We knew it was coming, and now it’s here – get ready to take on the last Audi R8 with a combustion engine. The era of the V10 drew near as Ingolstadt submerged the naturally aspirated 5.2-liter FSI with a hardcore version of its mid-engined supercar. It’s effectively the best of both worlds by combining the superior strength of the Quattro model with the lighter package of its RWD sibling. In fact, more weight is trimmed for the GT.
A follow-up to the same special edition from 2010, the new R8 GT offers 612 horsepower to match the Quattro model. The big difference here is that the output is channeled only to the rear wheels. In addition, the newly developed seven-speed dual-clutch transmission provides the opportunity to shift gears faster than ever. Maximum torque of 565 Newton-meters (417 pound-feet) comes from 6,400 rpm.
For even greater performance, engineers from Ingolstadt have managed to shed 20 kilograms (44 pounds) compared to the standard RWD R8 V10. The mid-engined coupe now weighs 1,570 kilograms (3,461 pounds) thanks to a diet involving bespoke 20-inch forged wheels with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires and ceramic brakes. Further contributing to weight loss are the carbon fiber reinforced (CFRP) bucket seats and plastic stabilizer bars on the front axle.
With more power, lighter weight and a faster gearbox, the Audi R8 V10 GT RWD can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.4 seconds and up to 124 mph (200 km/h) in 10 seconds. .1 seconds before hitting 199 mph. (320 km/h). Another advantage is the ability to adjust the amount of torque delivered to the rear axle by selecting one of seven selectable levels.
To visually distinguish it from other R8 versions, Audi has blackened the Four Rings and the “R8 GT” badge on the back. The new aerodynamic body kit refined in the wind tunnel and made of carbon fiber bridges the gap between the road model and the multiple race versions of the Lamborghini Huracan sibling. As a knot from the original R8 GT, the cover is painted in a matte Suzuka Grey. Alternatively, shoppers can opt for the metallic Daytona Gray or Tango Red.
The black interior with red accents also harks back to the 2010 R8 GT while the individual numbered plaques under the gear lever reflect the car’s limited availability. Indeed, only 333 will be made, like the previous generation special edition. Audi did sell the first R8 GT as a Spyder as well, but the new one is available exclusively as a coupe.
Arriving at dealerships in 2023, the Audi R8 GT RWD starts at €225,000 in Germany.