• Nov 27, 2007
The phrase "580-HP twin-turbo V10" is hot enough to raise the temperature of any sports car enthusiast. And as sad photos of flambeed Audis have attested, without glacial cooling it's also hot enough to turn Audi RS8 test mules into fireworks.

When we first wrote about the burned out Audi R8 in the picture above, we mentioned scuttlebutt saying it was a test mule. Now, Quattro GmbH director Werner Frowein reveals that it was indeed an RS8 test mule, and that the problem was specifically due to the turbos of its V10 powerplant getting too hot in the mid-engined layout. Based on the best translation we can find of the Dutch article, Frowein says (or at least we think he says) that putting the twin-turbo V10 in the R8 is out of the question, and that they are instead working on a normally-aspirated V10 with a little more than 500 HP.

[Source: Paul Tan]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yet another volkswagen catches fire...
      • 7 Years Ago
      cars catching fire is no German engineering problem like some low minded people try to explain here... cars catching fire happens all around the world to every manufactor in large numbers..
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's Corvette, with an "e" at the end, genius.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toyota recalls 54,000 vehicles because of engine problems that led to at least two fires in cars left parked with their engines running, Japan's Transport Ministry said Thursday

      http://www.autospies.com/news/Toyota-Recalls-54-000-Japanese-Vehicles-For-Spontaneous-Combustion-10091/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Another? It's a re-has of a past article?

      And it's a test mule. and exactly the reason they aren't putting it on the road, I would hardly put the entire reputation of German Engineering on the shoulders of one mule.

      And yes I once owned a VW Corrado, so I know how they like fire and other unexpected niceties.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Germany is still using mules? Do they have mule lanes bordering their roads? What happens when a Porsche hits a mule? Ugh, I do not want to know................................
      • 7 Years Ago
      They have been. I'm very surprised for two reasons. First and foremost, why a biturbo v10? Why not a biturbo 4.2l? We've already seen the performance potential of such a set up, and the weight would be less significant then a bi turbo V10.

      Secondly, and most importantly, was it gas, or diesel? Audi's been quite clear the only reason they haven't seriously contemplated dropping the V12 derived from the R10 in the car is due to cooling issues, now this? I'm still curious if this engine in the mule was in-fact petrol.
        • 7 Years Ago
        it was the gasoline v10 twin turbo because the article specifically said from the RS6
      • 7 Years Ago
      i'm kind of surprised they are not looking for ways to cool the turbos with additional air ducting or some sort of coolant. then again its not like they just got hot and broke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Didn't we already know this 3 weeks ago when Top Gear announced this?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Topgear was also a few weeks late, or over a month if i recall right.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A least Werner was honest about the fire.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That picture, that car, and that audi badge are proof why German engineering is now a days considered crap.
        • 7 Years Ago
        crap? really? the R8? when was the last time you drove one? who exactly considers audi crap? Certainly not anyone in Europe, their primary market. Certainly not the purchasing public in north America where Audi shows considerable growth every single quarter? Certainly not the automotive press who cant stop gushing over the R8.

        Though I would like to thank you for that sophomoric comment, it brought a smile and a chuckle to my face, the assertion that a test mule should some how connote final build quality, and that an entire brand who has made unbelievable strides the last two decades should some how be dismissed, lmao. Good one. Keep the sardonic/sophomoric troll comments rolling from under that bridge of yours.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Eww, so I live under a brdige, am a mental midget, sadonic/sophmoric speaker.

        lol
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow, that's a nice sweeping bold statement based on a test mule. So what isn't considered crap? If you're going to consider failures in test mules, then every brand probably is.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Audis are like potato chips. Once you brake them you can never put the back. HA HA HA!!!
        @ ZAMAFIR
        Audis in europe and north America are still consider wannabe BMWs
        • 7 Years Ago
        As said on Top Gear:

        People who buy a BMW would buy a turd with the BMW badge on it.

        I don't mind BMWs, they are good cars but setting them superior to Audis just doesn't work. Most people either belong to the BMW, Audi or Mercedes fan-club and are foolishly blinded by their own biased illusion.

        Don't lecture about things which you have no idea about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Some info from the dutch article:

      It was indeed a problem with the twin turbos getting to hot. They already burnt 3 prototypes. They are looking into a normal aspirated 10 cilinder version with 500HP.
      It also states that Audi will be deploying the RS line sooner in a model-line. Now they are mostly introduced when a model runs on it's last legs (to not interfere too much with the S-line), but they are going to change this and release the RS models sooner. They also have an RS TT planned (310HP) that will have to compete with the BMW Z4 M.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did someone forget to close their bold tag?

      Test mule or not... poor, poor car.
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