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Archive for the ‘Audi R8’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 LMS GT3

Audi is one of the most successful manufacturers in the highly-popular GT3 arena which attracted most of the world’s top manufacturers since the class debuted in 2006. The German manufacturer rolled out an update for its second-generation R8 LMS which promises to build on an already strong base.

PostHeaderIcon Is Audi Bringing a Race-Spec Version of The R8 To Paris?

Audi Sport has released a mysterious teaser of a car that looks like the R8 supercar. Audi didn’t confirm that it’s the facelifted version of the supercar so if it’s not that, this model sitting underneath the sheets could be a race car based on the R8. The facelifted R8 is expected to arrive later this year so it’s possible that this model could serve as a preview of what we can look forward to when the new R8 debuts. There are no specific details about the car other than Audi’s plan to show the model at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. We’ll know more then.

PostHeaderIcon Next-Gen Audi Supercar Could be an All-Electric, 1,000-Horsepower Monster

The arrival of the Audi PB18 E-Tron has opened the floodgates on surrounding the R8’s future. The latest whispers indicate that while the R8 will not return for a third generation, the name will soldier on as part of an all-electric supercar that will have as much as 1,000 horsepower at its disposal. There’s no timetable for the electric supercar’s release as the current R8 is just about to start its mid-cycle refresh. If the R8 E-Tron happens “again,” it’s unlikely to arrive at least until the next decade, possibly around 2022.

PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 GT

The second-generation Audi R8 is about to receive its mid-cycle facelift. We’ve already seen prototypes on public roads, and it seems that the Germans have prepared big changes for the facelift. It also seems that Audi is working on a higher performance version of the R8, possibly a successor to the GT model.

Although it has yet to confirm such a model, a new R8 GT makes sense given the fact that the second-gen supercar has yet to spawn any special editions yet. The original GT was discontinued back in 2013, while the LMX was produced in 2014 only. It’s been four years since Audi offered anything above the R8 Plus, so it’s about time the German brand gave the supercar a performance bump. A beefed-up R8 could arrive in 2019, but until we find out more about that, let’s take a closer look at what upgrades it may get.

Continue reading to learn more about the Audi R8 GT.

PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 Spyder

The second-generation Audi R8 was launched in 2015 and, despite rumors that it may be discontinued, the supercar will live on for at least a few more years. The facelifted version of the R8 coupe was spotted on public roads back in March, and now the Spyder model surfaced with similar updates.

While notable changes make sense for a mid-cycle refresh, word has it that the Spyder in out latest shots could be more than just a facelift. Audi may be working on a beefed-up version of the supercar that could carry an “RS” or “GT” badge. With the nameplate likely to go into the history books in a few years, the Germans might be looking to give it a proper send-off with a more aerodynamic and powerful version. Unfortunately, Audi is still mum on the details, so we won’t know for sure until the company spills the beans or the camo comes off. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what the updated R8 Spyder might bring to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Audi R8 Spyder.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition

The Audi R8 has had no shortage of special editions, and like clockwork, the German automaker is presenting a new limited edition model called the Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition. Limited to just five models, the Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition packs plenty of upgrades spread throughout the whole car. There are new aero bits, improved suspension, and an exclusive body kit that no other R8 model, past or present, has worn. There will only 44 units of the Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition produced, including five models allocated for the U.K. market.

PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: Jay Lenos Garage: Audi R8 V10 RWS

As Jay Leno puts it, the Audi R8 V10 RWS isn’t a flashy car, really, and it’s a huge improvement over the Audi sports cars of the past. Unlike the other versions of the Audi R8, it was made specifically for rear wheel drive. Less than 400 were destined for the United States with the remaining examples of the limited edition car being spread across the rest of the world’s markets. What’s even cooler, however, is the engine placed behind the rear seats is the same engine that’s used in Audi’s race car. Of course, it’s tuned down a bit to 540 horsepower and 399 pound-feet of torque, but that’s enough for a 3.7-second sprint to 62 mph. It tops out at just 199 mph. Of course, there’s so much more to the R8 V10 RWS, so check out this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage to learn all about it.

