You may think that Audi's hot new R8 Spyder 5.2 FSI Quattro doesn't need a whole lot of extra flash to make its case. Stasis Engineering begs to differ, however, and will show a hot-rodded version of the German's new roadster at the SEMA show this year.
Under the shining lights of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Stasis will showcase its latest high-powered Signature Series creation called the Challenge Extreme Edition R8. The heart of the model is a bolt-on Roots-type supercharger (running at 7.5 psi) that adds another 185 horses and 132 pound-feet of twist to the 5.2-liter V-10's 525-horsepower bottom line. Total power: an astounding 710 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque. Extreme, indeed.
Engineers made sure to include a separate supercharger cooling system to help reduce any power loss and keep everything running smoothly. A custom, T-305 stainless steel exhaust saves 30 pounds and bellows deeper, while a reprogrammed ECU squeezes every last ounce of available power out of the mid-mounted ten-cylinder engine.
Grip and handling improve as a result of 20-inch forged single piece wheels and the extra-wide Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 rubber mounted to them. Higher rate springs matched with beefier anti-roll bars limit body roll and keep all four corners planted. With 710 horses on tap, it shouldn't be too hard to guess why Stasis offers 15.3-inch front and 14-inch rear two-piece Alcon brake rotors with matching calipers.
As for performance gains, Stasis claims it takes just 3.1 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill. If all modifications are bought and installed at an authorized Audi dealership, owners are protected by a four -year/ 50,000-mile plan without their Ingolstadt warranty being revoked.
Pricing hasn't been released, but we'll be sure to find out more once we hit the Las Vegas Strip for SEMA next week.