New Audi R8 With a Guide Transmission

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The perfect half in regards to the first-generation Audi R8 was its gated handbook transmission choice. When the current-generation automobile premiered in 2015, Audi did away with the third pedal for good, giving consumers only one alternative of gearbox: A seven-speed dual-clutch. Not all hope is misplaced for the handbook devoted, although. If you need a real six-speed in your new R8, you’ll be able to nonetheless have one. You will simply have to show to the aftermarket to make it occur.

Underground Racing, the Charlotte, North Carolina based mostly store that makes a speciality of twin-turbo Lamborghini Huracán and Audi R8 builds, simply revealed its newest buyer automobile, a 1500-hp twin-turbo 2020 R8 for a buyer in Dallas, Texas. Probably the most attention-grabbing a part of the automobile is not the large energy quantity, although. It is the transmission. Along with the engine mods, the client additionally requested Underground Racing swap out the dual-clutch for a correct six-speed handbook. And from the photographs, it appears the agency did a superb job doing so.

Regardless of not being designed from the manufacturing facility to simply accept a shift lever, the cabin’s middle console seems completely OEM due to Underground Racing’s engineering. The manufacturing facility all-wheel-drive system has been retained, in line with the tuner, and because of a street-friendly clutch, it nonetheless feels good to drive.

In an e-mail despatched to Highway & Monitor, an Underground Racing spokesperson confirmed the transmission was sourced from an older 2012 mannequin yr R8. The corporate says it wanted to manufacture a bunch of customized elements in an effort to make the gearbox match, and spent a number of R&D time to make sure all the electronics would work collectively to verify the automobile drives like inventory.

Pricing for the swap shall be launched subsequent week, although Underground Racing says it will solely carry out the job if the automobile can be getting one in all its twin-turbo kits put in. Pricing for UR’s R8 twin-turbo setups begin at $49,000 put in, however can go as much as $175,000 relying on what number of horses you are trying to squeeze out of that 5.2-liter V-10. Contemplating how a lot work the agency has put into growing the swap accurately, we’re betting it will not be an inexpensive add-on.

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