Audi R8 News

  • Audi R18 TDI #2 wins 24 Hours of Le Mans

    Audi has taken out this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, with its number ‘2’ R18 TDI Le Mans prototype clenching victory at the hands of Marcel Fässler (Switzerland), André Lotterer (Germany) and Benoît Tréluyer (France). The achievement marks Audi’s tenth victory at Le Mans, though the automaker came close to having its most disastrous weekend ever at the race. While the number 2 R18 successfully completed the race in the fastest time, the number ‘1’ and ‘3’ cars crashed spectacularly in the first eight hours...

  • Alan McNish crashes his Audi R18 at Le Mans
    Alan McNish Suffers Violent Crash In Audi R18 At 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Video

    This weekend is the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in France, and just one hour into the race driver Allan McNish suffered a violent crash in his Audi R18 race car after coming into contact with a Ferrari 458 Italia near Dunlop curve. McNish is a...

  • 2011 Audi R8 Safety Car
    2011 Audi R8 Le Mans Safety Car: First Look

    Given Audi's racing connections and past dominance at Le Mans, including this year's R18 race car, it only makes sense that the R8 has been chosen as the safety car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which takes place this weekend, June 11-12 at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The R8 safety car receives the...

  • Audi R8 GT Spyder
    Audi R8 GT Spyder Preview

    As predicted, the wraps have come off the brand new Audi R8 GT Spyder in the lead up to next week’s Le Mans 24 hours endurance race and ahead of the convertible supercar’s official world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Like its R8 GT hard-top sibling that recently...

  • Audi R8 GT Spyder spy shots
    Audi R8 GT Spyder Spy Shots

    We’ve seen the teasers, now here’s the first round of spy shots for the upcoming Audi R8 GT Spyder. The convertible supercar is scheduled to be revealed for the first time at the Le Mans 24 hours endurance race this June ahead of an official world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show...

  • Audi R8 with possible dual clutch transmission spy shots
    Audi R8 With New Dual Clutch Transmission Spy Shots

    Since the unveiling of the Audi R8 back in late 2006 the iconic supercar has undergone few major changes apart from the introduction of a V-10 model in addition to the original V-8, as well as a drop-top Spyder, which comes with either engine. That doesn’t mean the car is without its...

  • Audi e-tron Neckarsulm Development Center

    Late last year we first told you about a new development and testing center established by Audi exclusively for its electric drive systems near its headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. Now we have an inside look at another electric car development center belonging to Audi, this time at a satellite site in Biberach, also in Germany. The site is part of Audi’s greater production facility at Neckarsulm, which will start building the automaker’s first electric car, the R8 e-tron supercar, in late 2012, initially in a small production run that’s largely hand built. Specially...

  • Audi R18 TDI Le Mans car
    LED Lights For This Year's Audi R18 TDI Le Mans Racer

    Audi is at the forefront of LED lighting on road cars, and the German maker is now ready to reap the benefits in racing too. The company has announced that it intends to use LED lighting technology on its 2011 Le Mans contender, the R18 TDI. The new closed-cockpit racer, designed with the intention...

  • 2012 Audi R8 GT
    First Audi R8 GT Delivered To Customer

    Deliveries of Audi’s stunning 560 horsepower R8 GT supercar have officially begun, with the first of 333 limited edition hard-top models being handed over to a customer from the UK. The particular example was a Phantom Black R8 GT, which was delivered to the customer at the Audi Forum in...

  • Audi R8 GT Spyder official sketches
    Audi Shows R8 Spyder GT Sketches

    Those who routinely read between the lines are no doubt nonplussed to learn Audi is doing a Spyder version of the R8 GT. In fact, we openly speculated Audi would eventually offer an open version of the car back in March when pricing was announced for the coupe. Scheduled for launch in the early...

  • Audi R8 GT Spyder official sketches
    Audi Teases New R8 GT Spyder

    Audi’s lighter and more track-focused R8 GT supercar recently went on sale and if you’ve just ordered one, you may not be too pleased to hear that Audi is set to launch a convertible R8 GT Spyder in the not too distant future. Previewed here today in these official sketches, the new R8...

  • Absolute Racing Audi R8 Le Mans Special
    An Audi R8 Le Mans Special: Unpacking The Box

    It's not often that you are privileged enough to be present at the birthing of something new and wonderful. Those moments when something begins are to be treasured. And so it was immensely special to visit with the team from Absolute Racing for the delivery of their new all carbon fiber Audi R8 Le...

