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 |  Mar 31 2014, 9:45 AM

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The cars this week all have one thing in common: excess. Excess power, excess cylinders, excess luxury and excess value. Check out what we’re driving this week on AutoGuide Now.

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 |  Feb 26 2014, 11:02 AM

2014 Audi R8 V8

For all their glory, the smoothness they’re known for, the melodious noises they make, the low-end torque they produce, modern V8 engines are fading away faster than childhood memories of fat camp. But in spite of this unfortunate disappearing act one engine is apparently here to stay.

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 |  May 10 2013, 6:54 PM

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What takes 241 specialists and 5,196 components to build? The 2014 Audi R8 of course, one of the finest exotics money can buy.

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 |  Apr 11 2013, 4:09 PM

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Audi just announced pricing for the newly improved R8 supercar, which went on sale today.

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 |  May 22 2012, 10:56 AM

We received spy photos of the next generation Audi R8 earlier today, but this newest batch of pictures is what we really wanted to see; the new R8 in the flesh, free of design-hiding camouflage. 

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 |  Dec 20 2011, 8:03 AM

It’s no secret that Audi is looking to launch a second generation Audi R8 supercar in Spring 2014, a car that it will be lighter and more powerful than the current model.

Besides adopting a multi-material inner structure, which includes carbon fiber for parts such as the transmission tunnel, B-pillars and engine firewall, the new R8 will also feature a 450 horsepower 4.2-liter V8, while the optional V10 motor will be hiked in output to around 550 hp.

There’s also a possibility that in effort to better comply with upcoming fuel economy standards, the V10 will be substituted for a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, similar to that which recently made its debut in the Bentley Continental. In addition, Audi also plans to market a limited run electric version, dubbed the RSe, aimed at buyers who want performance while maintaining a relatively health conscience.

Other features slated to be part of the 2014 R8 include a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission rather than the current 6-speed single clutch unit (no manual gearbox will be offered) a simpler MMI driver interface and variable intensity LED lights. Along with the loss of the stick-shift, Audi is also expected to make a major style change, dropping the trademark sideblades.

A Lamborghini Gallardo cousin will reportedly make its debut slightly ahead of the R8, with a roadster version of the latter due around 2015.

[Source: Car Magazine]