Five motorsport-inspired Audi R8s are set to be sold in Britain – a car Audi is calling its "most capable and focused to date." The limited-run supercar, of which only 44 will be produced worldwide, adds a number of performance parts which increase downforce and drop weight, while the power figure remains the same as the R8 Plus' 600 hp (447 kW) figure. The additions aren't just cosmetic though. As well as the car's diet, the enhancements are said to improve cornering ability.
The wind tunnel-developed bodykit adds a large fixed rear wing and diffuser, as well as side skirts, and more elements behind the wheel arches and at the front of the car to further direct airflow through and around the car. There's also a large front splitter reminiscent of the Audi R8 GT3 racing car.
The changes bring an increase in downforce – at 93 mph (150 kph) downforce is doubled from the standard R8 V10 Plus' figure to 115 lbs (52 kg), while at 205 mph (330 kph) the car generates 550 lbs (250 kg), which is 220 lbs (100 kg) more than the standard model.
Lightweight 20-inch wheels further shave 17 lbs (8 kg) from the car, while fully-adjustable, lightweight three-way coilover suspension setup is also fitted, along with ceramic brake discs and specially-enhanced brake pads. A sports exhaust, and an interior trimmed with Fine Nappa leather, and fitted with bucket seats, MMI Navigation, Audi connect online services and the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit completes the car.
The cars haven't sold out yet, although in the time its taken us to write this story, that could very well have changed. All five right-hand-drive UK examples are available from any one of Audi's 115 showrooms nationwide, at a price of £176,560, roughly $234,000 at the current exchange rates.
Now, stop wasting your time on the internet, get down to your local Audi dealer before its too late! If you live in the UK, of course...
Gallery: Audi R8 V10 Plus with Audi Sport Performance parts
Just five Audi R8 V10 plus Coupé models featuring the full Audi Sport Performance Parts package will come to the UK
- Five unique Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Editions bound for the UK
- Featuring three-way adjustable coilover suspension, downforce-enhancing CFRP aero kit and lightweight 20-inch fully milled wheels with cup tyres
- Naturally aspirated V10 with 610PS and 560Nm
- Each of the five examples will be finished exclusively in Misano red and priced at £176,560 OTR
Devotees of the Audi R8 in the UK will have just five chances to secure a particularly special Audi Sport Performance Parts version of the acclaimed supercar that will be the most capable and focused to date. In the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 proof that performance isn’t purely a function of power output will be delivered to dramatic effect through motorsport-proven enhancements that significantly increase downforce and further pare back weight to give the 610PS V10 an even freer rein. Just 44 examples of this pinnacle of R8 performance are being offered worldwide by Audi Sport, of which five will come to the UK in right hand drive form. Each example is priced at £176,560 OTR, and all feature the same exceptional specification that ratchets up exclusivity for this ultimate Audi racing car for the road.
A multitude of add-on components immediately mark out the Audi Sport Performance Parts version, bringing the car’s close genetic links with motorsport into even sharper relief not only visually but also dynamically by further enhancing high speed cornering ability.
An aero kit developed in the wind tunnel and made exclusively from CFRP gives a harder edge to virtually every facet of the car, most notably the rear where a large fixed rear wing and diffuser with red elements dominate, while side skirts incorporating the Audi Sport logo and special aerodynamic elements located behind the rear wheel arches focus airflow. At the front, more pronounced air inlets, a deep splitter and sculpted canards reminiscent of those fitted to the first generation Audi R8 GT finish off the package.
All aerodynamic elements contribute to a significant increase in downforce; at 205mph, the R8 generates 250kg, over 100kg more than the standard R8 V10 plus. At 93mph the effect is more pronounced, with the CFRP aero kit doubling downforce to 52kg.
Fully milled multi-spoke black 20-inch wheels save up to 8kg in weight to significantly reduce unsprung mass. They are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with a 245/30 profile upfront and 305/30 profile at the rear. A lightweight three-way coilover suspension setup is also fitted for full adjustability on road and track. Ceramic brake discs fitted to the front and rear feature a titanium backing plate to further reduce vehicle weight and work with specially enhanced brake pads for highly effective stopping power and even tougher fade resistance.
Inside, the exclusive Sport contour steering wheel is trimmed in Alcantara with a red 12 o’clock marker. Features such as the Audi Smartphone Interface, a rear view camera and the Audi R8 sport exhaust are also added to the appropriately lengthy equipment list which already includes R8 bucket seats in perforated Fine Nappa leather, MMI Navigation, Audi connect online services and the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit.
The five UK specification examples of this very special R8 are offered by Audi Sport on a strictly first come, first served basis and enquiries can be made via any of the 115 Audi Centres nationwide.