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Nissan Goes Airborne After Being Hit By An Audi R8 17
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Accidents, audi, Audi R8, Film, nissan, Offbeat News, UK, video on 01 17th, 2018


On New Year's Eve, an out-of-control Audi R8 rear-ended a parked Nissan in Bradford, West Yorkshire, launching it off the ground.
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David Vs. Goliath: Audi RS3 Sedan Dares To Take On The R8 V10 Spyder 10
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, audi rs3, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, video on 01 10th, 2018


The Audi RS3 Sedan, no matter how competent it might be, couldn’t possibly stand a chance against a genuine supercar like the R8 V10 Spyder in a drag race, right?

On paper, the R8 has a huge advantage, thanks to its 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 that delivers 540hp and 398lb-ft (540Nm) of torque to the ground.

The official 0-60mph (96km/h) sprint time is just 3.5 seconds, which is very impressive for the open-top version of Audi’s supercar, and flat out it will eventually reach 198mph (319km/h).

The brand’s challenger to the likes of the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and BMW M2, the RS3 Sedan, uses a 2.5-liter TFSI engine that makes 394hp and 354lb-ft (480Nm) of torque. That’s enough to propel it from zero to 60mph (96km/h) in 3.9sec and up to a top speed of 174mph (280km/h) with the optional Dynamic Plus package.

Of course, there’s also a huge price gap between the two, as the RS3 Sedan can be had from $54,900 in the US, the R8 Spyder comes at a cool $177,100.

Specs and price lists aside, the question is: does the RS3 have a fighting chance against the R8? Scroll down and watch the video to find out.

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Watch A Mercedes E63 AMG Estate Race A Porsche 911 And Audi R8 6
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in Audi R8, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, Film, Mercedes E63 AMG, Mercedes Videos, Porsche Videos, Porsche-911, video on 01 6th, 2018


Last August, Doug DeMuro purchased a 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG for $44,000. The YouTuber claimed that the 520-horsepower (525 PS) wagon would become his daily driver and promised to do all sorts of fun things with the machine.

Well, he’s taken a break from reviewing cars, like the Tesla Model 3, which he called the coolest vehicle of 2017, to take his E63 AMG wagon to a drag strip.

DeMuro’s wagon was joined by an Audi R8 and a Porsche 911 at Atco Dragway in Atco, N.J. to see if the E63 AMG could keep up with them. While it certainly isn’t a sports car like the other two, the E63 AMG can get to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds, so it had more than a fighting chance against them.

On the other hand, the wagon may have more power than the R8 and the 911, but it’s heavier and compared to the R8’s all-wheel-drive layout and the 911’s rear-engine setup, is down on traction, as well. So, it wasn’t really surprising when (spoiler alert) the Merc lost a quarter-mile drag race against the R8. The times were pretty close though, with the E63 AMG wagon setting a time of 13.293 at 109.12 mph. The R8 was a little quicker, with 13.120 110.23 mph respectively.

DeMuro claimed that the Mercedes was in Eco Mode and in its comfort settings. The second time around, he chose the proper go-fast settings and things turned out better.

We won’t get into too much details, as that’s what the video’s for, so if you want to find out whether a super-estate can outrun bona-fide sports cars in a drag race, just click the play button.

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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Is Audi Killing Off The R8 In 2020? 22
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi RS4, Audi RS5, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi S6, Audi S7, Audi S8, Electric Vehicles, Hybrids, PHEV, Reports on 12 22nd, 2017


After giving it a deep thought financially, Audi reportedly have concluded that pulling the plug on the R8 is the best thing to do.

The news comes from Automobile magazine which says that the Germans will axe the R8 in 2020, when the successor of the current Lamborghini Huracan, which also shares its platform and engine with the R8, will come into the picture.We’ve reached out to Audi for a comment and will update this story when we hear back from them.

More worryingly, according to the same story, Audi have allegedly decided that the replacement of the R8 E-Tron is a no-go either. That’s not all, because plans for what should have become the brand’s hypercar, supposedly powered by four 1.2-liter Ducati bike engines, delivering 1000hp, and known internally as the Scorpion, have been shelved as well.

The new 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that powers the RS4 and RS5 is almost at its full potential too, which is apparently the 470PS (463hp) mark, or 20PS (20hp) more than the performance models mentioned above. However, it’s believed that a plug-in hybrid version will throw in an 116PS (114hp) electric motor, although it’s unclear yet which cars will adopt it.