PostHeaderIcon Will Audi Replace The R8 With An EV Supercar Powered By A Solid-State Battery?

In case you hadn’t heard, the so-called “EV Revolution” is currently underway, bringing the heat to internal combustion with crazy torque and power levels. However, there are still a few ways in which traditional powerplants best their battery-driven rivals, but that might all change if Audi follows through on its research into solid-state batteries.

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PostHeaderIcon Audi Shoots Down Rumors That It’s Developing a V-6 R8

Pew! Pew! Pew! That’s the sound of Audi taking aim at rumors that it’s developing an entry-level, V-6-powered R8. The German automaker quickly responded to rumors of such a car, dismissing it as nothing more than a rumor. Word of the possibility of an R8 V-6 spread quickly on rumors that Audi was considering adding new options for its supercar in time for its mid-life cycle. The company immediately responded by saying it wasn’t true, leaving plenty to wonder if the recently launched R8 RWS is the only new R8 that’s on the table.


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“There is no V-6 planned for the R8.”

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? Only a few days after rumors of a V-6-powered R8 were reignited, the German automaker quickly responded by bringing out the water hose. According to an Audi spokesperson who spoke to Road & Track, a V-6-powered R8 isn’t happening. In his own words, the spokesperson said: “there is no V-6 planned for the R8.” So, there you have it. The entry-level, Audi R8 V6 isn’t arriving anytime soon, if it even does in the first place.

Now that it’s clear, we can safely assume that the entry-level R8 will remain the 540-horsepower, V-10 model. The R8 V10 RWS will slot in as the new trim option, offering prospective customers the chance to enjoy the thrill of the supercar with a rear-wheel drive setup as opposed to the company’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The 610-horsepower R8 V10 Plus will also retain its place as the range-topping model.


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“According to Audi, the current R8 still has a long life ahead of it”

It’s important to note here that just because an Audi spokesperson shot down the rumors of a V-6 R8, it doesn’t mean Audi never considered building one. After all, the talk of a V-6-powered R8 stretches back a few years when Roland Schala, the car’s technical lead, told Top Gear that the V-6 engine is the perfect engine for a car like the R8. Then, in 2016, a reported future product lineup showed a V-6 R8 that was being targeted for a 2018 launch.

But as they say, the industry evolves on a daily business. Yesterday’s news is today’s gossip, and it seems that we’re dealing with that with all these rumors of a V-6 R8. So, if you were looking to score an R8 before the current-generation model runs its course, the most affordable version remains the $165,450 R8 V10. Don’t worry; there’s still time to save up for the car because, according to Audi, the current R8 still has a long life ahead of it. Just don’t wait too long to get one because it’s unlikely that a third-generation model is happening. At least that comes straight from Audi itself.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder.


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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi R8 RWS.


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PostHeaderIcon The Audi R8’s Facelift will Include a New Entry-Level Model with the Same 2.9-liter V-6 Found in the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS5

While the future of the next-generation Audi R8 is in question, the current version of the supercar is getting a major update soon, and it’s packing a number of major changes. One of the biggest changes is the addition of a new entry-level version, one that will be powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. Incidentally, this is the same powertrain that’s currently being used by the Audi RS4, RS5, and the Porsche Panamera.


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“If this does end up being the R8’s last hurrah, Audi is doing a decent job in making the supercar more affordable to the masses.”

If this does end up being the R8’s last hurrah, Audi is doing a decent job in making the supercar more affordable to the masses. Putting a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 in the R8 isn’t just about offering a new version of the supercar to consumers, it’s also giving more opportunities for those who can’t afford the V-10 models to get their hands on an R8.

