Car of the Week 228: COTY GTS Finale

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I happily bought the SV day one. Great car.

I didnt bother to buy the Avendator Huracan or Veneno and they all came for free in due course.

Its easily explainable... why by a car that is worse performance for multiples the cost.

As a trophy car used to soak up extra credits they're fine.

ie. i bought the P1GTR and Zonda R as i had too much credits. The Veneno is barely worth that.
 
I honestly didn't find it horrible. The understeer was pretty alarming, but once you get used to letting it roll through the corners off throttle and then hammer it on the exit, it was pretty quick.
Managed to win at Monza and Suzuka against what everybody else brought, and I'm not the fastest driver there.
Still wouldn't pick it again, for anything.
Awful car to try and do a livery on as well.
 
A current list of all not yet used cars for COTW:

ABARTH (1)
1500 Biposto Bertone B.A.T 1 1952 (N100)

ALFA ROMEO (4)
4C Gr.4 (Gr.4)
4C Launch Edition 2014 (N200)
Giulia TZ2 Carrozzata da Zagato CN.AR750106 1965 (Gr.X)
MiTo 1.4 T Sport 2009 (N200)

Alpine (3)
Vision Gran Turismo 2017 (Gr.1)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Vision Gran Turismo Race Mode (Gr.X)

ASTON MARTIN (5)
DB3S CN.1 1953 (Gr.X)
DB11 2016 (N600)
DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Vantage Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Vulcan 2016 (N800)

AUDI (9)
R8 LMS Audi Team Sport WRT 2015 (Gr.3)
R18 TDI Audi Team Sport Joest 2011 (Gr.1)
R18 TDI Le Mans 2011 (Gr.1)
R18 e-tron 2016 (Gr.1)
Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak 1987 (Gr.B)
TT Coupe 3.2 quattro 2003 (N200)
TT Cup 2016 (Gr.4)
TTS Coupe 2014 (N300)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.1)

BMW (7)
M4 Coupe 2014 (N400)
M4 Safety Car (Gr.X)
M6 GT3 Walkenhorst Motorsport 2016 (Gr.3)
M6 GT3 M Power Livery 2016 (Gr.3)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Z4 GT3 2011 (Gr.3)
Z8 2001 (N400)

BUGATTI (3)
Veyron Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Vision Gran Turismo Gr.1 (Gr.1)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

CHEVROLET (2)
Camaro SS 2016 (N500)
Corvette Stingray Race Concept (C2) 1959 (Gr.X)

CITROËN (1)
GT by Citroen Gr.4 (Gr.4)

DODGE (9)
Charger SRT Hellcat Safety Car (N700)
SRT Tomahawk VGT Gr.1 (Gr.1)
SRT Tomahawk VGT Racing (Gr.X)
SRT Tomahawk VGT Street (Gr.X)
SRT Tomahawk VGT Technology (Gr.X)
Superbee 1970 (N300)
Viper Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Viper SRT10 Coupe 2006 (N500)
Viper SRT GT3-R 2015 (Gr.3)

FERRARI (5)
250 GT Berlinetta passo corto CN.2521 1961 (N300)
250 GTO CN.3729GT 1962 (Gr.X)
458 Italia 2009 (N600)
458 Italia GT3 2013 (Gr.3)
Dino 246GT 1971 (N200)

FIAT (2)
500 F 1968 (N100)
500 1.2 8v Lounge SS 2008 (N100)

FORD (7)
Focus Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
GT 2006 (N600)
GT LM Spec II Test Car (Gr.3)
Mustang Gr.3 Road Car (N500)
Mustang Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
Mustang GT Premium Fastback 2015 (N400)
Mustang Mach 1 1971 (N300)

GRAN TURISMO (5)
Amuse S2000 GT1 Turbo (N600)
Chris Holstrom Concepts 1967 Chevy Nova 2013 (N700)
Red Bull X2014 Standard 2014 (Gr.X)
Red Bull X2014 Junior 2014 (Gr.X)
Red Bull X2019 Competition (Gr.X)

HONDA (4)
NSX Gr.3 (Gr.3)
NSX Gr.4 (Gr.4)
S800 1966 (N100)
Sports Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

HYUNDAI (4)
Genesis Gr.3 (Gr.3)
Genesis Gr.4 (Gr.4)
N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.1)
N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

INFINITI (1)
Concept Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

JAGUAR (6)
D-Type 1954 (Gr.X)
E-Type Coupe 1961 (N300)
F-Type Gr.4 (Gr.4)
XJ13 1966 (Gr.X)
XJR-9 1988 (Gr.1)
Vision Gran Turismo Coupe (Gr.X)

KTM (1)
X-BOW R 2012 (N300)

LAMBORGHINI (6)
Aventador LP700-4 2011 (N700)
Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce 2015 (N800)
Countach LP400 1974 (N400)
Huracan Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Huracan LP610-4 2015 (N600)
Miura P400 Bertone Prototype CN.0706 1967 (N400)

LEXUS (4)
LC500 2017 (N500)
LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
RC F au Tom's 2016 (Gr.2)
RC F Gr.4 (Gr.4)

MAZDA (8)
Atenza Gr.3 Road Car (N500)
Atenza Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Atenza Sedan XD L Package 2015 (N200)
Demio XD Touring 2015 (N100)
LM55 Vision Gran Turismo Gr.1 (Gr.1)
LM55 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Roadster S 2015 (N100)
RX-Vision GT3 Concept 2020 (Gr.3)

MCLAREN (5)
650S GT3 2015 (Gr.3)
MP4-12c 2010 (N600)
P1 GTR 2016 (Gr.X)
Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Gr.1 (Gr.1)
Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

MERCEDES-BENZ (7)
A45 AMG 4MATIC 2013 (N400)
AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ (Gr.X)
AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ Color Variation (Gr.X)
AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
AMG Vision Gran Turismo LH Edition (Gr.X)
AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series (Gr.X)
Sauber C9 1989 (Gr.1)

MINI (2)
Cooper S 2005 (N200)
Clubman Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

MITSUBISHI (4)
Lancer Evolution IV GSR 1996 (N300)
Lancer Evolution Final Edition Gr.3 (Gr.3)
Lancer Evolution Final Edition Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
Lancer Evolution Final Edition Gr.B Road Car (N500)

NISSAN (11)
Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Fairlady Z Version S 2007 (N300)
GT-R Gr.4 (Gr.4)
GT-R Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
GT-R Motul Autech 2016 (Gr.2)
GT-R Premium Edition 2017 (N600)
GT-R Safety Car (Gr.X)
GT-R Xanavi Nismo (Gr.2)
R92CP 1992 (Gr.1)
Skyline GT-R V-spec (R33) 1997 (N300)
Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nür (R34) 2002 (N300)