Performance versions of the A6, A7, and A8 are just around the corner, and the RS6 and RS7 are expected to use the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that powers the Porsche Panamera Turbo and Bentley Continental GT, without any electrification. However, this report contradicts a previous one that gave insight into a more extreme version of the RS7, which should come with a PHEV powertrain, combining the aforementioned internal combustion unit with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack.

It’s not clear what will power the S6 and S7 versions, but we’re likely looking at a twin-turbo V6 petrol engine that should at least match the current models’ output of 450hp, whereas the new S8 might arrive with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 lump.

An RS version of the upcoming Q8 is also expected at the turn of the decade, possibly powered by the same 650PS (641hp) 4.0-liter twin-turbo found in the Lamborghini Urus.

The cherry on top of the cake is reportedly Audi’s own version of the Porsche Mission E, which is due in 2019, as a modern interpretation of the Audi Quattro with seating for five.

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Study Reveals Ideal Car For British Motorists And It’s A Mess 21
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi R8, Bentley, BMW 6-Series, Honda Civic Type-R, Hyundai i30, Lamborghini Gallardo, Lamborghini Urus, Renderings, Study, UK on 12 21st, 2017


If you could take any design cues you wanted from all your favorite cars and mash them together into something entirely new, what would that look like?

According to over 2,300 motorists who were polled on this issue, such a car would have the body of a Lamborghini Urus, Civic Type R alloys, an Alfa Romeo grille, Audi R8 doors, Gallardo spoiler, Hyundai i30 exhaust, BMW 6-Series lights and of course, a Bentley badge.

Which means that basically, it would be a very weird Bentley, one that also happens to be painted Electric blue, with a matte black roof and trim.

The survey was commissioned by webuyanycar.com, whose head of technical services, Richard Evans, still found something positive to say about the design.

“The final concept definitely still has a certain sporty edge though,” he stated, while adding that “we did expect two-seaters, convertibles and high-speed cars to prove more popular, so it was a surprise that larger shapes and more conventional features tended to top the poll.”

According to SWNS digital, the study also found that British motorists would gladly spend an additional £1,552 ($1,538) on average on upgrades, with a third of them loving the idea of having heated seats.

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Can We Have One Of These Audi R8 LMS GT4s, Please? 20
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in audi, Audi R8, Motorsport, racing on 12 20th, 2017


GT4 is rapidly growing into one of the hottest classes in motor racing, and Audi is officially getting in on the action this week with the delivery of the first examples of the new R8 LMS GT4.

Unveiled at the New York Auto Show this past fall, the R8 LMS GT4 is closely based on the road-going production model. In fact, Audi says the road and race versions share some 60 percent of components.

The other 40 percent are what transform this into a racer ready to take on the similarly prepared versions of the Porsche Cayman, Mercedes-AMG GT, BMW M4, and McLaren 570S (to name but a few).

The factory entered the R8 LMS GT4 in races at the Nürburgring for shakedown purposes. Now, as with the GT3-spec R8 LMS and TCR-spec RS3 LMS, it’s now up to the individual teams who’ve purchased the cars to enter them in races around the world.

A dozen vehicles represented the first batch to be delivered, with five cars going to the United States, one to Australia, and two each to teams in Asia, Germany, and the Netherlands. Look to see them in action early in the new year at events like the Dubai 24 Hours, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and the Bathurst 12 Hour race. The vehicle will also form the backbone of the Audi R8 LMS Cup that’s set to kick off its seventh season in March.

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Audi Launches Limited-Run R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition In Australia 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi R8, Australia, new cars, Reports on 12 13th, 2017


Australians love Audi Sport models and the German company has decided to reward local enthusiasts with 10 limited-edition R8 V10 Plus vehicles, dubbed the Neuberg Edition.

Named after Audi Sport’s home municipality in Germany, the Audi R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition is said to feature a number of distinctive elements to differentiate it from a ‘regular’ R8 V10 Plus. In reality, all of the ‘custom’ touches can be specced on any V10 Plus.

Nevertheless, the car comes equipped with gloss black 20-inch wheels, a gloss black engine cover and wing mirror caps, and the usually-optional high-gloss titanium exterior package. Locals will be able to select between a Tango Red, Mythos Black, Suzuka Grey or Daytona Grey exterior paint scheme.

