerous sports cars that made their way to this year’s show in April and made a video compilation of the best sounds heard in Monaco.
If you scroll down, you will find a list with all the cars featured in the video (zip past the 2 minute mark if you want the hear the supercars roar).
Audi, Audi R8, MTM, Road Tests — By MR on June 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm — No Comments
The Audi R8 V10 Spyder is back on our front web page following our initial knowledge with the German sports vehicle in the summer season of 2010. At that time we described the roofless supercar from Ingolstadt as fast, easy to drive, full of exciting and prowess, but never a genuine racer capable of giving you the ultimate thrill like its family member from Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy. Nevertheless, the R8 V10 Spyder is one particular of the best sports vehicles Audi has ever made closely trailing its brother, the R8 GT Spyder.
Now let’s ask ourselves the query is there an alternative to contain that ultimate Italian experience into the R8 and near the gap among the sophisticated R8 and the thoughts-blowing Gallardo-series, one particular of the best four-wheel-drive supercars in its class. If you ask the GTspirit team and followers, they will tell you there’s only one particular company who can fulfill such a request. Precisely, it is MTM, the German tuner from Wettstetten.
CEO and proprietor Ronald Mayer gave us the keys to their newest creation based mostly on the Audi R8 V10 Spyder, the MTM R8 Spyder. Dressed in dark grey and wrapped in a racy livery, we left the MTM headquarters with the prime down, 35 degrees, blue skies, sunny weather and a day behind the wheel of a V10-powered 588hp-sturdy roadster managed by a 6-speed R tronic automated manual transmission.
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