PEUGEOT (9)
208 GTI by Peugeot Sport 2014 (N200)
908 HDI FAP Team Peugeot Total 2010 (Gr.1)
RCZ Gr.3 (Gr.3)
RCZ Gr.3 Road Car (N500)
RCZ Gr.4 (Gr.4)
RCZ Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
L500R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo 2017 (Gr.X)
L750R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo 2017 (Gr.1)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

PORSCHE (3)
911 GT3 (997) 2008 (N400)
911 GT3 RS 2016 (N600)
962C 1988 (Gr.1)

RENAULT SPORT (4)
Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy 2015 (N200)
Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy 2016 (N200)
Megane RS Trophy 2011 Safety Car (N300)
R.S.01 GT3 2016 (Gr.3)

SHELBY (1)
Cobra Daytona Coupe 1964 (Gr.X)

SUBARU (6)
BRZ S 2015 (N200)
BRZ Falken Tire/Turn 14 Distribution 2017 (Gr.X)
Impreza Coupe WRX Type R STi Version VI 1999 (N300)
WRX Gr.3 (Gr.3)
WRX Gr.B (Gr.B)
WRX STI Type S 2014 (N300)

TESLA (1)
Model S Signature Performance 2012 (Gr.X)

TOYOTA (18)
86 Gr.4 (Gr.4)
86 Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
86 GRMN 2016 (N200)
86 GT 2015 (N200)
86 GT Limited 2016 (N200)
86 GR 2021 (N200)
Corolla Levin 3door 1600GT APEX (AE86) 1983 (N100)
Crown Athlete G Safety Car (N300)
FT-1 (Gr.X)
FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo Gr.3 (Gr.3)
GR Supra Racing Concept (Gr.3)
GR Supra RZ 2020 (N400)
S-FR 2015 (N100)
Sprinter Trueno 3door 1600GT APEX (AE86) 1983 (N100)
TS030 Hybrid 2012 (Gr.1)
TS050 Hybrid Toyota Gazoo Racing 2016 (Gr.1)
Tundra TRD Pro 2019 (N400)

VOLKSWAGEN (7)
1200 1966 (N100)
Scirocco Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Golf VII GTI 2014 (N200)
GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
GTI Vision Gran Turismo Gr.3 (Gr.3)
Samba Bus Type 2 (T1) 1962 (N100)
 
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I kinda have a soft spot for the first gen of the R8 as I thought it was a really cool sports car at the time when I was in high school. I had a photo of this car as a background on my very first flip phone. The Audi R8 is still on of my favorite sports car though they are rare to see on the roads. This week we are taking a look at the Audi R8 4.2 FSi R Tronic. This weeks car is chosen by @Draggon

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GTS Nordschleife hot lap STOCK Audi R8 '07: 07.40.463​




I absolutely LOVED this car in GT5. It DESTROYED cars with similar HP. In GTS it does that not quite so effortlesly, but still quite much. It's suuuuper stable but just like the M3, it really does lack speed. Not that I would consider those cars slow relative to their HP, but they aren't really speedy either.

With its driven time, it is the 47th fastest car of all road legal cars. Its closest rivals are the TVR Tuscan Speed 6 '00 with a 07.40.937 on the 48th place and the Lexus RC F '14 with a 07.40.272 on the 46th place. It can reach a top speed of 317 km/h=197 mp/h in the game (real life top speed being 301 km/h=187mp/h), securing itself the 41st place top speed wise of all road legal cars, while its closest top speed rivals are the Toyota GR Supra RZ '20 with 316 km/h=196 mp/h on the 42nd place and the Maserati Gran Turismo '08 + the Porsche 911 GT3 (996) '01 with both 318 km/h=198mp/h on the 40th-39th place.

Driven stock on hard sport tyres without any driving aids, except ABS. First lap in third person view, second one in cockpit view and third one in cinematic replay view. All driven laps are the same lap.

Comparison with Nordschleife rivals:



Comparison with Tsukuba rivals:



Also, I had some of the very best and closest online racing with this car ever:





Verdict: what you would expect: it's a great car
 
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A current list of all not yet used cars for COTW:

ABARTH (1)
1500 Biposto Bertone B.A.T 1 1952 (N100)

ALFA ROMEO (4)
4C Gr.4 (Gr.4)
4C Launch Edition 2014 (N200)
Giulia TZ2 Carrozzata da Zagato CN.AR750106 1965 (Gr.X)
MiTo 1.4 T Sport 2009 (N200)

Alpine (3)
Vision Gran Turismo 2017 (Gr.1)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Vision Gran Turismo Race Mode (Gr.X)

ASTON MARTIN (5)
DB3S CN.1 1953 (Gr.X)
DB11 2016 (N600)
DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Vantage Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Vulcan 2016 (N800)

AUDI (10)
R8 4.2 FSI R Tronic 2007 (N400)
R8 LMS Audi Team Sport WRT 2015 (Gr.3)
R18 TDI Audi Team Sport Joest 2011 (Gr.1)
R18 TDI Le Mans 2011 (Gr.1)
R18 e-tron 2016 (Gr.1)
Sport quattro S1 Pikes Peak 1987 (Gr.B)
TT Coupe 3.2 quattro 2003 (N200)
TT Cup 2016 (Gr.4)
TTS Coupe 2014 (N300)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.1)

BMW (7)
M4 Coupe 2014 (N400)
M4 Safety Car (Gr.X)
M6 GT3 Walkenhorst Motorsport 2016 (Gr.3)
M6 GT3 M Power Livery 2016 (Gr.3)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Z4 GT3 2011 (Gr.3)
Z8 2001 (N400)

BUGATTI (3)
Veyron Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Vision Gran Turismo Gr.1 (Gr.1)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

CHEVROLET (2)
Camaro SS 2016 (N500)
Corvette Stingray Race Concept (C2) 1959 (Gr.X)

CITROËN (1)
GT by Citroen Gr.4 (Gr.4)

DODGE (9)
Charger SRT Hellcat Safety Car (N700)
SRT Tomahawk VGT Gr.1 (Gr.1)
SRT Tomahawk VGT Racing (Gr.X)
SRT Tomahawk VGT Street (Gr.X)
SRT Tomahawk VGT Technology (Gr.X)
Superbee 1970 (N300)
Viper Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Viper SRT10 Coupe 2006 (N500)
Viper SRT GT3-R 2015 (Gr.3)