Inside, Audi has equipped the model with black Alcantara, red accent stitching on the black nappa leather seats, aluminum door sills, and gloss carbon fiber inlays.

Customers of the R8 V10 Plus Neuberg Edition will also receive a gift box complete with a Samsung Galaxy S2 tab and Bang & OIufsen H6 headphones.

Local pricing starts at $402,500 ($303,444).

Note: Regular Audi R8 V10 Plus pictured.

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Audi R8 V10 Plus Vs McLaren 570S In Fight Of Everyday Supercars 12
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi R8, Audi Videos, Drag-Racing, mclaren, McLaren 570S, McLaren Videos, video on 12 12th, 2017


Both the Audi R8 and the McLaren 570, be it in S or GT version, are marketed by their manufacturers as combining supercar performance (and looks…) with everyday usability, which makes them natural rivals.

Before you give us your best guess regarding which one of these two cars is faster in a straight line, you should know how they stack up on paper.

The Audi R8 V10 Plus has bragging rights when it comes to power, sending 610 PS (601 HP) to all four wheels, together with 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque. The output and the grip should, naturally, give it an advantage off the line.

Then again, McLaren has been known to be a bit conservative when it comes to its models’ power output figures, and the 570S is already pretty impressive in that department with 570 PS / 562 HP and 600 Nm (442 lb-ft) of torque, according to the manufacturer.

Both cars can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, and max out upwards of 328 km/h (203 mph) – the Audi will actually do 330 km/h (205 mph) flat.

Thanks to Archie Hamilton Racing, we get to see the two supercars go at each other multiple times, from a standing start as well as from a roll. As for the winner, sorry, but there are no spoilers here; you’ll have to watch the video to find out.

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Should You Supercharge Your Audi R8? 9
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in audi, Audi R8, Audi Videos, reviews, tuning, video on 12 9th, 2017


If you find yourself having to “settle” for the non-Plus version of the current-generation Audi R8, adding VF Engineering’s VF800 bolt-on supercharger kit could make you feel a lot better.

As the system’s nomenclature suggests, you get a total of 800 crank HP on 91 octane fuel, making the car’s 540 stock horses a thing of the past. You also get 610 lb-ft (827 Nm) of torque.

As Matt Farah explains, these VF kits are designed to work on stock vehicles and unless you really put your foot down, you’ll hardly ever notice you’re driving a car with way more power than its manufacturer initially intended for it to have.

To put it plainly, this R8 is really, really fast. Its Eaton TVS2300 3-lobe roots supercharger provides what the tuner calls “lag-free instant punch” from as little as 2,300 rpm. This upgrade is also reversible, and costs $29,995, on top of the car, of course.

After blasting his way through the canyons behind the wheel of this tuned Audi R8, Farah went on to call the car “incredibly fast”, yet “civil and refined.”

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Liberty Walk’s Audi R8 Spyder PURRs With New Wheels 3
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Liberty Walk, tuning, Wheels on 12 3rd, 2017


Whether you like them or detest them, it seems that Liberty Walk’s flashy upgrades are here to stay, with the latest example to receive them being an Audi R8 Spyder in Thailand.

The kit include the usual fender add-ons in addition to some front and rear modifications, and a new suspension. Apparently, the owner of this R8 Spyder wanted more, so he turned to Infinite Motorsport, a local PUR dealer, for a new set of rims.

After viewing the collection, he eventually chose the ‘Luxury Series I’ LX04, which are engineered from aerospace-grade 6061-T6 forged aluminum, in 9×19- and 12.5×20-inches size front and rear respectively. With an extended concave profile, the wheels are powder coated with a matte anthracite face and gloss anthracite lip and have a forged carbon composite center cap.

Despite gaining extra head-turning points, we’re not sure if these mods have in any way affected the performance of the Audi R8 Spyder, which needs 3.5 seconds for the 0-60 mph (96 km/h) acceleration in the 540 HP base version, and 3.2 seconds in the 601 HP Plus, both of which are powered by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10.

