Becoming an supercar icon back in 2007 and remaining an icon ever since.

Launching with a V8 engine, Audi later introduced a V10 engine, which became synonymous with this supercar, particularly in the second generation when it was the sole option available.

But as environmental concerns make it increasingly harder to sell these huge capacity engines, this V10 engine’s days are numbered, with Audi now bringing production to a close with the R8 GT RWD. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

The end of the line for the V10 R8

It was 2009 when Audi first introduced its V10 R8, with the naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine being a rarity at the time, and even rarer now.

An engine shared and developed alongside Lamborghini, it was the only engine option available in the second-generation R8, which debuted in 2015.

But as tighter emissions regulations come into force, Audi has confirmed that this special edition ‘says goodbye’ to the legendary powerplant and the R8 as we know it.

Audi R8 GT engine

Most powerful rear-wheel-drive R8 yet

This final GT model uses the Audi R8 RWD (rear-wheel-drive) as its base, and to make sure it bows out in style, Audi is increasing the performance of it to match the regular quattro version.

That means power increases from 562bhp to a mighty 612bhp, while a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also used. With a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds possible and a top speed of 199mph, this new GT is frighteningly quick.

To make it more enjoyable to drive, Audi has also engineered a ‘Torque Rear’ driving model which allows the driver to control the level of slip on the reat axle, depending on driving skill and conditions.

Exceptional exclusivity

When Audi makes particularly special models like these, the brand likes to put a production cap on it to maximise exclusivity. And the R8 RWD GT is one of its rarest special editions to date, with just 333 being produced globally, of which only 15 examples are bound for the UK.

Audi R8 RWD GT driving on a  raod

Range of styling changes

Audi has also been able to cut the weight from the R8 thanks to a number of styling changes. These include exclusive lightweight forged 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres – these are based on Audi’s racing cars.

A carbon aero kit is also fitted, bringing aerodynamic improvements on the front splitter, side skirt covers and bumpers, while also giving the R8 a more aggressive look in the process.

More race-like interior

Audi has also made a number of changes to the R8’s interior for this limited-edition, with the main change being the fitment of lightweight bucket seats while the cabin is finished off in a range of black and red styling elements.

These include red seat belts, specific lettering on the seats and floor mats, while each model gets a plaque with the production number in the middle of the gear selector lever.




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