The R8 has been Audi’s flagship performance car since its debut in 2006. In 2008, the world was introduced to the version that borrowed Lamborghini’s 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10. It has undergone various updates and improvements in the last 14 years and is about to be axed in favour of something smaller, possibly turbocharged and likely electrified. In honour of the final V10-powered R8, Audi has put together its ultimate form of the R8 GT RWD.

Both generations of the Audi R8 GT

It’s the second-ever Audi R8 variant to wear the GT badge after a gap of 12 years. Additionally, it’s a rear-wheel-drive R8 making it that much more special as the Audi supercar usually has Quattro all-wheel-drive. In this final form, the V10 is tuned up to produce 612hp and 565Nm making it the most powerful road-going rear-wheel-drive Audi to date. In case you’re wondering, the Lamborghini Huracan STO makes more.

Furthermore, the powertrain is mated to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The resulting acceleration time for the 0-100kmph is 3.4 seconds, reaching 200kmph in 10.1 seconds and maxing out at 320kmph. It’ll make helluva noise on the way with a redline of 8,700rpm for the free-breathing V10.

The R8 GT RWD also gets a new feature called Torque Rear, part of the ESC, wherein slippage on the rear axle is controlled by the multi-stage (1 to 7) traction control. As a result, this should be easier to control while sliding with a progressive learning curve for those new to rear-wheel-drive supercars.

Audi has made this special R8 lighter than the previous RWD variant by around 20kgs. It gets exclusive 20-inch lightweight forged wheels, ceramic brakes as standard, bucket seats and various Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) components as part of the diet and dynamic package. The new R8 GT comes with performance suspension but there’s also the option of a sportier, adjustable coilover suspension.

Visually, the Audi supercar gets mild changes to its already angry looks. Aside from the R8 GT lettering and emblems in black, it also comes with the carbon fibre aerokit that consists of the following: front splitter, flicks, side skirt covers, elements on the sides of the rear bumper, a diffuser and a gooseneck rear wing.

Like the original R8 GT, the new one is offered in matte Suzuki Gray and can be had in two other mature colours. Inside the cabin, the R8 GT RWD follows a black and red theme with more lettering. There will also be a special detail in the form of sequential numbering in the console tunnel, just behind the drive selector.

Only 333 units of the R8 GT RWD will be made, largely by hand, at Böllinger Höfe. It will start reaching dealerships in 2023 with a starting price of €225,000.

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