FERRARI (5)
250 GT Berlinetta passo corto CN.2521 1961 (N300)
250 GTO CN.3729GT 1962 (Gr.X)
458 Italia 2009 (N600)
458 Italia GT3 2013 (Gr.3)
Dino 246GT 1971 (N200)

FIAT (2)
500 F 1968 (N100)
500 1.2 8v Lounge SS 2008 (N100)

FORD (7)
Focus Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
GT 2006 (N600)
GT LM Spec II Test Car (Gr.3)
Mustang Gr.3 Road Car (N500)
Mustang Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
Mustang GT Premium Fastback 2015 (N400)
Mustang Mach 1 1971 (N300)

GRAN TURISMO (6)
Amuse S2000 GT1 Turbo (N600)
Chris Holstrom Concepts 1967 Chevy Nova 2013 (N700)
Racing Kart 125 Shifter (Gr.X)
Red Bull X2014 Standard 2014 (Gr.X)
Red Bull X2014 Junior 2014 (Gr.X)
Red Bull X2019 Competition (Gr.X)

HONDA (4)
NSX Gr.3 (Gr.3)
NSX Gr.4 (Gr.4)
S800 1966 (N100)
Sports Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

HYUNDAI (4)
Genesis Gr.3 (Gr.3)
Genesis Gr.4 (Gr.4)
N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.1)
N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

INFINITI (1)
Concept Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

JAGUAR (6)
D-Type 1954 (Gr.X)
E-Type Coupe 1961 (N300)
F-Type Gr.4 (Gr.4)
XJ13 1966 (Gr.X)
XJR-9 1988 (Gr.1)
Vision Gran Turismo Coupe (Gr.X)

KTM (1)
X-BOW R 2012 (N300)

LAMBORGHINI (6)
Aventador LP700-4 2011 (N700)
Aventador LP750-4 Superveloce 2015 (N800)
Countach LP400 1974 (N400)
Huracan Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Huracan LP610-4 2015 (N600)
Miura P400 Bertone Prototype CN.0706 1967 (N400)

LEXUS (4)
LC500 2017 (N500)
LF-LC GT Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
RC F au Tom's 2016 (Gr.2)
RC F Gr.4 (Gr.4)

MAZDA (8)
Atenza Gr.3 Road Car (N500)
Atenza Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Atenza Sedan XD L Package 2015 (N200)
Demio XD Touring 2015 (N100)
LM55 Vision Gran Turismo Gr.1 (Gr.1)
LM55 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Roadster S 2015 (N100)
RX-Vision GT3 Concept 2020 (Gr.3)

MCLAREN (5)
650S GT3 2015 (Gr.3)
MP4-12c 2010 (N600)
P1 GTR 2016 (Gr.X)
Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo Gr.1 (Gr.1)
Ultimate Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

MERCEDES-BENZ (7)
A45 AMG 4MATIC 2013 (N400)
AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ (Gr.X)
AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ Color Variation (Gr.X)
AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
AMG Vision Gran Turismo LH Edition (Gr.X)
AMG Vision Gran Turismo Racing Series (Gr.X)
Sauber C9 1989 (Gr.1)

MINI (2)
Cooper S 2005 (N200)
Clubman Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

MITSUBISHI (4)
Lancer Evolution IV GSR 1996 (N300)
Lancer Evolution Final Edition Gr.3 (Gr.3)
Lancer Evolution Final Edition Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
Lancer Evolution Final Edition Gr.B Road Car (N500)

NISSAN (11)
Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
Fairlady Z Version S 2007 (N300)
GT-R Gr.4 (Gr.4)
GT-R Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
GT-R Motul Autech 2016 (Gr.2)
GT-R Premium Edition 2017 (N600)
GT-R Safety Car (Gr.X)
GT-R Xanavi Nismo (Gr.2)
R92CP 1992 (Gr.1)
Skyline GT-R V-spec (R33) 1997 (N300)
Skyline GT-R V-spec II Nür (R34) 2002 (N300)

PEUGEOT (9)
208 GTI by Peugeot Sport 2014 (N200)
908 HDI FAP Team Peugeot Total 2010 (Gr.1)
RCZ Gr.3 (Gr.3)
RCZ Gr.3 Road Car (N500)
RCZ Gr.4 (Gr.4)
RCZ Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
L500R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo 2017 (Gr.X)
L750R Hybrid Vision Gran Turismo 2017 (Gr.1)
Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)

PORSCHE (3)
911 GT3 (997) 2008 (N400)
911 GT3 RS 2016 (N600)
962C 1988 (Gr.1)

RENAULT SPORT (4)
Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy 2015 (N200)
Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy 2016 (N200)
Megane RS Trophy 2011 Safety Car (N300)
R.S.01 GT3 2016 (Gr.3)

SHELBY (1)
Cobra Daytona Coupe 1964 (Gr.X)

SUBARU (6)
BRZ S 2015 (N200)
BRZ Falken Tire/Turn 14 Distribution 2017 (Gr.X)
Impreza Coupe WRX Type R STi Version VI 1999 (N300)
WRX Gr.3 (Gr.3)
WRX Gr.B (Gr.B)
WRX STI Type S 2014 (N300)

TESLA (1)
Model S Signature Performance 2012 (Gr.X)

TOYOTA (18)
86 Gr.4 (Gr.4)
86 Gr.B Rally Car (Gr.B)
86 GRMN 2016 (N200)
86 GT 2015 (N200)
86 GT Limited 2016 (N200)
86 GR 2021 (N200)
Corolla Levin 3door 1600GT APEX (AE86) 1983 (N100)
Crown Athlete G Safety Car (N300)
FT-1 (Gr.X)
FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
FT-1 Vision Gran Turismo Gr.3 (Gr.3)
GR Supra Racing Concept (Gr.3)
GR Supra RZ 2020 (N400)
S-FR 2015 (N100)
Sprinter Trueno 3door 1600GT APEX (AE86) 1983 (N100)
TS030 Hybrid 2012 (Gr.1)
TS050 Hybrid Toyota Gazoo Racing 2016 (Gr.1)
Tundra TRD Pro 2019 (N400)

VOLKSWAGEN (7)
1200 1966 (N100)
Scirocco Gr.4 (Gr.4)
Golf VII GTI 2014 (N200)
GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
GTI Supersport Vision Gran Turismo (Gr.X)
GTI Vision Gran Turismo Gr.3 (Gr.3)
Samba Bus Type 2 (T1) 1962 (N100)
We did the shifter kart at 119
 
I secretly quite like the R8 and I dont like Audis. I dont like the looks that much but a 2012-2015 manual v8 would be quite all right... realistically a 400hp v8 is all you need.

