Silver R8 V10 Adds a Touch of Luxury to the Open Road

2010 Audi R8 V10

Over a decade later, 2010 Audi R8 V10 still at the peak of its powers, includes new exhaust system, integrated radar detection.

Is there anything more timeless than the Audi R8? Over two generations spanning from the turn of the millennium to the New ’20s, the R8 and R8 V10 represent to this day the pinnacle of everything Ingolstadt has built.

Thus, this 2010 R8 V10 we happened upon on Bring a Trailer the other day should easily find a new home with plenty of roads to play upon, laying down all the luxury and performance it offers along the way.

2010 Audi R8 V10

This silver R8 V10 landed in Virginia before moving to Maryland, Florida, and its current home of Tennessee. Along the way – likely after leaving Virginia – it picked up an integrated radar detection system. Once in Tennessee with its current owner, a new sound was given to the Audi via a Fabspeed exhaust system. The forged 19-inch wheels will need some new rubber to replace the 2012 date code tires. Tires from 2019 and 2020 are on the Audi, too; those should be okay.

2010 Audi R8 V10

The R8 V10’s 5.2-liter V10 and six-speed manual logged over 52,000 miles in the 12 years it’s been on the road. Each mile, of course, felt all 525 horses and their combined 391 lb-ft of torque rumble over them, including more than a few spirited gallops down the highway. Whether they got to go 220 miles per hour – like the speedometer suggests – is a matter we’ll likely never know about.

2010 Audi R8 V10

Whether flying down the road or cruising on the street, though, the R8 V10’s black leather seats provide all the luxury and warmth anyone could ever want. The driver will definitely love rowing through the gated shifter for the six-speed. And all will love hearing their favorite songs coming out the Bang & Olufsen stereo system, too.

2010 Audi R8 V10

A 2022 R8 V10 performance with quattro starts at nearly $200,000. This one is nearly half that as of this post. One could say this is due to all the supply chain issues pumping up used vehicle prices through the roof. We would say it’s because an Audi like this is truly special.

Photos: Bring a Trailer

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

This 1500 HP Audi R8 Gets a Gated Manual & All-Wheel-Drive

This 1500 HP Audi R8 Gets a Gated Manual & All-Wheel-Drive

Underground Racing brings us a very special 1500 HP Audi R8 Decennium, which ditches its DCT for a six-speed gated manual transmission.

Audi aims to become a fully electric brand by the year 2033. The German car manufacturer also confirmed that the successor of its R8 supercar would get an electric-only powertrain. We reckon that it will be a while before Audi introduces another flagship supercar with a manual gearbox. Till then, good folks like Underground Racing are doing their best to ensure that enthusiasts can still experience the thrilling performance of the mid-engine Audi via a gated manual transmission.

The North Carolina outfit recently swapped out the dual-clutch automatic gearbox of an R8 Decennium with a six-speed gated MT. The car in question is a 2020 model year R8 which also gets a twin-turbo treatment. The R8 Decennium’s V10 motor could produce 620 HP of power and 427.8 lb-ft of torque in its factory tune.

For the uninitiated, this is also the same powerplant that propels Lamborghini Huracan. Underground Racing claims that with the help of its UR Twin Turbo system, the 5.2-liter motor of this R8 can now produce 1500 horsepower.

This 1500 HP Audi R8 Gets a Gated Manual & All-Wheel-Drive

The gated manual sends power to all four wheels, which retains its factory-like driveability according to UR.

The atelier also uses UR’s proprietary JRR engine management system to keep all that power in check. Thanks to the EMS, this 2020 R8 Decennium also gets a drift mode, Rolling Antilag on paddle, and launch control. Other drivetrain upgrades include a UR Street clutch and a UR billet intake which flaunts a polished finish.

The car also received a Performante Center-lock wheel conversion and now rides on a set of Performante wheels, which get a custom finish. Dallas, Texas resident Danny is the proud owner of this unique ride and also happens to be a long-time customer of Underground Racing. In addition to a Lamborghini Gallardo and a Huracan Performante, Danny gave his first-generation Audi R8 Underground Racing’s twin-turbo treatment.

