Do you love the Audi R8 as much as we do, but long for something with a bit more sport and a little less luxury? The newly unveiled Audi R8 V10 GT may be just what you’re looking for. Audi’s goal was a lighter weight, higher performance version of the V10 powered R8. Originally dubbed the Club Sport, Audi instead adopted the GT name last week.
Let’s start with the motor, which sees an increase in horsepower from 525 to 560, and an increase in torque from 391 to 398 ft-lbs. Gains were made via revisions to the ECU, and the R8 V10 GT features a revamped stability control program that allows drivers to take advantage of the cars capabilities. Per Audi’s own words, the Sport mode will allow for “spectacular, but safe, oversteer when accelerating out of a corner”. Sounds like fun to me.
More horsepower alone wasn’t good enough for Audi, who knew they’d also need to trim weight (or “add lightness”, in the words of Colin Chapman) and improve aerodynamics. To shed weight, Audi used thinner glass for the windshield and substituted polycarbonate where it was safe to do so. Carbon reinforced plastic was used in key areas to shed pounds, and thinner steel was used in the body. The interior was also placed on a diet, getting lighter seats and carpeting, as well as weight-reducing structural changes. Even brakes and suspension components were replaced with lighter pieces wherever possible. The net result was an R8 V10 that weighs 220 pounds less than a standard R8, tipping the scales at just under 3,400 pounds. Aerodynamically, the R8 V10 GT has increased downforce but no change in frontal area or drag; in other words, it sticks better at speed without being slowed by additional wind resistance.
Buyers will have their choice of Samoa Orange, Suzuka Gray, Ice Silver or Phantom black paint, and the price in Germany will be $256,000. U.S. pricing has not yet been announced, but I’d be surprised to see the R8 V10 GT crack the $200k mark on these shores.