Audi R8 MTM V10 Supercharged is a 822 HP Beast: Video

Audi R8 MTM V10 Supercharged

It’s not like the Audi R8 V10 isn’t crazy quick out of the box — but there’s no kill like overkill.

In May, I posted about how the mad scientists at MTM turned a 2021 Audi RS6 into a 1000-horsepower monster, and now, there’s a new video showcasing more of the company’s handiwork. This time, the folks at the Miami-based shop turned their attention to the R8 V10, and as you can imagine, the results were impressive. Thanks to a $35,000 supercharger, this baby is now pumping out a robust 822 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of twist.

Given that the most potent versions of the R8 are “only” packing 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft at the crank, that’s a serious improvement — even if finding a place where you can use the extra poke might prove tricky. Fortunately, even if you’re not smashing through the 200-mph barrier on a runway somewhere, the modifications made to this land rocket give it an unhinged exhaust note that gearheads will love hearing at any speed. Even if their neighbors might not appreciate the extra drama.

According to the description, Auditography posted along with the clip, the addition of the blower means this R8 will rocket from zero to 60 mph in a blistering 2.75 seconds. Other than noting that the stock wheels have been swapped with forged FI-R units from BBS, there’s no mention of precisely what else has been done to the car. Well, other than the custom wrap, that is. But if this were my car, I’d have left the exterior factory, as the graphics are a little too busy for me.

That said? I have to wonder why they MTM went with a supercharger here as opposed to opting for turbos. Given the crazy gains that are possible just by upgrading the snails on the RS6, I would have expected them to take a similar route with the R8. Especially since the folks at Underground Racing have been using twin turbo systems to push the sexy sports coupe into four-digit horsepower territory for years. Am I missing something here? Hit me up and let me know!

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Audi RS6 Avant With Capristo Exhaust: Hot or Not?

Audi RS6 Avant

The custom exhaust of this wicked Audi RS6 Avant takes the snap, crackle, and pop all the way to 11!

While it’s a wagon, or an estate if you want to be all European and fancy, the Audi RS6 Avant is anything but a sleeper. Even in factory form, this baby looks more aggressive than a grocery getter has any right to be, and you’d have to be illiterate in all things automotive not to suspect something powerful lurks under the hood. Straight from the factory however, it doesn’t sound terribly beastly, especially in the old country, where the engine is muffled by a mandatory OPF exhaust particulate filter.

Of course, the aftermarket has plenty of solutions to wake up Ingolstadt’s potent twin-turbo 4.0-liter, and this system from Capristo Exhaust sounds positively brutal — even if it might not be everyone’s cup of tea. It ditches the OPF filter, and apparently, and semblance of baffling to produce a noise that’s positively demonic, as you’ll discover as soon as you hit play. According to Automotive Mike, this machine is producing a whopping 830 horsepower, so it’s not a case of bark being worse than its bite, either.

The 239 horsepower increase isn’t the most I’ve seen on a new RS6, but it’s close, and along with the Stage 2 tune and Milltek Downpipes, this baby is rocking a trick set of bronze Ferrada wheels. While I’m generally not a fan of aftermarket wheels, I think these look spectacular, and absolutely love how the blue-painted brake calipers look behind them. While it’s hard to go wrong with red ones, this subtle difference in color choice really makes them pop. It probably doesn’t hurt that this lovely shade of blue is one of my all-time favorite colors.

Now, I’m of two minds on this exhaust. On the one hand, it’s way, way, too loud for me. Maybe if I lived in the middle of nowhere, I’d be comfortable with it, but driving this in a city like Seattle is going to be pretty obnoxious. And it would make your neighbors totally hate you. But I happen to love the complete riot of snaps, crackles, and pops that accompany the overrun here. Even if I know that it’s all electronic trickery and completely unnecessary, it still makes me giggle like a four-year old. That said, watch the video and let me know what you think. Is this the kind of treatment you’d consider for your ride? Why or why not?

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