In game the car is fundamentally flawless... except for the motor.

The balance is extraordinary. Good but not fantastic brakes, sweet amazing steering and perfect chassis balance that only goes into MR craziness if you gas it and give it heaps of steering angle. And even if you overcook it, you can still reel it in.

The engine is... adequate. I'm running N400 so 440hp, max weight loss and a tune. There are some times the motor doesnt seem to be all there... it doesnt have that turbo midrange hump. You need to spin it up and on overtaking the motor does its job all of the time, 60% of the time.

2nd 3rd gear response is ok.

I did 7'30" at the Ring in race conditions so its fast as all hell.

The handling is so good that I often just back off out of a dicey dice because I know another opportunity will come along next corner that is easier. You dont rely on the motor, you rely on the fact the handing is always there, always flawless.

Mine tops out at 280km/h and that's well enough on the Ring main straight.

Should have had a V10 in the game already in the S2 body shape like the GT3.

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Also did you know the the R8 comes in rwd or 4wd?

of course the early ones and the one in the game is 4wd but you wouldnt know as the steering is dead on perfect.

Be great if GT7 has a spread of the v8 and v10 and rwd/4wd models.
 
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I secretly quite like the R8 and I dont like Audis. I dont like the looks that much but a 2012-2015 manual v8 would be quite all right... realistically a 400hp v8 is all you need.

In game the car is fundamentally flawless... except for the motor.

The balance is extraordinary. Good but not fantastic brakes, sweet amazing steering and perfect chassis balance that only goes into MR craziness if you gas it and give it heaps of steering angle. And even if you overcook it, you can still reel it in.

The engine is... adequate. I'm running N400 so 440hp, max weight loss and a tune. There are some times the motor doesnt seem to be all there... it doesnt have that turbo midrange hump. You need to spin it up and on overtaking the motor does its job all of the time, 60% of the time.

2nd 3rd gear response is ok.

I did 7'30" at the Ring in race conditions so its fast as all hell.

The handling is so good that I often just back off out of a dicey dice because I know another opportunity will come along next corner that is easier. You dont rely on the motor, you rely on the fact the handing is always there, always flawless.

Mine tops out at 280km/h and that's well enough on the Ring main straight.

Should have had a V10 in the game already in the S2 body shape like the GT3.

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Also did you know the the R8 comes in rwd or 4wd?

of course the early ones and the one in the game is 4wd but you wouldnt know as the steering is dead on perfect.

Be great if GT7 has a spread of the v8 and v10 and rwd/4wd models.
I absolutely did not know it was rwd as well. Mind blown honestly.
 
So over the weekend I finally got to do something which was meant to happen last year.

Until Coughy Boi came along and shut everything down. :rolleyes:

That something was a Trackday Experience. :D

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Taking place at a 1.5 mile track at Prestwold Driving Center, I had 2 laps in 3 cars and the 3 that I drove couldn’t have been any more different.

Started off with a V12 Aston Martin DB9 and got myself used to an automatic gearbox for the first time.

As you do. :P

Gearbox while smooth, was a tad slow to respond as I noticed a half second delay between pulling the paddle and the shift happening.

Also got used to standing on the brakes, turning in, feeding the power in and so on.

All the while the instructor offered advice, encouragement and making sure there wasn’t a pileup. :lol:

After the Aston, The car up next was actually the car I was meant to drive last, but the second car was quite popular among the many customers so they swapped my schedule around so car number 2 was..

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(Yeah that was me, some choices never change. :D)

A 997 Porsche 911 Carrera. ;)

This one had the Triptronic Automatic, but was certainly the feistiest of the 3 cars.

I could feel it wiggle under heavy braking and thanks to the kick down on the box, got it to over 7k rpm down the front straight. :drool:

The Instructor in this one was even more encouraging, getting me to feed more power in through turn 2 and then go round the outside of slower traffic through turn 3. :sly:

(Obviously they are all in constant communication with each other, but still.)

Lastly, but no means leastly, car number 3.

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A BMW I8 Coupe. :eek:

May only have a 1.5 turbo 3 cylinder, but by itself it’s good for nearly 230hp.

Throw over 120hp of hybrid motors on top and you have something that’ll pin you in the seat every time. :embarrassed:

Certainly the quickest of the 3 cars that’s for certain. 👍

Each instructor also gave a score out of 40 based on what I assume is, driving standards, etiquette and safety.

The end results?

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An average of just over 34 outta 40. :eek:

Surprised myself considering the only times before I drove something fast was a go kart while on holiday. :lol:

And finally, We had 1 fast lap in the passenger seats in a Vauxhall VXR8, Basically the Holden HSV GTS with a new badge.

We? You ask?

Yep, Both my Mom and her partner did the same experience, He ended up driving an Ariel Atom as one of his picks(The mad man.:crazy:) and 2 of Moms picks were a Ferrari 360 Modena and…

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Yep, A V8 Audi R8. :lol:

I couldn’t make it up if I tried. :P

But on that subject, I quite enjoyed the R8 in GTS and I said that as far as pure Audi products made in the Noughties, It was the best thing they made.

Audi’s Legandary 4.2 V8 screaming past 8000rpm, in a car that could put up a fight against its rivals, but still be a usable everyday supercar.

The V10 version while great, took away that identity in my opinion.

Verdict: Sleeper 👍
 
So over the weekend I finally got to do something which was meant to happen last year.

Until Coughy Boi came along and shut everything down. :rolleyes:

That something was a Trackday Experience. :D

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Taking place at a 1.5 mile track at Prestwold Driving Center, I had 2 laps in 3 cars and the 3 that I drove couldn’t have been any more different.

Started off with a V12 Aston Martin DB9 and got myself used to an automatic gearbox for the first time.

As you do. :P

Gearbox while smooth, was a tad slow to respond as I noticed a half second delay between pulling the paddle and the shift happening.

Also got used to standing on the brakes, turning in, feeding the power in and so on.

All the while the instructor offered advice, encouragement and making sure there wasn’t a pileup. :lol:

After the Aston, The car up next was actually the car I was meant to drive last, but the second car was quite popular among the many customers so they swapped my schedule around so car number 2 was..

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(Yeah that was me, some choices never change. :D)

A 997 Porsche 911 Carrera. ;)

This one had the Triptronic Automatic, but was certainly the feistiest of the 3 cars.

