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ABT-tuned Audi R8 V10 offers 630 horsepower

ABT Sportline’s latest project is aimed at the base Audi R8 model, specifically at its 5.2 liter V10 engine that produces 540 horsepower. The aftermarket company’s new power package enables the V10 engine to give out an extra 70 horsepower to its current output. With ABT’s power package, the R8 will be almost as powerful at the Plus trim, but will cost much less.

Though the tuner does not give specific details on how they gave the R8 an additional 70 horsepower apart from “optimizing the motor management”. What we can see is that the ABT Sportline gave the R8 a new set of forged black 19-inch alloy ER-F wheels, which are probably even lighter than the original set. But customers can choose even larger wheels, the 20-inch GR rims as an option.

If the new 610 horsepower engine is good enough for you to handle, you can bring your new R8 home with that. But ABT Sportline is glad to give your R8 more upgrades including a pair of body kits that are named “Street” and “Race”. These body kits come with a range of aero tweaks from the front skirt, the new rear panel and the rear skirt. For an extra powerful ride, ABT Sportline can give you a new stainless steel exhaust system that adds 20 horsepower. If you’re curious, this power upgrade costs €7,386, without installation. But there are a lot more than can be done.

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2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus builds up to a 204 mph top speed with its 610 hp engine

The second-gen Audi R8 V10 Spyder first made its debut at last year's New York Auto Show, where it was offered with a 540hp V10, not the 610hp version found in the R8 V10 Plus coupe. Now, what better way to experience summer driving season than enjoying it with the newly revealed fastest series production convertible ever coming from Audi, the R8 Spyder V10 Plus.

Akin to its fixed metal roof predecessor, the soft-top Spyder Plus is armed with Ingolstadt's most potent series-production engine, a naturally aspirated 5.2 L V10 that produces 610hp (449 kW) and 413 lb-ft (560 Newton-meters) of torque. Made possible due to a boost in power compared to the non-Plus model, the German marque's range topping convertible can zoom from 0-62 mph (0-100 kph), needing only 3.3 seconds, thus it is three tenths of a second faster compared to the non-Plus model. The Spyder R8 Convertible's top speed increased by 6 mph (10 kph) to a superb 204 mph (328 kph).

The upgraded performance not only was made possible by its improved engine, but also due to decreased weight as Audi decided to cut back 55 lbs (25 kg) off the convertible compared to its "lesser" model, producing a dry weight of around 3,498 lbs (1,587 kg). Built at Audi's Bollinger Hofe factory, the super cars are largely handmade so customization choices are likely limitless. The German marque offers an array of 11 colors, but interested consumers are free to choose any color in the visible spectrum, and matte or gloss finishes can also be opted.

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2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder has a base price of $175,100 in the US

If you are living in the United States and you’re raring to own a 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder, then you should prepare at least $176,350 ($175,100 in retail price plus tax, title, and registration) to have a piece of this splendid roadster from the German premium carmaker.

At this pricing, the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder would be between $20,000 and $30,000 more expensive than a comparable rival -- the upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT -- in terms of power. It is also around $10,000 more expensive than the base version of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 coupe. Compared to the previous model, the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder -- at 4,426 mm (14.5 feet) in length and 1,940 mm (6.4 feet) in width -- is around 14 mm (0.6 in) shorter and around 36 mm (1.4 inches) wider than its predecessor. Its height and wheelbase, however, are still the same at 1,244 mm (4.1 feet) and 2,650 mm (8.7 feet), respectively.

The front end of the 2017 Audi R8 V10 Spyder is distinguished by a large yet low-height Audi Singleframe. Its honeycomb radiator grille is connected to the wedge-shaped headlights through sculptural surfaces. As standard, the headlights feature 37 LED units, although laser lighting – as marked by a blue anodized strip -- is offered as an option.

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2017 Audi R8 Spyder V10 with 540hp output stuns at the 2016 New York Auto Show

Behold the latest iteration of the Audi R8 Spyder. The new 2017 Audi R8 Spyder features the standard Audi virtual cockpit that displays relevant information in high-resolution 3D graphics on a 12.3-inch monitor. Drivers could choose among three screen views: classic, infotainment and performance.

