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PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 Is the R8 We Deserve For the Road But Can’t Have

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed was the stage for many impressive firsts and among them has been the worldwide debut of Audi Sport Customer Racing’s latest product, the ludicrous Audi R8 LMS GT2. With 640 horsepower, it’s faster than its GT3 and GT4 brethren but, somehow, it slots in between the two. Audi Sport says it’s the most potent car to come out of the Customer Racing program, and you’ll be able to see it on track next year as Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO) will allow the GT2 class to compete in series like the GT Sports Club in Europe and the GT World Challenge America across the Atlantic.

Racing has a tendency to become more and more expensive as time goes on. The pattern is as follows: a sanctioning body or a championship organizer proposes a new ruleset for a new category that’s supposed to replace an older, prohibitively expensive one. Everyone involved is happy, the new class is launched, it becomes popular, and as it starts to gain momentum, the cars evolve pushed by factory involvement and, in a matter of years, they become too expensive, and we’re back to square one. This is, broadly, what happened with the (still) highly popular GT3 formula that turned, from one category catering for amateur drivers, to one that comprises the bulk of today’s leading sports car and luxury car manufacturers, many of them pouring serious amounts of money in developing race cars able to win on the world stage. Let’s see how GT2 plans to fix this issue. In a way…

PostHeaderIcon Audi Sport Wants the Next-Gen R8 to Have a V-10 But It Really Doesn’t Need It

The future of the Audi R8 is still up in the air with no clear resolution in sight from Audi executives who are still debating whether to go ahead with the model or not. There are numerous scenarios floating around that could point to the future of Audi’s flagship performance vehicle, including the possibility that the R8 lives on to see a next-generation model. Some questions still need to be answered, though, before a decision is made, the most pressing of which is the kind of powertrain that will be used in the model. If Audi execs greenlight a third-generation R8, would it go electric or would it continue using the same 5.2-liter turbocharged V-10 engine that’s been sitting at the heart of the model since it hit the market in 2006? That’s a question Audi needs to answer — Audi Sport managing director Oliver Hoffman wants to keep the V-10 — though at this point, is the V-10 engine even critical to the success of the R8 anymore, or is the R8 ready to expand its powertrain horizons?

PostHeaderIcon Audi Will Dilute the Taycan’s J1 Platform a Little More With the E-Tron GTR; A Replacement for the Aging Audi R8

We all now that the Dirty VAG loves to share its technology and platforms among its various appendages – a Bentley is just an Audi, and an Audi is Just a Porsche. With that in mind, we already figured out that the J1 platform that underpins the Porsche Taycan will eventually funnel down to other automakers, with brands like Audi, Bentley, and even Lamborghini eventually placing their in-house designs on top of the same chassis and battery technology. Eventually, real-life cars will all feature the same guts underneath and bodies on top – kind of like remote control cars d today. And, that’s where we’re at now as Audi starts to plan a replacement for the aging Audi R8. In doing so, CAR Magazine reports that the company will take the Taycan’s J1 platform and place it under an all-new body, creating a car that will go by the name “E-Tron GTR.” We already know quite a bit about it, but how will it serve as a spiritual successor to the Audi R8? Well, it probably won’t.

PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 V10 Decennium

Ten years ago, Audi shocked the auto world when it uncorked an all-wheel drive, ten-cylinder supercar that ushered in a new era of performance for the German automaker. This year, the Audi R8 turns a decade old, and Audi’s throwing a party for its beloved performance machine with a special edition model called the R8 V10 Decennium. Taken from the Latin word that literally means “decade,” the R8 V10 Decennium is a fitting ode to a supercar that played a huge role in redefining the supercar segment. Only 222 models of the anniversary R8 will be available. Each model is priced at €220,000, which converts to about $250,000 based on current exchange rates. The Audi R8 Decennium becomes available starting in the spring of 2019.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Audi R8

The Audi R8, aka the poor man’s Lamborghini, is only a few years old, but Audi decided to give it a thorough update for the 2019 model year. Unfortunately, what we thought was going to be a GT model was actually nothing more than the facelifted model that you see here. The good news, however, is that the standard model is now more aggressive than ever. Adding icing to that so delicious cake is that fact that it comes with some extra oomph to justify that extra aggression. How much? Only 30 horsepower, but that’s enough. Now, every trim can blast past the 200-mph threshold, and it can hit 62 mph in as fast as 3.1 seconds. Today, however, that performance doesn’t matter, because we’re here to honor the R8’s beautiful appearance. To do that, we’ve decided to pick out our favorite wallpaper and share it with you. If you don’t like it, there are a few more in the gallery below. Remember, if you want to know more, you can check out our in-depth review of the 2019 Audi R8 as well!

PostHeaderIcon Audi R8

Introduced in 2015, the second-generation Audi R8 was facelifted for the 2019 model year. The mid-cycle upgrade arrived rather soon, suggesting that the supercar might be redesigned in three years or so. The facelift brought a sportier exterior, a mildly altered interior, and important changes under the hood. Likewise, the R8 V10 Plus model was renamed the V10 Performance.

Sharing 50 percent of components with the R8 LMS GT3 race car shown at the 2018 Paris Motor Show, the revised R8 looks more aggressive than ever. It’s also significantly more powerful than before, with up to 30 horsepower added to the 5.2-liter V-10 engine. It’s also the first R8 to surpass 200 mph in every trim, including Spyder models. Although it was originally believed that Audi might add a new GT model to the lineup, the sportier car spotted testing in Europe turned out to be just the regular facelift. Let’s find out more about all of that in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Will Smith Is About to Get Jiggy With Audi’s First Animated Concept, the RSQ e-tron

After the PB18 E-Tron, no one really expected Audi to reveal a new supersport car. Yet, it did – the Audi RSQ e-tron. It’s animated, though. Like, cartoon type of thing “animated.” Designed in conjunction with Fox, the new Audi RSQ e-tron is bound to appear in the next animated movie Spies in Disguise, starring none other than Will Smith. As many of you may recall, this is not the first time for Audi and Will Smith to appear together on the big screen. The actor had that astonishing futuristic autonomous Audi for the movie I, Robot. Obviously, right now, the driving part isn’t really possible.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Audi R8 is More Attractive and Powerful than Ever

It’s been only three years since Audi introduced the second-generation R8, and the supercar has already been upgraded to its mid-cycle specs. It’s A bit more aggressive on the outside and now cranks out more power in both standard and beefed-up versions. Previously known as the V10 Plus, the range-topping model was renamed the V10 Performance. The German supercar will go on sale in Europe in early 2019.

PostHeaderIcon Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe Competition Package

It’s time for another Audi R8 Special Edition. The new SE, called the R8 V10 Plus Competition Package, receives a bundle of parts from the Audi Sports bin, included in part to help the supercar shed weight and improve its aerodynamic performance. Production is limited to just ten units, all of which are earmarked specifically for the U.S. market. Each unit of the R8 V10 Plus Competition Package costs $237,350. The special edition R8 arrives in dealerships in November 2018.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Read our full review on the 2017 Audi R8.


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