I could feel it wiggle under heavy braking and thanks to the kick down on the box, got it to over 7k rpm down the front straight. :drool:

The Instructor in this one was even more encouraging, getting me to feed more power in through turn 2 and then go round the outside of slower traffic through turn 3. :sly:

(Obviously they are all in constant communication with each other, but still.)

Lastly, but no means leastly, car number 3.

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A BMW I8 Coupe. :eek:

May only have a 1.5 turbo 3 cylinder, but by itself it’s good for nearly 230hp.

Throw over 120hp of hybrid motors on top and you have something that’ll pin you in the seat every time. :embarrassed:

Certainly the quickest of the 3 cars that’s for certain. 👍

Each instructor also gave a score out of 40 based on what I assume is, driving standards, etiquette and safety.

The end results?

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An average of just over 34 outta 40. :eek:

Surprised myself considering the only times before I drove something fast was a go kart while on holiday. :lol:

And finally, We had 1 fast lap in the passenger seats in a Vauxhall VXR8, Basically the Holden HSV GTS with a new badge.

We? You ask?

Yep, Both my Mom and her partner did the same experience, He ended up driving an Ariel Atom as one of his picks(The mad man.:crazy:) and 2 of Moms picks were a Ferrari 360 Modena and…

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Yep, A V8 Audi R8. :lol:

I couldn’t make it up if I tried. :P

But on that subject, I quite enjoyed the R8 in GTS and I said that as far as pure Audi products made in the Noughties, It was the best thing they made.

Audi’s Legandary 4.2 V8 screaming past 8000rpm, in a car that could put up a fight against its rivals, but still be a usable everyday supercar.

The V10 version while great, took away that identity in my opinion.

Verdict: Sleeper 👍
My dad has done a couple of those Trackday events here in Colorado as well but can't remember all of the cars he's driven at the trackdays.
 

GTS Nordschleife hot lap STOCK Porsche 911 GT3 RS '16: 07.15.334​




Wow! What is this car!? It's incredibly fast and downright UNBELIEVABLY stable! The brakes are also amazing! It's just phenomenal all around...I mean I'm basically 10! seconds faster with the GT3, than with the F50.

With its driven time, it is the 11th fastest car of all road legal cars. Its closest rivals are the McLaren 650S Coupe '14 with a 07.15.563 on the 12th place and the Aston Martin ONE-77 '11 with a 07.15.057 on the 10th place. It can reach a top speed of 337 km/h=209 mp/h in the game (real life top speed being 310 km/h=193 mp/h), securing itself the 26th place top speed wise of all road legal cars, while its closest top speed rivals are the Porsche 911 GT3 (997) '08 with 335 km/h=208 mp/h on the 27th place and the Ferrari F40 '88 with 338 km/h=210mp/h on the 25th place.

Driven stock on hard sport tyres without any driving aids, except ABS. First lap in third person view, second one in cockpit view and third one in cinematic replay view. All driven laps are the same lap.

Comparison with Nordschleife rivals:



Comparison with Tsukuba rivals:





Also, I had some of the very best and closest online racing with this car ever:



Verdict: The problem with this car is, that it's almost too good.

Ya'll in for a nice ride tomorrow!
 
The reason I chose this car is because I think the 991 GT3RS is Gran Turismo Sport's defacto title car.

We know it was the C7 Corvette for GT6 and the SLS for GT5 but to me, the original press images had that gold coloured GT3 and I knew Porsche was here.

To us who have been with Forza then this isnt that special as Porsche has been with Forza since 2011 but I feel that Forza tends to "overmodel" the appearance but "undermodel" the driving... I dont know if I'm in a GT2 or GT3 or a Carrera Turbo in that series because Turn10 dont pay that part much attention to differentiation.

Not so with PD. I know how the 997 differs from the 991.

So what is the 991 like? Well I have about 5,000km spread over three of them. One was my endurance car.

This just about says it all. N500 540hp Lvl1 weight, 330km/h final drive, some tune, praiano maybe, RH tyres. No need for weight loss.

Nurburgring 7'05' and I was showboating. Powerslides and chain link drifting.

The car is phenomenal. Probably the best car in N400-N600, nay best car in the game. I think at 7'05" the Ring felt like it was in fast forward. Sub 7 secs is damn close.

Incredibly confidence inspiring except at 10 tenths where the rear engine pendulum thing comes out but obviously at 5,000km I'm used to it.

Cant say much about the car except to spit superlatives everywhere.

Carbon brakes, you brake late everywhere.

The rear engine bias means you can drop the power out of corners very early.

The playfulness of the chassis means you can cock the attitude/nose of the car into corners.

The 7 spd pdk means a gear for every situation.

Its too good. I think they should have went with a 'normal' GT3 or something less potent.

The motor is however super linear all the way to the top. Great metallic ring too. Because no turbo you dont really fear full power in 2nd or 3rd.

At n400 you do feel it needs a tad more power. At 600 its over the top.

You're the apex predator in this car. Get used to everyone else indicating to pull over at Nurburging.

The choice for Webber and Sharapova. Cant go wrong on this one in game or real life.

In real life I think it looks like what we would call a "pure d*ckhead car". Its all wings and front airdams and people will know you're a unsufferable person who can afford what is a $500k car here.

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So over the weekend I finally got to do something which was meant to happen last year.
Dammit Vic, with a trio of supercars at your disposal I'd have expected at least a Top Gear trio style pic with your folks, or an interior shot of you screaming "POOOOWEEEERRRRR!!!!" as the Aston roars through the rev range... :lol:

In all seriousness, that looks like a heap of fun, and no surprise that you virtually aced the exams! Please tell me you got to catch a glance at the speedo, surely! 🤔
 

It's that time again! Sharing a new video test driving this week's car, the Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RS at Nurburgring GP.
 
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Dammit Vic, with a trio of supercars at your disposal I'd have expected at least a Top Gear trio style pic with your folks, or an interior shot of you screaming "POOOOWEEEERRRRR!!!!" as the Aston roars through the rev range... :lol:

In all seriousness, that looks like a heap of fun, and no surprise that you virtually aced the exams! Please tell me you got to catch a glance at the speedo, surely! 🤔
The Speedos in most of them weren’t working, Some we’re definitely high milers and had some basic mods like quick access to the battery etc.

The I8’s did as it was a digital read out, but I was too focused on not stacking it and being pinned back by the hybrid assist. :lol:

I wouldn’t be surprised if I briefly hit 100 mph in the I8. :)
 
Excellent choice.