A new V-6 unit is also an interesting turn of events for a car whose current generation has exclusively used V-10 engines. Remember, Audi offered the first-generation R8 with a V-8 engine, but that option was removed for the second-gen model because of what Audi execs described as a combination of high costs of updating it to meet future emissions standards and concerns in markets where road tax is tied into a car’s engine capacity. But, now that the future of the R8 is in doubt, Audi appears to be giving the facelifted model one last hurrah with a V-6 version, stretching it deeper into the sports car segment where more potential customers await.


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“If the V-6 engine, which Audi co-developed with Porsche, does become a reality for the facelifted R8, expect it to carry more power compared to the 434-horsepower and 405-output of the Porsche Panamera 4S”

If the V-6 engine, which Audi co-developed with Porsche, does become a reality for the facelifted R8, expect it to carry more power compared to the 434-horsepower and 405-output of the Porsche Panamera 4S. The R8’s status as a sports car means that with a few subtle tweaks, including the possibility of improved boost, it could generate output in the vicinity of 500 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, enough to solidify its presence in a sports car segment where rivals like the Jaguar F-Type and Mercedes-AMG GT await. Chalk that up as a possibility since Audi execs have told Autocar that the V-6 engine will come with more than one power output, opening the door for a lot of possibilities as it relates to a V-6-powered Audi R8.

It’s still unclear why Audi is reportedly heading down this path, but it could be tied into the future of the R8 now that there are questions on whether a next-gen model is in the works. Remember, Audi also just launched a rear-wheel drive version of the V10 model, called the R8 RWS, which could be another sign that the German automaker is giving the people more variety of the German sports car to expand its reach before eventually heading into the sunset. The launch of a V-6 version also plays into that thinking.


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“Regardless of what happens, the R8’s days are actually numbered”

Regardless of what happens, it’s becoming clear that, if the R8’s days are actually numbered, Audi is doing its part to make sure that it goes out with a bang.

References

Audi R8


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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder.


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Read more Audi news.

PostHeaderIcon Think VW Killing the Beetle Was Bad? Wait Until You Realize the Audi R8 Is Discontinued too!

The Audi R8 doesn’t appear to have a bright future beyond its current version. While nothing has been confirmed yet, Audi’s R&D boss, Peter Mertens, admitted that the German automaker has made no plans for a direct replacement for the range-topping supercar. The lack of commitment from Audi, coupled with investments the company is making in diversifying its own portfolio, points to an uncertain future for the ground-breaking R8 that put the company on the supercar map.


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“It’s hard to imagine an Audi being able to match wits and capabilities with the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world, and yet, the R8 has done just that.”

This is one of those times when you’re greeted with a story that is surprising on the surface, but not really shocking when you start to think about it. For what it’s worth, the Audi R8 lived up to all of Audi’s expectations. It brought the German automaker into the supercar market, and it’s been thriving there since. It’s hard to imagine an Audi being able to match wits and capabilities with the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of the world, and yet, the R8 has done just that.

But there is a time for that to end. Like every automaker in the business, Audi’s future is now being defined by expanding into hybrids and electric vehicles. As such, funds that normally go to a halo car like the R8 are now being diverted into more important segments. That’s probably one of the reasons why there have been no internal discussions regarding a replacement for the current-generation R8.


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“The good news is that just because the R8’s future is now in question, that doesn’t mean Audi’s going to stop building cars that can live up to its legacy”

The good news is that just because the R8’s future is now in question, that doesn’t mean Audi’s going to stop building cars that can live up to its legacy. Mertens admitted that, in addition to hybrids and EVs, Audi is still developing next-gen models that carry old-fashioned internal-combustion engines. Even better, all of these types will have fast and go-faster versions. “All three concepts will have a future,” he said. “There will be very traditional combustion-engine high-performance vehicles, pure battery-electric vehicles on the high-performance side, and our sister brand Porsche also very much proves with their plug-in hybrids that the combination of both is a fantastic answer as well.”

Unfortunately for fans of the R8, the supercar might be left out because of this new focus and strategy. Granted, plans and priorities could still change. The R8, as it is, has a few more years on its life so the narrative about its future could change in that time. But, from the looks of things, the R8’s status isn’t as much of a sure thing as it once was.

