• Apr 9th 2007 at 1:28PM
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Awww. This is just too sad for words. You'll have to click through to see the pics for yourself. A new Audi RS8 undergoing some high-performance testing at the 'Ring burned to the ground before firefighters could douse the flames. The driver apparently escaped unharmed, but this beautiful sports car was lost. We suppose this is one of the reasons that manufacturers do extensive testing before releasing products to the public,.
We don't have a lot of details besides the photos by Hans Lehmann, but we know the images can be painful for fans of the R8 and this even more advanced version. The RS8 is the higher performance version of the already quick R8. Rumor has it we'll see a V10 in the engine bay when it finally gets all the bugs worked out and reaches showrooms. Some even say it will be packing as much as 600 hp, although with Lamborghini's Superleggera Gallardo only sporting 530, it would be an interesting corporate conflict if Audi is allowed to go large on the G.

[Source: Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago

      WTF? Their naming convention is easier to understand than any other company. Are you slow?

      A - Base Model
      S - Sport Model
      RS - High Performance Model

      2 - 2 Door Hatchback
      3 - 4 Door Hatchback
      4 - 4 Door Small Sedan
      5 - 2 Door Full Size Coupe
      6 - 4 Door Medium Sedan
      8 - 4 Door Full Size Sedan

      Avant - Wagon/Estate Variant


      S8, RS6, A4 Avant...if it got any easier they would have to spell it out across the trunk lid...

      P.S. I shed a tear when I read this post...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Okay, i just had to put in my two cents about the name issue

      Mistubishi lancer evolution VIII MR FQ400

      how about that for a long name
      • 8 Years Ago
      While I dislike alphanumeric names in general, I have to give Audi kudos for having the most consistent and logical alphanumeric naming scheme I've seen, despite the "is the RS8 based on the S8 or R8?" issue.
      • 8 Years Ago
      hmm anyone else thinking of all those times the bus driver told you diesel doesn't explode like gas, it just burns really really hot?

      I'm really digging those revise air scoops on the side.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe it will be called the R8 5.0 Fsi. Like the difference between an A4 2.0 Fsi or 1.8 Fsi. Who cares anyway. U hardly call an A4 by its engine spec aswell. Its an R8 leave it at that!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks for the explanation, but the fact still stands that the R8 and RS8 (if it really does exist) don't fit with this naming convention.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmmm, better work on those Italian electricals before putting it into production....

      • 8 Years Ago
      BLS, Mike, TrueDis:

      It sounds like there is a bit of confusion - R8 is the mid-engine supercar, and RS8 is the high-performance variant of the A8. From what I gather, your confusion lies in the fact that Audi is using "R" for the new coupe, while the A8/S8/RS8 kind of blurs the distinction between model names. As Mike pointed out, the A/S/RS are easily distinguised between one another, and I take the R8's model name to mean that it will not have the same A/S/RS variants, for obvious reasons. In Audi nomenclature, it was built to be the flagship supercar, so it is already the "R" model. However, this doesn't explain the upcoming R8 with the bigger, more powerful engine...
      • 8 Years Ago
      This just in... Rosie O'Donnell has declared this to be the first time that aluminum and only the second time that steel have been melted by fire in the history of the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That'll buff out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the RS8 shown in these pictures cannot be a high-performance version of the A8, the burned prototype can be seen in the before pictures as having the same body as the R8 along with the very distinctive sideblades, the winding road article also mentions it is mid-engined so it has to be a high(er) performance version of the R8
      • 8 Years Ago
      Fire is a plenty ambiguous term [its a plasma, but what temperature], and it would be better to always discuss temperature in Kelvin.
      The purported widespread fires in WT7 were from? airplane? no, Paper, diesel tanks?
      And the fall, that controlled demolition-the kink and the entire building in motion. That must have been a record for quickest setup, the firefighters were extracted hours before it came down, for setting up charges/wires or wireless receivers. So under five hours to go from setup to clearing/preparing the site the blast area, those guys were hauling ass.

      No, that wasn't an inside job setup weeks before.

      and the block of WTC2, magically dissociates (no that wasn't explosives, it was fire) in mid-air.

      It is time for Rosie to lay the smack down of the new world order.
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