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Spy Shots: New top-shelf Audi R8 GT RS spotted?

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Spy Shots: New top-shelf Audi R8 GT RS spotted?

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Sep 13th 2010 at 3:32PM

The eagle-eyed crew over at Auto Express has managed to get its hands on a few photos of what may very well turn out to be a more hardcore version of the mighty Audi R8. Spotted at a gas station near the Nürburgring, the car was wearing a host of mechanical and aesthetic additions borrowed straight from the German manufacturer's racing program. Along with a set of becoming orange stripes, the mid-engine terror wears a new, more aggressive front splitter up front and massive air intakes on both sides. That hardware should look awfully familiar. The company makes use of similar tech on its R8 LMS racer.

Around back, the hotter R8 uses large, center-up exhaust outlets and a significantly different engine cover. Auto Express seems to feel that those cues may indicate a powerplant with more than 600 horsepower nestled behind the seats. From what we understand, there are massive brakes tucked behind the vehicle's wheels and gutted cabin in place of the leather-lined interior.

That sounds like our cup of tea, alright, but what does Audi have planned for this thing? Auto Express is already calling the roided-out racer the R8 GT RS, which is as sexy a name as we could conjure. Here's hoping we hear more about this one soon.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/13/spy-shots-new-top-shelf-audi-r8-rs-spotted/

Secret Audi R8 RS

World-first glimpse of ultimate R8, range-topper promises 600bhp, lighter body and even more driver-focused performance

Text: Sam Hardy / Photos: autoscoop.biz06th September 2010

Could this be the ultimate R8? When our spy photographer spotted this Audi supercar filling up at a petrol station just outside the Nürburgring test track in Germany, he initially didn’t think much of it.

But then, closer inspection revealed some remarkable details which indicate it might be a new RS model – to sit above the mighty 552bhp 5.2-litre V10-engined R8 GT.

This mystery prototype – which could be badged GT RS – wears a host of motorsport-sourced parts which point to an even faster, more powerful and more driver-focused machine.

Take a close look at the images and you’ll see that as well as the Audi motorsport-style stripes and an all-new ground-hugging front splitter and side skirts, the prototype gets a plastic engine cover and huge side air intakes lifted directly from the R8 LMS racing car.

But perhaps the most intriguing modification is the way the exhausts exit just below tail-lamp height in the centre of the rear bumper – leaving gaping holes where the standard pipes would be. This is an arrangement which comes straight from the race track. Huge brakes complete the exterior package.

Inside, the motorsport theme continues with a stripped-out cabin that boasts little more than a pair of Recaro racing seats to keep the driver and passenger firmly in place at high speed.

In fact, about the only details the car is missing are a roll cage and a large downforce-generating rear wing. Audi is remaining tight- lipped on the project for now, but there’s no doubt an even more driver-focused R8 would appeal to buyers following the successful reception received by the R8 GT.

With even more power (perhaps up to 600bhp), less weight and potentially rear-wheel drive only – the GT retains rear-biased four-wheel drive – this would effectively be a highly exclusive roadgoing racing car, similar to Porsche’s 911 GT2 RS.

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/256834/secret_audi_r8_rs.html#ixzz0zRXCshzh

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