Audi's AUDI R8
changed the sports car landscape and is, quite simply, brilliant. The V-10 powered AUDI R8
5.2 FSI AUDI QUATTRO
in particular is a rocket. It's perhaps the finest car in its class, and has snatched the everyday supercar crown away from the Porsche 911
. But the AUDI R8
could have been faster, harder, and tougher if Lamborghini
wasn't in the way, and if Audi
was more brazen Italian hussy than conservative German. But that's what tuners are for...
We've seen some truly immense R8s in recent months, but this one might be the maddest of the lot. This is the PPI Razor GTR 10, and it looks like it rolled off the set of the new Batman film. This 599-horsepower monster is that extreme -- and more.
PPI is a relative newcomer to the Audi
tuning fold. U.S. heart surgeon and wannabe car designer Benjamin Abraham hooked up with engineer-turned-kite-surfing-instructor Ronald Heubach to create the firm, which initially specialized in styling kits for lesser Volkswagen
Group products. But when the AUDI R8
hit the market, Abraham bit the bullet and bought a development car. The firm is fast moving into the upper echelons of Audi
tuning, and recently celebrated its fifth birthday with this $430,000 AUDI R8
V10 monster, along with an equally impressive AUDI Q7
it also developed. (A V-8 version of the AUDI R8
is also available.)
But it's the Razor that has garnered most of the headlines, and with good reason. It's mighty impressive.
Every panel, bar the doors and roof, has been replaced with lightweight carbon fiber, and the interior has been stripped out and re-dressed with PPI's lightweight Alcantara. Race seats have also been re-trimmed in house in an effort to shed even more pounds.
The end result is a simply epic 500-pound weight savings, about twice as much as any other tuner has managed. That brings the Razor's weight almost in line with the Lamborghini
LP560-4. And with 599 horsepower courtesy of a new air intake, ECU remap, and exhaust, it has way more power. For a relatively minor power boost, there's a hell of a lot of cooling work going on, too, from the roof scoops that blast air into the engine bay, to the cut plastic rear screen that helps reduce the temperatures by 40 degrees, to the engorged side intakes that help force cold air into the engine.