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FC Barcelona Players Awarded A Fleet Of Audis 1
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi Q7, Audi R8, audi rs3, Audi RS6, Audi SQ7, celebrities on 12 1st, 2017


Real Madrid players won’t be the only footballers cruising around in new Audis for the next 12 months, as rivals FC Barcelona have received exactly the same perk thanks to the German automaker’s sponsorship deal with the team.

Just like the stars of Real Madrid, those from FC Barcelona were allowed to choose a car from Audi’s expansive fleet of vehicles. Unsurprisingly, no less than 11 of the 25 players have opted for the Audi Q7, a couple of which selected the Q7 e-Tron Quattro while Andres Iniesta went for the SQ7 TDI.

Three of the squad’s stars, Gerard Pique, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi will be driving around in Audi RS6 Avant Performance models throughout 2018. Joining the Audi Sport family at FC Barcelona are five RS3 Sportbacks, a R8 V10 Plus Coupe, and a R8 V10 Spyder.

In a scene strikingly similar to the handover event for Real Madrid, FC Barcelona players were also exposed to the carmaker’s motorsport prowess. While those from Real Madrid jumped into a Formula E simulator, their cross-country rivals went for passenger laps in the Audi R8 LMS and Audi RS3 LMS.

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Audi Delivers A Selection Of Vehicles To Real Madrid Players 24
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in audi, Audi Q7, Audi R8, Audi RS6, Audi RS7, Audi SQ7, Audi Videos, celebrities, video on 11 24th, 2017


In what has become a yearly tradition for Real Madrid players, these extremely talented footballers have just taken delivery of a host of new vehicles from team sponsor Audi.

Given free rein to choose from Audi’s fleet, no less than 14 players opted for the ever-popular Q7, three of which selected the Q7 e-tron quattro variant while one player, Kiko Casilla, picked up the keys to an SQ7 TDI.

Beyond the rather mundane Q7, some players did opt for Audi Sport models, four of which set to drive RS6 Avant Performance models for the next 12 months. A further two players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, will be rocking up to practice in their RS7 Sportbacks.

Other RS models picked by certain Real Madrid players include an R8 Spyder V10 and two RS5 Coupes, like the red one pictured here, chosen by winger Lucas Vazquez.

While attending the delivery event, a handful of players also had the chance to take a virtual test drive in the Audi e-tron FE04, the German manufacturer’s Formula E racer set to make its debut at the season opener in Hong Kong on December 2-3.

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Audi R8 Spyder Is Even More Enjoyable Than The Coupe 24
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi Videos, reviews, video on 11 24th, 2017

The Audi R8 appears to have it all: stunning looks, great interior and a fabulous 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine shared with the Lamborghini Huracan.

If you’d rather enjoy open-top motoring, then instead of the Coupe you’ll go for the Spyder version, which works very well as an everyday driver, as CarBuyer pointed out in their review of the base, 540 HP version.

Inside, everything feels very familiar, as most controls come from other Audis. There are some very good quality materials, standard equipment is generous and it includes the virtual cockpit as well, and you also get enough storage spaces for a car in this segment.

Take it out for a short spin and you will find that it simply grips to the road, has impressive amounts of power and a great gearbox. Moreover, with the roof up, the R8 Spyder is almost as relaxing to drive as the Coupe.

Still, there are some downsides with the £140,000 ($185,778) German supercar, such as the interior, which doesn’t feel that special, the steering isn’t as sharp as you would expect and the brake pedal is too mushy.

You can find the rest about Audi’s open-top supercar by hitting the “play” button in the video that follows right after the jump.

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The Audi R8 V10 Plus Truly Is An All-Season Supercar 23
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in audi, Audi R8, Audi Videos, video on 11 23rd, 2017


Most supercars get locked away for the winter and often fall too, but not this Audi R8 V10 Plus, which shows that it can handle the snow easily, almost as good as one of its iconic predecessors, the Quattro.

However, while the Quattro was rally-bred, the R8 is a 21st century supercar, and one of the few in this class that can be used as a daily driver without massive compromises.

Filmed at the foot of the Tatra Mountains in Zakopane, Poland, the following video depicts the German supercar in a beautiful landscape, with the R8 V10 Plus being referred to as “a real winter warrior”.

If the footage has whet your appetite, then get ready to spend at least $164,900 for the base 540 HP R8 Coupe, and some $30,000 more for the range-topping V10 Plus that’s featured here and puts out no less than 602hp and 413lb-ft (560Nm) of torque.

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