Each automaker has the star of their production such as Volkswagen with its Beetle, Porsche with its 911, BMW with its M-Series, and of course, Audi with its R8. This German sportscar has attracted many attentions and create its own die-hard fans. One of the noticeable features on R8 is the V10 engine that will rip off your ear when you hear the sound.
Now, customizing the Audi R8 is a bit tricky because its overall look is flawless and almost perfect. It’s like requesting Angelina Jolie to get her lips done which will make everything worst. But it doesn’t mean you can change the “innocent” appearance of the R8. Thanks to the tuning houses and their creative, out of the box way of thinking, what you see on the photo is Cinderella with new glass shoes.
Yes, the Cinderella with the new glass shoes is the Audi R8 that sits on multi-spoke, satin-finished HRE P43S alloy rims. Shoes number? We mean the tire size? It’s the killing 19-inch size, folks. You know, if the R8 sportscar is real life Cinderella, it can only raises one question: what kind of Prince suitable for her? Since this is German sportscar, all we can say is: who can be so lucky to own the R8 with HRE wheels?
If Cinderella has those beautiful dresses and tiaras, the Audi R8 carries fierce twin-turbo V10 engine. The engine compartment is made from carbon fiber and just to imagine how this sportscar will go on dyno test, it gives us the creep. Not the creep of scared, but more like the creep of knowing the engine capability of the R8 sportscar.
We have been wondering how the 2012 Audi R8 sportscar is doing. The meanest model in Audi’s parking lot has gathered a couple of “wrinkles” after being unveiled at the 2006 Paris Auto Show. So, in order to get rid of them, Audi plans to release a facelift version of the R8 sometime next year. The 2012 Audi R8 will get a number of subtle styling tweaks, more powerful V8 and V10 engines, as well as a new S-tronic transmission.
The 2012 Audi R8 will receive an engine upgrade that will turn its 5.2-liter V10 to produce 533bhp (525hp) from 518bhp (510hp). Moreover, the entry-level Audi R8 sportscar will be heavily revised in 2012 as well, meaning that its 4.2-liter V8 will be upgraded to the same spec as the Audi RS5’s, increasing the output of the 2012 Audi R8 to 444bhp (436hp), up from 424bhp (416hp).
In addition to the 2012 Audi R8, the manufacturer confirmed that the Audi GT and Audi GT Spyder versions will also be restored, as reported by our online contributor.
Almost five years old, the 2012 Audi R8 still looks like a brand new model, but despite that fact, the four-ring brand is eager to “update” the supercar. When taking a closer look at the cosmetic changes on the 2012 Audi R8 sportscar, we expect a number of subtle additions, such as LED placement and headlight revisions. The front and rear bumpers are also expected to receive some design improvements.
The 2012 Audi R8 sportscar will be slightly facelifted, just like with the one planned by Lamborghini for R8’s cousin the Gallardo, which we have to mention will have to wait some further three years to get its “beauty treatment”.
Is it true that the Audi will not put the R4 into production ever again? Okay, do not be alarmed, we are here to share you the news about it. Well, we are not fond of with the idea of R4 because the Audi TT-RS already has the Audi R8’s acceleration, though it is not as exciting as it looks to drive. But any sports car which is being built instead of a crossover or SUV is fine by us in our opinion.
We could imagine your look when we drop the news that the Audi R4 might no longer for sale because it would eat up sales from the Audi TT, Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman. In addition, the Volkswagen Bluesport variant would likely have been too expensive to be competitive.
Just so you know, we are not completely on the same page with the decision, as the Audi R4 did sound more like marketing practice, but VW does not really have a car like this in its range.
At the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, Audi showed a second version of the Audi e-Tron concept which was first seen in the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. The Audi e-Tron has 27 cm (10.63 inches) shorter in length and 12 cm (4.72 inches) narrower and 1 cm (0.39 inch) lower than the previous concept. It also has a gross weight of around 1,350 kg (2976 lbs) which approximately 250 kg (551 lbs) less than the e-Tron exhibited in Frankfurt.
In the concept form, two electric motors drive the front and rear axles which able to produce150kW (204) hp and 2,650 Nm (1954.54 lb-ft) of torque which can be freely varied between the wheels as required. Audi says the car is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in 5.9 seconds and is limited to 200 km/h (124mph).
Our conclusion regarding the rumor on the Audi R4 is probably just a market strategy. Who knows Audi is secretly inventing the new R4 version in hush-hush.