  • 2011 Audi R8 GT live photos

    If you’re liquid enough to break off $198,050 plus taxes and registration, you could well be one of the lucky 90 ripping about in a 199 mph Audi R8 GT in the U.S. We first told you about this car in our coverage of the Geneva Motor Show, and now we have the official word from Audi USA of the car's availability. From that coverage, you may recall the GT we’re talking about flaunts a 560-horsepower version of the 5.2-liter V-10 found propelling the R8 V10. Up 35 horsepower on its now middle class mid-engine all-wheel drive brother; the R8 GT is capable of a 3.4-second 60 and a...

  • 2012 Audi R8 GT
    2012 Audi R8 GT Starts From $196,800

    Warm up your line of credit, it's about to get a workout: the 2012 Audi R8 GT starts from $196,800--excluding the $1,250 delivery fee, bringing the pre-tax, title, and license tally to $198,050. That's about what we expected, though, so there's no sticker shock. How could there be, really, with a...

  • Anderson Audi R8 Hyper Black
    Anderson Audi R8 Hyper Black Is One Sinister Ride

    We’ve seen a lot of modified Audi R8s in the past but there’s something just sinister about the new ‘Hyper Black’ Audi R8 from German tuning firm Anderson. Based in Dusseldorf, Germany, Anderson’s engineers start with the range-topping V-10 Audi R8 and boost output to...

  • Audi R8 Spyder epic parking fail
    Audi R8 Spyder Epic Parking Fail

    We’ve seen some pretty bad attempts at parking before, including this BMW X5 that drove up on another car, or this Bugatti Veyron, whose driver curbed one of its wheels. However, this latest driver of an Audi R8 Spyder easily takes the cake. We’re not sure why the driver in this case...

  • Audi R8 in the snow
    Video: Audi R8 Braves Blizzard, Asks For Your Story

    Audi is looking to collect winter stories of its quattro all-wheel drive system in use, and let's face it: this winter probably provided ample opportunity with snow falling heavily from the North Pole clear into the Deep South. This video--which only briefly features the Audi R8, sadly--is a call...

  • Audi R8 cut-away
    Audi Working On Lightened R8 ‘NF’ Supercar?

    Audi already has a lighter and more hardcore version of its R8 supercar, the new 2011 Audi R8 GT, which comes packing a 560 horsepower V-10 engine and a 220 pound lighter curb weight than the regular R8 V10 model. However, according to a new report, Audi engineers are developing an even lighter...

  • 2011 Audi R8 GT live photos

    I love cars, and I like seeing how manufacturers try to put them in front of us. One of my favorite recent ads is one from Audi where a bunch of silver cars from other manufacturers are shown as the status quo. And the Audi R8 is the sports car for little kids (or those with a little kid at heart), and so on. But even I don't think I'm ready for 10 advertisements from car companies on Super Bowl Sunday. It's not that I have a vested interest in either the Green Bay Packers or the Pittsburgh Steelers and won't be able to concentrate. It's that the number of manufacturers will make it tough to...

  • Audi R18 Le Mans Prototype
    Audi Unveils New Hardtop R18 Le Mans Racer

    Audi's dominance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and its attendant series has been reduced through rules and new competition since its initial foray into diesel power, but it still cuts a dramatic figure in any endurance race it enters, including a surprise win at this year's race after the failure of...

  • Heikki Kovalainen's crash during the 2010 Race of Champions
    Kovalainen, Girlfriend Injured In Race Of Champions Crash

    Lotus Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen is under several days bed rest for a concussion he suffered during his crash at this weekend's Race of Champions (ROC). His girlfriend, Catherine Hyde, a passenger in the car at the time, was more severely injured. Hyde suffered a hiarline fracture of her...

  • ABT Audi R8 GT R
    2011 ABT Audi R8 GT R at SEMA

    With the aftermarket orgy that is SEMA just days away, a number of modified sports cars are breaking cover. My inbox is practically blowing up with news from GGI European Tuning, crowing over their imminent importation of the ABT Audi R8 GT R. A German tuning firm specializing in VW and Audi...

  • STaSIS Engineering Audi R8 Spyder
    2010 SEMA Preview: STaSIS Engineering Audi R8 Spyder

    This past week Audi revealed it would be attending its first-ever Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) event, with a host of the luxury marque’s cars scheduled to go on show including a highly modified R8 Spyder from the guys at STaSIS Engineering. STaSIS is a motorsports and tuning...

  • 2011 Audi R8 GT live photos
    2011 Audi R8 GT Pricing Starts At $198,000

    Audi has just released pricing for its most expensive model yet, the all-new 2011 Audi R8 GT supercar that arrives in local showrooms in the first half of next year. Pricing for the hot Audi will start at a substantial $198,000, which includes a $1,200 destination charge. The car is essentially a...

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