Fond Farewell

Audi says auf wiedersehen to the R8 V10 quattro with 30 limited edition models

The car rides on silver wheels, which haven't been available to U.S. customers.

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It's been a good run for the Audi R8 V10 quattro. The powertrain-drivetrain combination of Audi's top all-wheel drive sports car will be discontinued following a limited edition run. The R8 V10 performance quattro lives on for 2021.

Just 30 of the limited edition models will be available. Options for buyers include a Mugello Blue, Avus Silver, or Sonoma Green paint job on the coupe version or a Mugello Blue exterior on the Spyder model. Each color will be available in limited quantities. Fifteen Mugello Blue models with a pastel silver interior will be constructed. Additionally, five Avus Silver/black, five Sonoma Green/black Audis will be made. The Spyder comes exclusively with the pastel silver interior.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG Audi is offering the coupe in three different paint jobs.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

It features side blades, lower trim, and an engine compartment that are finished in carbo fiber, red painted brake calipers, and alu-optic mirror caps. The car rides on 20-inch milled wheels in silver - a first for U.S. customers.

Its naturally aspirated engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It achieves 562 horsepower road 406 pound-feet of torque, which move the coupe from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds. Spyder models hit that mark in 3.5 seconds. The coupe version has a top track speed of 201 mph but the Spyder is rated one mph slower.

Audi is equipping the limited edition models with a carbon fiber front sway bar, Audi magnetic ride, and Audi dynamic steering. The carbon fiber sway bar saves 4.4 pounds of weight while the magnetic ride adjusts the vehicle's firmness. Using dynamic steering technology, the R8 is more stable at low speeds and easier to maneuver, making it a more practical daily driver.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG The model is available in coupe and Spyder variants.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The car's sport exhaust system was previously only available on R8 performance models. The amount of sound the comes out the tailpipe is dictated by a button on the steering wheel or via the driver's choice of Audi drive select setting.

Drivers steer the car via a flat-bottom three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters. Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus come standard. The interior also features carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds. Coupe models have a diamond stitched Alcantara headliner.

The limited edition R8 V10 quattro is scheduled go on sale this summer with an MSRP of $186,000 for the Coupe and $195,900 for the Spyder.

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Chevy confirmed the new Z06 with 670 horsepower.

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After years of speculation, Chevy announced the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette for the 2020 model year. Almost immediately, a new round of rumors took off around the potential for an even higher performance Z06 model. Chevy finally confirmed the car yesterday with a design and specs that improve on the standard Corvette in almost every way.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The new LT6 V8 features a flat-plane crank and an 8,600 rpm redline.Chevrolet

The star of the show is the new 5.5-liter flat-plane crank LT6 V8. The mill churns out an unbelievable 670 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and can rev all the way out to 8,600 rpm. Power numbers aside, the sky-high redline lets the engine wail and scream in a way that we've not heard outside of Corvette racing cars. The hand-assembled engines are paired with a single technician through the build process and each unit carries a plaque with the builder's name.

To differentiate the Z06 from "normal" Corvettes, Chevy gave the car unique front and rear fascias, 20-inch front/21-inch rear wheels, and a configurable rear spoiler designed to improve high-speed stability. The Z06 is available with lightweight carbon wheels designed to reduce unsprung weight. The car itself is 9.4 centimeters wider than the Corvette Stingray to accommodate larger wheel sizes and incorporate larger cooling air vents on the side.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Z06's interior features many upgrades over the standard car.Chevrolet

As a more track-focused Corvette, the Z06 comes with tech to improve performance and record drives. When in track mode, the Z06's Performance Traction Management system is activated, which offers five levels of torque reduction and brake intervention, and an electronic limited slip differential helps keep the rear planted.

Inside, the Z06 improves on the Stingray's cabin with seven interior color choices, three seat options, six seatbelt designs, and two interior carbon fiber trim packages. Chevy says that the car's interior has a bespoke and upscale feel that sets it apart from the standard Corvette, which itself already had a gorgeous cabin.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 The Z06 is wider than the Stingray to accommodate larger wheels and bodywork.Chevrolet

The 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 will be built at the automaker's Bowling Green Assembly plant in Kentucky. Chevy will build the cars in both left- and right-hand drive configurations when production kicks off in summer 2022.

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Supercharged V8 pickup

Watch the Ram TRX Lap the Nürburgring

The TRX looked awkward but completed the lap.

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The Ram TRX is a cartoonish truck with specs that would make most people shy away. Its size, sound, and imposing appearance live up to the hype laid out on the spec sheet, and its Hellcat-derived powertrain demands attention. The truck is one heck of an off-roader, too, but a recent YouTube video proves it can dance on a racetrack, too, though not as gracefully as the low-slung cars it passes.



The YouTubers took the TRX to the imposing Nüburgring in Germany to test its mettle on track. Unsurprisingly, the big Ram rolls over kerbs and is able to blast past several cars on the track. The biggest problem for the truck is its brakes, which end up cooked halfway through the lap. In between a few blasts of NSFW language, we can hear the driver note that his brake pedal is "about halfway to the floor," though he did retain some functionality after letting things cool off. The 6,400-pound truck would likely cook all but the most hardcore motorsport brakes.

The truck appears unmodified and looks to have just over 1,000 miles on the clock for the lap. Of course, the TRX looks about as at home on a track as a Mini Cooper would rock crawling, but the truck's 4.5-second 0-60 mph and 702 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 are more impressive than many sports cars.

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