When performance view is selected, the monitor displays various information about the operation of the Audi R8 Spyder like power output, torque, oil and tire temperatures as well as lap times and g-forces. Moreover, drivers could customize the displays around the speedometer and rev counter to suit their preferences.

Thanks to a lightweight construction involving carbon fiber components, the new 2017 Audi R8 Spyder features a dry weight of just 1,612 kg (3,553.9 lbs), bringing the power-to-weight ratio to 3.19 kg (8.6 lbs) per hp. This is greatly helped by the new Audi Space Frame (ASF) that employs the multi-material construction principle.

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Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm is the place where the German manufacturer builds the A4, A5, A8, Q7 as well as the R8 supercar. On Friday, things were changed as Audi moved the R8 production in the Böllinger Höfe industrial park, which is located just six kilometers from the main plant in Neckarsulm.

According to Audi, the Böllinger Höfe site covers 23 hectares, which is just a quarter of the total area of the plant located in Neckarsulm. Audi R8 production got underway in the new site on August 25, three weeks after the last R8 came off the production line at the Neckarsulm plant.

The expansion is part of Audi’s 22 billion euros investsment around the world by 2018 and according to the press release, half of these money will be invested in the facilities located in Germany. In addition, 650 million euros will be invested each year at Neckarsulm.

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The 2014 Audi R8, which is priced from $119,150, is now on sale. This refreshed model is available at dealerships together with the Audi R8 V10 Plus that’s priced at $174,795. Prices are inclusive of a $1250 destination fee and $3000 gas guzzler tax. The most significant change on the 2014 Audi R8 is probably the use of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, offered on both engines.

2014 R8 V10 Plus is capable of accomplishing the 0-62mph sprint 0.3 seconds quicker because of the new transmission. The 2014 Audi R8′s 4.2-liter V-8 can deliver 430 hp and 316 lb-ft of torque while the 5.2-liter V-10 has an output of 525 hp and 391 lb-ft. Opting for the R8 V10 Plus means that the buyer gets 550 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.

Audi R8 coupe can be equipped with the seven-speed transmission as an option but the buyer has to pay $9100 higher. Choosing this for the Spyder means that it costs $13,500 premium higher than the coupe. The most affordable R8 is a manual-transmission R8 V8 that has a price tag of $119,150.

Read the entire article 2014 Audi R8 Facelift goes on sale with a price tag of $119,150

Audi considers the R8 to be the pinnacle of its model range. It is available with three separate engine variants: the R8 V8, the R8 V10 and the R8 V10 Plus. The high performance sports car has been given several improvements, making it offer more power and dynamism than in the past.

It now features a recently developed seven-speed S tronic transmission that aided in the improvement of its 0-60mph acceleration time by 0.3 seconds of the R8 V10 Plus. The Audi R8 performs much better due to the new seven-speed S tronic double-clutch transmission. Furthermore, the new S tronic transmission resulted to smoother shifts, making driving even more comfortable. The new R8 V10 Plus, which is at the top of the range, has an output of 550hp and 398 lb.-ft. of torque.

It features the S tronic, which enables the car to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and to hit a top speed of 196 mph. It weighs about 100 lbs. lower than the R8 V10 because of its carbon fiber side blades, front splitter, rear diffuser, spoiler; a smaller fuel tank; manual Alcantara® seats and ceramic brakes. The Audi R8 received several aesthetic adjustments to improve the design. Several of the most obvious revisions are the recently structured LED headlights that are available as standard on all models.

Read the entire article 2014 Audi R8 is ready to hit the US market

In a red chrome tone, the Spyder ABT R8 GT S is truly a sight to behold at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show. A contrast is offered by the middle section of the car with extensive use of carbon seen from the bonnet to the rear wing.

When the car was being designed, the Motorsport Department of ABT Sportsline focused on weight reductions and the perfect distribution of weight.

