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R8 Sport on the Way?

Audi's Quattro GmbH development chief Stefan Reil dropped a hint that intensified, lightweight versions of the R8 supercar
... What might that mean for the R8? Certainly an increase in horsepower; we'd put the number close to 500 hp. Once some creature comforts are eliminated and a few parts made from exotic lightweight materials, overall weight could be reduced. While Reil offered no specifics, we'd expect to see Audi shave a few pounds from the seat frames (which probably means fewer adjustments), while the climate control and audio system components could be surplus to requirements, as they say. Less insulation would also lighten the load, while lightweight carbon fiber could be used for the hood, engine cover, dash/door panels and possibly the roof.

Mechanical upgrades would no doubt also include carbon ceramic brakes, while a few cleverly optimized enhancements could reduce the aerodynamic drag and thus coax some more top speed from the thrust of the R8's 4.2-liter V8, which currently produces 420 hp and 317 pound-feet of torque.

If Audi could trim 200 pounds off the R8's already lithe 3,627 pounds of weight, then we might expect a rop in the car's acceleration time to 60 mph from 4.2 seconds to the high 3s....
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=125484
 

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Yep, I agree. But its difficult to know what Stefan Reil had in mind when he spoke. I imagine the guy is thinking in so many different R8 possibilities and configurations, that he often confuses people when talking about what could be next.
 
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