RE: Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition launched

RE: Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition launched

Tuesday 10th July

Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition launched

Five cars, 610hp, £180k...



If you can remember Audi Sport Performance Parts press release of 363 days ago, then bravo on excellent recall. In it Audi disclosed a raft of upgrades for the TT and R8, including braided brake lines, forged wheels, aero kits and naughty exhausts. It was a distinctly un-Audi move, and rather appealing as a result.

A year later and there's this, the Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition, a sort of added value meal of Audi Sport add-ons. Because it sort of has everything you possibly could option on to an R8 via Audi Sport, though the value is maybe a point to return to...


For those with an interest in motorsport, this 610hp R8 Plus (plus a lot more) is very interesting. The aerokit may not be the most elegant in the world, but it contributes to 250kg of downforce at top speed, more than 100kg extra compared to a regular Plus. The kit is fully carbon and, in a nod to another very rare mid-engined Audi, features canards said to evoke the first-gen R8 GT.

The multi-spoke, 20-inch wheels are fully milled (a technology first introduced in the RS5), shod in Michelin Cup 2 tyres and are said to save up to 8kg compared to standard R8 wheels. And we all know how beneficial reductions in unsprung mass can be. Arguably of greater interest is Audi's decision to fit the ASPPR8E with three-way adjustable coilovers for "full adjustability on road and track." That will be manually adjustable too; pretty cool to dorks like us, surely anathema to those R8 customers who would tick the mag ride box without a second's hesitation. Ceramic discs are standard, too, with titanium backing plates for weight reduction and new pads as well for "highly effective stopping power and even tougher fade resistance."


It's a pretty serious overhaul, then, this Audi Sport R8, seemingly making good on the claims of "genetic links with motorsport." That said, the aesthetic is undone a little by the standard Fine Nappa leather, Audi connect online services and Audi Smartphone Interface. Just 44 will be produced for the entire world, with five Misano Red cars coming to the UK.

The price is £176,560, or £35,360 more than a mechanically identical R8 V10 Plus. Which is quite a lot, although carbon aero parts don't come cheap, and neither do ceramic brakes, or good coilovers... So perhaps it might be good value. The five will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, but available at all 115 Audi dealerships. So, er, best move fast!

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Housey

Original Poster:

1,958 posts

162 months

Tuesday 10th July
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I see depreciation......people

Nice dampers, would always take these over an active set up. However, I bet they also fit the stty active steering too, which is dire. It seems dealers work wonders with the 'tick the sports option' box so you get 2 things I don't want (active dampers/st steering) and 1 thing I do, loud shouty exhaust.

I wonder what the 3 year Audi residual is on this car....scary as the standard one?

Maldini35

1,828 posts

123 months

Wednesday 11th July
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This or a Huracan or McLaren 570?

I like the R8 but this feels like it’s trying too hard to be something it’s not.


Vitorio

4,294 posts

78 months

Wednesday 11th July
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Maldini35 said:
This or a Huracan or McLaren 570?

I like the R8 but this feels like it’s trying too hard to be something it’s not.
Huracan please, in Verde Mantis while we are at it.

Gameface

5,365 posts

12 months

Wednesday 11th July
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Housey said:
I see depreciation......people
With only 5 UK cars?

99% of cars depreciate but this shouldn't be too bad.

Plate spinner

12,834 posts

135 months

Wednesday 11th July
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Maldini35 said:
This or a Huracan or McLaren 570?

I like the R8 but this feels like it’s trying too hard to be something it’s not.
570 please
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Shiv_P

1,403 posts

40 months

Wednesday 11th July
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Maldini35 said:
This or a Huracan or McLaren 570?

I like the R8 but this feels like it’s trying too hard to be something it’s not.
570 or R8 for me... probably an R8

JMF894

2,636 posts

90 months

Wednesday 11th July
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I'll take a Huracan every day of the week thanks



I wish!

Eviltad

1,317 posts

114 months

Wednesday 11th July
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Gameface said:
Housey said:
I see depreciation......people
With only 5 UK cars?

99% of cars depreciate but this shouldn't be too bad.
I'd agree with that, but I'd be in a McLaren 570.

CMA

10 posts

4 months

Wednesday 11th July
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The R8 performance model does not have Dynamic Steering.

All 5 UK cars (2 via Audi Birmingham) were sold last week (@ full price) before
yesterdays press release.

There may well be a £premium to be had if any of the 5 come up for sale...

...and the increased downforce generated by the aero kit makes the car balistic on track...

...and all 5 are probably rarer than any other limited edition car you can mention?





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ZX10R NIN

12,060 posts

60 months

Wednesday 11th July
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Huracan for me but I'd take a look at the (if you could find one for sale) Audi.

Plate spinner

12,834 posts

135 months

Wednesday 11th July
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CMA said:
The R8 performance model does not have Dynamic Steering.

All 5 UK cars (2 via Audi Birmingham) were sold last week (@ full price) before
yesterdays Audi press release.

There may well be a £premium to be had if any of the 5 come up for sale...

