You may bemoan the present R8‘s lack of guide gearbox all you need – the actual fact is Audi would have been bonkers to supply one. With 99 per cent of patrons within the final three years of the first-generation R8’s life ignoring the stick-shift model of the automotive in favour of the ‘S Tronic’ dual-clutch transmission, creating a brand new guide merely made no sense.
For the fraction of people that do need a second-gen R8 with cogs shifted the old school approach, there’s a new choice from Underground Racing. There’s a catch, nevertheless – the Charlotte-based tuner will solely give your R8 an additional pedal in the event you go for certainly one of its famed twin-turbo conversions.
These begin at $49,000, going as much as $175,000 for the notably fancy variations. The primary automotive to obtain the guide mod appears to be one of many spendier selection. Commissioned by certainly one of Underground’s “nice long-time prospects,” the R8 Decennium encompasses a rear-mount UR Twin Turbo package deal delivering 1480bhp (1500bhp), a billet consumption manifold and Lamborghini Huracan Performante centre-locking wheels.
The gearbox comes from a 2012 R8, Underground instructed Highway & Observe. An entire host of customized elements needed to be fabricated to make sure the transmission may very well be profitable mounted, and it took a variety of time to kind the digital aspect of issues. So, though there isn’t a value for the conversion simply but, anticipate it to be fairly dear.