The cabrio is clearly one of the fastest existing vehicles as it has dynamic carbon inlays at the side and on the covers of engine and convertible-top. The front skirt, rear skirt, windscreen frame cover, red air scoops, engine bonnet or even the mirrors are not just design.

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Audi of America announced today that it will show up, for the first time ever, at the SEMA Show. The German manufacturer said that it will bring six vehicles at SEMA, and among these we will see the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak and the Audi R8 Custom Spyder by STaSIS Engineering.

The Audi R8 Custom Spyder by STaSIS Engineering features a supercharged 5.2-liter V10 engine delivering 710 hp, but will also show a new body kit. Regarding the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak, a demonstration of the vehicle will take place on November 2, just outside the North Hall. (More details to follow).

So, if you are attending this year’s SEMA Show, make sure you visit Audi’s booth, which will be located in the Mobile Electronics Area of the Las Vegas Convention Center's North Hall, Booth 11245.

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Audi’s British segment revealed that the new generation 4.2-litre V8 FSI petrol engine has been added to the R8 Spyder range, which already has the 5.2-litre V10 FSI variant in its lineup.

The new unit meets EU5 emissions standards with the use of a new recuperation system that saves energy during coasting and braking. It offers an increased 430 PS output (formerly 420PS), with a maximum torque of 430Nm.

R8 Spyder 4.2 FSI Quattro, equipped with both the standard six-speed manual transmission and the optional six-speed S tronic automated manual, can accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h) in only 4.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 186 mph (300 km/h).

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Driving a convertible will never be the same again with the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro. The new convertible from Audi features a lightweight construction that utterly improves the dynamics and performance of the new car. The new R8 Spyder’s core is a powerful V10 engine. Its power output is rated at 385 kW, equivalent to 525 horsepower.

This amazing power is responsible for the R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro’s record-breaking acceleration. Press down to the accelerator’s limit, and you’ll experience the smooth acceleration from zero to 313 km/h or 194.49 mph in just 4.1 seconds! The new monster from Audi has all the technologies to make a truly distinctive and impressive car -- the Audi Space Frame (ASF), quattro permanent all-wheel drive, full-LED headlights, for instance, as well as an optional seatbelt microphone.

Take a look at the design for the new R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro, and you’ll be amazed. The front portion of the R8 Spyder features a chrome-and-black theme. Black is featured in the nose air inlets and front skirt lip. On the other hand, the single-frame grille and its struts have been adorned with chrome finishing. There’s even a distinctive artistic approach evident in the design of the full-LED headlights.

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For many years, the internet has been making noise about a new Audi R8, and recent reports said that Audi will finally introduce an entry level R8 that will be equipped with a biturbo 2.9 liter V6 engine at the upcoming 2018 New York Auto Show. But apparently, all that was just a false alarm. In an interview between Road and Track and an Audi spokesperson, it was revealed that the R8 is not getting a V6 engine.

For quite some time now, the automaker did mention that the company is planning on installing a new V6 like that of the RS5 Coupe and RS4 Avant, in a cheaper R8 version, just below the V10 version. To further support that statement, there was a roadmap that was revealed around two years ago showing that the V6 powered R8 will be launched in 2018.

We do think that the automaker really planned on building one, but they had probably changed their mind and decided that they would instead keep the V10 model that produces 540 horsepower as the base version of the mid-engined supercar.

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Exactly one year ago on March 6th, Lamborghini decided to finally reveal the Huracan Performance at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. This year, the automaker decided to get rid of the coupe’s roof for the same event that is held yearly in Switzerland. The Spyder pretty much has everything you would want in the fixed roof model, but only this model can pull off this type of body style, with the open top.

Even with the company’s same Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attiva (ALA), the soft top Spyder has not been hampered in any way. The reason for the ALA is for it to create the sleekest body possible and consequently boost performance. The droptop Huracan also borrowed the coupe’s revised four-wheel drive system, along with an upgraded suspension and the optimized stability control.

