Audi Says Goodbye To The V10 Engine With 2023 R8 GT RWD Limited Edition

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The special edition will be limited to just 333 cars worldwide.

  • 333 units worldwide at approximately $222,000 each
  • 611 horsepower and drift-friendly Torque Rear Drive Mode
  • Faster seven-speed DCT sends power to rear axle exclusively
  • Carbon Aerokit, new tires, weight reduction, and more

Last month, we learned the sad news that the Audi R8 would be killed off and its replacement would be an electric supercar with Porsche influence. As sad as that may be, the good news is that Audi is not letting its halo car go quietly and has been working on a grand finale for the supercar that elevated the brand above the likes of BMW. Late last year, we got clues that this farewell model would be a rear-wheel-drive special, and now those clues have turned into fact.

Say hello to the Audi R8 V10 GT RWD, only the second-ever R8 to wear the hardcore GT badge.

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Audi has based this car on the R8 V10 performance, but because it's the last of its kind, output from the 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 has been increased from 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque to a scintillating 611 hp and 416 lb-ft in this RWD model. The regular AWD R8 only manages 602 hp and 413 lb-ft, in case you were wondering. But rather than just turning up the engine, the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic has also been revised and is now quicker to shift in all gears.

These new figures mean that the second-ever R8 GT can do 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds, 0-124 mph in 10.1 seconds, and a top speed of 199 mph. Just tell your buddies it'll do 200 - the Germans tend to underquote their performance figures.

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To make the car more fun without risking an expensive insurance claim, the R8 has been fitted with a new Torque Rear Drive Mode. This is like a variable traction control system as is quickly becoming common in the sports car industry, with Level 1 providing the least amount of slip. As your skills improve and you get more comfortable performing drifts, you simply turn the dial on the steering wheel to unlock more freedom. Level 7 is where the car "allows a lot of slippage."

Further enhancing the car's agility is a new carbon fiber reinforced plastic anti-roll bar that is paired with two coupling rod connections made of red anodized aluminum, and if you want to be more hardcore, adjustable coilover suspension is available.

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There's also less weight to lug around, thanks to "various measures." These have dropped the curb weight by around 44 pounds for a new total of 3,461 lbs, while standard ceramic brakes ensure you come to a stop with minimal effort. Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires are also available, with these fitted to exclusive 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels.

Other unique aesthetic upgrades include a black-painted intake manifold and a Carbon Aerokit. This kit is made up of a front splitter, side flics (canards), side skirt covers, rear bumper uprights, a diffuser, and a gooseneck rear wing that has been aerodynamically optimized. In reference to the first R8 GT, the launch color is matte Suzuka Gray, but Tangorot Metallic and Daytona Gray Metallic are also available.

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Inside, the homage continues with a black and red combination. Red seatbelts that were exclusive to the R8 GT of 12 years ago are also thrown in, while the floor mats and bucket seats get more black and red highlights in the form of model-specific logos. And in the center of the gear selector lever, the sequential numbering of the R8 GT is proudly displayed in a partially matted area of the carbon fiber inlay, informing your passenger which of the 333 examples is yours. That allocation refers to a worldwide total, so this will be a rare car in any country.

Pricing starts at €225,000 - or roughly $222,000 at the time of writing - with the limited model arriving in dealerships from 2023. It's sad to see the V10 go, but we're glad Audi has given it the send-off it deserves. From Iron Man fans and V10 lovers everywhere, we'll miss the R8 dearly.

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