Audi Sport performance parts on R8 and R8 RWS

Audi Sport performance parts may not yet be available in the USA, but these upgrades from the four rings' performance division are showing up more and more in Europe. Take for example these three different R8s that have circulated through the Audi Forum Neckarsulm. Audi announced several months ago that it was launching this line of customer racing inspired performance parts. For now, they're geared toward R8 and TT RS models, likely with more to come in the future. The line is comprised ...

Find of the Day: James Sofronas’ GMG Racing R8 Spyder

For anyone considering picking up a current-generation Audi R8 Spyder, we've found a very slightly used example on the market that may be of particular interest. The OEM plus looking Spyder you see here is owned by GMG Racing owner and Audi R8 GT4 racer James Sofronas, and it could be yours. This R8 Spyder is a 2017, and has logged just 1,400 miles. And, while it hasn't logged much distance, James utilized his own GMG Racing shop to make sure it was highly tailored to his tastes. The rund...

Hot Wheels Adds Audi R8 LMS in Retro Livery

Heads up if you're headed out to Target or the like, Hot Wheels is actively adding more Audi designs to its lineup. The most recent offering, part of the EuroSpeed collection is this Audi R8 LMS (Mk2) in a retro Audi Sport livery similar but not identical to one of the Audi R8 LMS GT4 entries to the IMSA Continental Tires race on Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona weekend. Unlike the Audi RS 6 Avant we've only found online, or the upcoming Sport quattro we spied posted by Hot Wheels on Instagram, ...

Jay Leno’s Garage Features Audi R8 RWS

If you're a fan of Audi and also of YouTube video programming, then you're probably familiar with the Jay Leno's Garage series. In his "retirement", the former Tonight Show host and consummate car enthusiast now uses his Big Dog Garage facility to film features on some of the coolest cars. Now, adding to that mix, is his take on the Audi R8 RWS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGoKuSfJYUI&t=1004s Audi of America R8 product planner Anthony Garbis stops in as a guest in this episode,...

Facelift Audi R8 Spied Again, Rumored with 2.9-Biturbo from RS 5

AutoCar has published more photos of the upcoming Audi R8 facelift. What you see above is just one shot of nearly every angle of this red specimen spy photographers encountered testing in Europe. Beyond that, another very interesting detail is the reported on-again rumor of a V6 biturbo variant. A forced induction V6 of some sort has been a rumor that's surrounded the current R8 (Mk2) from the very beginning. Audi never bothered investing in the previous car's high-rev 4.2-liter V8 becau...

Find of the Day: Audi exclusive Arrow Grey Pearl R8 V10 Coupe RWS

[words: Bill Cho, photos: Coleton Guerin, Clear Detailing] Yes I know our last Find of the Day was also an Audi exclusive R8 V10 Coupe RWS but since there are only 320 landing on our shores and fewer in Audi exclusive colors, any find is a Find of the Day. This gorgeous example is painted in Audi exclusive Arrow Grey Pearl. Coleton Guerin, owner of Clear Detailing in Greely, CO and photographer of these photos, spent over 12 hours  bringing out the brilliance of this color. ...

Find of the Day: Audi exclusive Riviera Blue R8 V10 Coupe RWS

[words: Bill Cho, photos: James Lee (food4audis)] The R8 V10 RWS is already a rare breed with only 999 produced with 320 of them coming to the States. If you want even more exclusivity, feast your eyes on this Audi exclusive Riviera Blue...1 of 1. While cruising through my Facebook feed, a flash of blue caught my eye. Our friend, Phil Braun, posted this beauty. Phil is the Audi Sport Specialist at Walter's Audi in Riverside, CA. I asked if he could send me more photos and that's when J...

Drag Race: Audi R8 vs Ducati Panigale V4

[words: Bill Cho, video: Autocar] As we head into the weekend, let us take in the glory that is this ridiculous (but awesome) drag race: Audi R8 V10 vs Ducati Panigale V4. The lads over at Autocar have pitted these corporate cousins against each other for no other reason than because why not? Enjoy. [embed]https://youtu.be/g1A_nijCVqs[/embed] [gallery size="large" ids="14631,14632,14634,14635,14636,14637,14638,14639,14640,14641"]

Auto Express- Audi R8 RWS vs Porsche 911 GT3: Which Is Fastest In The Wet?

[video: Auto Express] Well, that didn't take long. Auto Express put the new Audi R8 RWS against the Porsche 911 GT3 in a very wet drag race. Normally, the wet conditions would be no problem for the R8 V10 but remember, this one is rear wheel drive. How will it fare against its corporate rival? [embed]https://youtu.be/qSRDbAQlqzQ[/embed]   [gallery size="large" ids="14499,14500,14501,14502,14503,14504,14505,14506,14507"]

Modern Pantera Project Features Audi DNA

If the measure of the economy is the number of bespoke, specialty and exotic cars debuting, then said market must be booming. Amongst a host of new offerings for the ultra rich is this modern interpretation of the venerable De Tomaso Pantera, commissioned by a well-off customer to be produced by ARES Design. The De Tomaso Pantera had no real ties to Audi. Produced from 1971 to 1992, the original car was penned by Marcello Gandini for Ghia. It was produced at the De Tomaso factory in Moden...

