We've seen twin-turbos before, but a manual R8 is just insane
Here's something you don't see every day. This 2020 Audi R8 Decennium was a special commission from a private owner who wanted the German supercar to be a bit more driver-engaging. As a result, the builders over at Underground Racing got to work on fitting a pair of twin-turbochargers on the ten-cylinder engine.
This isn't the highlight of the package though. What gets our attention is the gated-manual six-speed gear shifter that has been applied to the center console. The request was made by a loyal customer to the business who had previously had his Lamborghini Gallardo, first-generation Audi R8, and Lamborghini Huracan Performante fitted with a twin-turbo system.
For the sake of power, Underground Racing installed a pair of in-house developed twin turbos to the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10, upping the output to a claimed 1,500 horsepower. This is assisted by a billet intake with a polished finish, a JRR engine management system, and a rolling anti-lag with launch control and drift mode functionalities.
While maintaining the all-wheel-drive Quattro system, Underground Racing was able to fit a six-speed manual gearbox to the powertrain together with a street clutch which boasts factory-like drivability. Visually, the Audi R8 Decennium has pretty much remained untouched apart from the set of custom Performance wheels with center-locks.
While not an official product, this unique construction does contribute as a pleasant farewell to the fire-breathing supercar that Audi has already earmarked for an electrified replacement. This forms part of the brand's strategy to offer at least 20 fully electric cars by 2025 and become a strictly EV company by the following year.
Despite things being quiet for now, RS division boss Sebastian Grams has already come out to say that the R8 will not just fade into the night. Instead, the German brand's performance arm will be creating one final hardcore model as the last hurrah for a car that has helped shape its modern identity. We don't have any concrete details but we can expect to see this in the fall of this year.