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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 10, 2010 @ 2:46 pm

    Supercharging your V8 Audi R8

    Michael McAleer

    Audi R8 V8 fitted with a supercharger

    Recently here in Motors we tested the Audi R8 V10 and we said that it was worth the extra €50,000-odd on top of the standard V8.

    Well we were contacted by a reader who pointed out that you could just add a supercharger to the standard V8 for less money and get even better performance. This would appear to be true. APS of Brackley in the UK have been appointed official suppliers of the Californian company VF Engineering’s supercharger conversion. The upgrade adds a Roots-type Eaton TVS 1900 Supercharger which is mounted on the motor using an aluminium housing which contains an air/water heat exchanger driven using an upgraded belt system and heavy duty tensioner. Peak power is boosted from 429bhp to 548bhp at 7,500rpm, which is 30bhp more than the V10 can manage and torque is up from 430Nm to 592Nm compared to 530Nm in the V10.

    Peter Knivett, APS Sportec Press and Public Affairs Manager told Motors that the kit takes 2-3 days to fit in Brackley and will cost £21,995 (€26,000) fitted VAT inclusive. “We would welcome any customers from Ireland and we will provide a courtesy car to customers while their work is being carried out.”

    APS told us that there is a 12 month warranty with the work, but a note of caution. This work will invalidate the Audi warranty. http://www.autops.co.uk/

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