When it comes to the even more important business of stopping quickly, the big brakes work a treat, washing off big speeds with conviction. And the KW suspension makes the R8 feel like a big go-kart in the bends. With this uprated suspension and 20-inch rubber, the ride is noticeably firmer than stock, but still manages to miss the uncomfortable tag by a fair margin.
With the knowledge that it cost over 480,000 euros plus tax and was due to be transported to the Top Marques Monaco Show within days, I call time on my latest MTM adventure and canter back to base. I did not push it too hard, Roland, honest.
On the face of it, the R8 V10 Biturbo is probably more of a one-off exercise in MTM’s expertise in all things Audi than a realistic sales proposition. Even so, Roland says that he is prepared to make a small run of four polished R8 V10 Biturbos to individual order.
One thing I have learnt in nearly three decades in this industry is that special cars like this are often bought on impulse. Surely there must be at least four wealthy and impulsive R8 lovers out there.
MTM R8 V10 Biturbo
Longitudinal mid engine all-wheel drive
5.0-liter V10, dohc, 40-valve, biturbo. 200-cell catalytic converters
6-speed manual, 30 percent taller ratios, shot-peened internals
KW coilovers, smaller diameter coil springs
380mm cross-drilled, vented discs, 8-pot calipers
Wheels and Tires
Bimoto-style forged alloy 9x20 (f), 12.5x20 (r)
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 245/30 (f), 325/25 (r)
Carbon-fiber front air splitter, side skirt extensions, adjustable rear wing
Carbon-fiber backed Recaro seats w/ leather trimmed seat cushions; quilted leather carpet, bulkhead coverings and door panels
Peak Power: 777 hp @ 6900 rpm*
Peak Torque: 655 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm*
0-62 mph: 3.0 sec.
Top Speed: 224 mph (est)
* 2.15 bar boost