• Feb 27, 2011
2011 MTM Audi R8 BiTurbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's a strong possibility that German tuning house MTM's booth at the Geneva Motor Show will be visibile from space. The boys from Wettstetten are bringing their paint-free polished-aluminum Audi R8 BiTurbo to Hall 5 at Geneva. The company is mum on exactly how they removed all that paint, but they do allow that it took 700 hours of polishing to get the car where it is now.

If the gleaming bodywork isn't enough to snag your gaze, MTM packed its latest R8 with 777 twin-turbocharged horsepower just to let everyone know they weren't fooling around. The result is good for a claimed top speed of more than 217 mph, making this the fastest R8 on the block.

If the turbo R8 doesn't whet your appetite, MTM is also hauling its 472-hp, 195-mph Audi TT RS to the show. Full press release after the jump.



[Source: MTM]
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World premiere: Polished MTM R8 Biturbo - more than 1.200 working hours
MTM TT RS with 472 hp / 347 kW

MTM from Wettstetten will be represented at the Autosalon in Geneva from the 3. - 13. March 2011 with two cars. In hall 5 MTM, car manufacturer and upgrading specialist, presents not only technical details and masterstrokes but also a visual highlight, which lets the exhibition hall shine in the truest sense of the word. The MTM R8 Biturbo with 777 hp / 571 kW and a top speed of more than 350 km/h was highly polished by MTM , this unique specimen with a worth of over 400.000 € was depainted completely in a special procedure and the aluminium chassis was polished in more than 700 working hours - all handmade . As well to see at the Autosalon: the MTM TT RS in the MTM design with 472 hp / 347 kW, which reached a top speed of 312 km/h at first test drives in Nardo.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would you do that! Everything is so cool except the gloss finish. It just reminds of the TopGear electric car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      700 hours and it still has swirl marks! Guess Audi doesn't know they can buy paint that mimics this look and can be easily polished.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      You shouldn't have to spend another 100k (or whatever this is going to cost) to make your $150,000+ supercar fast.

      The r8 has to be one of the worst performance values on the market.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The R8 was never so much about the performance as it is about looks and handling.
        • 3 Years Ago
        the r8 started closer to $100k, infact audiusa.com says $114,200 for the 4.2. although the r8 5.2 starts at $149k, but it shares the same engine and platform of the much more expensive gallardo
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Phantom is still one of the most machismo fighter craft ever built. Just like a true muscle car it could accelerate like a fiend but no way would it get into a turn and burn with a Mig 17 or 21.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mbuku Kanyau Mbithuka: The luftwaffe mainly flies eurofighters these days. All other fighter planes are being phased out.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah I was thinking why they chose an F-4, when the R8 is known to have superb handling. An F-16 or something would have been a better choice.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I was surprised to see an F-4. The US retired all of their Phantoms and Phantom-IIs quite a while ago. Maybe the German Air Force (still called the Luftwaffe??) is limited to older technology due to a post-war treaty? Or did they just have this F-4 available for the photoshoot?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Valkyrie20207; I just checked www.luftwaffe.de, they are phasing out the F4's with the last ones leaving service in 2012, being replaced by Typhoons.
        They never bought the F16's of F15's but have Tornados.. which are like 70's technology..

      • 3 Years Ago
      Curious to learn how they achieved the power increase using turbo's. Audi themselves couldn't make a turbocharged R8 work without it catching on fire. That's why they offer the V-10.
      • 3 Years Ago
      why would they spend all that time polishing the metal when there is that acid/paint spray that turns almost anything into chrome like people have been doing years on cars and motorcycles?

      either way....the R8 is one of the best looking cars on the street today
        • 3 Years Ago
        Because it's lighter and looks better?
      • 3 Years Ago
      The bumper was aluminum too? Hmmm I bet there's more to their technique
      • 3 Years Ago
      Schwing!
      • 3 Years Ago
      if this one still has the good handling of the normal R8 it will be a bomb on the racetrack....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do so many people here think horsepower just grows on trees?? Do any of you know the amount of labor, careful calculations, endless dyno tests and blown test engines needed to come up with a 700+ hp motor that can comfortably provide your daily commute and still shred tarmac when needed?
      www.venaproreviewstruth.com/
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love all the comments about the Phantom. My single favorite aircraft to date. The USAF still uses them for training purposes w/ foreign fighter pilot courses, and sadly, as drones to shoot down. Germany has made use of the plane long after we phased it out of mission status. And to whoever mentioned it's dogfight abilities, you're correct. The F4 was a force to be reckoned w/ if flown properly. Man, they sure don't make them like they used to.

      The car is pretty sweet, too.
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