Once aforementioned by yours truly, Audi has shown us that they are no longer cold, characterless and boring poser-mobiles. And the phenomenal Porsche 911 alternative, the R8, is a grand example of that. But as if the R8 wasn”t enough car already in both V8 or V10 guise, Melbourne, Australia-based tuning company RENM offers two packages for those who just can”t get enough.
For the ones with the RS4-sourced 4.2L V8, which RENM calls “˜Enigma,” a package is available that includes an ECU recalibration, a carbon fiber air-intake and a performance exhaust to help that wondrous engine breathe and sing like Rammstein. Then ending result: 454 bhp and 343 lb-ft of torque, up from 414 bhp and 317 lb-ft. But if that doesn”t satisfy you, that”s OK. Because they also offer a supercharger kit in addition to the latter upgrades, peaking power to 523 bhp and 443 lb-ft of torque. That”s R8 V10 in Lamborghini Gallardo territory.
But to offset those similarities, RENM”s other package is for the Lamborghini-based 5.2L V10. Just from an ECU recalibration alone, power peaks at 557 bhp and 412 lb-ft of torque, up from 518 bhp and 391 lb-ft of torque. But add in high-flow sports air filters and a performance exhaust system, and power is upped to 591 bhp and 413 lb-ft of torque.
Additional featured include an active exhaust system whose sound level could be adjusted via remote””just incase you want to avoid scaring little children or giving elderly individuals a heart attack””20-inch lightweight carbon fiber and forged wheels, a carbon fiber and alacantra steering wheel, and”¦well, you”ve guessed it”¦other various carbon fiber interior upgrades. But wait”¦there”s more carbon fiber! A redesigned carbon fiber front lip and rear diffuser/fascia are also offered while upgraded 8-piston front and 6-piston rear brakes are included. Suspension packages and hydraulic lift systems are also available for option.
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– By: Christopher Chin