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    Is the R8 competition worth it?

    I looking into purchasing a 2014-15 R8 V10 and was wondering if the competition R8 is worth it. Thanks

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    Re: Is the R8 competition worth it?

    That's a really broad question. "Worth" is relative. At what price, or price premium over another option? For what purpose (how will you use the car)? What do you value most in the car?

    The competition, as the name implies, was designed to be more geared towards track use - similar to the V10+ but with a bit more track focus still. In the US, the Competition was as close to an R8 GT as we saw in the facelift years - but it's far from comparable, as the GT truly was a more hardcore car. I'd say look at the Competition if you're leaning towards using the car on track (e.g. you need carbon ceramic brakes).

    When I bought my R8, I decided to order the "standard" V10 versus even the V10+ because I wanted a bit more compliance for road use - the magnetic ride, more sound deadening, larger fuel tank, etc. The V10+ eliminated those. The Competition took it a step further. But that's just my personal preference. I also wasn't into the big wing or additional aero - I'm more about clean and subdued.

    If you wanted the fastest stock version of the Gen-1 Facelift, the Competition is your car. Is it "fast enough" over the standard V10 or even V10+ to justify the premium? That's a personal question, I suppose. For me, I was never looking to squeeze every 10th of a second from the car - 3.6 seconds to 60 was plenty. So any sizable premium, for me, didn't make sense.

    Will you want to modify your car? I'm also not big into mods (I know, very boring here!) - but I think it's more acceptable on a "standard" car. I'm not sure I'd feel as comfortable doing it to one of the limited run cars like a GT, LMX, or even Competition. So, you may want to factor-in your plans for modification. On the flip side, if you're one of the guys who would want to take your standard R8 and make it look like a Competition, just going straight to the Competition could save you the time and money.
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    Re: Is the R8 competition worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by ezmaass View Post
    Will you want to modify your car? I'm also not big into mods (I know, very boring here!) - but I think it's more acceptable on a "standard" car. I'm not sure I'd feel as comfortable doing it to one of the limited run cars like a GT, LMX, or even Competition. So, you may want to factor-in your plans for modification. On the flip side, if you're one of the guys who would want to take your standard R8 and make it look like a Competition, just going straight to the Competition could save you the time and money.
    EZ, must you always be so sensible?
    That's the reason I went with the GT, yet it's a disease. Once you get it, only a hard-drug habit can get you off it. At first, it was just wheels only. I could justify that. Then, it was the exhaust, because, ya' know. . .significant weight savings from the rear of the car. Next came the tune. I mean, might as well let all those extra ponies run, right? But I'm done now. Doh! I just got another set of wheels. It's a disease I'm telling ya'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GT#298 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ezmaass View Post
    Will you want to modify your car? I'm also not big into mods (I know, very boring here!) - but I think it's more acceptable on a "standard" car. I'm not sure I'd feel as comfortable doing it to one of the limited run cars like a GT, LMX, or even Competition. So, you may want to factor-in your plans for modification. On the flip side, if you're one of the guys who would want to take your standard R8 and make it look like a Competition, just going straight to the Competition could save you the time and money.
    EZ, must you always be so sensible? [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.r8talk.com/forums/images/smilies/wink.gif[/IMG]
    That's the reason I went with the GT, yet it's a disease. Once you get it, only a hard-drug habit can get you off it. At first, it was just wheels only. I could justify that. Then, it was the exhaust, because, ya' know. . .significant weight savings from the rear of the car. Next came the tune. I mean, might as well let all those extra ponies run, right? But I'm done now. Doh! I just got another set of wheels. It's a disease I'm telling ya'. <img src="https://www.r8talk.com/forums/images/smilies/rolleyes.png" border="0" alt="" title="Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)" class="inlineimg" />
    I’ll see your gonorrhea and raise you my syphilis, scurvy, and sprinkle in some hepatitis!

    The mod bug is truly a disease. But building the perfect car has a satisfying ending.

    What’s perfect? Each person has their own version of that. And that’s why we get so many different amazing R8s to enjoy. If everyone was stock it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. I’d venture to say stock is a rarity even.

    If you’re only into fastest car, just put a tune and exhaust on a base V10 and you’re already higher output than anything Audi put out stock Gen1. Delve into SC or TT setups if you want crazy and to get away from the NA. I can’t bring myself to do that. That engine bay and engine note is too perfect as is.

    As ez said, if you plan to mod, more acceptable to do it to a base car than a limited run car (GT, LMX, Competition) esp if you plan to resell. It will diminish value on those cars. Also as stated, if you want to make it a clone of them, much cheaper to just buy the real deal.

    That said if you do decide to buy a base and clone, Ive got some GR Competition/GT canards that are for sale.
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    Re: Is the R8 competition worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by GT#298 View Post
    EZ, must you always be so sensible?
    That's the reason I went with the GT, yet it's a disease. Once you get it, only a hard-drug habit can get you off it. At first, it was just wheels only. I could justify that. Then, it was the exhaust, because, ya' know. . .significant weight savings from the rear of the car. Next came the tune. I mean, might as well let all those extra ponies run, right? But I'm done now. Doh! I just got another set of wheels. It's a disease I'm telling ya'.
    Haha... so maybe my logic doesn't work when you truly have "the disease" -- but maybe it staved off a FEW mods for you?

    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderDent View Post
    I’ll see your gonorrhea and raise you my syphilis, scurvy, and sprinkle in some hepatitis!

    The mod bug is truly a disease. But building the perfect car has a satisfying ending.

    What’s perfect? Each person has their own version of that. And that’s why we get so many different amazing R8s to enjoy. If everyone was stock it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. I’d venture to say stock is a rarity even.

    If you’re only into fastest car, just put a tune and exhaust on a base V10 and you’re already higher output than anything Audi put out stock Gen1. Delve into SC or TT setups if you want crazy and to get away from the NA. I can’t bring myself to do that. That engine bay and engine note is too perfect as is.

    As ez said, if you plan to mod, more acceptable to do it to a base car than a limited run car (GT, LMX, Competition) esp if you plan to resell. It will diminish value on those cars. Also as stated, if you want to make it a clone of them, much cheaper to just buy the real deal.

    That said if you do decide to buy a base and clone, Ive got some GR Competition/GT canards that are for sale.
    Very solid reasoning here!

    LOL on your very graphic depiction of the "mod disease"
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