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.”

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Power and Secrets: Top Posts on AudiWorld in 2021

Power and Secrets: Top Posts on AudiWorld in 2021

‘Tis the season for best of lists, so let’s take a look at some of the most popular stories of the year!

For most of us, life hasn’t gotten quite back to normal. But global turmoil aside, it’s clear that in the history books, 2021 will still go down as a watershed year in the automotive world. For one thing, the already-accelerating industry push toward electric vehicles picked up even more steam — and Audi was at the front of the pack. Not only did Ingolstadt reveal that its engineers had stopped developing internal-combustion engines, it also dropped the news that coming 2026, new Audis will be all-electric.

Fortunately, Audi also enlisted gymkhana legend Ken Block to help develop motorsport-ready electric vehicles. So as far as enthusiasts are concerned? The future looks brighter than ever. That said, the year was also full of nasty engine notes, as tuners all over the world started stoking the RS6 Avant to weapons-grade levels, and we also got to check out magnificent creations like this 1276-horsepower R8. For those keeping score, it’ll do zero to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds and tops out north of 210 mph.

But before we ring in 2022, let’s take a look at some of the most popular stories of the year. There are some great reads in there, so make sure you didn’t miss any!

2022 Audi RS 3

The New Audi RS3: Specs and Gallery

Ingolstadt just dropped all the information on the new Audi RS 3, so hang on to your pants, because this baby sounds like a total blast. Power comes from Audi’s award-winning 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder, which pumps out a whopping 394 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque.

— By John Coyle

2009 Audi R15 TDI

Rare Opportunity: 2009 Audi R15 TDI for Sale

In the automotive hobby, there are rare cars, and there are the kind of ultra-rare unicorn cars that are the stuff of legend. This 2009 Audi R15 TDI for sale on Canepa definitely falls into the later category, as it’s the only example of the Le Mans racer in private hands, and it’s also the last of Audi’s open-top race cars.

— By John Coyle

Power and Secrets: Top Posts on AudiWorld in 2021

7 Hidden Features of the Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is a sports utility vehicle with some awesome features to help you get from point A to point B. But have you utilized these hidden features to your advantage? Check out these seven aspects of the Q7 that aren’t as widely known by Q7 owners.

— By Gaby Massari

2022 Audi Lineup

2022 Audi Lineup Will Include More Standard Equipment

We recently laid out all the changes for 2022 in the Audi RS lineup. This time we are focusing on the bread-and-butter models. The standard Audi range in 2022 will see some worthwhile updates of their own. The new Q6 e-tron is set to debut this year but that all-new model will not be covered here.

— By Joe Kucinski


Must-have Mods for the Audi B8.5 S4/S5

Power is piped to the company’s famous quattro system through a wicked-quick seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which means the new RS 3 will make the sprint to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. Keep your foot in the carpet, and standard models will pull all the way up to 155 mph.

— By Tommy Mabson

Mikkola Audi Quattro S1 E2

700 HP Audi Quattro S1 E2 Sounds Like a VELOCIRAPTOR!

Though Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive helped place Ingolstadt in the spotlight back in the Eighties, it was the ur-Quattro itself that made the company a household name. It certainly arrived at the right time, too, right at the start of rallying’s Group B era.

— By Cameron Aubernon

RS6 Bi-Turbo 4.2 liter V8

Top 10 Best Audi Engines of All Time

When it comes to weaving a compelling tale of high performance and iconic luxury cars, few can hold a candle to Audi and its impressive lineup of products. From the Quattro performance coupe to the Audi R8, the list of smash hits goes on and on, and it can be hard to keep track of them all.

— By Carl Malek

Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Tribute

For Sale: 1986 Audi Sport quattro S1 E2 Tribute

It’s impossible to overstate the impact that the Audi Sport quattro had on rally racing. Thanks to its revolutionary all-wheel-drive system, these beasts faced the insane competition of Group B and took home four championships in just five years.

— By John Coyle

Audi RS 5 Coupé in Nardo Grey

Top 10 Audi Paint Colors of All Time

When most people see an Audi these days, they usually see one in black, gray or silver. Maybe even white or red. Audi’s own official colors are black, white and “a progressive red.” Either way, it seems like Ingolstadt’s fallen in line with the rest of the monochrome palette used elsewhere.

— By Cameron Aubernon


6 Secrets of the Audi A4

Even many folks who own these awesome machines aren’t aware of all the hidden features and tricks for the Audi A4 B7/B8. So keep reading to see how you can customize your A4 even further to your liking.

— By Gaby Massari

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2022 TT RS Heritage Edition Limited to 50 Units

Audi TT RS Heritage Edition

The 2022 model year marks the end of the TT RS in the States, and if you want one of the last examples, you better act quick.

The Audi TT has been a fixture of the company’s lineup for nearly 25 years, and the sporty coupe is often cited as a modern design classic. Since 2009, there’s also been an RS version on the books — but all good things must come to an end. The 2022 model year will mark the end of the TT RS on our shores, and if you want one of the last examples, you’re going to have to act quick. Only 50 versions of the top-spec model are headed for the States, and they’re sure to be snapped up before they leave the production line.

