Photoshoot: Audi R8 V10 with GT Kit and HRE Wheels
The Audi R8 still gives us the rip-roaring effect every time we see it and more so hear it! This one is the Audi R8 V10 fitted with a GT conversion kit albeit still retaining the oval tips in the rear. Ace photographer Marcel Lech Photography was commissioned to do this photoshoot and the result is bewildering, as always. The unique car has also been fitted with a set of HRE Wheels finished in a color complementing its vibrant body. Being our photography feature of the day, the gallery will do much of the talking.
Still, for those who are not familiar with the Audi R8, its one of the successful Audi cars whose technology and inspiration is drawn from their racing department. Initially equipped with a 4.2 liter V8 engine, the powertrain was upgraded in 2008 with a V10 option. The V10 was the same engine used in the Audi C6 S6, before being used in the Lamborghini Gallardo. The success of this engine in the Lamborghini Gallardo prompted Audi to take a higher notch in the Audi R8’s future. Needless say, the decision was excellent as it has been properly manifested since then.
The Audi R8 V10 would have used forced induction as seen in the Audi C6 S6 with a V10 twin turbo, however while undergoing testing at the Nurburgring the test mule caught fire. The engineers had to detune the engine by losing the twin turbos. It now produces 525hp, an update in 2012 saw the introduction of the Audi R8 V10 Plus which produces 542hp. The Audi R8 models utilizes a 6-speed manual or 7-speed S-Tronic transmission, earlier models used the 6-speed R-Tronic. There is also a limited edition Audi R8 LMX based on the Audi R8 V10 albeit with a load of high-tech options such as the LED and laser high beams. It produces 562hp and will only be produced in excess of 99 units.
The Audi R8 GT variant is also based on the Audi R8 V10; other than the increased engine power of 552hp the car differs visually. You will notice it for its front bumper winglets, fixed rear wing and GT badges that replaces the V10 badges. This variant is limited to 333 units for the Coupe and 333 units for the Spider.