Following its official introduction at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Audi's brand new R8 LMS is now available on order.
The GT3 race car has already triumphed at the Nürburgring endurance race and it also claimed two podium finishes at the Spa 24 Hours. It's now available for customer teams and can be had from a starting price of €359,000 (plus VAT). Audi Sport is also offering an optional starter and parts package which raises the price to €398,000 (plus VAT).
Compared to the old model, the 2016 R8 LMS has lost 25 kg (55 lbs) even though it has received new kit such as a quick-adjustable foot lever system, roof-mounted rescue opening, height & length adjustable safety steering column and an Audi Protection Series PS1 seat connected straight to the chassis. Speaking of which, Audi's engineers were able to shave off 30 kg (66 lbs) from the chassis and they also boosted torsional stiffness by 39%.
In this motorsport specification, the naturally aspirated V10 5.2-liter engine pushes out up to 585 PS (430 kW) and sends that power through a new 6-speed gearbox equipped with paddle shifter.
Production of the new Audi R8 LMS will commence on September 21 and the first deliveries are programmed for the end of this year.