In this game, with these physics and at my favorite Autopolis, it's a damn dream! In all my restarts of GTS, I make sure to collect all the Porsches(and of course, the Ruf). We owe the brand that much, after not being, properly, represented in the franchise.

One thing. The 997 howl, is much louder and I prefer the hunkered down look of that car's rear suspension height. In this game, the 991 look like a dragster at the back.

To sum it up, every Gran Turismo player needs to have a 991. Good stuff.
 
So, here's my take on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS - PD's way of telling you that Porsche has finally let go from the oppression of EA.

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When this was announced way back in 2017, I was screaming inside because after more than two decades, Porsche has finally entered the realm of Gran Turismo. Porsche just deserves better when it comes to virtual representation. With numerous race victories starting all the way back in the 60s, why would a prestigious brand will allow their cars to be thrashed around by the police and unrealistically fly above great heights and land like it was nothing? Porsche cars simply don't deserve this kind of treatment, and thank goodness the peeps in Stuttgart had finally knocked into their senses.


And it was a good choice for PD to start off with this - the 911 GT3 RS - a race car with number plates... literally.


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For the detractors, one would think why would an oddball looking sports car such as the 911 would represent GT Sport. Why not a Ferrari? Why not a GT-R? Lamborghini? The 911 is the benchmark of sports cars, bar none. It's a car that others would want to imitate, but could not perfect. It's a car that its rivals secretly aspire to be. It's a car that tickled, or perhaps, set the enthusiasts' hearts on fire. Porsche and PD have something in common: The dedication to their craft.


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(The GT3 RS comes only in four colors in GT Sport. Y U NO ADD PTS COLORS?! :mad:)

It should come with the myriad of colors...


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Like an assorted pack of M&Ms



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Now let's hover over the looks, shall we? The GT3 RS clearly stands out among the other 911s. While the standard and Turbo trims of the 911 are discreet, this one screams "I'M A RACER!". It has a giant wing, a front lip, air intakes that do their job as they want to aid in downforce to make sure this car carves through the corners.


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And not just that, it has tech too! It has rear-wheel steering, which I'll demonstrate in the video below:




The function is what makes the GT3 RS hug through the turns with so much gusto. Yes, it can catch you off guard with oversteer especially if you are to drive it for the first time, but get used to it and it will corner better than even the hypercars in the game.

What about acceleration? Top speed? Well...



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Even for an N500 level car, it has the pace of an N600 car. The PDK shifts are crisp, no power loss at all. Of course the rear engine layout ensures that the rear tires are pushed down to the tarmac. It squats, and off you go. This straight line prowess and the fact that it can go head-to-head with Group 4 cars in handling makes the GT3 RS the PERFECT car in Premium Sport Lounge races, stock or tuned. And mind you, I don't do the rather boring Blue Moon Bay race, as I want to challenge myself in all kinds of corners.

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(Even though this particular GT3 RS is tuned to 520 HP and has its weight slightly reduced to 3,087 lbs. and equipped with Sports Soft tires only, it can effortlessly keep up with the LaFerrari in the Premium Sports Lounge races)


And what about online racing?


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Because of its race car-like qualities, it is another ideal car for one-make racing much like the Mazda Roadster Touring Car. However, expect to garner hatred when you pit it against other N-Class cars. It is damn overpowered in whatever N Class category it competes in, even if restrained with BoP. It has linear acceleration, impressive traction, and endless grip that even the Pagani Huayra can only dream of. Personally, I would like to avoid using this, but... it's just so addicting to drive.

There are only a handful of cars that can match the GT3 RS' pace. Everyone needs a nemesis after all. Cars such as the Pagani Huayra, LaFerrari, Ferrari F40 and the Amuse S2000 GT1 Turbo all pose a threat to the Porker. But the two Italian hypercars need a long straight if they want an advantage, while the Amuse S2K can corner better if it's driven on skilled hands and the F40 needs to be sorted out first in order to compete well against the 911.




So what's the verdict?

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Overall, it's a very welcome addition to the game. I think every player should test this one out, even if they are not Porsche fans. This car represents the brand's values very well. Despite the aforementioned merits, it takes practice in order to get hold of this car's true capabilities on the track.



BONUS: Do you want to see how many GT3 RS I own? Hehe...


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It's a little difficult to truly document how big a deal the original R8 is without this review turning into a 4,163–page thesis, but despite all its accolades of being Audi's first true exotic supercar, inheriting a Le Mans conquering name and blending it with a rally bred AWD system, then wrapping that recipe up in a strikingly curvaceous body previously unthinkable of the Germans, what I love most about the Audi R8 instead is just how... understated it is. It doesn't scream, it doesn't demand attention. It's classy, it's subdued, yet very clearly special. The format of rear mid engine, all wheel drive makes so much sense both from an engineering and consumer standpoint, and it makes me wonder why it hasn't been attempted more by other manufacturers. If I ever find myself moderately wealthy one day and needed to keep up appearances instead of tumbling around in a stiffly sprung oven that is the RX-7, there perhaps is no other car I'd look as wistfully at than a first gen R8, and probably the lighter 4.2L V8 variant, too.


Unfortunately, as its name might have already given away, the specific R8 we got in Gran Turismo Sport has the sequential shifter option ticked, dubbed the "R Tronic". It does its job and does it quick, but I have my reservations about these early 2000s flappy paddles on public roads, and on the track, you can probably shift a stick just as quick. It truly is a shame that the R8 we got has the R Tronic gearbox, even with this game doing a criminal disservice to manual cars, because the first gen R8 is one of the last supercars to offer three pedals and an absolutely gorgeous gated shifter, setting the first gen apart from the second gen, whose styling I'm not super keen on; it looks too boy racer and destroyed many of the natural curves, shapes, and proportions of the original, though I'd love to sample it for myself nonetheless. In fact, I wish this game had the facelifted V10 Plus... and the pre facelift V10... and the RWD variant... Oh! And the Spyder as well! ...can you tell I really like this car?


As the first flagship model of one of the biggest brands in Germany, the Audi R8 lives up to every stereotype of German engineering: well put together and so well thought out it boarders on overthinking. Despite having a rear mid engine layout and being able to send as much as 90% of the torque to the rear wheels, the R8 is one of the easiest cars to drive quickly, defaulting to understeer if you overcook a corner, always behaving in a predictable fashion up to and even beyond that point. Even after the week's meet, I found myself wanting to drive the R8 more and more, even taking it out onto some wet tracks, and the R8 was just as surefooted and assuring even then, never once flinching or breaking character, always making me feel well coddled, protected, and taken care of. It's a sensation that's very, very rare to feel in a car, much less through a simulator. I can't even begin to imagine what the R8 in real life must feel like to drive and own. In fact, the only other time I felt this relaxed and assured was in a yet another German car, the E46 M3.