...and it's balsistic on track and rarer than about any other limited edition car
Good to see the Audi PR team checking in hehe

wab172uk

1,090 posts

162 months

Wednesday 11th July
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For me personally, I think it's too much money for an R8.

I owned the previous gen R8, and as nice as they are, they ain't worth £180k. Far more exotic machinery around for that price.

For looks, the second gen R8 looks awful. Definitely a step back in exterior design.

Housey

Original Poster:

1,958 posts

162 months

Wednesday 11th July
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CMA said:
The R8 performance model does not have Dynamic Steering.

All 5 UK cars (2 via Audi Birmingham) were sold last week (@ full price) before
yesterdays press release.

There may well be a £premium to be had if any of the 5 come up for sale...

...and the increased downforce generated by the aero kit makes the car balistic on track...

...and all 5 are probably rarer than any other limited edition car you can mention?





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You happy with that 'statement' now?

Your customers are here, bit of openness perhaps as to your agenda Mr/Mrs first post?

PR circle wks are no endearing to petrolhead's, they become more tiring and frustrating with each new one.


...and nice to see you/Audi realise the dynamic steering is ste.

Housey

Original Poster:

1,958 posts

162 months

Wednesday 11th July
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wab172uk said:
For me personally, I think it's too much money for an R8.

I owned the previous gen R8, and as nice as they are, they ain't worth £180k. Far more exotic machinery around for that price.

For looks, the second gen R8 looks awful. Definitely a step back in exterior design.
And this is the fact. I have one too, but 86K for a V10 Plus a steal, for 180K a cry myself to sleep....especially when you see what Audi dealers think the new one is worth in 2-3 years.....far less than Macca will support.

J4CKO

25,499 posts

135 months

Wednesday 11th July
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I think there is a perception that the R8 is not a proper Supercar, a sort of watered down, "Audified", halfway house and its a bit limp, mainly down to having a fairly mundane badge.

It is still a 600 odd bhp Aluminium, Mid engined V10 supercar, this is a special version of that and 5 buyers obviously thought it was worth it, I can sort of see if you are spending that much you perhaps want a more rarified badge, but as a supercar, it is the real deal, even the original V8 which has performance that is available nowadays from a Golf R with a remap is still a hell of a car.

Driven a V8, Had a quick spin in an early V10 and they were both amazing, though the Hurracan must be tempting for a few quid more, it is a bit better looking and has that badge, one you dont find on SUVs, actually scratch that, a badge you dont find on small hatchbacks.


Housey

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1,958 posts

162 months

Wednesday 11th July
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It's a supercar by any sensible measure. People who drive Puntos and Focuses like to suggest otherwise. Nuff said, not that I give a stuff frankly as I am quite happy to drive anything. Dealers however are mostly utter gash, have no idea how to support the cars/drivers of their halo car, but that's a whole other debate.

Good car still, but needs work to make it really good in Mk2 form but that V10....that is as good as engines get and sts on ANY McLaren engine today, even if the rest of the car is mixed.

FN2TypeR

5,717 posts

28 months

Wednesday 11th July
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This R8 is a supercar IMO, 100%; but as capable as this is (very) I'd take a 570s over it any day of the week.

It is quite lovely, though. No doubt about it.

The only thing that gets me about the R8 range is this; and I'm probably in a minority here, but the most tempting of the lot over the years would, to me, be one of the manual V8 models (same engine as the RS4); that package is very appealing IMO.

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wab172uk

1,090 posts

162 months

Thursday 12th July
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FN2TypeR said:
This R8 is a supercar IMO, 100%; but as capable as this is (very) I'd take a 570s over it any day of the week.

It is quite lovely, though. No doubt about it.

The only thing that gets me about the R8 range is this; and I'm probably in a minority here, but the most tempting of the lot over the years would, to me, be one of the manual V8 models (same engine as the RS4); that package is very appealing IMO.

Edited by FN2TypeR on Wednesday 11th July 22:49
I would agree on that, as that's the R8 I owned. Lovely car.

Audi need to get the rumoured R8 V6 into production. Sadly, any thought of a manual gearbox will not even grace the idea's desk at Audi. Boring Auto gearboxes it is.

The only thing that would trip up R8 V6 sales (for me) is that it would have to be significantly less powerful than the V10 to warrant a significant price drop, to make it the `affordable R8`. But lower the power too much, and it puts it in reach of the TT-RS in performance terms. Would a R8 V6 be worth £40k more than a TT-RS for the same performance? No sure.

Cars now have become so fast and powerful, that their is no where for sub-cars to go. Every next gen of car has to be even faster than the last. The current car is already too fast for the roads anyway.

All Audi RS car will crack 0-60 in less than 4 seconds. So a £46k RS3 can pretty much keep a £180k R8 honest not only at the traffic light Grand Prix, but on any road in the UK.

CMA

10 posts

4 months

Thursday 12th July
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Housey

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1,958 posts

162 months

Thursday 12th July
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CMA said:
Fanboy?

Audi PR?

Dealer boiler room boy/girl?

Buyer talking up his/her book?