Rumor: Audi R8 RS in the works

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 13, 2010

Although there are no official details regarding an addition to the R8 range, it appears that Audi is currently working on an RS version of its sports car. According to autoexpress, the new vehicle was spotted outside the Nurburgring test track in Germany wearing motorsport-sourced parts pointing to an even faster R8.

The car features motorsport-style stripes and an all-new ground-hugging front splitter and side skirts, a plastic engine cover and huge side air intakes, borrowed from the R8 LMS racing car.

Furthermore, the prototype features a new exhaust system found on the centre of the rear bumper (just like the Ferrari F430 Scuderia).

The kit was completed by the huge brakes. Regarding the power of the engine, no details are available but sources says that the new car could get a power boost of up to 600 hp.

The standard version of the Audi R8 5.2 FSI Quattro is powered by a 5.2-liter, ten-cylinder (V10) engine delivering 386 kW (525 hp) and 530 Nm (390.91 lb-ft) of torque.

It can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 3.9 seconds, to 200 km/h (124.27 mph) in 8.1 seconds, while the top speed achieved is 316 km/h (196.35 mph).

The R8 V10 with R tronic gets by on an average of 13.7 liters per 100 km (17.17 US mpg). Expect the new Audi R8 RS to be even faster, but not as fuel-efficient as the standard version!

Topics: audi, audi r8, sports car

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