German luxury and sports automaker Audi has just pulled the covers off the all-new Audi R8 V10 GT RWD, a limited-edition supercar that serves as a swan song to the model’s 16-year run.
After the R8’s debut in 2006, Audi introduced the R8 GT in 2010 as a hardcore version of the mid-engine sports car with lighter weight and more power. It also featured an RWD-only setup, making it even more razor-focused and challenging to handle than the Quattro version — a design philosophy reflected in the latest model.
Limited to just 333 iterations, the 5.2-litre, naturally-aspirated V10 puts out 620PS (about 50 more than the standard variant), 565 Nm of torque, allowing the new R8 to hit 0-100 in an impressive 3.4 seconds. The supercar also has a top speed limited to 320 kmph with quicker shift times on the upgraded seven-speed DCT, tuned gear ratios, and a rear torque-management system similar to that seen on the Audi RS 3.
The car also offers serious weight reduction, with 20kg being shaved off. This was achieved with the help of lightweight 20-inch alloys and carbon aero accompaniments, rounded off with ceramic brakes as standard, bucket seats, a CFRP antiroll bar, and Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres — turning the platform into an incredible track-focused machine.
There are also a few special finishing touches in place. Both the R8 GT badges and intake manifold have been finished in black, while the interior’s red-black combination finish harkens back to the original 2010 R8 GT. Audi have even offered the car in the 2010 Matte Suzuka Grey paintjob, along with Daytona Grey and Tango Red as options on the list. Finally, each one of the 333 cars will receive a unique plaque located below the gear shifter, marking its limited-edition status in true Audi fashion.
The Audi R8 V10 GT RWD is set to go on sale sometime next year.
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