Audi TT Sport and R8 Sport on the Way
NECKARSULM, GERMANY — During a roundtable chat with journalists, Audi’s Quattro GmbH development
chief Stefan Reil dropped a hint that intensified, lightweight versions of the
R8 supercar and TT sports car are under serious consideration, according to www.edmunds.com.
The head of Audi’s Quattro GmbH (Audi’s in-house tuning/customization outfit
and builder of the scrumptious R8 supercar) indicated that Audi might not be
done exploring new ways to have fun with its R8.
R8 Sport, Audi will probably take a similar approach to performance as it did
with the 2005 TT Quattro Sport. That car featured a slight increase in
horsepower for its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a tauter suspension
calibration, Recaro seats, and a slight reduction in weight.
comments all but confirm a TT-RS model, which is rumored to have a turbocharged
five-pot with nearly 350 horsepower. What might that mean for the R8? Possibly an
increase in horsepower somewhere around 500 hp, according to www.edmunds.com.
Mechanical upgrades could include carbon ceramic brakes, and a few optimized
enhancements could reduce the aerodynamic drag and thus coax some more top
speed from the thrust of the R8’s 4.2L V-8, which currently produces 420 hp and
317 ft.-lb. of torque.
no clues as to the time frame during which the lightweight R8 and/or TT models
might appear or if either would make it to the United States.