12 years have passed since the launch of the first Audi R8 GT, and today the sports division of the House is ready to announce the arrival of the new R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD, a racing car that mounts the V10 5.2 capable of delivering exceptional power of 620 HP, for lovers of sporty driving and thrilling performance.
It concerns among other things the power value higher than ever combined with a rear-wheel drive Audi model.
The grit of the engine is accompanied by the more thrusting calibration of the S tronic double clutch transmission, with shortened ratios, and the new Torque Rear driving program, which also integrates an unprecedented ESC management. The new Audi R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD will be one splendid limited edition made in 333 numbered unitseach of which will be fitted as standard with racing-derived alloy wheels, bucket seats, carbon ceramic brakes and the performance sports suspension.
The performance of the new Audi R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD
The new sports car adopts Audi R8 V10 performance RWD as a technical basis, but is distinguished from the latter by the power of the naturally aspirated 5.2 V10, which goes from 570 to 620 hp, equaling the quattro all-wheel drive variant. That’s not all, the torque delivered also increases, passing from 550 to 565 Nm from 6,400 to 7,000 rpm, where the limiter intervention is expected at 8,700 rpm.
Audi R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD sprints from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.4 seconds, and is three tenths faster than its “sister” Audi R8 Coupé V10 RWD performance. The transition from 0 to 200 km / h takes place in 10.1 seconds, while the maximum speed stands at 320 km / h.
For the first time in the history of the Audi R8, Torque Rear driving mode is available. The traction control, integrated in the electronics of the ESC system, provides 7 settings that can be activated via the specific satellite on the steering wheel: level 1 guarantees minimum grip losses, while level 7 leaves the driver’s ability to manage the exuberance of the thruster. The Torque Rear system, in addition to traction control, affects the delivery of the V10.
The new R8 is lighter
Audi R8 Coupe V10 GT RWD is 20 kilograms lighter compared to the car that forms its technical basis, the R8 Coupé V10 performance RWD; stops at 1,570 kg. The exclusive 20-inch 10-spoke forged alloy wheels, derived from racing and can be combined with the Michelin Sport Cup 2 semi-slick tires, contribute to the containment of the masses. A goal that combines standard equipment such as R8 bucket seats, carbon ceramic brakes and the performance sports suspension with front anti-roll bar in aluminum and carbon mixed with thermoplastic polyurethane (CFRP).
The exclusive look
The new Audi R8 V10 GT RWD boasts an exclusive look, with total black finish for the model number, the Audi rings and the intake manifold. In addition, the carbon aerodynamic kit developed in the wind tunnel, which includes splitters, blades at the ends of the front bumper, side skirts, aerodynamic profiles behind the rear wheel arches, extractor and spoiler with gooseneck supports.
The interior of the new Audi R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD
Black and red dominate the interior. The latter is used, for example, for the seat belts, until today exclusive to the 2010 Audi R8 GT, while the floor mats and seats use the GT logo. The serial number, identifying the model, is located in the center of the tunnel, along the carbon coating near the transmission selector lever.
The GT set-up is completed by the Audi Matrix LED headlamps with Audi laser light, the side mirror shells and the V10 cover in carbon, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with speakers in the headrests and the dynamic steering that adapts the gear ratio in function of travel speed. The car will arrive in Italy in the second half of 2023. We still do not know the list price, but remember that the less powerful “sister” starts at 168,650 euros.