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Updated Audi R8 Muscles Up

German supercar gets 610-hp V-10, tops out at 205 mph.

by on Mar.02, 2015

Audi's new R8 gets a freshened look on the exterior, but under the hood is where the biggest transformation takes place.

Audi’s strikingly stylish R8 supercar is up for a remake, and while there will be a number of visual updates to 2016, the big news is added performance. The R8’s big V-10 will now churn out 610 horsepower and launch it to a top speed of 205 mph, making it a serious challenger to exotic brands like Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini

Perhaps best known as the car of choice for silver screen superhero Iron Man, Audi has launched a steady stream of enhancements since introducing the original R8, taking advantage of the company’s successful racing program.

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“Motorsport is in Audi’s genes, it has always been a permanent feature of our brand’s character,” says Audi technical chief Ulrich Hackenberg said in a statement. “With the new Audi R8, our engineers are bringing accumulated racing expertise from the race track onto the road.” (more…)

Audi R8 GT Spyder Breaks the $200,000 Barrier

Only 50 coming to the U.S.

by on Feb.06, 2012

Audi's R8 GT Spyder is its first model to top $200,000.

Start saving your change but don’t wait too long.  Audi says it plans to import only 50 copies of the hand-built R8 GT Spyder convertibles later this month.

The most exclusive version of what is already Audi’s top-line model, the topless supercar will carry a sticker price of $210,000, making it the German maker’s most expensive offering to date.  And that’s before you add on $1,200 for the destination charges and as much as $3,000 more for gas-guzzler taxes.


By comparison, that’s a $38,000 premium over the current Audi R8 Spyder.

For the money, the 5.2-liter R8 V-10 gets bumped up to 560 horsepower, enough to launch the GT Spyder from 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds – also making it the quickest Audi ever – with a top speed of 197 mph.


Audi Sets $196,800 “Base” Price for New R8 GT

Supercar now nudging the 200 mph mark.

by on Mar.17, 2011

Audi R8 GT: lighter, more powerful, faster and, yes, more expensive, too.

You’ll soon be able to buy the Audi R8 in three flavors: fast, faster and, “Oh, my god.”

But getting close to the 200-mph mark will nudge you ever closer to a $200,000 price tag.

When the slick 2-seater came out, a few years back, critics found little to, well, criticize, other than the lack of oomph from the stock 4.2-liter V8.  They didn’t have long to fret, however.  The addition of a 5.2-liter V10 – the same basic powerplant from the Audi GT3 LMS race car – bumped the pony count from 420 to 525 horsepower.

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Needless to say, that wasn’t quite enough for some folks who have gotten caught up in the numbers game.  So, while the new R8 GT isn’t quite in the same rarified air as the new, 700-hp Lamborghini Aventador, it still has enough to challenge the best of the supercar breed by adding yet another 35 horsepower – 560 in all.