R8 Twin-turbo

OVERVIEW

  • Unique, 'one-off', professional twin-turbo conversion.

  • Registered new in Apr-2007.

  • Ice Silver Metallic, with a subtle 'midnight purple' 3M wrap, including door sills/shuts.

  • Current mileage:  just 58,500

  • Last service: 20-Jul-2020 (200 miles ago).

  • Last MOT: 29-Aug-2020 (no advisories).

  • Gated six-speed manual gearbox.

  • I've owned since Feb-2018.

  • Power: 648ps (639bhp) and 680Nm.

  • Cruise control, SATNAV, Bluetooth music streaming, etc.

  • Full Service History with a box of receipts for maintenance and modifications.

  • Factory optional extras include: parking system (front and rear), Bang & Olufsen sound system, Mobile phone prep, auto-dimming/ folding/ electrically operated and heated door mirrors, stainless steel pedals, Alcantara headlining, extended leather package, carbon sigma side blades, Magnetic Ride, heated/fully electrically adjustable Fine Nappa leather seats, TPMS.

POWERtrain

Engine:

  • MRC Stage 2+ remap(s)

  • K&N air filter

  • High capacity silicone intake pipe

  • Upgraded supercharger pulley & high-grip belt.

  • Factory side charge radiator (located behind the fog light grill).

 

Power:

  • 493ps (485bhp) and 610Nm

  • 0-60mph: 3.5s (claimed - never launched!)

Transmission:

  • Revised 8K1 (suffix J) dual-clutch gearbox - brand new, Audi supplied/fitted just 13k miles ago (and serviced regularly).

  • S-Tronic MRC remap with 3 step launch control, raised shift points, sharper/smoother gear changes.

  • Powerflex Transmission Mount Insert.

Exhaust:

  • Custom fabricated with Akrapovic carbon fibre tips. (Original exhaust also included).

HANDLING

  • KW V1 Coilovers (height-adjustable).

  • H&R uprated ARBs (both front and rear).

  • Canyon Run CR-15 Front Strut Tower Brace.

  • 20" wheels (genuine 20x9 ET26 Audi RS4/5 ‘rotor’ alloys, painted 2-tone - not diamond-cut).

  • 20mm H&R TRAK+ DRA hubcentric spacers.

  • 265/30 ZR20 R01 Pirelli PZero tyres.

Compared to a standard S4, the above modifications work together to provide a wider, lower stance, with less body roll, and without compromising ride quality.

EXTERIOR

Modifications:

  • Bespoke wide arch conversion (professionally carried out by specialists, and blended in to existing panels to provide a factory-like finish).

  • Bespoke wheel arch liners.

  • Driving Passion rear ‘diffuser’.

  • Rear-view camera, seamlessly integrated into the boot handle.

  • Genuine Audi Black Edition front grill and fog grills.

  • Trims de-chromed (windows surrounds, front lip spoiler).

  • Matching Audi Titanium Grey accents to wheels, door mirrors and Audi rings.

  • Black badges (including 'Supercharged' front wing badges).

  • Akrapovic carbon fibre exhaust tips.

  • Window tints.

Paintwork:

  • Immaculate factory Ibis White paintwork, professionally detailed and maintained - never been dinged or otherwise damaged.

  • Custom 'Paint Protection Spray'. Bespoke pearlescent colour mix - designed as a more intense (OEM+) take on Audi's Sepang Blue.
    Although a peelable wrap, this solution (unlike vinyl wraps) is more like traditional paint, in that it has a high-gloss finish that can be sanded, buffed, polished and waxed, just like standard clear coat. It also has some of the 'self-healing' properties of PPF.
    Other advantages are that: it doesn't require seams, there’s no cutting, no adhesive, no lifting or curling of corners.

INTERIOR

  • S4 trim with brushed aluminium accents.

  • Immaculate Milano leather upgrade.

  • OEM cruise control retrofit.

  • Authentic RS5 steering wheel upgrade with aluminium paddles (and S4 badge).

ICE upgrades include:

  • Touchscreen overlay.

  • SD-card based Sat-Nav.

  • USB multi-media input.

  • DVD player input.

  • Reversing camera automatically displayed.

  • Video In Motion.

  • A2DP Bluetooth music streaming.

  • Wireless Smartphone mirroring.

  • CAN-Bus integration with steering wheel controls.

SUMMARY

A very unique, well cared for and extremely clean example of a very capable, yet practical, luxury performance saloon.

Although capable of embarrassing much more expensive and exotic cars, it has been cherished from new by both keepers - polished, garaged and kept under a car cover, when not being driven to/from car shows.​

A true Jekyll and Hyde - with the wrap and exhaust, it attracts attention; in Ibis White and standard exhaust guise, it blends in with all the other traffic, its subtle modifications only recognisable to knowledgable petrolheads.

Having lead such a sheltered and low mileage life, it's no wonder that both the exterior and interior are like new. It even still has a 'new car' smell to it!

HISTORY

Services:

  • Nov-10   6,071  Docklands Audi

  • Nov-11   9,752  German Motor Company

  • Dec-12  11,726  West Ldn Audi

  • Nov-13  14,170  West Ldn Audi (+ DSG service)

  • Oct-14  19,930  The Phirm

  • Jan-16  22,659  The Phirm

  • Nov-16  23,889  Basingstoke Audi

  • Mar-18  25,566  The Phirm

  • Apr-19  26,504  The Phirm (+ DSG service)

  • Jul-20  27,324  The Phirm

Media:

  • Dec-15 onwards:  Audi Tuner / Performance Audi magazine
    (incl. a 7-page feature in Issue 11).

  • Mar-18:  LivingLifeFast (LLF) YouTube feature video.

  • Aug-16 onwards:  Various car shows, including: Audi Driver International, VAG Tuner Live, Straight Outta Kempton, VAG at the Manor, Audis in the Park - promoting the 'Driving Passion' parts and PPS.

  • May-16 onwards: Driving Passion features - YouTube, Website, FacebookInstagram