References

Audi R8


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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder.


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Read more Audi news.

PostHeaderIcon Saint Patrick’s Day Special – Check Out These Mean And Green Performance Machines

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, TopSpeeders! We hope all you out there are enjoying the holiday, but in the off-chance you forgot to wear green, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

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Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus


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Looks like Iron Man ditched the red and gold in favor of something a little more viridescent! Making the go in this special edition drop top Four Ring sports car is a Lambo-sourced V-10 power plant pumping out 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque, all of which hits the ground through a standard AWD system. A sprint to 60 mph takes just 3.3 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 204 mph.

Read our full review on the 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus.

2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3


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There’s just something so right about a lime green Lambo, don’t ya think? The wild aero, the shark nose, the speed slab stance – it all begs for something as head-turning as this hue we see here. The car in question is a race-ready iteration of the Huracan, sporting upgraded body panels that make more downforce and keep it all running nice and cool. It’s all-business, and bad as hell to boot.

Read our full review on the 2015 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

2018 McLaren 570GT In XP Green By MSO


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The here color might be a bit toned down compared to the above two sports cars, but the performance at play with this custom McLaren is nothing less than impressive. Mounted in the middle is a 3.8-liter V-8, which gets two turbos to help it produce upwards of 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the exterior color is a nod to the McLaren F1 XP GT Longtail from the late ‘90s. Guess it’s not so toned down after all.

Read our full review on the 2018 McLaren 570GT In XP Green By MSO.

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS


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Just released last month, the latest 911 GT3 RS is a beast of a machine. Aimed squarely at the track crowd, this Stuttgart superstar gets all the right stuff to kill the local lap record. Carbon bits and a stripped-down demeanor shave the weight, while as much as 520 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque slingshot it to 60 mph in just 3 seconds flat.

Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Because why not 🙂

2018 Audi R8 RWS


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Read our full review of the 2018 Audi R8 RWS or check out the gallery below for more awesome wallpapers depicting this beauty!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Because why not 🙂

2018 Audi R8 RWS


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Read our full review of the 2018 Audi R8 RWS or check out the gallery below for more awesome wallpapers depicting this beauty!

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Audi R8 RWS

Because why not 🙂

2018 Audi R8 RWS


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Read our full review of the 2018 Audi R8 RWS or check out the gallery below for more awesome wallpapers depicting this beauty!

PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 to Get the Axe in 2020

It’s been only two months since Audi discontinued the all-electric Audi R8 e-Tron, after only a couple of years on the market, and word has it that the gasoline-powered supercar is also scheduled to get the ax soon. A new report claims that Audi isn’t happy with the supercar’s slow sales and that it’s not planning to develop a replacement for the current model. This means that the R8 will be phased out in 2020, an event that will put an end to Audi’s only supercar to date after 14 years.


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“The R8 has yet to make a name for itself as a full-fledged supercar, and even though it was popular in its first years on the market, interest has decreased significantly in recent years”

That’s the word from Automobile, which claims to have information about the Audi Sport’s immediate future. While the performance division is looking to expand with new versions of the RS4 and RS5, as well as an RS Q8 SUV with underpinnings from the Lamborghini Urus, there won’t be an R8 beyond 2018. The outlet doesn’t into much detail but says that the new Lamborghini Huracan will no longer share its engine and chassis with the R8 because there won’t be a new Audi-badged supercar due to slow sales.

The second-generation R8 is only two years old, having been introduced in 2015. Unlike its predecessor, the new model came with a V-10 engine only (shared with the Huracan), while the entry-level V-8 was dropped from the lineup. Two V-12 versions are offered, one that’s as powerful as the Huracan (R8 V10 Plus) at 610 horsepower and 413 pound-feet and the base model with 540 horses and 398 pound-feet. Alongside the regular R8, Audi also launched an all-electric e-Tron version and a rear-wheel-driven variant.


