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With the recent introduction of the 2013/2014 facelift, the R8 is maturing. R8Talk.com has also grown. While a few subjects come up over and over, unless you know what to search for the answers to your questions can be a little hard to find. This thread is an introduction and road map to our owner's community and to a few of the most commonly discussed subjects among the denizens of this Audi R8 "Virtual Garage" called R8Talk.com. Please refer back to this thread periodically and use it as a reference.

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  • Getting Started on R8Talk.com Some rules and etiquette.
  • Ordering an R8
  • R-tronic Automated Manual Transmission FAQ
  • Audi R8 Quirks and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Popular Upgrades, How-To & DIY Articles
  • The Audi R8 ownership experience
  • Buying a Previously-Loved R8
  • Some favorite quotes from around the forum
  • Maintenance and Reliability topics
  • Commercial and Promotional messages




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Getting Started on R8Talk.com

R8Talk etiquette and forum usage


  • Welcome! We are justifiably proud of the quality of the conversation here on R8Talk, and we are glad you chose to join us. We look forward to your contributions! New Members of R8Talk are encouraged to please Introduce Yourself. We'd also like to hear why you chose your Member Name! Finally, if you haven't already done so, please add your geographic location to your Profile. Here's Why You Should, and How to Do So. (Note, this is now mandatory for new member signups. If you "gamed" it and put in something misleading, please consider changing it to your real location.)

  • Forum Index: Most of you found us using search. There is much more on R8Talk. To find ALL the available forums please visit the Forum Index Page.

  • Forum Conduct: Be polite. The active forum membership is dominated by R8 owners and those serious about owning an R8. The discussion stays civil and each member is expected to always be considerate of and value others' opinions, even when they differ from your own. We intend to keep it that way, so please respect our community. All posts should be made with the same respect for our members as if you were in the same room with us having a polite but spirited face-to-face conversation.

  • Adult Content: Please remember that KIDS LOVE THE AUDI R8 and many of them read R8Talk.com. We are a little old fashioned here, so please save the off-color remarks for the Playboy forum! ;)

  • Rules: No one really Likes rules, but they are necessary to keep the fabric of our society together! Please review the Announcements which include the Forum Rules (there are a few more rules here), and the Commercial Use Policy. Also read the Terms of Use.

  • Search Since the forum software was updated, the native search (Advanced Search) is not nearly as flexible as it used to be. The google Custom Search works well. You may need to use both in order to find that thread you know you saw three years ago...

  • Set a Signature: Use the User Control Panel to edit your Signature so readers can immediately associate your online persona with the content of your posts. I also recommend setting notification for new Private Messages ON (it's on the Edit Options page) so other members can reach you privately when appropriate.

  • Advanced Editor: Quick Reply is convenient, but I suggest you use the the Advanced Editor for all but a quick note. Click the "Go Advanced" button to access additional toolbars to help make your posts and signature more visually interesting. Learn a little BB Code and really look like a pro!

  • Posting Photos and Videos: Use the Gallery to upload your photos to your very own FREE Member Gallery, then click the Insert Images button in the editor to place the photos into your posts. The easiest way to do this is to copy the Direct Link code shown in the Gallery underneath your photo, and paste it into the Insert Images dialog box. When posting photos it helps to have two windows or tabs open - one with the post editor and another with the Gallery or other site containing your photos. And please be polite to those with slow connections when Inserting Images by only inserting Medium size photos, not extra large or full resolution images. Posting Youtube or Vimeo videos is easy with the Insert Video button in the Editor.

  • The Garage: Link your photos to your car's description in the Garage to show off your ride.



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R-tronic Automated Manual Transmission FAQ

There are a lot of bad reviews about the Audi R8's R-tronic automated manual transmission in the automotive press. There is also quite a bit of mis-understanding about exactly what kind of transmission the R-tronic really is.

We see many questions on R8Talk about the R-tronic transmission, so here are a few facts about the manual and R-tronic transmission options to jump start your understanding.


  • Audi has announced an available 7-speed S-tronic transmission (7ST?) for the 2013 R8 ("facelift") in place of the 6-speed R-tronic transmission offered in 2007-2012 model years. The 6-speed manual transmission will continue to be offered as standard on the V8 and optional on the V10.

  • The 6-speed manual transmission (6MT) and the 6-speed R-tronic transmission (6RT) are virtually identical, they just have different actuating mechanisms.

  • While there is no clutch pedal, the R-tronic is NOT an automatic transmission in the traditional sense. To be reasonably smooth it needs to be driven like a manual, with active driver involvement in throttle management. It takes drivers new to the R8 a little time to get comfortable with this, just like it takes time to get comfortable with the coordination involved in driving a manual. By all accounts, going through this learning process is well worth your time! Most owners love their R-tronics.

  • There have been some significant revisions to the shifting software since the R8 was new, so the auto mode is now much improved over the cars available to the automotive press when the R8 was first introduced. Even so, the full-auto mode is there when you need it but don't expect it to shift as smoothly as an Audi A8.

