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.

Image Source: LivingLifeFast, alex_collins98

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Panther Black R8 Panther Edition One Truly Rare Teutonic Cat

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

One of 30 made for the U.S. market, 2021 R8 Panther Edition wears namesake Panther Black paint over Crimson Red and black interior.

The R8 stands out among the Audi family for its status as a supercar. While other Audis have flexed their muscles before, they also could comfortably hold a family of four. The R8, on the other hand, delivers a more intimate experience for two. Or, on the track, just the driver.

Speaking of the track, Audi built a rare version of its rear-drive R8 for the 2021 model year: the R8 Panther Edition. Now, one example is destined for the big tent of Barrett-Jackson this January in Scottsdale, Arizona.

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

This R8 Panther Edition is one of 30 made exclusively for the U.S. market, draped in an equally exclusive color named Panther Black. The Audi dropped a year ago around Christmas time, and were the first 30 of the 2021 rear-drive R8 models available. And why rear-drive? Because quattro is still verbotten on the biggest battlefields of competition to this day, like the FIA GT3 class.

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

Aside from the exclusive Panther Black, the R8 Panther Edition includes carbon fiber-trimmed mirrors, engine compartment, and side intakes. Even the badging is blacked-out to fit the theme. Each corner features a 20-inch matte black wheels trimmed in red, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber.

Though no photos of the interior were taken, we do know it has Crimson Red leather seats. Surrounding them, a black leather interior with red stitching, complemented by a diamond-stitched Alcantra headliner. And of course, behind all of that is the 5.2-liter V10 with its 532 horses at the ready. Though V10s sound good out of the box already, the R8 Panther Edition kicks it up a notch with a sport exhaust system to really let it all roar.

2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition

The 2021 R8 Panther Edition is the second big cat Audi introduced into the wild. Back in 2019, 100 RS 5 Panther Edition models descended upon the unsuspecting, all in Panther Black. With nearly 2,100 miles on this V10 so far, this R8 has yet to begin its hunt for prey on the track. By the time its victims notice, it’ll already be too late.

Photos: Barrett-Jackson

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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.

MR2-Based Audi R8 Kit Car is a Hard No

Audi R8 Kit Car

Who is both delusional enough to commission a terrible Audi R8 replica and flush enough to pay for it?

The automotive hobby is full of nooks and crannies, and gets stranger every day. I mean, the “Carolina Squat” is a thing, and given how stupid-dangerous it looks? I’m kind of glad it’s going to be illegal come December. That said, few corners of our world are stranger than the dark one reserved for kit cars. These bastard machines are the vehicular equivalent of Elvis impersonators, and I have to admit, I have a fascination with them. Particularly well-done, but still bad, examples like this fake Audi R8 which recently popped up for sale on eBay.

This poor thing began life as a 1993 Toyota MR2 — which, it should be noted — is already an cool car. Good looks, a mid-engine chassis, and Toyota reliability made it a darling of enthusiasts the world over. So it’s unclear exactly why someone thought it’d be a good idea to turn a great car into a bad approximation of an awesome one. Unfortunately, the listing is no help there, though it does reveal that the windshield is cracked, it’s a right-hand drive, and that you sometimes have to wiggle the driver’s window switch to get it to work.

The true shame here is that while the proportions are dead wrong and literally nobody is going to be fooled by this costume, a lot of effort went into this imposter. At least from the — admittedly crappy — photos the work appears to have been done to a high standard. That means it cost money. A lot of money. So the situation we’re left with is something akin to a doctor entering the waiting room to announce that while the surgery was a success, the patient died. Seriously, who is delusional enough to commission something, like this but flush enough to pay for it?

Now, I should be clear that I’m not against all kit cars. In fact, I’d happily rock a replica Porsche 356, Jaguar C-Type, or Lancia Stratos. I think they could be built to be far better than the originals, and still look the business doing it. But something like this R8? The only people who are going to be convinced are the automotive illiterate, and aficionados are going to snicker whenever you’re seen in this thing. Maybe the window tint is so dark because nobody wants to be seen in this thing. If you have another idea, let me know.

Photos: eBay Motors

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YouTuber Takes Grandmother Around the ‘Ring in Audi R8

Grandma in Audi R8

Even when traveling over 180 mph, this grandmother proved cool as a cucumber on a lap around Germany’s famous Nürburgring.

When I first saw the title of YouTuber Misha Charoudin’s latest video, I have to admit, I was expecting something slightly different. Remember the clip of former F1 driver Riccardo Patrese taking his wife for a spin in a Honda Civic Type R? The one where she goes ballistic and seems to invent a hundred new Italian swear words?  That’s kind of what I was thinking. But as it turns out, Charoudin’s grandmother proves cool as a cucumber — even when he’s pushing the Audi R8 to over 180 mph.

That makes the clip even more fun, honestly. The sweet lady genuinely seems to be having a good time, which is pretty impressive. Because as we all know, the Nürburgring is a challenging track with lots of elevation changes and sharp turns. So the g-forces the pair are experiencing aren’t exactly nonexistent. When I’ve run hot laps on challenging circuits, I’ve occasionally had folks less than half her age ask me to back off, so the fact that she never tapped out makes her a total winner in my book.

At one point, she says she’s only driven around 60 mph, which makes sense given the quality of the cars she experienced growing up in the Soviet Union. Even at that relatively tame speed, something like a Trabant would likely be shaking itself to pieces. Fortunately, the Audi displays no such problems when Charoudin visits the upper registers of the speedometer, and the famous quattro all-wheel drive keeps it stuck to the tarmac in the corners. Now I have to wonder if grandma has got the bug — maybe we’ll even see her behind the wheel in a future video?

My beloved grandmother passed away over a decade ago, and given what I remember about her driving, I don’t think she would have enjoyed a lap like this. My mother, on the other hand, would likely have a blast. She’s the one who taught me to drive stick, and when I was in college, her daily driver was a five-speed Nissan 240SX. She’s in her early 70s now, but she still rocks a BMW 3 Series, so I’m going to see about taking her for a spin around her local circuit when I’m back for the holidays…

Photos: YouTube

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Top 10 Most Iconic Audi Commercials of All Time

1986 Audi Quattro Ski Jump

Audi promotes its lineup like few others can. Here are the 10 most memorable ads to leave a four-ring stamp upon the world.

Do you remember how you first heard about Audi? Was it was a review in a magazine> Maybe your family has always been about the four rings of Ingolstadt? Or, perhaps, it was a TV commercial which grabbed your heart, and never let it go.

With that in mind, here are the 10 Audi commercials of all time which proved how awesome the company and its products truly are.

10. Let It Go

The Super Bowl is more than football for most viewers. It’s also an opportunity to see what the brands and advertisers do to promote new products. Audi is no stranger to the big game, dropping ads of their own over the decades. Here, Maisie Williams sings the iconic “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen, all the while driving the e-tron Sportback out of a maddening traffic scene towards serenity, and an electric future.

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.