So far, underground Racing has not disclosed any information regarding the cost of this conversion. Nevertheless, the tuner has confirmed via its official Facebook page that it will soon release a video of the build, probably sharing more information about the car. Underground Racing already has a plan in place for its next project.

In its Facebook post, Underground Racing writes, “If anyone is interested in building a manual 6 Speed Twin Turbo R8 or Huracan like this please don’t hesitate to call or email anytime.”

Image Source: Underground Racing

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Ginster Yellow Coupe Quattro Holy Grail Hits the Auction Block

Ginster Yellow B3 Audi Coupe Quattro Rare Collectors Car

Near-Flawless Ginster Yellow ACQ is one of only a handful in this rare color. With 64,000 original miles, this is a collector’s holy grail. 

When someone outside the Audi world hears the phrase “Audi Coupe Quattro,” they’re most likely to picture the iconic UR Quattro or Quattro S1 rally car. That’s because its successor, the B3 Coupe Quattro, wasn’t the most successful of sales stories in North America. This is especially true when it comes to the color Ginster Yellow, which we’re happy to admit isn’t for everyone. With only around 1,750 ACQs ever selling among its short run of only 1990 and 1991 model years in the US, it’s estimated only a couple dozen came in this color. To find one is a difficult task. So, if you’re a classic Audi collector, we advise you get out your wallet because this one is for sale.

This rare beauty is currently listed for sale on Cars and Bids. At the time of writing, it’s got about a week left and currently holds a bid of just $4,600. However, we don’t anticipate it’s going to stay that low. Given the rarity and its condition, it’s hard to say what it will sell for. We can assure you, though, we’ll be watching it closely.

Audi 20V Naturally Aspirated five-cylinder engine

Classic Audi Five-Cylinder Power

While the European market did get these cars with turbo engines, we did not. However, they still have some legendary Audi heritage planted under the hood. The 2.3-liter inline-five 20-valve shares the same architecture as the rally icon. Dual-overhead-camshaft construction and a sound that you won’t soon forget, even naturally aspirated. Originally, this engine had an output of 164 horsepower and 157 pound-feet of torque. Of course, power is sent to all four wheels via the five-speed manual transmission.

The Ginster Yellow paint job is far from subtle, which perfectly contrasts how much the underloved B3 Coupe Quattro flew under the radar. Its 15″ Speedline wheels complement this color quite nicely, though. One thing’s for sure; nobody is going to miss this thing driving down the road!

Interior of B3 Audi Coupe Quattro for sale Cars and Bids

A Rare Gem Frozen in Time

The true selling point of this beauty is its overall condition. It has only 64,200 original miles, which is reflected inside and out. Though it isn’t perfect, it’s in remarkable shape for being 32 years old.

Known flaws listed in the article include rock chips, peeling paint on the grille, peeling clear coat on the hatch, wheel scratches, and, of course, some minor electrical issues. The passenger power mirror, driver’s window regulator, and driver’s power seat do not currently function.

It does have plenty of recent service history, though, including control arms, ball joints, and tie rods. Furthermore, it got a new battery, new thermostat, new tires, new water pump, timing belt, and a host of seals replaced, too. Finally, the seller had a new ABS sensor installed, and the air conditioning system serviced within 600 miles.

So, while it may not be Concours perfect, it truly is an ideal car for a collector who isn’t afraid to drive their vehicles. Moreover, it’s ideal for a collector who wants to be noticed as they drive down the road.

Photos: Cars and Bids

Audi B5 RS4 Packs 470-HP Punch to Overcome Its Flaws

2001 Audi RS4 Avant

In spite of its flaws, the first RS4 holds up against the modern era of high performance in part because of its lack of high-tech features.

Following the end of the RS2 Avant in 1995, Audi fans had a long wait until the team at Ingolstadt developed a proper successor. After four years, one arrived: the RS4. While the United States received the B7 version between 2006 and 2008, Europe has enjoyed all four generations of one of the hottest Audis ever built, including the current B9 RS4 Avant.

