This is a 2020 Audi R8 V10 with a 6spd gated manual gearbox
US-based tuner Underground Racing creates our dream R8. Oh, and it has 1,500bhp
What’s the one thing missing from the current generation Audi R8? Yep, of course it’s the glorious open-gate manual gearbox of its predecessor. Why can’t we have nice things, Audi?
Anyway, luckily there are people like Kevin Howeth in this world. He’s the co-owner and founder of Charlotte-based tuner Underground Racing, which has just completed its build of the 2020 R8 Decennium special edition you see above.
Just 222 V10-engined Decenniums were ever built, but long-time Underground Racing customer ‘Danny from Dallas’ clearly wanted something a little more unique. Just check out that interior – yep, that’s an Audi-sourced six-speed gated manual conversion.
That’s not all either. Underground Racing claims to be the builder of the ‘world's fastest street legal Lamborghinis’, and so the R8’s 5.2-litre V10 has been treated to twin-turbos and a total of 1,500bhp. That feels about... enough.
A whole heap of engine components are upgraded to deal with the extra power, and there’s a new JRR engine management system as well as Performante centre-lock wheels. The best bit, though? Howeth says that anyone else interested in building a manual R8 or Huracan should contact him right away. Now where did we put that petty cash tin?
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