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Anderson tunes the Audi R8 V10

By Rigval on 15 Nov 2010

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How do you tell an Audi R8 V10 from the normal ‘run of the mill’ R8 V8? Well, aside from the larger side vents on the front and rear bumper the only other visible difference is the funky looking R8 V10 10 spoke rims. This is why you see that even tuners like Anderson here are keeping the same design for the alloy wheels in their latest tuning program for the R8 V10 so that people do not mistake it for its smaller engined V8 brother.

Anderson is quite a well known tuner over in Europe. It has tuned the Bentley Continental GT, the Ferrari F430, a smattering of Gallardos and so on. With the R8 V10, it now showcases what the tuning house can do to Audi’s flagship coupe.

Anderson is calling the R8 V10 the ‘racing edition’. It gains carbon fibre bits and pieces for the front bumper, rear spoiler, rear diffuser as well as mirror housing covers. The interior also gets carbon bits here and there as well as some tasty quilted leather upholstery. The 19inch alloy wheels boasts the same R8 V10 pattern by is made out of carbon/alloy mix instead. I suppose the wheels are really light and will also lighten your pocket by a whole lot.

It also gets a performance package. The ECU is new, it also gains sports air filters and a sports exhaust system that is 17kg less than the standard one. This is a good mod for any R8 V10 as in stock form, it sounds very quiet when you’re trying to park one. And this won’t do if you’re trying to impress the people in front of the night club. Even though it basically shares the same engine as the Lamborghini Gallardo (with some Audi specific mods) it sounds nothing like it. it is too quiet for its own good or it isn't angry sounding enough. So this aftermarket exhaust system may bring back some of its vocal range. And since it weighs less, it also improves the power to weight ratio of the car ever so slightly.

Anyway, all the mods allow the 5.2liter V10 to produce 577bhp instead of 518bhp and all of this extra power will enable its top speed to increase from 316km/h to 328km/h. This basically allows the R8 to break the 200mph barrier, which is a good thing to brag about at the country club.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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