Is Audi readying a new dual-clutch transmission for its R8? It seems so. Two Audi R8s have reportedly been spotted in Austrian Alps while testing its new dual-clutch transmission.
Don’t just start jumping with joy, for the Audi R8 based Spyder rendering isn’t an official one but an exemplary creation from designer Jon Sibal. Audi hasn’t let a word out regarding the possibility of an R8 GT based Spyder but this creation makes us think that Audi should probably give it a shot. Automakers do not really like the idea of producing a convertible version of their most extreme sports cars and this is why we assume that the aspired Spyder my never just arrive. Even if Audi decides to give the Spyder production a nod-ahead, it will have to be a limited production model which will obviously bear a heft price-tag.
German car fans at the Dubai Motor Show were in for a special treat as PPI Automotive Design revealed their much hyped, A8 based, PPI Razor GTR at the event. The difference between the Razor introduced in Dubai and the previous variants was the scorcher adoring the Visible Carbon Fiber Widebody package with a high gloss finish. The additional gloss factor was made possible courtesy of several layers of coat over the regular carbon fiber body. The carbon fiber covers the body panel, fenders, bumpers, lids and even sideblades but spares the engine which is covered by a Polycarbonate layer. Under the hood, the PPI Razor showcased in Dubai houses the same V8 engine capable of churning 580 horses. The V10 engine which renders 600 hp was also an option on display. Both the engine options help the car clock 60mph in just 3.7 seconds.
Some crazy BMW enthusiast in frenzy bought the Audi R8 but couldn’t stand those rings on the front and decided to get rid of them. This car has been spotted in Russia and as you can see it’s an Audi R8 that wears a BMW logo. The owner stripped the supercar of all its logos and swapped them with BMW badges on the hood, engine cover and the rear end. Hell, he even got it a name — the BMW 850i. The car is not a replica by any means, but a genuine Audi R8, so someone at BMW should know that a lot of their admirers want an R8 type model and it is high time that they come up with a design matching the class of the R8. Or else the world will live by this ‘Russian example’.
Or it’s been Photoshopped … either way a great one
It seems that Audi has finally decided to bid adieu to the trademark side blades as the R8 5.2L V10 Sypder was snapped ‘secretly’ without those blades on view. The 5.2L V10 Motor under the rear deck is capable of churning 525 HP but, this might be there only for the launch as the 4.2L V8 will hit the production floor. This Teutonic Ragtop will have performance figures similar o those of The R8 Coupe with a slightly lowered top speed which is understandable. It was being hoped that the car would be launched yesterday during Audi’s Centennial celebration but now the debut is slated for the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. [via Jalopnik]
The newest Audi R8-based PPI Razor GTR was revealed recently with a jaw-dropping 580 horsepower coming from a stock 4.2-liter V8. But not just any stock engine… This one features a specially engineered supercharger and a ram-charged sport air filter system, along with a high performance stainless steel exhaust. With the main main focus on optimizing the power-to-weight ratio, this R8 just lost 521 lbs which helped it increase torque to 600Nm and to sprint 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 towards a max speed of 332 km/h. A mind blowing beast, that will probably require you to break a bank for the cash … but we LOVE it! [via autoblog.nl]
The Razor GTR was initially unveiled at the 2008 Essen Motor Show, but the new PPI R8 Razor GTR will be a step up from what we have seen earlier. Set to make its grand appearance at the Top Marques Show in Monaco, the car will be taken for a test drive on the Monaco Racing Track and one sure hopes that its 580hp engine with maximum torque of 600Nm and a top speed of 332km/h puts on an impressive show out there. The changes on the R8 include a carbon fiber, aluminum and titanium in order to reduce weight and improve performance, better aerodynamics and new interiors prepped up using Onyx Nubuck leather highlighted in orange. With a sprint time from 0-100 km/hr of just 3.7 seconds, cool look, plush interiors and great aerodynamics this could steal the show when the curtain lifts at Monaco! [via WCF]