ABT Builds Audi R8 Art Car for Worthersee

[source: ABT Sportsline] Tuning fans will have a tough decision to make in 2018: Not for the first time, the Tuning World Bodensee show at Lake Constance in Germany (10 - 13 May) and the legendary Wörthersee-Treffen at Lake Wörth in Austria (9 - 12 May) will overlap considerably. But you can only be in one place at a time! As a company, that is a little easier and ABT Sportslinewill be presenting interesting highlights at both events. At Lake Wörth, a very special masterpiece awaits...

XS Car Night 2018: Event Report

XS Car Night, the brain child of German tuning outlet XS World, is a well-entrenched international fixture. The gathering began in Berlin, and then four years ago also popped up in SoCal. One would expect the most incredible tuned German cars to be rampant in the German capital, and perhaps it's not that surprising they're also found in droves on our left coast. In as much, the 2018 XS Car Night drew a very impressive crowd of cars to Long Beach last week. As anyone on the Audi Club S...

Audi Squashes Rumors of the V6 R8

words: Bill Cho, photo: Audi AG We reported on Monday that an entry level R8 would be powered by a twin turbo V6 but now that rumor has been officially squashed by Audi. When asked by Road & Track about the future of the R8, an Audi spokesperson "unequivocally" told R&T that "there is no V6 planned for the R8." When The Drive followed up to that with an email, an Audi spokesperson confirmed R&T's report. "We can confirm that there is no V-6 in the product plan an...

Autocar: Entry Level R8 Will Be Powered By A Twin Turbo V6

words: Bill Cho, photos: Autocar (R8 V10 pictured) Autocar is reporting that Audi will introduce a turbocharged V6 powered entry level R8 to the lineup. This comes after news that the current R8 will have a face lift and there are no plans to replace it. The V6 will be the same 2.9 liter twin turbocharged shared with the RS 4 Avant, RS 5, and the Porsche Panamera. Audi has mentioned that the V6 will come with different power options. Read the rest of the story here.

Autoblog: Audi R8 Spied With a Refreshed Face

words: Bill Cho, photo: Autoblog via S Baldauf/SB-Medien Back in December, we posted that the R8 may be dead in 2020 but it looks like she may not go down without a fight or at least a new look. Autoblog is reporting a refreshed look for the R8. The large oval exhaust suggest that it may be a GT variant. Could this R8 GT be the swan song for the R8? Check out the story and many more photos here

Audi Sport Takes a New Turn with the New R8 V10 RWS

source: Audi Sport UK examples of the first ever rear-wheel drive Audi will arrive next month Coupé and Spyder variants are first Audi production models available with rear wheel-drive, limited to 999 examples worldwide 50 kilograms lighter than R8 Coupé V10 (Spyder 40kg lighter) Available to order in the UK now, priced from £112,450 OTR as a Coupé and £121,140 OTR for the Spyder First deliveries begin during March R8 Coupé V10 RWS: 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, top speed...

Fully Integrated: 50th Audi R8 LMS GT4 Produced at Böllinger Höfe

source: Audi AG Audi Sport customer racing’s most recent product a sales success Highest level of synergies between production and racing Neuburg a. d. Donau/Neckarsulm - In close vicinity to the Neckarsulm location, the 50th Audi R8 LMS GT4 was driven out of the assembly hall at “Audi Böllinger Höfe” in Heilbronn in mid-March. The GT4 model is a worldwide sales success and, like no other race car at Audi, benefits from synergies in terms of its technical concept ...

Must Watch: Smithsonian Channel “Supercar Superbuild” R8 Episode Airing March 13, 2018 9:00PM ET

words: Bill Cho, photos: Smithsonian Channel In 1997, Audi was looking to get back into the showcase of racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Their efforts brought forth the R8R and that experience lead to the iconic R8 LMP which won Le Mans in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006. To capitalize on this fame, Audi presented the Le Mans quattro concept car at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show and a legend was born. The Smithsonian Channel show, Supercar Superbuild, dives into the hi...

Awards for Audi Since December 2017

source: Audi Ingolstadt - “Best Cars 2018”: Audi A5 Sportback best midsize model The Audi A5 Sportback (fuel consumption combined in l/100 km: 6.5 - 4.1*; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 149 - 106*) won the “Midsize” category in the 42nd “Best Cars” readers survey conducted by the trade journal auto motor und sport. The five-door coupé topped its segment with the majority of votes. The prize was accepted by Peter Mertens, Member of the Board of Management for Technical D...

Spy vs Spi – Audi R8 V10 plus Spyder vs McLaren 570s Spider Drag Race

words: Bill Cho, video: Auto Express In the old battle between all motor vs forced induction, a new battle forms between an AWD German supercar and a RWD British supercar. In this video from Auto Express, the mighty R8 V10 plus Spyder goes up against the McLaren 570s Spider. Last week, the R8 went up against its smaller brother, the RS 3, and won. On paper, the McLaren has 40 less horses, 2 less cylinders but is 463 pounds lighter and has 30 lb/ft more torque at peak RPM. Will AWD...