Lighter, faster, and more agile. The Audi R8 Coupe GT RWD is finally back after a 12-year sabbatical, and while it pays tribute to the original R8 GT, it is largely based on two cars; the R8 Quattro and the R8 V10 performance RWD. The R8 Coupe GT RWD sports the formers engine while borrowing a few bits and pieces from the latter.
With only 333 models set to be made available, the all-new R8 GT is as exclusive as the original one, although this time, it also happens to hand the German company's ferocious V10 engine a ticket into retirement.
The R8 GT comes powered by a 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 engine. Borrowed from the R8 Quattro, the engine produces the same 612hp (456kW) and 565Nm of torque. With 50hp more than the R8 V10 performance RWD, the R8 GT Coupe is now the most powerful rear-wheel drive vehicle in Audis history.
The V10 works in conjunction with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with shorter gear ratios and higher acceleration. With all this power sent to the rear wheels, Audi felt it wise to add a Torque Rear Drive Mode, which, among other things, should give drift nerds the ability to choose their own level of ESC support enabling controlled and simultaneously precise oversteering.
Performance-wise, from a standstill, the R8 GT will accelerate to 62mph in 3.4 seconds, to 124mph in just 10.1 seconds, and should reach a top speed of 199mph. For context, the R8 Quattro does 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds, while the R8 RWD Coupe completes the feat in 3.8 seconds.
Apart from porting over the Quattros more robust engine, Audi attributes much of the new cars performance improvements over the R8 V10 performance RWD to weight cuts. The new car is about 20 kg lighter than the latter. Among these, Audi mentions lightweight forged wheels based on the German companys motorsport vehicles, a lighter ceramic braking system, and a carbon fiber reinforced plastic anti-roll bar.
Exterior and Interior Design
As is the case with many R8s, youll struggle to tell the spanking new R8 GT apart from its siblings. Audi did throw in a few things to set the new car apart though. Among these are the R8 GT lettering on the rear, all-black emblems, and the original R8 GTs matte Suzuka Gray paint job.
Other than the above, not much else is radically different with the standard configuration of the R8 GT. With the optional Carbon Aerokit however, you get a bit more carbon fiber sprinkled on the front splitters, flics, side skirt covers, diffuser, and rear wing.
On the inside, the all-new R8 GT pays homage to the original car from 2010. Black and red are the colors of choice, with exclusive red belts only available with the 2010 car among the notable additions. Floor mats and R8 bucket seats with R8 GT lettering also come in the aforementioned colors, while an individually numbered plaque sits below the gear lever.
With only 333 examples to be built, the all-new Audi R8 Coup V10 GT RWD will go on sale sometime in 2023 and carries a 225,000 Euros (about $200,000) price tag.