The Audi R8 has been one of the most intriguing supercars ever made and for good reason. The unique beast arrived in somewhat unexpected circumstances, landing courtesy of a car maker that hadn’t previously dabbled with supercars, while directly entering a segment dominated by stalwarts like the Porsche 911. But it mattered little. The first Audi R8’s radical styling and V8 powertrain quickly charmed us all and ever since, subsequent iterations such as the V10 powertrain have only cemented its status as one of the greats.
Sadly, it was only a matter of time before the 5.2 litre, naturally aspirated V10 had to kick the bucket amidst the onslaught of electrification. That said, the R8 is not going without one last blast as the new Audi R8 Coupe V10 GT RWD ends a memorable run with a limited-edition model with cherry-picked ingredients.
This is the second generation of the R8 GT and follows the template laid down by the earlier model in terms of being more track-focused with added driver involvement. The new R8 Coupe V10 GT RWD gets its horsepower count increased to 602 bhp with the naturally aspirated V10 being coaxed to produce even more power. As a result, it screams past 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds while having a ‘track’ top-speed of 320 km/h.
Another big highlight is the addition of a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with faster shift times thanks to altered gear ratios. Drivers get more to play around with thanks to the option of controlling slippage by the rear axle with torque rear-drive mode. Hence, you get to choose between seven levels and indulge in some lairy track-oriented driving too.
The GT has also shed some weight over the standard R8 V10 Performance thanks to lightweight forged wheels with ceramic brakes, bucket seats and the performance sports suspension with the CFRP anti-roll bar. We even like the aggression with a more track-day supercar vibe thanks to numerous design details like the carbon aero kit in high gloss including a front splitter, side skirts, bumper extensions, and a massive diffuser at the back. The interior is also decked out with red seatbelts like the first generation R8 GT.
Just like the Lamborghini Huracan, the current generation R8 and its V10 engine will soon be axed before an all-electric successor comes in for the R8. However, the V10 GT RWD is one hell of a swansong with only 333 cars being built worldwide.