Thought the Audi R8 V10 Plus couldn’t look any sportier? Think again.
It's a crying shame the mid-engine Audi R8 isn't being renewed after the current generation. Luckily, the V10-powered sports car still has plenty of life left in it. It's hard to imagine the current V10 Plus model looking any sportier, but the automaker has pulled it off with this custom model currently on display at Audi Forum Neckarsulm. Customized by Audi's Exclusive studio, the R8 V10 has been fitted with an extensive array of optional performance parts from the Audi Sports catalog that make the naturally aspirated sports car even more desirable.
While a comprehensive list of add-ons applied to this specific model hasn't been released, the additional aero components are clear to see. An optional aerodynamic body kit adds a front lip spoiler, DTM-style aero flicks, side sill extensions, a more prominent diffuser, and a large rear wing. With these performance parts installed, the road-going Audi R8 V10 Plus looks more like the track-only R8 LMS GT4. 20-inch fully milled wheels also reduce the car's weight by 17.6 pounds and are wrapped in 245/30 R20 front and 305/30 R20 rear tires, while red accents complement the car's Ara Blue finish.
Should you apply all available optional goodies, the R8 will generate 551 lbs of downforce at 205 mph, which is 220 lbs more than the stock car without the optional items. The interior has also received some modifications, including a sportier steering wheel covered in Alcantara and shift models made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic. Under the hood of the Audi R8 V10 Plus is a 5.2-liter V10 sending 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. This setup allows the high-performance Audi to rocket from 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and top out at 205 mph. Sadly, the R8's future is looking rather bleak.
A third-generation model is unlikely to happen, and Audi recently ruled out the long-rumored V6 entry-level model. Hopefully Audi will release a new variant of the current-generation model to give the R8 the send-off it deserves.