Gearing up for SEMA 2014 next week, we take a look back to last year.
The fastest production Audi to date!
Limited to just 60 units in the states the R8 competition can hit 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph. Propelling the Audi to those speeds is a 570hp 5.2L V10 motor offered only in a sevens-speed S tronic.
Audi of America announces the debut of the powerful 2015 R8 competition at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R8 competition redefines the iconic R8 as the pinnacle of Audi performance with 570 hp and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements.
“The limited-edition Audi R8 competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won virtually every race around the world,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “It is designed for the driving enthusiast and we’re excited to bring 60 units as a limited-edition to the U.S.”
The high-performance R8 competition features a 570hp 5.2L V10 mated exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic and a sport exhaust system with black high-gloss tailpipes. This combination results in a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph, making it the fastest R8 ever offered.
The R8 competition is engineered to push the limits, sharing the same naturally aspirated V10 FSI engine as the Audi R8 LMS race car which has won Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races as well as all other major GT races around the globe. The award-winning GT-engine represents the pinnacle of durability, requiring its first major service after approximately 13,000 miles under race conditions or approximately one full race season. Competitor engines require a major service after one 24 hour race.
Further enhancing the unmistakable Audi R8 competition design are striking matte carbon exterior elements consisting of a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and rear diffusor. The combination of the carbon elements lower the weight of the R8 competition and also provide greater downforce. Gloss black wheels with 305 cross-section rear tires and ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers provide a stunning contrast to the matte carbon fiber elements. Inside, drivers will find a matte carbon fiber treatment including the center console and illuminated “R8 competition” door sill inlays. The R8 competition is an Audi exclusive line vehicle, which allows the driver to pair a variety of interior and exterior colors and choose from a selection of wheel finishes for a striking look designed to meet driver needs and tastes.
A total of 60 units will be produced at the R8 production facility in Neckarsulm, Germany. Customers can begin ordering the Audi R8 competition as of early November with deliveries expected as of the beginning of 2015.
The best looking compact coupe in the game.
Photos & Story: Evan ‘Evo’ Yates
Even though FR-s is the Scion that gets most fanfare these days, the TC exceeds every expectation as it’s the best combination of looks, driver experience and price. At first glance, the TC is both beautiful and bold. The chiseled roof and body lines certainly make a statement as it seems to have a slightly pissed-off attitude which really works for this type of car. Everything about the TC is stylish from the headlights and taillights to the tuner-ish front fascia. The TC is definitely one of those cars that you never get tired of seeing in your garage.
The interior is surprisingly comfortable and quite convenient. The new 6.1″ LCD screen up front is easy to use and integrated well with my iPhone. All the gauges are easy on the eyes and the seats are comfortable while keeping you in place at the same time. There was also something about the interior that made you forget you were in an affordable vehicle and that’s rare as the interior is usually the first thing to go on cars under $25,000.
The most impressive and surprising attribute of the Scion TC is the driving experience as a whole. Admittedly, I was under the impression that most Scions had an ‘economy’ feel to them and that couldn’t be further from the truth with this car. The TC was peppy from light to light, it took corners with little effort and there wasn’t any notable noise at high speeds. The TC only falls short on the highway as it’s definitely not built for the top end but that does little to thwart a predominately positive experience. I know people are probably going to flame me for this, but for around town driving I actually prefer the TC over the FR-S! (I’m not really a die-hard sports car guy, sorry).
On top of everything you get with the Scion TC, the price drives it home as you get a lot for around $20,000. If you’re in the market for an economy coupe and don’t wan’t to sacrifice much, the TC is hands-down the only option on the market.
Power: 179 hp, 172 lb.-ft.
0-60: 7.3 sec
Gas Cash: 23 City, 31 Hwy
Miles Driven: 350
The flagship sedan gets "a day at the races" inspired upgrade.
Exceptional performance and personalized style are prerequisites for the machine that carries a racing driver or team owner to and from the track on a daily basis, and the High-Performance K900 delivers both. Starting with a custom, one-off body kit with carbon fiber inserts, custom-blended gray paint, blacked-out chrome trim and massive 21-inch gloss-black wheels, the High-Performance K900 offers a subtly menacing appearance, which hints at the power underneath.
… And it's not going to make you want to drive it any less.
The first images of the interior show how the driving environment of the McLaren P1™ GTR has been designed to be as focused for the driver as possible, and is stripped of all but the essential items in a bid to keep weight to a minimum. The lightweight carbon fiber MonoCage chassis is carried over from the road car, and weighs just 90kg including the upper and lower structures (including roof), roof snorkel, engine air intake cavity, battery and power electronics housing. This, in common with the road car, meets FIA load requirements for rollover in GT racing category. Since the ‘rollcage’ is incorporated into the MonoCage, there is no reduction in headroom for the driver.
The center piece of the driver’s environment is the newly developed steering wheel, which has been designed to make all controls as easily accessible and user-friendly as possible. As with various elements throughout the car, there is significant heritage linked to the steering wheel. Although unique to the McLaren P1™ GTR, the design is based on the steering wheel of the 2008 Formula 1™ championship-winning MP4-23.
As on a Formula 1™ car, key controls including the mode switches are located to the center of the bespoke steering wheel. This allows the driver to fully adjust the setup and characteristics of the car without having to take their hands from the wheel. The DRS and IPAS buttons are retained on the steering wheel. In the design and implementation of this new set up, all controls can be comfortably operated, and are easily accessible, when in a full race suit, helmet and gloves.
The cabin is equipped with lightweight DTM-style seats and full six-point motorsport harnesses. This will be specifically set up for the individual driver, and mounted directly to the chassis, reducing weight by having no additional mounting brackets. The HANS-approved carbon fiber seat shell offers comfort and support, and has been ergonomically-designed along with the rest of the cabin controls. Despite the stripped out environment, the air-conditioning is retained to maintain comfort during the much more physical driving experience.