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 |  Aug 22 2012, 6:32 PM

One of the most unusual – and most intriguing – Audi R8s in the world is available for purchase.

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 |  Apr 27 2012, 4:04 PM

 

In the skiing world Jon Olsson is known for innovating new tricks, in the automotive world he’s known for taking supercars through weather that might make some SUV drivers cringe.

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 |  Sep 20 2010, 7:27 PM

PPI Automotive has taken the Audi R8 V10 and overhauled it into the limited edition Razor GTR-10. With modifications from bumper to bumper, including performance, suspension and aesthetics, it’s a complete package for those that find the standard V10 model too mundane.

Horsepower has increased from 525-hp to 601-hp, plus there’s 417 ft-lbs of torque on tap, a slight increase from the factory 391 ft-lbs. Possibly more impressive is that the car sheds over 550 lbs from its body, making the performance increase that much more noticeable. The 0-62 mph time is now a scant 3.2 seconds.

The weight loss is attributed to a ton of carbon fiber components, with all new doors, roof pillars, side skirts and front bumper. Additional cooling comes from modified side skirts, rear fenders and a rear bumper. The last bits of carbon fiber replacement parts include an adjustable rear spoiler and rear diffuser. The engine bay also features a carbon fiber cover while the trunk sports carbon fiber ram-charged air inlets.

Shedding even more pounds are replacement lightweight MAG11 forged aluminum PPI wheels. Up front are a pair of 19×9-inch sized wheels wrapped with 245/35/19 Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires while the rear features 20×12-inch wheels with 325/25/20 matching tires. Flashy orange-metallic brake calipers highlight the brake upgrades.

Suspension modifications lower the vehicle thanks to KW Automotive springs, while a hydraulic lift system has also been installed to raise the front 1.75-inch if needed.

Inside there are even more carbon fiber goodies from e-brake to interior trim while the seats have been reupholstered with Onyx Nubuck leather with colored accents that are customizable. PPI also installs their proprietary steering wheel to the limited edition vehicle.

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[Source: GTSpirit]

 |  Sep 02 2010, 9:59 PM

In case you can’t tell, all you have to do is take an exotic (or luxury) car, wrap it in matte black and the internet will immediately go nuts about it. There’s just something so sinister and so menacing when you go and take a car like the Audi R8 and rewrap the entire car in a matte black finish, pair it up with matte black wheels and sprinkle in some carbon fiber body pieces.

As much as we like to think one day we’ll get sick and tired of this matte black craze, we wholeheartedly believe it’s here to stay and is part of the style and culture in car customization. And honestly, there’s just no denying what a nice matte-colored wrap does to a car’s aesthetics. But enough about the flat black style, this R8 from SR Auto Group has been dubbed Project Pur R8 Phantom and sports some subtle, yet sleek mods.

Breaking up the dark exterior is a set of bright red brake calipers that contrasts the matte black 20-inch wheels. Carbon fiber goods are in the form of front lip and rear spoiler, both from Hofele. PPI contributes with their carbon fiber rear vents and front grill.

As for performance, SR Auto Group is offering H&R lowering springs (pretty run-of-the-mill) and ECU tuning. No horsepower figures on the ECU retune though.

GALLERY: SR Auto Group Project Pur R8 Phantom

[Source: Top Speed]

 |  May 05 2009, 11:02 AM

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German Audi tuner PPI Design has released several versions of its R8 Razor GTR over the past 18 months and has now completed the project. The official unveiling happened at the Top Marques Monaco show and there really aren’t many words for the exotic other than “impressive.”

Thanks to a supercharger kit mated to the 4.2-liter V8, the R8′s new output is 580hp at 7400 rpm and 443 ft-lbs of torque at 6200 rpm.

Weight has also been decreased significantly due in part to an all-new carbon fiber body – and a set of carbon/aluminum wheels. In total the PPI Razor GTR weights 551 lbs less than the standard R8 for a total curb weight of just 3,483 lbs. PPI claims the added power and light weight translate to a 0-62 mph sprint of 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 206 mph.

GALLERY: PPI Razor GTR

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