• Aug 11, 2009
First came the R8. Then came the race-spec R8 LMS. Then the V10-powered R8 5.2 FSI, with the roadster version waiting in the wings. The diesel version may have been canceled, but now Audi is said to be working on a light-weight, track-focused version of its flagship supercar.
Test mules for what is believed to be the so-called R8 Sport have been seen lapping the Nürburgring (where else?) with some subtle visual cues to its orientation. With a fixed rear wing and mildly revised ground effects, the lion's share of the modifications would be made under the skin where Audi is tipped to have removed luxuries like the stereo and air-con. A modified exhaust could add a few extra horses while the bulk of improvements to the car's power-to-weight ratio would be borne from the weight reduction.

Although Audi could draw inspiration from the new LP550 Valentino Balboni and jettison the all-wheel-drive system to save weight, following the previous Gallardo Superleggera's formula by keeping it in place would seem more in character for the automaker that staked its claim on Quattro.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome. Just this morning I was reading EVO's review of the R8 V10 and noticed they echoed what others have said, that the V8's a better choice because it's lighter, and I got to thinking, why not drop the 400+hp 3.0T from the Q5 concept in there and lighten it up, it'd be almost as quick to sixty as the V10 and a lot quicker around a track.

      Then we see this. brilliant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hello NSX-R successor. :-)

      (I mean that in the most positive of ways)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe Audi can make a version of the R8 that doesn't spontaneously combust into a ball of fire?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's a fantastic idea you have there, maybe they should hire you.
        • 5 Years Ago
        woot, any other cars we want to hold to preproduction mishaps? Lots of ferrari Production cars are bursting into flames, but I guess it's more fun to single out instances which occurred pre production?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So basically this new R8 can be called R8-S lol awesome
        • 5 Years Ago
        The word is out. R8 GT will be the name, 560hp (+35 on top of the "regular" 5.2 V10)
        • 5 Years Ago
        RS8
        • 5 Years Ago
        correction: R8RS
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks like a cool RS model.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Let me see a show of hands of those that actually think this car will have a range of 1,380 miles! The volt will have a 6-7 gallon tank. 230MPG X 6 gallons = 1,380 Miles!!! This kind of BS marketing hype is the same crap that got them in Bankruptcy!!! This is Government Motors at its Best!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hell yea this track oriented Audi R8 will get about 1,400 miles on a single tank... No doubt about it....
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is not the Volt thread. Has being a GM hater made you comment without checking the thread.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I highly doubt they will ditch the quattro four wheel drive for this R8. While Lamborghini carries a unique appeal, Audi doesn't need to further encroach into their territory by competing with the 550-2 and possible future rear-drive Superleggera.

      I'm sorry, though, I don't see the point of this car. Is VW trying to kill Porsche? They do know that they own them now, right? Part of the R8's appeal was that it was comfortable and luxurious for a supercar. I don't think it's necessary for Audi to make a stripped version to go after the 911 GT3/GT2.

      Perhaps my negativity results from them ditching the air-con and reading today's heat index for my area is 107 degrees.
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      • 5 Years Ago
      If only there was some way for Audi to rape Lamborghini any more?
        • 5 Years Ago
        zamafir: I know they own them. My point is how current Lamborghini's are getting too Audi and now this R8 is getting too Lamborghini.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rape? Audi owns, designs, and builds lamborghini. If it wasn't for Quattro GmbH we wouldn't have any of lamborghini's current products. Audi can do whatever the hell they want, Lamborghini's just a brand in their portfolio like Bugatti and Bentley.
        • 5 Years Ago
        audi_arena: "The Lamborghini Buyer is not an Audi buyer." Maybe not yet, but if you extrapolate steps like these they will be eventually.

        And I would argue that a Lamborghini buyer is could be an R8 buyer. Someone considering a Lamborghini Gallardo would definitely look at the V10 R8.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Danimal - this is coming from your experience driving the cars? or reading blogs? I've only spent time in the R8 V8 and the gallardo (will be amending that with the R8 V10 I'll be picking up from audi HQ in two weeks) but the two have a very different sense of character.
        If it wasn't for audi, lamborghini would be dead. Audi helped them reach Ferruccio's dream, a more reliable and easier to enjoy car than what ferrari produced. The murcielago lp 670-4 sv feels nothing like audi produces. In the end it doesn’t matter. Just as a different sort of customer purchases an 8C vs a California, so too do we find different customers buying R8s and Gallardos.

        One of the reasons I’m confident in spending some time with the R8 V10 on the back roads in Germany IS because it’s so refined, the interior so adroitly laid out, the suspension so comfortable. As EVO noted anyone who’s driven an A3 can drive and enjoy the R8 V10 (though the acceleration is, apparently, quite alarming). I don’t believe the same can be said for the LP 560-4 and that’s the point. Similar engines, completely different looks, interior refinement, suspension biases and skill sets required.

        Audi will never, ever, produce a car as visceral as Lamborghini, and the Lamborghini equivalent will never be as refined, tame, and ‘set to 7 out of 10’ (as evo put it, if the Gallardo was a 10/10) as the Audi.

        Go drive both, or talk to people who have, they R8 V8, from my experience, is firmly in the audi character, and the Gallardo is firmly in the Lamborghini.
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