2020 Audi R8 Decennium will get six-speed handbook conversion

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Among the finest handbook transmissions ever put available on the market was the gated six-speed within the first-generation Audi R8. That silken, row-your-own warrior departed to the afterlife with the introduction of the second-gen automotive in 2015, changed by a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. But when cash can resurrect complete and long-dead automotive manufacturers, it should not have any drawback with just a few hunks of metallic in a bell housing, no? It will not, as long as there is a well-heeled buyer on one facet, Underground Racing on the opposite, and a 2020 Audi R8 Decennium within the center. Oh yeah, and a few turbos.

The Dallas-based buyer owned one of many 222 R8 Decennium particular editions that Audi produced to commemorate a decade of the 5.2-liter V10 and motorsports success — solely 50 of the vehicles got here to America, every producing 602 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. He requested a twin-turbo package from Charlotte, North Carolina-based Underground Racing, the store specializing in R8 and Lamborghini builds. Whereas they had been toiling in again of the automotive, he additionally requested they swap that dual-clutch for a handbook. The result’s a riotously double-boosted V10 with 1,500 horsepower and 6 ahead ratios chosen by hand. Underground Racing advised Street & Observe they began with the gearbox from a 2012 Audi R8 and reworked it with {custom} components to make it match, handle the ability, and be daily-drivable. The duty additionally concerned putting in a JRR engine administration system to shepherd the reconfigured drivetrain.   

Within the cabin, UR eliminated the sq. part that homes the seven-speed dual-clutch shifter, changing it with what appears like a {custom} fabbed gate giving off Ferrari vibes. It is fairly good. Intriguingly, the R8 retains its paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. UR says these paddles have been geared up with “rolling antilag,” plus “launch management, drift mode, and extra.” Curiouser and curiouser. The R8 Decennium was completed off with tweaks like a {custom} billet consumption and custom-finished, center-lock wheels mimicking these on the Huracán Performante,  

With one six-speed conversion accomplished, UR says it is able to do the identical for every other manual-craving R8 homeowners, however the swap can solely be added onto a twin-turbo package. Meaning spending at the least $49,000 for the Base Twin Turbo System that takes an R8 as much as 800 wheel horsepower on 93 pump gasoline, earlier than including the price of the handbook transmission work. Underground Racing says it is going to launch pricing for the six-speed handbook package quickly, and we assume the brand new gearbox can be included in UR’s two-year, 24,000-mile guarantee for peace of thoughts together with energy and correct shifting. 



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