The Audi R8 is the pinnacle of Audi performance with their mid-engine supercar achieving amazing handling and power results. The V8 4.2L engine puts out a strong 414bhp while the V10 5.2L gives the R8 525bhp. Being that this car is naturally aspirated, it is not as easy to make big gains like a turbocharged car. However with some little tweaks, you can improve the cars horsepower, torque, throttle response, and gear shifting. The first modification to do to the R8 is an exhaust system. For a supercar, this does not have a super sound. Exhaust systems are available for both the V8 and V10 cars as muffler replacements. The aftermarket exhausts give a much louder tone and save a TON of weight off the rear end. As a OEM replacement, some of these mufflers in stainless steel and titanium save almost 50lbs over stock. With a NA car you dont want to lose to much restriction as the vehicles torque will drop. However with so much displacement in the R8 engine, you can push the vehicle further then say a 3.6L Porsche Carrera. In addition to the muffler replacement, you can also get cat pipes to reduce the restriction of the exhaust system even more providing the car with a GT race car sound and a whole lot of power on the mid to top end.
While you are improving the exhaust flow out of the vehicle, you can also improve the air flow to the vehicle with new high flow air filters or a cold air intake kit. Cars need to breathe well and that is where these products will help your vehicle get up to speed more quickly. Flat Panel Replacement Filters are designed to work like stock but flow more air and are resuseable for the life of the vehicle. They just need to be kept clean every 10,000 miles and if they are oil filters, re-oil them. Cold air intake kits are available for the Audi R8 4.2L and 5.2L engines. These typically include a intake box made out of durable plastic or carbon fiber which house a new filter element designed to greatly improve air flow into the engine. When looking to purchase an intake kit, you want to consider the box construction and filter type for continued use on your vehicle.
With the in and out flow taken care of, the next best ugprade is to remap the ECU of the Audi R8. ECU Tuning changes the cars fuel and timing maps. In addition to these tables, the vehicles torque limiter can be changed, throttle response improved, top speed limiter removed, O2 sensors changed for catless or high flow cat exhausts, and much more. People often ask why Audi would not do this from the factory and the answer is they must meet USA regulations for emissions and safety/fuel ratings. In fact many ECU's already have the next generation of vehicle mapping on them as the ECU usually does not change unless it is a full platform redesign. The Audi R8 up to 2012 can be flashed via the OBDII port. 2013 and newer cars can only have the ECU flashed in boot mode which means you must mail in your ECU into the tuner to do.
If you are really looking to improve the power of your Audi R8, there is no other money well spent than on forced induction. Forced induction is a term for supercharging or turbocharging your Audi R8. The V10 and V8 models have a OEM style supercharger available from VF Engineering which improves the cars performance nearly 100 horsepower from stock. The price per horsepower gained is well worth the investment compare to buying each bolt-on modification. With this supercharger, it can be reverted back to stock without having lost a bunch of OEM functionality that other kits require.
In addition to performance, the Audi R8 has quite the aesthetic enhancements available. Everything from widebody kits, carbon fiber rear wings, lip spoilers and more are available for the R8 chassis. With aero kits you can also choose to upgrade your wheels. Most R8 owners choose to do a 1 piece or 3 piece forged wheel. 1 piece forged wheels are much lighter than stock. For those that want to reuse your OEM tires, you can stay with the stock sizes but get a slightly more aggressive offset to bring the wheels flush to the fender. You can also improve the vehicles stance with a set of lowering springs or coilovers.
Vivid Racing carries all the Audi R8 performance parts you can think of. If you need help outfitting your Audi R8 V8 or V10, contact one of our Performance Specialists!
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