Green Light for Audi R8

alexstein

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Audi just made an official statement that they are going to built a new Audi sports car called the R8. This car will be heavily based on the Audi Concept car "Le Mans" that was first presented to the public in 2003.

Audi R8

I hope Audi goes the same route with this car as they did with the TT back in the day. When the TT first debut Audi only made minor changes before the car went into production. Unfortunately the article does not go into any detail about drive train or chassis configuration.
 

clayj

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I've been drooling over this car since 2003... still got a picture of it up on my fridge.

Sadly, the picture shown on that page is already out-of-date... I've seen newer spy pics that don't look as good...
 

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clayj said:
I've been drooling over this car since 2003... still got a picture of it up on my fridge.

Sadly, the picture shown on that page is already out-of-date... I've seen newer spy pics that don't look as good...

Yes you are right. I wish they would have shown a real picture of the car rather then the old image of the concept. However I have not seen any spy pics or engine configurations whatsoever. If you have any feel free to post them.
 

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portent said:
Will this replace the TT, or will Audi keep that alongside?
No, this is a "supercar" in the $80K - $120K range (probably at the high end of that range)... its competition is the Lamborghini Gallardo and a couple of models of Ferrari and Porsche.

The TT will continue, although it too is being redesigned in a way which I do NOT find appealing. (Says Clay, the owner of 2 TTs... a 2000, and now a 2002 quattro.)
 

Abstract

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Is that ugly red 4 door sedan the "R8"?? :mad:

Like the 2 door sporty one much better, obviously. Why ruin a good thing?

Oh wait, is this R8 the name of the car that'll get the same engine as the Gallardo (but slightly modified/better)??
 

alexstein

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Abstract said:
Oh wait, is this R8 the name of the car that'll get the same engine as the Gallardo (but slightly modified/better)??

Yes, It is supposed to be. It's probably going to share the engine and the allwheel drive system with the Gallardo. However the engine will be slightly detuned for the R8.(AFAIK)
 

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A lot of what was on the Le Mans show car was pretty unlikely to ever make it to the production line, so I'm curious how much of the show car remains when they unveil the production car....

I'm sure it will be very fast, but I'd rather have a Ferrari 430.
 

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i don't think this car is meant to compete with the F430 or the Gallardo (VW owns lamborghini too, don't wanna cannibalize their own sales...). Instead this thing is gonna be more in the range of say a 911S or the AMV8. Last thing i read about it, in the french version of EVO a couple months ago (1st issue ever!), they said there could be several powerplants going into it as options. I think they were saying there could even be a V6 model, as well as the V10 and possibly a V8
 

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clayj said:
The TT will continue, although it too is being redesigned in a way which I do NOT find appealing.
The images I've seen, suggest it isn't all that different shape wise from the current model, with the exception of improved aerodynamics, and the possibility of THAT shooting brake model.

I was reading Autocar yesterday, and it looks like they might bringing back the legendary Quattro Coupe, and it looks just dandy to me. :D

Regarding the R8, they need to sort the side intakes out between the B/C pillars, because it's horrifically unresolved as it is. :eek:
 

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iGav said:
I was reading Autocar yesterday, and it looks like they might bringing back the legendary Quattro Coupe, and it looks just dandy to me. :D
My favorite Audi! I almost bought an old Audi Coupe GT a couple years ago just because it looks just like the Quattro. Love that shape.
 

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Lord Blackadder said:
My favorite Audi! I almost bought an old Audi Coupe GT a couple years ago just because it looks just like the Quattro. Love that shape.
Just so you don't start saving just yet... it doesn't really look anything like the original Quattro (sadly), it's a handsome thing though... and probably the best implementation of Audi's new snout I've seen yet.

Speaking of Audi, I stumbled on the Audi channel again last night (i'd completely forgotten about it) and they were showing the old rallying footage from the early '80's with the Quattro :D I'd completely forgotten how mad rallying was in the '80's, incredible speed and DRIFTING.... :eek: those cars could DRIFT. :D

We need to ban the tech from WRC and boost power!!! :D
 

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iGav said:
Just so you don't start saving just yet... it doesn't really look anything like the original Quattro (sadly), it's a handsome thing though... and probably the best implementation of Audi's new snout I've seen yet.
so what's next ? audi saying that they will make their comback in the wrc ?

;)

i wonder if they ever could re-do such a hit, no make that "legend", as the ur-"quattro"
 

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iGav said:
Speaking of Audi, I stumbled on the Audi channel again last night (i'd completely forgotten about it) and they were showing the old rallying footage from the early '80's with the Quattro :D I'd completely forgotten how mad rallying was in the '80's, incredible speed and DRIFTING.... :eek: those cars could DRIFT.
Group B rallying was then and is still the most epic auto racing ever seen! It's just about the only thing you could watch on TV that could make you soil yourself... Those drivers knew no fear.:eek: :eek:

BTW what is the Audi channel? Obviously not something available to us yanks.
 

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takao said:
so what's next ? audi saying that they will make their comback in the wrc ?
F1 actually. ;)

takao said:
i wonder if they ever could re-do such a hit, no make that "legend", as the ur-"quattro"
Not with anywhere near the same resonance that's for sure.
 

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Lord Blackadder said:
Group B rallying was then and is still the most epic auto racing ever seen! It's just about the only thing you could watch on TV that could make you soil yourself... Those drivers knew no fear
Lucky then that the cars live on in Rally Cross events... :D

Lord Blackadder said:
BTW what is the Audi channel? Obviously not something available to us yanks.
It's Audi's TV channel of course ;) they show reviews of their cars, how they're made, Audi Design, Audi Young Designers Foundation, old Grand Prix racing (Auto Union etc) but more importantly... rallying :D but not just any rallying, 1980's rallying :D from when the Quattro first launched with Michelle Mouton behind the wheel. :D

Did I mention those cars could DRIFT??? :eek: :eek: :D

Speaking of drifiting... have you ever seen 'Climb Dance'??? :D
 

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Speaking of audi,

Here is an article wrote on the Shooting Brake concept, it isn't professional and sure to have some errors, but I don't do it for money :)

If this car does go into production, I may have to get one (seriously). I am not a huge fan of the styling, but I do like it better then the MK-V VW Golf.



http://www.neuwerks.com/newsite/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26&Itemid=1



If the R8 looks like the LM or Nuvolari Quattro I am going to be drooling allot. I got to see the LM Quattro at NAIAS during one of my media trips. Great looking car!
 

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840quadra said:
Here is an article wrote on the Shooting Brake concept, it isn't professional and sure to have some errors, but I don't do it for money
Is that your site fella? :)

840quadra said:
If this car does go into production, I may have to get one (seriously). I am not a huge fan of the styling, but I do like it better then the MK-V VW Golf.
From the second pic, it's easy to envisage how the coupe version will look... still loving the snout though. :D
 

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iGav said:
Is that your site fella? :)
I can't claim it as mine, however I am the admin, and currently (this will hopefully change soon) the only person posting articles. This site is setup, and run by a group of friends I have.


From the second pic, it's easy to envisage how the coupe version will look... still loving the snout though. :D
That's what I was also thinking upon first glimpse of the picture. I love the interior, and could get used to the side profile over time. It actually reminds me of a Clio V6 from the side and back, which isn't a bad thing, as I like that car as well :).