Despite being rather softly sprung by today's supercar standards, understeer on this AWD, 1,560kg (3,439lbs) car is shockingly nonexistent if you brake amply for a corner, as the well damped car with its mid engined weight distribution rotates delightfully into an apex with intuition and immediacy that is unheard of for any AWD car not bearing a "GT-R" badge. So easy and relaxing to drive fast is the R8 4.2 that, despite me waking up from a late night shift the morning before our weekly meet, I had a lot of fun simply chugging along sipping coffee on the straights as I "raced" everyone else. It's as self assured to drive as it is to look at. I love that understated, well founded confidence it exudes, both in its styling and driving dynamics, and I think speaks a lot of the person who would own such a car.


Despite being the tamer R8 and being such a relaxing drive, the 4.2 is deceptively quick around a track: it effortlessly destroyed the aforementioned E46 M3 when I tried to recreate a photo–finish race at Seaside all the way back in Week 94, and even a car with the GT-R badge, the R34 V・spec II Nür, fell some three seconds a lap behind at Bathurst. Sure, both those cars are way cheaper and have way less power than the Audi, but how does the tamer R8 stack up against a slightly more modern, slightly more expensive luxury coupé that also has a V8 and more ferocious, topless siblings?


The 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage in this game weighs in at 1,610kg (3,549lbs) and packs 429HP (320kW), which is 50kg (110lbs) heavier than the Audi while only packing 15 more horses (11kW) to compensate for it. Despite having a worse power–to–mass ratio and being saddled with a stick shift, the Aston surprisingly out–accelerates the R8 on the straights, which is perhaps an indication that the R Tronic box in the R8 isn't as quick to shift as it feels to me. It was super clear even from the seat of the Aston when and where the R8 shifted gears; it was so abrupt and momentum robbing it's evident even from the outside, and when I first raced the R8 back at Week 94, I actually thought it was a manual having only heard it from the outside. The slightly more expensive Aston may also be heavier with a disadvantageous front engine layout, but it was much more lairy to negotiate bends with, having no concerns about safety nets nor trying to save its driver by defaulting to understeer like the Audi. As a result, the Vantage felt a lot more nimble to attack corners with, being the sort of car that makes you feel like your pants are on fire even when they may or may not be, a huge contrast to how the R8 goes about its business.


The R8 of course has the corner exit advantage being AWD, and is somehow lighter as well despite that fact, meaning that it outbrakes the Aston easily into a corner and can carry more speed through the bend, all of which give the Audi a huge advantage on the sharp downhill twists of Bathurst. Honestly? I have no idea how the hell I've managed to stick to Vic's rear bumper (and even door handles at some points!) if the Aston had all these deficiencies on paper. It felt like it was all just the power advantage and being in the R8's slipstream that had allowed me to have this close a race with Vic (or maybe, you know, he simply wasn't trying).



Both these V8 cars are achingly beautiful luxury coupés offered with bigger engines, a manual option, and convertible versions, and both are an "old school" type of car wherein there is just enough power, there is just enough civility, and where the mechanicals and the driver make the magic work instead of computers. The 2000s may not have been that long a time ago, but in hindsight, this sort of car has become just about extinct in the 10 or so years since then after the R35 GT-R hit the market and forced everyone to rethink how to engineer a supercar (yes, I blame the R35 for the digitisation of cars), and god bless the Aston Martin for still keeping the Vantage so faithful in its evolution. I really wonder how much of the original recipe the facelifted R8 has kept, and after my time in the pre–facelift 4.2 this week, I am seriously craving for more R8 experiences.


As much as I would hate to, this is where I'll have to commit a sin for a reviewer by saying, "I have no idea which I'd rather have if I could only pick one." I think I'll really need to sample all the other configurations of each to really be able to conclusively tell you which of these cars and in which exacting spec I'd want them and why, but simply as they are in this game, both are brilliant cars that suit me when I'm in different moods. I guess when I'm so tired from work today, the R8 is the one for me. Ask me any other day though, and there's a very real chance I'd tell you it's the Aston I'm lusting after.


Also @Vic Reign93 , this is my first time attempting a British number plate. Could you please tell me if it looks right? Thanks!
 
It's a little difficult to truly document how big a deal the original R8 is without this review turning into a 4,163–page thesis, but despite all its accolades of being Audi's first true exotic supercar, inheriting a Le Mans conquering name and blending it with a rally bred AWD system, then wrapping that recipe up in a strikingly curvaceous body previously unthinkable of the Germans, what I love most about the Audi R8 instead is just how... understated it is. It doesn't scream, it doesn't demand attention. It's classy, it's subdued, yet very clearly special. The format of rear mid engine, all wheel drive makes so much sense both from an engineering and consumer standpoint, and it makes me wonder why it hasn't been attempted more by other manufacturers. If I ever find myself moderately wealthy one day and needed to keep up appearances instead of tumbling around in a stiffly sprung oven that is the RX-7, there perhaps is no other car I'd look as wistfully at than a first gen R8, and probably the lighter 4.2L V8 variant, too.


Unfortunately, as its name might have already given away, the specific R8 we got in Gran Turismo Sport has the sequential shifter option ticked, dubbed the "R Tronic". It does its job and does it quick, but I have my reservations about these early 2000s flappy paddles on public roads, and on the track, you can probably shift a stick just as quick. It truly is a shame that the R8 we got has the R Tronic gearbox, even with this game doing a criminal disservice to manual cars, because the first gen R8 is one of the last supercars to offer three pedals and an absolutely gorgeous gated shifter, setting the first gen apart from the second gen, whose styling I'm not super keen on; it looks too boy racer and destroyed many of the natural curves, shapes, and proportions of the original, though I'd love to sample it for myself nonetheless. In fact, I wish this game had the facelifted V10 Plus... and the pre facelift V10... and the RWD variant... Oh! And the Spyder as well! ...can you tell I really like this car?