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“Is a bit surprising that Audi doesn't even want to create a successor.”

If this rumor proves to be true, it will be far from surprising. The R8 has yet to make a name for itself as a full-fledged supercar, and even though it was popular in its first years on the market, interest has decreased significantly in recent years. On the other hand, it is a bit surprising that Audi doesn’t even want to create a successor. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the Germans have given up on this segment, but we probably won’t see a similar vehicle in the near future.

The bigger issue here is that the Audi R8 spawned quite a popular and successful race car. The R8 LMS is the number one choice for privateers in many GT3, and GT4 categories and its disappearance will probably leave a few gearheads disappointed. It wouldn’t be completely weird for Audi to keep the race car alive, but it remains to be seen if such a move is financially feasible without a road car.

References

Audi R8


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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8 Spyder.


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Read more Audi news.

PostHeaderIcon Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist

The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?

Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.

Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept


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I like how this turned out. You can clearly see elements of the modern DB11 in the front. The headlights, the front grille, and the hood are all straight out of the DB11. Meanwhile, the bumper is straight out of the DB5. It’s the same thing with the wheels. The rest of the body features a blend of the two vehicles. The upright windshield is a callback to the iconic Aston Martin but as the roof approaches the rear section, the shape takes a more streamlined turn, departing from the boxy look of the DB5. Overall, there’s good balance in this rendering. Both the DB11 and DB5 are well-represented and there shift from the design of one car to the other doesn’t feel forced.

Mercedes-AMG GT Retro Concept


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I’m not a fan of this one. This is what the Aston Martin DB11 Retro Concept avoided. I do appreciate the references to the AMG GT on the front, specifically the headlights and the front grille. What I didn’t like is how busy and front-heavy the car looks. The modern AMG grille already attracts a lot of attention, but when you add that long hood and the front bumper of the 300SL, the result is too many things happening in such a small space. The rest of the car looks great, especially the use of the 300SL’s side intakes. Shorten the length of the front hood and use the 300SL’s grille and this rendering could look a lot better.

Ford Mustang Retro Concept


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This one is a beauty. I love everything about it. I love that references were used on more than just two versions of the Mustang. I love that even with a big canvas to work on, the finished product still looks like a proper Mustang. The modern front end blends seamlessly with the old-school rear section. It’s the latter that really takes this rendering to another level. Those imposing fenders look like well-tuned traps, creating the look of a perfectly toned muscle car. The hood scoop is also a nice touch. Of all the renderings in this article, this is the one that stands out as something that I would love to see come to life.

Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept


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I’ll say this about the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept: no shame was spared in the rendering of this car. I can see a pocket of people who’d appreciate the use of design elements from the Type 57C. I just don’t think it works. The separate front bumpers look completely out-of-place on the Chiron-inspired front section. I wouldn’t have added them in the first place. Those intakes on the front would’ve been fine on their own. Leave it like that as opposed to adding front bumpers that don’t do anything aesthetically. As messy as that looks. the rear section is the real eyesore in this rendering. I’m sorry, but if you’re going to use the Chiron as the modern inspiration in this rendering, there’s no way the finished product works if you’re going to go old-school in the design of the rear section. Not only are those wheel covers aerodynamic hindrances, but they just look completely out-of-place in this kind of rendering. This one could’ve been a lot better if it wasn’t too ambitious.

Aud R8 Retro Concept


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I find the Audi R8 Retro Concept rendering to be the opposite of the Bugatti Chiron Retro Concept. There’s not enough here to make this rendering stand out. If you look real close, the only notable elements from the R8 are the side blades and the rear shape of the car. Every other bit is a mix of old-school Audi’s that make the rendering look like a convoluted mess. If you’re going to use the R8’s name to identify this retro concept, shouldn’t you have more noticeable references to the R8 in the rendering? It’s not the case here so I’m having trouble seeing anything that’s worth remembering.

Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept


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I like the Ford Mustang Retro Concept the best. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept is a close second. My only concern about this rendering is how the low the front end sits. It’s a little too close to the ground for my liking. Other than that, this rendering hits all the right spots, right down to the use of the LaFerrari’s front section and the cockpit-style interior. Combine that with the elegant length of the legendary Ferrari F40 and this creation hits all the right spots. It’s a Ferrari that I wouldn’t mind seeing on the road today.

Dodge Charger Retro Concept


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Ok, I’m changing my mind. The Ferrari LaFerrari Retro Concept gets bumped down to third place in my personal rankings of this list. The Ford Mustang Retro Concept slides into second and the Dodge Charger Retro Concept takes its place as the best of the lot. Look at it. Everything about it speaks muscle and performances, right down to the perfect design balance attributed to the Charger Daytona and the Plymouth Superbird. I’ve always been fascinated with these so-called “Wing Cars,” and to see them combined into one car is a sight to behold. This is the best rendering of the lot, and it’s not even close.

PostHeaderIcon Halloween Special – “Costumed” Cars

I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing Halloween as one of the best holidays ever. In addition to pumpkin carving and excessive amounts of candy consumption, it’s an excuse to dress up in costume, giving us one day out of the year to become whoever (or whatever) we want. Of course, sometimes, this charade continues regardless of what the calendar says, even in the automotive world. Indeed, there are many cars out there right now masquerading as something other than what they really are. For whatever reason, these cars are draped in a costume that hides what they truly are underneath.

Carmakers do this for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because two car companies collaborate on a project and create something together. Sometimes, one car company adopts the bones of another brand’s car and slaps on new badges. Whatever the case, we’ve assembled here a list of dressed-up cars to keep you from getting tricked, no matter how sweet the treat might be. Read on to learn more, and don’t hesitate to provide your own examples of “Costumed” cars in the comments!

And oh yeah –

Happy Halloween!

Continue reading to learn more about a few “Costumed” Cars.

Subaru BRZ And Toyota 86


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2017 Toyota 86 - image 670728

This one should be pretty obvious. Developed as a joint venture between Subaru and Toyota, the BRZ and 86 are practically identical, with just a few minor differences to tell them apart. Outside, there are several small cosmetic alterations and slightly different headlights, while inside, the trim and equipment varies a bit between the two models. The suspension tuning is also slightly different.

The rest of it, however, is the same. That includes all the important stuff, like the platform, the engine, and the transmission options. Basically, everywhere it matters, these two are the same.

Read our full review on the 2017 Subaru BRZ and the 2017 Toyota 86.

Fiat 124 Spider And Mazda MX-5


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2016 Mazda MX-5 - image 614458

Upon its release for the 2017 model year, the Fiat 124 Spider was hailed as the glorious return of the small Italian roadster, a topless homage to the brilliance of Fiat’s past and the possibilities of its future. However, there was just one problem – it wasn’t a Fiat. It was a Mazda.

Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, especially considering the similarities seen between the above-featured Subaru and Toyota. After all, the Fiat does get a good deal of unique gear to call its own. The suspension is new, as is the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder under the hood. The exterior styling is totally different as well. What’s more, buyers can upgrade to the even-sportier Abarth edition if so inclined, gaining a new limited-slip differential and a throatier exhaust.

Still, the 124 uses the Mazda’s platform and several of its minor components, and even gets built in the same factory as the MX-5. All told, the bones of this Italian are Japanese.

Read our full review on the 2017 Fiat 124 Spider and the Mazda MX-5.

Lamborghini Huracan And Audi R8


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2017 - 2018 Audi R8 - image 619666

Less you think its just $30,000 sports cars that can play this costume game, we had to throw in this pair as well. Here’s the deal – Lamborghini likes to tout itself as a preeminent supercar brand rocking a long history of making incredible performance machines with few to no rivals. And that’s true. It’s just that since 1998, the Raging Bull has operated under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, which means brands like Audi can now say the same thing.

