The PPI Audi R8 Razor GTR, which was delivered to professional skier Jon Olsson just this year, is now being offered for sale. The one-off Audi R8 – a carbonfiber beauty -- is one of the strangest and exciting R8s to have ever been built. An acquired taste for something more extreme is the reason that Olsson gave in a short blog post where he announced that this car is available.
He said that he made this decision after having missed the build process and after visiting the Ascari race track. It’s strange since the R8 is already a very extreme vehicle. PPI, which is the tuning firm that built this special model, pushed the R8′s V10 engine to deliver over 600 hp.
Admittedly, cars such as the Lamborghini Aventador have a higher output but then, you’d have to consider that it weighs 3472 lbs. On the other hand, the PPI Audi R8 Razor GTR weighs only 1,320. This is nearly 500 lbs lighter than a Smart ForTwo. To achieve this, PPI and Olsson replaced nearly everything with carbonfiber. It took a lot of time and about €300,000 of parts and labor to make this incredible hypercar with an abundance of overall luxury.
Audi revealed that the R8 model is slated to lead the brand’s lineup. This is because in addition to showing new features on the brakes, interior, and exterior, and being fitted with the S-tronic transmission, this high-performance sports car has become more dynamic compared to the previous version. Two styles of the body will be offered for the R8 range which is the Spyder and the Coupe.
Meanwhile the V8 engine that powers the R8 is capable of delivering output at 316 kW (430 hp) with peak torque, available from 4,500 rpm and up to 6,000 rpm, at 430 Nm (317.15 lb.-ft.). When paired with the S-tronic transmissions, the R8 Coupe can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) in 4.3 seconds with maximum speed measured at 300 km/h (186.41 mph). In fact with the S-tronic 7-speed transmission, the acceleration is better by 0.3 seconds.
This is not the only enhancement as with the same transmission, CO2 emissions rating is at 22 g/km (35.41 g/mile), making the emissions lower by 0.9 liters for every 100 km. For the new R8, the top model is the R8 V10 Plus capable of delivering output of 404 kW (550 hp) and peak torque of 540 Nm (398.28 lb.-ft.). With the S-tronic, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.14 mph) is within 3.5 seconds while boasting a maximum speed of 317 km/h (196.97 mph).
However this particular version will only be offered as a Coupe. Still, as a result of the brand using ultra-lightweight construction, even when fitted with manual transmission, curb weight stands at 1,570 kg (3,461.26 lbs.). The R8 V10, when fitted with the S-tronic, has a maximum speed of 314 km/h (195.11 mph) with standard acceleration achieved in 3.6 seconds.
This could be due to the output which is at 386 kW (525 hp) with peak torque, available at 6,500 rpm, of 530 Nm (390.91 lb.-ft.). Audi disclosed that all of the R8 models will be equipped with the all-LED headlights and the rear lights meanwhile serves as the introduction of the dynamic turn signals, another dynamic advancement. While the R8 models are equipped with the manual 6-speed transmission, the S-tronic 7-speed transmission fitted serves as replacement of the R-tronic transmission. These transmissions will be offered as standard for all the V10 models.
One feature of this dual-clutch fast-shifting transmission is that it has a launch control function that ensures that traction is optimized when the vehicle is started. Once started, the all-wheel quattro permanent drive system has a rear-axle bias, allowing for swift power delivery.