Customised to take Audi's flagship sportscar to a more aerodynamic lightweight extreme, the PPI R8 and R8 Razor embody a truly advanced machine, its sharp looks enhanced and its sharper driving dynamics improved.

Next month's Essen Motor Show may be a shining beacon of all things tuned, but it will be a PPI-enhanced Audi R8 that will shine the brightest. Customised to take Audi's flagship sportscar to a more aerodynamic lightweight extreme, the PPI R8 and R8 Razor embody a truly advanced machine, its sharp looks enhanced and its sharper driving dynamics improved.

German tuner PPI approached a re-worked R8 with the intention of keeping the Audi's design but adding PPI-developed carbon fibre aerodynamics technology. While carbon fibre materials, commonly used in motorsport, are already used on the R8, they are used to a greater degree on the PPI model, increasing sturdiness and reducing gross weight.

New features have been developed to aid aerodynamics while supplementing the R8's stylish design with a sense of purposeful aggression. A redesigned front end incorporates a new air dam, designed to feed air into the front brakes, and front bumper air intake 'cartridges' for improved air ventilation of the front radiator and brakes. In addition to new side sills and exclusive carbon fibre matte side blades, special handling-enhancing lightweight 19-inch magnesium wheels also enhance the R8 with a dynamic appearance, even when stationary.

At the rear, a more gaping double-sided rear grille deflects engine and exhaust system heat outwards and appropriately complements the exclusive PPI rear plate which stretches between the rear lamps and replaces Audi's rings. An adjustable rear spoiler provides neccessary downforce on the rear axle, while leaving few guesses as to the car's capabilities.

Performance is optimised to provide above all greater driving pleasure and resilience with the development of a stage 1 kit for the R8. Power output increases from 420 to 460 hp, with torque following suit and rising from 317 to 343 lbs-ft. Developments include a new engine management and sport air filter system which allows for greater breathing abilities. A PPI-developed stainless steel rear muffler and throttle system results in low-end torque acoustics that signal 'pure power', while higher speeds produce a more aggressive tone. Acceleration slows slightly to an impressive 4.4 second sprint to 62 mph and top speed plateaus at 190 mph.

Exclusivities continue into the cabin, with enhancements in materials and parts which are offered by tuner PPI in pursuit of an ideal interior. Carbon fibre is used with great enthusiasm, extending from a PPI handbrake, door entry threshold plates and central instrument panel. A specially-designed technical marvel, PPI's new ergonomic steering wheel, combines interface controls for its new dynamic driving and optional carbon fibre inserts. Extras include leather trim floor mats and hand-crafted leather, suede and alcantara upholstery.

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