• Jul 28, 2008


Click above for gallery of the Audi R8 V10

Them's fightin' words, but when we're talking about a V10-powered version of the Audi R8, you'd better be taking them seriously. According to an Audi insider as reported by Auto Motor und Sport in Sweden, the more powerful R8 will set a new lap record for a production car at the Nurburgring. That would mean coming in under the 7:26 lap time claimed by the Corvette ZR1 (and taken by the Pagani Zonda F), and faster than the Nissan GT-R's 7:29, but the big question remains whether it could out-gun the GT-R V-Spec's purported 7:25.

The R8 V10 – with whatever name it will adopt – is expected to make its production-guise debut at the Paris Motor Show this coming October. That'll make for some delicious eye-candy, but the real treat will be to see how the German supercar holds up against the Americans and the Japanese on the 'Ring.


[Source: Auto Motor & Sport (Sweden) via Motor Authority]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      If it beats the ZR-1 (It probably will) I think it'll be more to do with being AWD than anything else. It is AWD right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh' befor i go lets have somefun...

      Here's a pic like the one you guys wabted look theres even a Hummer in it and enen a Camaro...coo huh ?

      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/Transformersvehicles.jpg

      lol good joke huh ?... Hahahahahaha...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Seriously dude, whats your deal?
        • 6 Years Ago
        thats his garage on the left.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Seeing how there is a desert in the background I'm guessing that's at your Las Vegas house?
        LMAO!
      richard
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll beat the tires off that Audi with a ZR-1 anytime, anyplace. Just let me bring my team and test for 6 hours on the track chosen, and we'll be ready.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt it, but anything is possible these days I guess.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There should be a 3-5 second allotment for aesthetics. The R8 kills the GT-R and ZR-1 in the looks department, imho.
        • 6 Years Ago
        should be way more than 3-5 seconds imho!

        i saw two r8s the other day, a black and a silver parked right next to each other. I just about died, those cars are so beautiful
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks are purely subjective.
        • 6 Years Ago
        your humble opinion is fact.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Shouldn't Lamborghinis be setting the lap records over at VW group?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It won't happen because of one word: heritage.

        Lamborghini was always about being outrageous and excessive. Yes, their cars (and lone SUV) are fast, but people buy and recognize Lamborghini for their exclusivity. It is an image car.

        Audi was into motorsports before WWII, and has always made hits involving rally, touring, and prototype racing. It would make no sense to give the title to the Italians. People think that Lamborghini competes with Ferrari, which they don't.

        In short, VW will keep making Audi the fast company and Lamborghini the loud company.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lets hope Marty is right
        • 6 Years Ago
        Very true, using that rationale by Audi, the LP-560 is faster than a GT-R V-spec right?

        I mean since the Lambo has more power, the same AWD system and the same chassis it stands to reason it should be faster than the RS8 and all of the cars Audi claims the RS8 is quicker than.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @Marty:

        Audi lost the first organized motor race to a Mercedes. Just a bit of history for you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait. The regular R8 runs the 'Ring in 8:04, which is 5 seconds slower than the CTS-V and nowhere near the ZR1. How exactly are they going to shave 38 seconds off that time?

      I'm betting this is a "lost in translation" typo. They meant Z06, not ZR1.
        Kumail
        • 6 Years Ago
        glad you noticed it, but hopefully it isn't a typo! :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        it is obvious that companies are gaming the system on the whole N-ring lap time. there are too many variables involved to make these lap times comparable. until there is some kind of governing body, these numbers can only be used to classify a car into, fast, super fast, and ridiculously fast.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 8:04min time was driven by a car magazine... you guys should stoping to compare factory laptimes driven by factory race drivers with factory prepared "production" cars with Sportauto northloop laptimes were the driver only has three laps or 30minutes to make a time attack run with a real prodution car...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honestly, I think the biggest way will be for them to push harder. Drive the car like a bat out of hell. For many cars (I would suggest the Pagani Zonda for example), they have been just using the Ring as a benchmark against themselves, not against others. So they didn't see a reason to drive the car super hard out there and take the increased risk of loss of life.

        And they can also of course alter the car in was that specifically optimize for the N-Ring.

        This over-emphasis on the Ring is becoming distracting, IMHO.
      ddaw735
      • 6 Years Ago
      Even if i does its gonna cost 200k or more. Its like saying I can beat a five year old in a race.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was about to say the same ...about Miley lol ...funny

      and is the Lingenfelter z06 really twin supercharged? lol i could have sworn it was twin turbo :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        hey ZR1 how about some pictures of your toys.
        i wanna see the H2 covered in mud with the vette's and SS in the background.

        i wanna see them all together. not some random pic in the woods and some vette on the track.

        would like to see the pictures of the twin supercharged vette also.

        with all this money, surely you have a digital camera and tripod, how about a picture of you in your best bodybuilder pose with 1 of your houses and 2-3 cars in the background.


        • 6 Years Ago
        There 2 the world a Twin Turboed one and a Twin Supercharged... one i had the Twin Supercharged as you can see i sold it last month...
      • 6 Years Ago
      i wonder what Porsche will think about this. I hope they won't kill Audi's performance ambitions when they inevitably (and unfortunately) take over the VWAG...
      • 6 Years Ago
      And how much will this cost compared to the ZR1 or V Spec?

      More importantly, what will it sound like?
        • 6 Years Ago
        ZR1 MSRP: $105,000 (but the Chevy dealers are gonna jack you for now...)

        Audi R8: $108,000-$112,000 depending where you live.

        I like the Vette... but for 5K more... I'll roll in the mid engine R8 (& pretend I'm Tony Stark/ Iron Man baby)!!!!

        Seriously though... the shape of the R8 is more exclusive than the Corvette/ Corvette Z06 / Corvette ZR1 & IMO fits the six figure price tag.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cost? Not sure
        Sound? Absolutely amazing!

        Look it up there are already some sound videos of the V10 R8
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am glad the GTR set a new benchmark for performance cars. It has made other car companies step up their game, and shell out awesome cars such as this. (No matter how much fighting/internet flame wars happen because of it).
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