Audi showed the Spider Version of the Audi R8 V10 version at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. The two cars were not the only cars showed by Audi, Audi also reveal the concept design of the 2010 Audi e-Tron which is powered by a purely electric drive system made up of four motors with the two motors at the front and two motors at the rear axle.
The total output of the 2010 Audi e-Tron is 313 horsepower and torque reaches up to 3,319.03 lb-ft which means the car able to sprint from 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds. Not bad for electric sport car. So, whoever thinks that electric vehicle can’t be fun must really get a slap on their head.
Audi stated that the 2010 e-Tron is based on the Audi R8 super car. But the difference is that the e-Tron concept emphasizes an unique and distinctive design, such as a trapezoidal single-frame grille, to large air intakes, special headlamps that adjust the light depending on weather circumstances and a stunning 19-inches wheel and tire combination.
Can you imagine how heavy the 2010 Audi e-Tron is? It weighs only 3,527.40 lb-ft by which the 58% of the weight is pressing down the rear axle. This Audi R8-based electric vehicle reaches top speed at 124,27mph due to the amount of energy supplied by the electric motors which increases disproportionally to speed.
The range in NECD combined cycle is approximately 154 miles. Now, how come an electric vehicle able to provide those reasonably numbers? It is because the technology of the concept design of 2010 Audi e-Tron is specially configured for the electric drive system combined with sophisticated battery technology.
The battery block has a total energy content of 53kWh with the usable portion thereof restricted to 42.4 kWh in the interest of service life. To cool down the equipments from overheating, the 2010 Audi e-Tron uses liquid cooling for the batteries.
The concept design of 2010Audi e-Tron is expected to reduce the dependence of transportation and economy on the raw material petroleum, produce no direct exhaust emissions, and give more efficient combustion engine.
Audi participated on the 2011 Detroit Show which originally named the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) by introducing the 2012 Audi A6. Audi’s Chief Designer, Wolfgang Egger comments the revealing of 2012 Audi A6, “You should never interrupt history. If you want to sharpen the emotion of the brand, you look back at the Audi R8, Audi A7, or E-Tron, not the Audi A6.” While the Audi A8 asserts it plutocratic status and the A4 screams upwardly mobile, the A6 has been the choice of those who want the trapping of success but don’t need to tell the world. Audi claimed that the 2012 Audi A6 is the most sensible car and no surprise to discover that the latest incarnation is a subtle evolution of the old.
Compared to the previous Audi A6, the 2012 edition is slightly shorter and lower in overall length and height; there is unusual shrinkage in this era of ever-growing models because the width is up to 0.7 inches. A 3.0-inches wheelbase is the most significant dimensional alteration, a change made possible by the A6’s reengineered front differential and axle.
There are important differences between European and North American of the 2012 Audi A6 engines. In Europe, Audi offers five powertrains including two diesels and three gas engines. For the North America, Audi A6 available in 2.0-liter gas turbo and supercharged 3.0-liter. The power figures range about 211 horsepower and 358 lb-ft of torque. The front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter four cylinder is offered with a CVT, while all V6 Quattro models get the new ZF-sourced eight-speed Triptonic. Extra gears, overall lighter weight, plus reduced powertrain and driveline friction reduced fuel consumption compared to 2011 models.
The 2012 Audi A6 has a check in every box, finally bringing life to the segment for Audi which its shape is in line with Audi’s corporate vision. The features are ranging from the truly functional to dynamic safety. The base price ranges between $45,000 t0 $60,000.
In terms of design and performance, the Audi R8 can be spelled out as one of the German super car that can make people spellbound. However, the German car manufacturer is not satisfied, they are preparing the next generation super car called the Audi R10 that would rival the Rolls-Royce Phantom.
The plan-making of Audi R10 actually started from the year 2009. This super car design is the creations of industrial design student, Marouane Bembli. Audi approved the sketch as a substitute for Audi R8.
However, these plans had been halted because Audi more focus on the latest Audi R8. Now, Audi asked Marouane Bembli refine the concept of the Audi R10. The project is called the R10 v2.0; it looks like the Audi R10 will use the same engine configuration with the Audi R8, the V10.
Meanwhile, from the exterior, the Audi R10 will be presenting a super car with a roof that is slightly lower, but with a wide body. New features are added, starting from front to back, it makes the Audi R10 looks more aggressive. This super car will look beautiful with a new model of outside mirror , and large cabin. Audi R10 will also be fitted with exhaust tip inspired by jet fighter aircraft.
Overall, the design is more interesting. Moreover, the position of the rear lights is made slightly higher. And for those of us who first saw its sketch, the Audi R10 will look extremely unique.