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Spy Shots: Hardcore Audi R8 Sport

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BMW has enjoyed some success with its CSL range of stripped out ready-to-race M3s and Mercedes-Benz has delivered several of its own lightweight Black Series model. That leaves the third major German luxury automaker, Audi, which will soon offer uprated sports versions of its regular production models. Speaking at a press event last year, Audi’s quattro development chief Stefan Reil hinted that lightweight versions of the R8 supercar and TT were being considered.

Still in the works is a high-performance RS version of the R8 but according to Reil, Audi could also offer a new “Sport” derivative of the R8 as well as the smaller TT. This wouldn’t be the first time Audi developed such a car. Back in 2005 Audi released a limited edition TT quattro Sport to mark the end of production of the previous generation TT. The car had a slight increase in power over the standard model as well as firmer suspension, a stripped our interior and Recaro bucket seats.

"This is the direction you can go and make business," Reil explained. "It makes sense for the TT, and maybe in the future in an R8."

This week reports have emerged claiming Audi is testing its new R8 Sport. A mysterious prototype with several race-inspired elements has been sighted in Germany, including an oversized fixed rear wing, small canards attached to the front bumper, and bigger brakes. Not much else is known but expect a modest power hike over the standard R8 V-10’s 525 horsepower output.

Such a model will likely be aimed at well-heeled racing enthusiasts as well as small privateer teams not willing to splurge on the more extreme R8 LMS race car.

Audi’s Italian cousin Lamborghini showed the way with the Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni, and we hope that the German automaker will follow suit.

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  1. I love the R8... I think VW should give it a go and release a beasty supercat, even if they just base it on a bently or the R8
     
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  2. The R8 is even hotter up close.
     
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  3. cool car
     
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  4. i agree that its a completely unfair test. its apples to oranges in the supercar world. the audi is designed to be a refined and livable supercar while the F430S is a track ready hardcore model. A fairer comparison would be the R8 V10 vs. the standard F430 even that that is still much more expensive than the audi.
    If you’re going to compare hardcore models then compare the F430 Scuderia vs. the Gallardo LP 550-2 Balboni (sp?) which is essentially a hardcore version (think scuderia) of the R8. They’re also closer in price and in goals. It’s not ideal to compare two cars just because they both happen to be hot at the moment.
     
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  5. So basically an R8 Superleggera? The rumoured R8-RS sounds very appealing, but the name could be a conundrum for Audi (like BMW's "1 series M"). R8-RS and RS-R8 sound awkward when spoken, and RS8 wouldn't work because it would sound like the ultimate A8.
     
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