Which begs the question: what of the B5 RS4 Avant? Does it hold up as well today as it did at the turn of the millennium? JayEmm on Cars seeks the answer with a modded 2001 RS4 Avant.

2001 Audi RS4 Avant

“Although they were certainly quick as standard,” said JayEmm, “posting a sub-5-second naught to 60 time, one of the things that made these cars was just how tunable they are. And this particular example is not standard.”

The 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 that once made 370 horsepower, thanks to tuning and a freer-flowing exhaust, it makes 470 horses. The RS4’s been lowered, and has front brakes from a Volkswagen Phaeton to better stopping power. This is also one of 530 B5 RS4s to come over to the United Kingdom, and one of 400 in right-hand drive. Its styling, meanwhile, doesn’t scream performance, unlike nearly Audi on the showroom floor now. But is owning an B5 RS4 worth it?

2001 Audi RS4 Avant

“I’ve been tempted by the S and RS4 of this generation a number of times in the past,” said JayEmm. “But there’s one really big reason I was always put off of them […] What’s put me off buying one of these in the past is the absolutely extraordinary running costs. For whatever reason, nearly everybody I talk to that owns, or has owned, one of these cars is always trying to put something right with it.”

That said, the RS4 Avant offers a few things newer ones don’t, like a six-speed manual. The ability to shift one’s own gears is a throwback to how things were in the 2000s: few electronics, more mechanicals, more connectedness. Today’s Audis, meanwhile, seem to handle everything for the driver, which might not be as fun as thought.

2001 Audi RS4 Avant

“Because this car is becoming something of a classic, with a price to match,” said JayEmm, “it becomes ever more difficult to justify it as merely a daily proposition. Yet still, the car has a lot going for it. If you ignore for a moment the fact you could get a much more modern, much more capable, much better-equipped car for the same or less money now, this is really quite a nice thing.”

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

MUST WATCH: Shop Employee Borrows R8 to Surprise Blind Child at Car Meet

Blind Kid in an Audi R8

In time for some holiday magic, one employee of Only Motorsports takes his boss’s Audi R8 to bring joy to a blind child’s heart.

Do you remember the first time you heard an Audi? Whether it was the turbocharged inline-five of the Ur-Quattro or the rumble of the R8 V10, Ingolstadt knows how to turn on the passion for the four rings of steel for fans of all ages.

And it’s especially magic when a child experiences Audi for the first time. Zach, one of the employees running Only Motorsports’ YouTube channel recently brought that magic to a special car meet put together to give a blind child an experience he’ll never forget.

Shop Employee Borrows R8 to Surprise Blind Child at Car Meet

“It’s Christmas Eve,” he said. “I was at the shop working. I just found out that there is a car meet over at a dealership somewhere. It’s for this kid for Christmas – I think he’s nine or 10 or something – he’s completely blind […] They’re doing a car meet because he loves cars.”

To make things special for the kid, the employee drove his truck to his boss’s house to “borrow” the Audi R8 parked inside. And not just any R8, but an R8 V10. After all, if five cylinders are good, 10 are better.

Shop Employee Borrows R8 to Surprise Blind Child at Car Meet

The gathering at Ford of Murfreesboro in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is filled with all sorts of sensory goodness, mostly of the American V8 variety. Zach’s “gift” to Christian, though, is filled with plenty of Teutonic magic to stamp the four rings of steel upon his heart.

Shop Employee Borrows R8 to Surprise Blind Child at Car Meet

“I’ve never seen an Audi in my life!” said Christian. “That’s loud! Why’s it so loud?”

Christian also noted how the chimes sounded exactly like those on his mom’s Volkswagen. Witnessing the sheer joy from his spirit pop from his time behind the wheel of the R8, though, is exactly why all of us became Audi fans. Being able to share such magic and wonder with a child like Christian is its own reward. In fact, it’s better to just watch the video below than for us to try to put his joy into words. Nothing like witnessing the birth of a new Audi fan.

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Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.