Aside from that, Lamborghini’s engineers gave the droptop a lot of forged carbon fiber bits to cut down a total of 35 kilograms (77 pounds) over the standard Huracan Spyder, while also fiddling with its steering. The model now weighs 1,507 kilograms (3,322 pounds) when dry - distributed 43:57 front/rear. The fabric roof can then be lowered at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour (50 kilometers per hour).

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Have you ever thought about how awesome it would be to have a 2018 TVR Griffith Spyder? Well, now it won’t be farfetched. Barely a month after TVR unwrapped the much anticipated Griffith to the public, top-notch restyling service company E. Milano reimagined the classic two seater sports coupe into a more exciting convertible. The revision shows a sleeker exterior design by disregarding the C-pillar and windows from the original model—as you can see from the picture here. Despite the British manufacturer having revealed no plans of coming up with a new Spyder version, for sure, many will find this idea pretty interesting.

TVR, as we know, is an independent British company that makes high end sports car and it was once acclaimed as the third biggest specialized sports car maker in the world. E. Milano on the other hand has been renowned for its tagline---“raising the bar with every car” as the company offers services focusing on custom car body modifications from Italy. According to its website, it is no longer about owning a unique sports car, rather it’s about owning an exotic vehicle that drives and looks differently from all the rest of the exotic cars out there. Well, that proves a good point.

For those who want a little more information about the coupe, the new Griffith is a classic front-engined two seater bearing the British marque’s traditional design while differentiating itself from the usual retro styled models. With respect to its 70-year heritage, however, TVR retains some of the classic details evocative of its glorious past and combines it with the latest designs and technologies. By partnering with Gordon Murray and Cosworth, TVR introduces the new generation of Griffith in the market.

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After Mercedes-Benz introduced the Project One, the first street legal car with the Formula 1 powertrain, wouldn’t you wonder what an F1 version of it would look? Well, maybe getting rid of the roof will help.

We do know that F1 drivers drive cars with no roof, not yet at least. So if you are into the current design of the Project One, you will love it as a Spyder.

Now, thanks to E Milano for rendering the Project One for us. Parked on what looks like someone’s garage, the Project One looks like it is ready to hit the race track anytime.

Read the entire article Would a Project One Roadster from Mercedes-AMG work?

Finally, Audi Sport takes the cover off the R8 V10 RWS at the dawn of 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The long awaited rear-wheel drive R8 is here, and as the newest addition to the supercar's range, the automaker decided to only produce 999 units of the Coupe and the Spyder trims.

For the R8 V10 RWS, Audi had to get rid of the Quattro system to give way to the RWD layout, though the naturally aspirated V10 remains intact. Now, without the Quattro, the R8 loses as much as 50 kilograms (110 pounds) for the fixed roof model, while the droptop only loses 40 kilos (88 pounds). The 5.2 FSI V10 engine is mounted on the middle, where it produces the same 540 horsepower (397 kilowatts) and 540 Newton-metres (398 pound-feet) of torque as the all-wheel drive version of the R8. This is why the RWD version lacks the rear wing of the more powerful Plus model. The R8 is better known for an extreme track day more than just cruising around Beverly Hills.

In terms of performance, the Coupe version can accelerate from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in only 3.7 seconds - that makes it two tenths of a second faster than the R8 with the Quattro system. The Spyder, on the other hand, can finish the task in 3.8 seconds, considering that it is slightly heavier. It is still 0.2 seconds faster than its AWD sibling. The R8 Coupe version can still go off to a maximum of 198.8 miles per hour (320 kilometers per hour), while the Spyder does it in 197.6 miles per hour (318 kph), same as its Quattro counterpart.

Read the entire article The rear-wheel drive 2018 Audi R8 V10 RWS is finally here, with less weight too

A lot of us are very excited for the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show scheduled to take place in a few weeks. We’re all psyched up to see what cars will debut, which concepts we will see, and what surprises will be in store for us. Here is one thing though, reports suggest that Audi may have something very exciting for the IAA. It’s perfectly timed too as this show is organized to happen only once every two years, alternating with the Paris Motor Show.