Take the Huracan and R8. Both get over 600 horsepower from a mid-mounted 5.2-liter V-10, routing power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Both also get the same low-weight, high-rigidity chassis. But sure, the Lambo is the one to get if being noticed is a top priority… but either way, you don’t have to dig deep to see it’s basically a disguised Audi.

Read our full review on the 2017 Lamborghini Huracan and the 2017 Audi R8.

PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 V10 RWS

It should come as no surprise that while in search for a little differentiation for its R8 lineup, Audi decided to develop a special edition model that ditched one of its most important claims to fame: the quattro all-wheel-drive system. And so there it was at the Frankfurt Motor Show for all the world to see. The limited edition Audi R8 officially goes by the name R8 V10 RWS, and according to Audi Sport CEO Stephan Winkelmann, it’s a model that Audi developed specifically for purists with an “appreciation for essential driving enjoyment.”

The special edition R8 V10 is limited to just 999 units and each one of them will ditch the automaker’s famous quattro AWD system in favor of rear-wheel drive. That’s the car’s claim to fame, above all else, and it’s a claim that no other variant of the current-generation Audi R8 has. Beyond the RWD offering, the R8 V10 also features a good amount of exterior and interior changes, as well as significant modifications to its chassis and suspension to accommodate the rear-wheel drive set-up. If it’s hard to imagine what an RWD Audi R8 is all about, think of it as a lighter version of the standard R8 that’s been tuned specifically to put more control of the car in the driver’s hands. Think drifting in an AWD R8 is cool? Well, imagine what you can do with an R8 that sends all of its power in the rear wheels. This is what the Audi R8 V10 RWS is offering, among other things. Better be quick though because only 999 units will be made. Miss out on one and you’re once again staring at the aftermarket tuning scene to get your rear-wheel drive R8 fix.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

PostHeaderIcon Audi Makes a Move to Please Purists with the Audi R8 V-10 RWS: RWD Performance at its Finest

If you’re a fan of the Audi R8, then you know that unless you do some serious modification, you’re stuck with that Quattro AWD system. Not that it’s a bad system or anything, as Audi’s is actually one of the best, but a sports car is just so much more fun to drive when all its power is channeled to the two wheels in the rear. And, Audi knows this, which is why it’s putting out a limited run of the R8 called the R8 V10 RWS. It will be produced in just 999 examples and will be hand built at Audi’s Bollinger Hofe factory. Stephan Winkelmann, the CEO of Audi Sport GmbH, said, “The R8 V10 RWS is made for purists. A limited-edition special model for customers with an appreciation for essential driving enjoyment, the R8 V10 RWS is an absolutely exclusive offer. With its mid-mounted V10 engine and rear-wheel drive, it successfully brings the driving concept of our R8 LMS racing car to the streets.”

Along with the distribution of power to the rear wheels, it also gets a few other extras that include the front grille and vents in the front and rear being finishing in matt black. The coupe gets gloss black side blades while the lower-body blade is now body colored. A red film is available for the hood, roof, and rear end, just like on the R8 LMS GT 4 while the seats inside come wrapped in leather and Alcantara. Bucket seats are available but must be optioned at the time of ordering. More importantly, however, is what Audi did with the chassis to take full advantage of the car’s RWD nature. Basically, without AWD, the car is lighter thanks to the lack of a center differential and the propshaft. As such, the Coupe form has dropped 110.2 pounds while the Spyder sees a drop of 88.2 pounds. The chassis was modified and tuned specifically to make it easier to perform controlled drifts – that’s right: drifts. The load distribution of the Coupe comes in at 40.6 percent up front and 59.4 percent in the back, while the Spyder gets 40.4 and 59.6 – both offering just enough to kick that rear end out on demand. The car is backed by Audi’s dynamic handling system, which will use the ESC system and electromechanical power steering to help keep things under control when you get to the limit of your drift. You’ll be able to order your own soon, so keep reading to learn a little more.

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