Tuesday, November 4, 2014


The Audi R8 is the German automaker's current top of the line model based on the Le Mans Quattro concept car. Thanks to lightweight aluminum construction the mid engine super car weighed in at under 3,500 lbs when it was introduced in 2006. 

The original 4.2 Liter FSI V8 powered car made 420 HP and 320 lb-ft of torque sprinting the four wheel drive dream machine from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.4 sec, through the quarter mile in 12.8 sec at 113.2 MPH and up to 187 MPH while an updated version will offer a Lamborghini 5.2 Liter V10 making 520 HP and 390 lb-ft of thrust and gets to the 60 MPH mark in only 3.9 seconds and all the way up to 196.4 MPH

The chassis of the R8 LMX operates with laser-sharp precision, enhanced by beautifully weighted steering, aggressive carbon-ceramic brakes, and 235/35 front and 305/30 rear tires on 19-inch aluminum wheels. Turn-in is vigorous, and it is simple to position the tail and induce easily controllable oversteer. 

As the R8 LMX approaches 200 mph, the aerodynamic enhancements—including canards, a front air splitter, and a fixed, lightweight rear wing—take effect. There are remnants of softness and flexibility in the suspension, and thus the R8 LMX’s ride is never jarring even on truly unsettling roads. It is tuned for the daily drive, not just for ultrasmooth racetracks.

The superpowerful laser high beams ensure that the R8's capabilities can be used around the clock. Compared with the already-impressive LED high beams of the regular R8, the range is more than doubled. We found that it reaches well beyond half a mile, truly and somewhat surreally turning night into day. 

The laser high beams function only at speeds higher than 37 mph, and they cannot be turned on manually. (The road ahead is scanned by sensors and the lasers come on only if no traffic is detected.) Other motorists needn’t fear a laser attack.

So what makes this R8 so different from its brethren? How about a 570-horsepower, 5.2 liter V-10, an S Tronic twin-clutch transmission, sport exhausts, and high performance ceramic brakes?

Audi has also tricked out the Competition edition with a slew of lightweight carbon-fiber fixtures, including a massive fixed rear wing, front spoiler, and rear diffuser.It all adds up to a supercar that can rocket from 0-60 mph in just 3.2 seconds (although many plenty of people around the performance sports car world expect that time to be even quicker) and a top speed of 199 mph. 

Audi has not announced pricing for the R8 Competition. However, a normal production-edition R8 V10 Plus starts just north of $180,000.

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