2020 Audi R8 Decennium gets six-speed manual conversion

Underground Racing now selling six-speed swaps with twin-turbo kits

One of the best manual transmissions ever offered was the gated six-speed in the first-generation Audi R8. That silken, row-your-own warrior left to the afterlife with the introduction of the second-gen car in 2015, changed by a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. However if cash can reanimate whole and long-dead car brand names, it shouldn’t have any kind of problem with a few pieces of steel in a bell real estate, no? It will not, so long as there’s a prosperous client on one side, Below ground Racing on the other, and also a 2020 Audi R8 Decennium in the center. Oh yeah, and a couple of turbos.

The Dallas-based client owned one of the 222 R8 Decennium special editions that Audi generated to honor a years of the 5.2-liter V10 and motorsports success– only 50 of the cars and trucks came to America, each producing 602 horsepower and also 413 pound-feet of torque. He requested a twin-turbo package from Charlotte, North Carolina-based Underground Competing, the shop specializing in R8 and also Lamborghini constructs. While they were toiling in back of the automobile, he additionally requested they switch that dual-clutch for a manual. The outcome is a riotously double-boosted V10 with 1,500 horse power and also six forward ratios selected by hand. Underground Racing informed Road & Track they started with the gearbox from a 2012 Audi R8 and revamped it with customized components to make it fit, manage the power, and be daily-drivable. The task additionally entailed installing a JRR engine management system to shepherd the reconfigured drivetrain.

In the cabin, UR eliminated the square section that houses the seven-speed dual-clutch shifter, changing it with what resembles a customized fabbed gateway giving off Ferrari vibes. It’s fairly wonderful. Intriguingly, the R8 keeps its paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. UR says these paddles have been outfitted with “rolling antilag,” plus “launch control, drift setting, and much more.” Curiouser as well as curiouser. The R8 Decennium was finished off with tweaks like a customized billet intake and custom-finished, center-lock wheels resembling those on the Huracán Performante,

With one six-speed conversion done, UR says it prepares to do the very same for any other manual-craving R8 proprietors, but the swap can just be added onto a twin-turbo package. That means costs at least $49,000 for the Base Double Turbo System that takes an R8 as much as 800 wheel horse power on 93 pump gas, prior to including the cost of the manual transmission work. Underground Competing states it will release rates for the six-speed hand-operated package quickly, and also we presume the new gearbox will be included in UR’s two-year, 24,000-mile guarantee for peace of mind in addition to power and also proper moving.