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Audi R8 V8 races BMW M3 F80

An Audi R8 V8 was pitted against the brand new BMW M3 F80 by the crew at GTBoard. The current generation R8 is on its way to a well-deserved retirement but that hasn’t stopped GTBoard to take the V8-powered variant of the supercar and conduct a drag race with the latest BMW M3. The R8 in question was built in 2008 and comes with the naturally aspirated V8 4.2-liter engine coupled to a six-speed manual transmission.

While the Audi R8 V8 has 420 bhp, the BMW M3 Sedan (F80) packs 425 bhp from its turbocharged straight-six 3.0-liter engine and as you can see from the attached video the Bavarian high-performance sedan managed to easily outpace the R8 in a rolling start drag race.

The second generation Audi R8 is expected to be launched sometime next year and will retain the V8 4.2 and V10 5.2-liter naturally aspirated engines which will likely receive a power bump. Later on during the car’s life , a smaller turbocharged motor will be added to the range, with all of them working with a quattro AWD setup and a revised dual-clutch 7-speed transmission.

The new Audi R8 V8 and V10 versions will largely share the same platform as the Lamborghini Huracan which should enable a considerable weight loss while the design will be evolutionary compared to the outgoing R8.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.