The 50 units will be composed of five unique color schemes, and for the math-challenged folks out there, that means there will be ten of each. The choices will be Malachite Green with Cognac Brown leather and black stitching, Alpine White with Ocean Blue leather and Diamond Silver stitching, Helios Blue with Diamond Silver leather and Ocean Blue stitching, Tizian Red with Havana Brown leather and Jet Gray stitching, and Stone Gray with Crimson Red leather and Jet Gray stitching. Fans will note those are all color combos sported by the iconic UR-Quattro

Under the hood, all the RS models will have the turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder good for 394 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of twist, and send power to all four corners via a seven -speed dual clutch transmission. But while there won’t be any more power on the menu, the Heritage Edition TTs will get unique 20-inch wheels, a sport exhaust, OLED lighting, and lose the rear wing. Along with the distinctive colorways, these models will also have “Heritage Edition” and the I5’s firing order — 1-2-4-5-3 — etched into the rear quarter windows.

At this point, there’s no word on when the standard TT and TTS models will be put out to pasture. But given Ingolstadt’s rapid push toward electrification, it’s a safe bet it won’t be too long. Maybe the brass will decide to stick it out until 2023, and let the model mark its 25th anniversary? Regardless, the TT Heritage Edition will arrive in showrooms in early 2022, and list for $82,495. If you manage to score one, make sure to upload some photos!

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Audi R8 With Twin-Turbocharger Kit Produces 1276 HP

Audi R8 With Twin-Turbocharger Kit Produces 1276 HP

With the help of a pair of GTX 35 turbochargers and a slew of other performance upgrades, Alex Collins’ Audi R8 can achieve a top speed north of 210 MPH.

We recently reported that the Audi Sport Division will soon make the switch to all-electric mobility. However, even today the Audi R8 with its internal combustion engine is one of the best high-performance machines in the German automaker’s product portfolio. As it turns out, the 5.2-liter motor of the R8 possesses unfathomable performance potential. A recent video from the YouTube channel LivingLife Fast reveals what tremendous power one can harness by tweaking the V10 power plant of an R8.

The car in question is currently the ownership of Alex Collins from QS Tuning, which is a leading German tuning and maintenance company based in West Sussex, UK. The Audi R8 seen in the video is the fifth car to receive a twin-turbo treatment by QS Tuning. The British outfit offers AMS and Boost Logic kits for Audi R8s, and the former is responsible for the performance of Alex’s ride. With some minor tweaks, the 5.2-liter V10 motor now generates 1276 HP of power thanks to a pair of GTX 35 turbochargers.

Audi R8 With Twin-Turbocharger Kit Produces 1276 HP

The breath-taking Audi R8 sports a cool white paint job, which is offset by the 20-inch Vossen MX2 forged wheels that flaunt a polished Brickell bronze finish.

Collin also offers his insights on the sports car in the video. “It’s essentially a pretty much stock car, just with a turbo kit on it. It’s got an in-tank fuel pump upgrade, but it’s still stock injectors, stock rails, stock clutches, stock box, stock driveshafts” said Collins. He further adds,” So, on the dyno, on pump fuel, it makes just under 1100 horsepower that’s it. Then on Renegade 109, it makes 1276 horsepower, so we’re capping the mid-range torque on it just where it’s got the stock clutches.”

According to the owner, this Audi R8 with its twin turbocharger kit can complete a quarter-mile with an exit speed of 159.7 MPH. Alex also claims that the top speed of his R8 is somewhere north of 210 MPH. The car rides on a set of 20-inch Vossen MX2 forged wheels, which flaunt a polished Brickell bronze finish. In its most capable tune, the supercar can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in around 2.3 seconds and uses vibrant yellow Ferrari brake calipers for the stopping power.

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Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi might introduce the RS6 Avant e-tron at the same time as the upcoming A6 e-tron electric sedan.

Earlier in March, Audi announced that it will no longer develop IC engines. Since then, the pace of Audi’s electrification strategy has skyrocketed. Most recently, the Ingolstadt automaker’s all-new 2022 Audi A3 made its stateside debut with a standard MHEV variant. Now, according to a recent Autocar report, the German car manufacturer might soon introduce an all-electric Audi RS6.

Right now, the e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT are the only performance electric models in Audi’s arsenal. According to the report, the Audi Sport division is also transitioning into the electric-only future along with the automaker. As a result of this, the company is developing an all-electric performance estate model. The alleged offering might take on the Audi RS6 Avant e-tron moniker.

Back in April, Audi unveiled its A6 e-tron concept. Autocar claims that Audi bosses have almost confirmed that this concept will also lay the foundation for an electric estate version. The report also claims that Audi might launch both offerings at the same time, which means we can expect the battery-electric Audi RS6 Avant e-tron to make its global debut as early as 2023.

Audi RS6 Avant e-tron Might Debut in 2023

Audi RS e-tron GT quattro’s 590 HP and 612 lb-ft all-electric drivetrain might propel the RS6 Avant e-tron

It is also possible that RS6 Avant e-tron and A6 e-tron might share Volkswagen Group’s Premium Platform Electric (PPE) vehicle architecture. The automaker is collaborating with Porsche to develop VW’s premium EV platform. So far, we do not have any information regarding the performance figures of the upcoming estate.

If Audi decides to use RS e-tron GT quattro’s powertrain to propel the RS6 Avant e-tron, then the electric estate might get a 93 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Furthermore, the RS6 Avant e-tron might also get a dual synchronous electric motor setup with a maximum power output of 590 HP (637 HP in boost mode) and 612 lb-ft of peak torque.

Audi wants its electrified product portfolio to be responsible for 40% of its global sales volume by 2025. The automaker will introduce 30 electrified offerings by 2025, out of which 20 models will be battery-only products. The German company will also introduce its final internal combustion model in five years. At the same time, Audi America wants one-third of its portfolio to have some level of electrification.

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