As the first flagship model of one of the biggest brands in Germany, the Audi R8 lives up to every stereotype of German engineering: well put together and so well thought out it boarders on overthinking. Despite having a rear mid engine layout and being able to send as much as 90% of the torque to the rear wheels, the R8 is one of the easiest cars to drive quickly, defaulting to understeer if you overcook a corner, always behaving in a predictable fashion up to and even beyond that point. Even after the week's meet, I found myself wanting to drive the R8 more and more, even taking it out onto some wet tracks, and the R8 was just as surefooted and assuring even then, never once flinching or breaking character, always making me feel well coddled, protected, and taken care of. It's a sensation that's very, very rare to feel in a car, much less through a simulator. I can't even begin to imagine what the R8 in real life must feel like to drive and own. In fact, the only other time I felt this relaxed and assured was in a yet another German car, the E46 M3.


Despite being rather softly sprung by today's supercar standards, understeer on this AWD, 1,560kg (3,439lbs) car is shockingly nonexistent if you brake amply for a corner, as the well damped car with its mid engined weight distribution rotates delightfully into an apex with intuition and immediacy that is unheard of for any AWD car not bearing a "GT-R" badge. So easy and relaxing to drive fast is the R8 4.2 that, despite me waking up from a late night shift the morning before our weekly meet, I had a lot of fun simply chugging along sipping coffee on the straights as I "raced" everyone else. It's as self assured to drive as it is to look at. I love that understated, well founded confidence it exudes, both in its styling and driving dynamics, and I think speaks a lot of the person who would own such a car.


Despite being the tamer R8 and being such a relaxing drive, the 4.2 is deceptively quick around a track: it effortlessly destroyed the aforementioned E46 M3 when I tried to recreate a photo–finish race at Seaside all the way back in Week 94, and even a car with the GT-R badge, the R34 V・spec II Nür, fell some three seconds a lap behind at Bathurst. Sure, both those cars are way cheaper and have way less power than the Audi, but how does the tamer R8 stack up against a slightly more modern, slightly more expensive luxury coupé that also has a V8 and more ferocious, topless siblings?


The 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage in this game weighs in at 1,610kg (3,549lbs) and packs 429HP (320kW), which is 50kg (110lbs) heavier than the Audi while only packing 15 more horses (11kW) to compensate for it. Despite having a worse power–to–mass ratio and being saddled with a stick shift, the Aston surprisingly out–accelerates the R8 on the straights, which is perhaps an indication that the R Tronic box in the R8 isn't as quick to shift as it feels to me. It was super clear even from the seat of the Aston when and where the R8 shifted gears; it was so abrupt and momentum robbing it's evident even from the outside, and when I first raced the R8 back at Week 94, I actually thought it was a manual having only heard it from the outside. The slightly more expensive Aston may also be heavier with a disadvantageous front engine layout, but it was much more lairy to negotiate bends with, having no concerns about safety nets nor trying to save its driver by defaulting to understeer like the Audi. As a result, the Vantage felt a lot more nimble to attack corners with, being the sort of car that makes you feel like your pants are on fire even when they may or may not be, a huge contrast to how the R8 goes about its business.


The R8 of course has the corner exit advantage being AWD, and is somehow lighter as well despite that fact, meaning that it outbrakes the Aston easily into a corner and can carry more speed through the bend, all of which give the Audi a huge advantage on the sharp downhill twists of Bathurst. Honestly? I have no idea how the hell I've managed to stick to Vic's rear bumper (and even door handles at some points!) if the Aston had all these deficiencies on paper. It felt like it was all just the power advantage and being in the R8's slipstream that had allowed me to have this close a race with Vic (or maybe, you know, he simply wasn't trying).



Both these V8 cars are achingly beautiful luxury coupés offered with bigger engines, a manual option, and convertible versions, and both are an "old school" type of car wherein there is just enough power, there is just enough civility, and where the mechanicals and the driver make the magic work instead of computers. The 2000s may not have been that long a time ago, but in hindsight, this sort of car has become just about extinct in the 10 or so years since then after the R35 GT-R hit the market and forced everyone to rethink how to engineer a supercar (yes, I blame the R35 for the digitisation of cars), and god bless the Aston Martin for still keeping the Vantage so faithful in its evolution. I really wonder how much of the original recipe the facelifted R8 has kept, and after my time in the pre–facelift 4.2 this week, I am seriously craving for more R8 experiences.


As much as I would hate to, this is where I'll have to commit a sin for a reviewer by saying, "I have no idea which I'd rather have if I could only pick one." I think I'll really need to sample all the other configurations of each to really be able to conclusively tell you which of these cars and in which exacting spec I'd want them and why, but simply as they are in this game, both are brilliant cars that suit me when I'm in different moods. I guess when I'm so tired from work today, the R8 is the one for me. Ask me any other day though, and there's a very real chance I'd tell you it's the Aston I'm lusting after.


Also @Vic Reign93 , this is my first time attempting a British number plate. Could you please tell me if it looks right? Thanks!

If it's the plate on the Austin, and the reg (year) is right, it's perfect.
 
So during the meets with the 911 GT3 RS, I was running a certain livery which harkens back to the 90’s and the Japanese Tuning/Street Racing scene and more specifically, A group known as The Mid Night Club.

Both SpeedHunter and Drivetribe have done great articles on the Mid Night Club and the car which the livery I used was based on, The Yoshida Special 930.

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As you can tell by that spec sheet, it’s got some serious hardware for the period with some genuine racing parts on board. :drool:

The main requiement back then (Aside from following rule 1 of Fight Club.:sly:) was that your car had to hit a minimum of 160mph to join the club, but considering the heavy hitters were reportedly doing WAY over 300kph (186 mph), you’d be bringing up the rear quite often.:D

Of course, every club is gonna have a few stand outs and the Mid Night Club was no exception, the Yoshida Special 930 nicknamed Blackbird was one of them.

Another of those standouts?

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The ABR(Air Breathing Research) Hosoki Z.

680hp from a twin turbo 3.1 litre L28E I6. :eek:

To our resident weebs this’ll seem very familiar, A twin turbo L28 powered Z and a heavily upgraded 930 911 called Blackbird.

And that’s because it became the basis for the Japanese Manga, Wangan Midnight. ;)

Like I said previously, Stories on the club and the cars have been done and I highly recommend you check them out.

As for the 911 GT3 RS, It’s definitely a solid pick to spearhead Porsche’s debut to the world of Gran Turismo, with a screaming 4.0 litre Flat 6 kicking out nearly 500hp.

It’s still got its infamous tail happiness if you go too far in applying power, but it’s well behaved and inspires confidence under braking.

But most of all, the 7 speed DCT allows you to keep that Flat 6 singing like a canary at nearly 9000Rpm. :drool:

A formidable foe for any supercar of today. 👍

Verdict: Sleeper :)👍
 
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