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Audi R8 news - R8 V10: could do better - 2009
A potent blend of power, pace and absolute control, there’s not much we’d change about Audi’s ultimate supercar.
But what do we know? German tuning house Abt - already responsible for this Golf, Tiguan, Scirocco and, most worryingly, this terrifying Q5 - has decided that what the R8 V10 really needs is an extra 82bhp and a big dirty bodykit.
That means a nice round power output of 600bhp and the visual impression of a rhino in full ninja garb. Abt hasn’t released performance figures for its hardened R8, but does state that it is ‘very, very fast’ - a claim with which we shall not argue.
However, in the same statement, company boss Christian Abt also says the R8 is ‘not just intended to exist on paper, but also be available on the road’, which we’d always assumed was a minimum requirement for anyone in the car building industry.
That’s not even the best bit of the press release. Oh no. We’re loving Abt’s description of the R8 as a ‘medium-engined super sports car’. Yes, we know what they meant, but we think this could be start of an interesting new taxonomy.