There have been earlier news which said that Audi will finally be introducing the production version of the RS4 Avant as a replacement for the RS5 Coupe. Both models come with the same biturbocharged 2.9 liter V6 engine, giving out as much as 450 horsepower and 443 pound feet (600 Newton metres) of torque, paired with an eight speed automatic that gives power to the Quattro all-wheel-drive setup - just like the first ever RS5 Sportback.

Since they will be carrying the same engine, expect the RS4 Avant to perform just like its two-door sibling, except it might take a little longer when doing the 0 to 62 mile per hour sprint) 100 kilometers per hour because of its weight. The RS5 Coupe does the sprint in 3.9 seconds, so the RS4 Avant may hit 62 mph in 4 or 4.1 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour). This can be pushed even further to a maximum of 174 mph (280 kph) with the dynamic package.

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Following the premiere of the Q8 Concept in January, Audi has finally registered the Q8 at the EUIPO. The automaker from Ingolstadt has recently also filed a trademark application for an RS model. Registered under vehicles and means of transport, Audi appears to be focused on increasing its SUV portfolio even after the Q2’s recent launch. EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) officials are now examining the RS Q8 application.

To those who still could not believe that a new RS badged-SUV is already brewing, it can be recalled that Stephan Winkelmann, Audi Sport’s chief has previously confirmed that more SUVs will be receiving the RS badge in the coming years. Concerning the future of Audi Sport, Winkelmann had also said that the SUVs should have other important aspects as well such as safety, quality and comfort.

Due to the growing market for high performance SUVs, Audi it seems is only doing what is reasonable and that is by fulfilling the demands of their consumers, regardless if the R8 Supercar is more in demand according to their own studies.

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How would an Audi R8 look like when it is transformed into an extreme off-road vehicle? Essentially, that would mean fitting the Audi R8 with a number of off-road features and equipment, including massive wheels, frontal protection, fog lights and wider fenders. But imagining an off-road version of the Audi R8 isn’t the easiest thing to do; it’s good that a visual designer named Mo Aoun saved us the trouble.

Transforming the Audi R8 into an off-road specialist may seem far-fetched. However, such an idea isn’t really new as there were already a number of renderings that transformed sports cars and luxury coupes into off-road vehicles. Likewise, the idea of rendering an Audi R8 into something else isn’t entirely new for Mo Aoun, as this visual designer already has a wide portfolio of renderings. In fact, MoAoun could be remembered for rendering a Mercedes G-Class, a Tesla Model X and Rolls-Royce Ghost.

As for the off-road rendering of Audi R8, it looks like a confident unit ready to take part in the Baja 1000 race. The Audi R8 off-roader – wrapped in a scarlet-like color finish -- boasts of having twice the overall height of a typical R8, thanks to its giant tires and its suspension system – all attributes of an off-road vehicle. This suspension system – as well as the massive tires -- was also responsible for giving this Audi R8 off-roader a huge ground clearance.

Read the entire article Mo Aoun creates rendering of extreme off-road vehicle inspired by the Audi R8

June 11 is an important date for Audi and its enthusiasts. You have all probably heard something about the 2018 Audi A8 (D5) that people have been anticipating for the longest time. Though the A8 took the spotlight that day, the company also announced some pretty exciting things for other models in their lineup.

Audi Sport will be adding a number of Performance Parts the current TT and the R8 models. These upgrades range from exterior and interior design, to the suspension and exhaust system. The great thing about this is that you can just hand over your current ride, and they’ll do the work for you; there is no need to buy a new car.

One of the few upgrades would be the new sport brake linings that are of better quality compared to the original ones, they take longer to fade and can work with both the steel and ceramic brakes. These linings will be paired with titanium carrying plates, which will reduce about 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram). For the TT RS, the company can fit in steel front brake discs with your choice of cooling kits - all of them are compatible with the standard trim, and the higher TTS and TT RS trims.

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