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MTM Supercharged Audi R8: Juicy Details Revealed

 MTM Supercharged Audi R8: Juicy Details Revealed
MTM Audi R8 / MTM

Horsepower all over the place

It has been a while hasn’t it? Six months to be exact, since we ran a piece on MTM working on their supercharged R8. Of course every tuner even remotely affiliated with the Audi brand is doing some form of conversion on this halo car. MTM is done now and they have released details of what sort of monster their Dr Frankensteins have created. On the 4.2-litre V8 a belt driven srew supercharger has been screwed to release a good dose of 560PS (412kW) at a screaming 7750 rpm. Forwarding this power is 580Nm of torque available at 5500 rpm. As a result the MTM R8 sends itself into a flying frenzy of 0 – 100km/h in 3.9 seconds, 0 to 200km/h in 12.5 seconds. After that effortless drive we cut out at 301km/h with the limiter on, 315km/h with no limiter.

The quattro drive system is still responsible for some handling, grip and shove as per the normal car. It puts power into Michelin Sport Cups rated at 245/30-20” and 315/25-20” front and back, wrapped around MTM Bimoto forged rims. Although Audi hasn’t said much regarding the R8 V10 yet, the feeling is it may just hover around these figures too.

Source: Fourtitude
Published Sep 9, 2008 9:00 am By Thami Masemola
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Comments (35)

 Kalan Kalan
Okay, Having read all your comments, I feel that as a proud owner of a Daytona Grey R8 as well as a Muegellan Blue RS4 I have some views to share. Yes, I will defend the Audi brand forever, there is nothing on earth to compare with the TOTAL package. I've owned BMW, and Merc's too, they just can't compare. I know squat about Turbo v/s Supercharging, but having owned the previous generation TT, Turbo's have some serious drawbacks, that dreaded Lag effect, I hate it. But it appears that this is not an issue when coupled to a V8? Having seen the MTM supercharged RS4 on You-Tube, man I think it knocks the socks off any turbo option. Besides, supercharger just sounds soooo much cooler and sooo much more powerful. No, I don't care much for fuel economy at this level of car, I want smooth delivery of power and lots of it, all the way through the rev range.Once I have that, I could do with a little more power, and then some more. As far as the MTM R8 goes, I like that they did not go crazy on the body styling, this car does not need much more to be done to it, possibly the only thing I would change is the 2 fin air intakes ala R8 V12, versus the current 3 fin air intakes. Love the mags, not sure about the black though? I agree that the engine with supercharger looks unsightly, MTM could have done a better job on the looks considering that you can see the engine through the rear windscreen. Don't like the "supercharged" wording on the side skirts, looks too much like Lambo "Superleggera". A little more originality and less copy please MTM !! As for those bucket seats, I'm sure they do wonders for the grip levels and weight reduction, but man do they look porno, I reckon it would look great in black only, no two tone please. The air duct in the rear windscreen? I wonder if it is effective or just for looks, is this where the supercharger would breath from? if so, could have done a better job. Lastly, a Lambo is NOT an Audi. It shares interior switchgear and panelling, that's it, nothing more.Irrespective of your limited knowledge, that's where the similarity starts and ends.
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September 10, 2008 4:00 pm
 norther norther
god damn it. mtm made this more powerful than the v10 r8, which has 2 turbos. why audi, why? why are u so lazy. you made some beautiful engines, but u want to put the same 5.2 with the same turbos but with only 525 bhp in the flagship car? that engine should have 600 bhp in the v10 r8. i am sssoooo.....sad
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September 10, 2008 3:06 am
 Xanavi23 Xanavi23
You know, speaking of the R8, the V8 model will be the slowest of the bunch, but if i had the choice i'ld take the V8 every time, something about the balance of a V8.
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September 10, 2008 12:45 am
 Decypha Decypha
HAHAHAHAHA On that point about Audi fans. That is so true, they will defend anything about Audi to the hills. MTM does good on their Audi conversions; not surprising then that this one is spot on.
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September 10, 2008 12:21 am
 radmeister radmeister
Not going to last long, every clown knows you don't boost a high comp engine. They get better figures out of the 350hp 4.2V8 with lower compression because they can raise the boost and power delivery is better. I hope they changed the pistons to lower the compression ratio.
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September 9, 2008 10:54 pm
 great_supercars255 great_supercars255
WOW! that looks great, like a better version of the r8, but it is a newer version so.. but even so...
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September 9, 2008 8:32 pm
 THERENAISSANCEMAN THERENAISSANCEMAN
unbelievable ! it really looks like an R8 , wait...it IS an R8 ! ! !
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September 9, 2008 7:46 pm
 alessandro alessandro
hahahahahaaaa, 5 grills on 1 car.
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September 9, 2008 7:43 pm
 dmanero dmanero
Get that the r8 get a boost in power, but I don't the way the engine bay looks now. Before the engine looked clean and just looks beautiful. oh well I guess you got to sacrificy something to gain something else.
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September 9, 2008 6:19 pm
 kimbo kimbo
why would anyone buy this instead of gallardo lp560? Price is even around the same...
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September 9, 2008 5:09 pm
 mechamynd mechamynd
asphaltbender!...
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September 9, 2008 4:28 pm
 tdroesch tdroesch
this car has got the looks and now the grunt to go with it. i wish they would change the daytime running lights however - the flowing strip of dots. just doesn't work for me.
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September 9, 2008 4:27 pm
 Xanavi23 Xanavi23
The R8 is godly, but i don't like Superchargers. Turbochargers would yield better power deliver, get better gas mileage as you can roll off-boost, and also have much better cooling properties which help give it better top end than a Supercharger. Fail.
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September 9, 2008 4:08 pm
 Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
:D I like this R8
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September 9, 2008 4:00 pm
 IpsesNipse IpsesNipse
They did What Audi should have done in the first place. The RS4 engine just isnt enough for the R8, it needs more power to play in the big boys league.
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September 9, 2008 3:18 pm
 mc959 mc959
Finally, this beauty receives the horsepower that goes with it's look!! but no prices?
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September 9, 2008 2:26 pm
 kevoluetion kevoluetion
True sports machine
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September 9, 2008 2:22 pm
 The_woo_factor The_woo_factor
Please! NO MORE LOOKS-LIKE-R8 JOKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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September 9, 2008 2:12 pm
epic
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September 9, 2008 2:12 pm
 The_woo_factor The_woo_factor
Awesome!
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September 9, 2008 2:12 pm