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Subtle Aggression

Audi has a strong global reputation thanks to their motorsport successes like the Audi Quattro and its revolutionary four-wheel-drive system, and the Audi R8 (the Le Mans racecar) for winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005. Thanks to the unprecedented success of the Le Mans racer, Audi approved the same name to be reused for their 2007 sports car.

The Audi R8 began as a 2003 concept car called the Audi Le Mans quattro and was designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig. Shortly after the R8 development program began in 2004 and by 2006 the road-going version was officially launched. The R8 received many positive reviews and is considered to be one of the best sports cars ever made; so much so that it is often regarded as the car to be on par (and possibly beat) the Porsche 911.

We were given the opportunity to feature this amazing piece of machine owned by Eurowerks. Euroworks is a V.A.G specialist located in Sunway and offers a wide range of tuning and maintenance service for their customers. Their garage is often occupied with a range of Volkswagen Golfs, Sciroccos, Audis, and the occasional Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

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The 4.2-liter V8 is an evolution of Audi’s earlier 40-valve V8. This new motor is made from all-aluminium alloy and has been developed with all-new components: crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons, cylinder heads and valvetrain, oil and cooling system, and intake and exhaust system. It utilizes a dry sump lubrication system and is known for being the first 8-cylinder road car engine to use Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI), or gasoline direct injection.

Power is rated at 420bhp and 430 Nm of torque, but with the addition of a BMC air filter kit, Valvetronic exhaust system, and remapped ECU, Eurowerks have tweaked the engine to squeeze out more performance over the stock figures. This version comes with the 6-speed R-Tronic sequential gearbox and is equipped with the “quattro” all-wheel-drive system; 70% to the rear and 30% to the front.

Its all white paintjob makes it look pure and innocent, cleverly masking its monstrous V8 and makes it less intimidating then it actually is. That simply would not do. An exterior makeover was in order which includes a facelift to the Audi R8 V10 model (with carbon side blades), a Rieger front spoiler, Rieger carbon side skirts, and full carbon engine bay to give it some subtle aggression.

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The white colour is contrasted nicely with the black BC Forged wheels which wears Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres all round. And with its bright orange piercing through the wheels, your attention is diverted to the massive R8 RS brakes, which have been upgraded with Pagid RS brake pads and steel braided hoses, because having 8-pot calipers isn’t sufficient enough to tame this beast.

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Modifying is an activity often associated with regular ordinary cars, but the truth is it is an activity enjoyed by all walks of life and all types of cars. And while the differing factor here is budget, you have to agree that a tastefully modified ride fits any pocket.

Hyperfacts!
Car: 2008 Audi R8 Coupé 4.2 FSI quattro

Engine: 4.2-liter DOHC V8 32v FSI, BMC air filter kit, Valvetronic exhaust system by Frequency Intelligent Exhaust (FIE), Performance Coolant by Engine Ice

Electronics: ECU remapped by Monster tune

Transmission: 6-speed R-Tronic sequential gearbox, “quattro” all-wheel-drive

Brakes: Standard R8 RS brake kit – 8-pot calipers front / 4-pot calipers rear – with upgraded Pagid RS brake pads and steel braided hoses

Wheels & Tyres: BC Forged wheels 19×9.5 (F) 19×11 (R), Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres

Exterior: Facelifted to Audi R8 V10 exterior with carbon side blades, Rieger front spoiler and carbon side skirts, full carbon engine bay

Garage: Eurowerks

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