2016 Audi R8 Imagined as Budget Supercar with Steel Wheels

2016 Audi R8 with steel wheels rendering 1 photo
Photo: x-tomi
Pricing has always been a top asset of the Audi R8, at least when compared to its Sant'Agata Bolognese unidentical twin and since we're big fans of exaggerations, we are now bringing you... the budget incarnation of the 2016 R8.
Sure, a supercar riding on steel wheels and wearing non-color-coded aprons might seem out of place, but, if you think about it, it might just make sense.

We're not saying this in a hipster fashion, even though if you didn't care about the quality of the attention you car grabs, such a ride would turn heads like magic. Instead, we're referring to all those supercar drivers who treat their vehicles as if they were entirely made of thin glass. If you saw an R8 in such trim, you could bet on the fact that there's a hole in its floor, right underneath the pedal on the right.

And since the R8 is the most affordable supercar that's not a GT-R, such a base trim would also make sense for track use. The market already offers such a possibility, albeit at the other financial side of the go-fast vehicle segment.

We're referring to the Japanese Domestic Market-only Toyota GT 86 RC and Subaru BRZ RA, which come with... you guessed it... steelies and unpainted bumpers.

The JDM duo was also stripped of most equipment in order to bring the price down and while this may seem ridiculous, Audi should be able to pull a similar move. After all, German automakers have a black belt in charging you tons of cash for the optional features.

So who knows, perhaps Hungarian digital artist X Tomi, who created the rendering above, was on to something. It's just that Audi has slightly different plans for the second-gen R8.

As you know, the V8 is gone, having been replaced by a 540 hp version of the V10, while the former V10 model was replaced by the V10 Plus. Unlike before, the more powerful incarnation of the R8 is on par with the 610 hp Lamborghini Huracan in terms of power. As for the financial side, the R8 now costs as much as a Porsche 911 Turbo / Turbo S.

All these cash-related details remind me of the VW Group's entry-level sportscar, a project that's been axed, but that's another story for another time.
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