  • The R-tronic is NOT a Tip-tronic transmission (paddle-shifted torque-converter automatic). The R-tronic is NOT a S-tronic transmission (also known as DSG, similar to Porsche's PDK, a fully automated manual with two separate clutches running in an oil bath). Instead, the R-tronic has a single clutch (with two dry plates) and is in all respects a conventional manual transmission, except that it is equipped with electro-hydraulic shifting actuators and clutch actuator (mechatronic in Audi-speak). This sounds like symantics, but the difference is important in understanding what to expect and not expect from the R-tronic.

  • Both the manual and R-tronic transmissions are equipped with the same two-plate dry clutch, but the R-tronic includes a clutch position sensor (which can be read by the dealer as an approximate indication of clutch wear) while the manual does not.

  • No, the manual is not difficult to shift with that big aluminum gate! While not the quickest manual shifter ever developed, most manual owners get quite a bit of satisfaction from the process of clicking through the gears. "Guide" the shifts and you will find it is one of the smoothest shifting transmissions you will experience. Don't "slam" the shifts or you might stretch the shift cables which will necessitate an adjustment of the shift linkage. Adjustment of the shift linkage by your dealer's service department can be necessary if the shifting becomes notchy or difficult. Often times a difficult shift into reverse is the first indicator that adjustment is required.

  • There is no right or wrong transmission choice. Which one you choose for your R8 is purely personal preference.


Use search to find the many, many threads on R8Talk which discuss all aspects of the R-tronic. This is a good thread to start with.



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Audi R8 Quirks

There are a few questions asked over and over again by most new owners. Here are some answers and links to more information.


  • Front Tires Scrubbing at Full Lock: This is a normal consequence of the R8's version of the quattro all-wheel drive system. It is more pronounced at low temperatures, where it sounds and feels like the entire front end is locking and unlocking. However, it doesn't hurt to verify that your power steering fluid is at the proper level. If the symptom occurs at other than full lock, ask your dealer to check the shock absorbers (dampers) and the rest of the suspension for proper function. Audi's explanation to UK dealers is here, and the USA Audi Technical Service Bulletin is here: TSB 440801 - Chattering/skipping sensation in front axle on tight turns [Suggested Search terms: Judder; Shudder; Scrub]

  • "Add a Quart/Litre of Oil" message comes on frequently on a new car: It is normal for a new car to use quite a bit of oil until the engine is fully broken in. We advise carrying a litre of oil in the vehicle for topping up when the message appears, as the special VW/Audi spec oil is not always commonly available. There seems to be anecdotal evidence that cars driven infrequently or gently use more oil than those driven "sportily".

  • Clutch Overheat Warning on R-tronic: When backing into an uphill parking spot, or during any extended slow speed maneuvering such as in a multilevel parking garage, it is possible for the clutch overheat warning to appear. This is because the R-tronic slips the clutch to maintain the slow speed commanded by the driver. Note that the idle speed in first gear is about four mph (6 kph) - if you drive slower than four mph, then by definition the clutch will be slipping (unless the car is coasting). There are a number of threads about this, see for example Clutch overheating warning.

  • Front brakes squealing loudly in city driving: This is not normal, but it is not unheard of either... This gets worse when the weather tuns cold. A few very energetic stops (try to get some heat into the brakes) will usually give you some temporary relief. [Suggested Search term: Brake Squeal; Brake Noise]

  • Delivery Mileage: There are normally quite a few miles on the odometer at delivery, typically ranging from 40-140 miles. You can read why here.

  • Control Buttons at base of shifter: It's not unusual to accidentally operate the control buttons at the base of the shifter if you hold your hand too low.



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Upgrades, How-To & DIY Articles

Please visit our R8Talk Supporting Vendors FIRST for all your OEM parts and Aftermarket accessory needs!






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Purchasing a Previously-Loved R8

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Commercial and Promotional messages

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You can't do it without getting prior permission from the owners. If you don't have a blue Supporting Vendor name tag your promotional posts may be deleted and you may be banned.

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  • The R8Talk forum is a commercial venture owned by AutoGuide.com, a VerticleScope company. Posting advertising for your products or business, including in your signature, requires prior permission from the site owners. See the Commercial Use Policy in the Announcements for more detail. If you are interested in Advertising on the forum pages, or in becoming a Supporting Vendor of R8Talk, please contact the site owners.

Please note that your moderators are Audi R8 owners & enthusiasts who volunteer their time to help maintain this website, but we do not determine or administer the commercial aspects. Please use the links in the prior paragraph for anything regarding selling on R8Talk.com. Thank you.
 

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Some Favorite Quotes from around the R8Talk.com forum

I thought I'd collect a few of my favorite quotes about the R8 from around the forum and put them in one place. Please post a link to your favorite quote in the FAQ Suggestion Box thread.

I have a friend who has said some of the wisest things I've ever heard:

"A ferrari is like a cat, beautiful, elegant, sleek and athletic... But has a mind of it's own, unpredictable and with a bad attitude."

"A Porsche is like a dog - Always by your side, reliable, your best friend, predictable, athletic and bred to the job at hand. Will work all day long, smile and thank you for the opportunity for including you in it's fun."

"The R8 is the best 911 ever built."



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