Hardcore R8 testing at the Nurburgring
24 September 2009

Audi has been back at the Nurburgring testing a hardcore version of the R8, rumoured to be a Clubsport version.

This time around our snappers have captured a far more modified version of the R8. This car not only sports a fixed rear wing and small aero blades at the front, but extensively modified bodywork at the rear.

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The diffuser appears larger and the pipes are no longer oval RS items, replaced with drainpipe-style round exhausts. The car now rides on large RS6 alloys and large intakes have been cut out of the rear bumper.

Fresh reports suggest the R8 could be two-wheel drive using similar hardware to the new LP550-2 ‘Valentino Balboni'. This is unlikely however as it would mark a considerable departure from Audi's tradition of powering its fast cars through all four wheels.

A lightweight interior and possibly composite panels will help contribute towards a 50kg weight reduction.The power gains over the standard 518bhp R8 V10 will be minimal, however, ensuring that the car will still fall shy of the Lamborghini Gallardo’s LP560-4’s 552bhp.

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24 September 2009

I love the look of this test mule. The flat black and extra curves are so brilliant. Also the slightly different exhaust pipes are a welcome look for me. I didn't like the oval ones of the 5.2[quote Autocar]Audi has been back at the Nurburgring testing a hardcore version of the R8, rumoured to be a Clubsport version.

This time around our snappers have captured a far more modified version of the R8. This car not only sports a fixed rear wing and small aero blades at the front, but extensively modified bodywork at the rear.

The diffuser appears larger and the pipes are no longer oval RS items, replaced with drainpipe-style round exhausts. The car now rides on large RS6 alloys and large ...Read the full article[/quote]

24 September 2009

It still looks daft.

24 September 2009

Even though a nice looking car, still, the front could have been a bit more exciting. Having said that, in case of this particular incarnation, on a car which mostly consists of sharp straight lines, rectangular boxes or the likes – of course, with the obvious exception of wheel arches - circular protruding exhaust pipe peripheries just do not fit in.

24 September 2009

Nice improvement on an ugly car. :-)

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