End of an era – Audi R8 first gen

Audi intends to bid goodbye to its iconic R8 first gen. In order to provide a befitting farewell, it has launched an even more powerful the “Audi R8 Competition”. Yes the car is called Competition. Planned for a limited production of 60, the competition is a meatier 5.2 L V10. It makes 570 hp which is 20hp more than the R8 and is mated to a seven speed, dual clutch S Tronic gearbox. Audi claims that this engine configuration is good for a 60 mph propulsion in 3.2s and a maximum speed of 199 mph.

2014 Audi R8 Competition - Front Three Quarters

2014 Audi R8 Competition – Front Three Quarters

The Audi R8 was introduced by the German automaker Audi AG in 2006 and has since then seen a lot of water flow under the bridge. The “R” stands for racing and the “8” pointed towards a V8 engine. Of course the latter models had V10’s in them but the configurator name became more than that over a period of time. It became a symbol of performance.

The journey began in 2005 when Audi announced that the successful Audi R8 race car name would be used for a new road car. This Audi R8 which was based on the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car appeared first at 2003 international Geneva Motor show and 2003 Frankfurt Motor show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30 September 2006.

2006 Audi R8 - Front Three Quarters

2006 Audi R8 – Front Three Quarters

Audi AG has a high performance private subsidiary company called the Quattro GmbH. This arm was tasked with developing the R8. Not a lot of people know that the R8 is actually based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. Its chassis however is a different engineering feat altogether. It’s the purpose built space frame and uses an aluminium monocoque. Fun fact, during the shooting of the Iron-Man 2 movie, the Audi R8 was supposed to be used in a stunt sequence being flipped over. The chassis of the R8 however was so genially designed that the car refused to topple over the ramp! Impressed by its construction, the car was given a running solo shot in the movie.

Let’s now look at the Competition.

2014 Audi R8 Competition - Rear Three Quarters

2014 Audi R8 Competition – Rear Three Quarters

2014 Audi R8 Competition - Interiors

2014 Audi R8 Competition – Interiors

There is that striking black carbon exterior elements which constitute the rear spoiler, the engine bay, mirror housings, side blades front spoiler and rear diffuser. This carbon treatment not only lowers the Competition’s weight but also provides greater down force. Do not miss out the striking red brake callipers which stand out against the wheels. Audi is also offering a host of customising options for the interiors to meet individual needs and tastes.

Quite a way to say GOODBYE!

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