AUDI: Revised R8 V10 RWD and R8 LMS GT4 race car revealed
Audi has pulled the covers off a pair of new R8 V10 models that will have fans of the sports car quite stoked.
The new vehicles include the Audi R8 V10 rear-wheel drive and the Audi R8 LMS GT4. Audi says that the R8 V10 with rear-wheel drive is becoming a permanent model and is being redesigned to make it more striking. The RWD R8 will have the same features as the R8 V10 Quattro models.
A rear-wheel-drive R8 was available to order towards the end of 2017 but numbers were limited. The R8 RWD will go on sale in Europe in early 2020, with UK pricing yet to be confirmed.
The R8 underwent a major facelift in late 2018, giving it a much sharper nose. Audi extracted more power from the naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine which it shares with the Lamborghini Huracán and deployed in the rear-wheel drive, quattro and Performance models of the R8.
A rear-wheel-drive R8 was previously introduced before the facelift on a limited run. Just 999 units of the 532hp R8 RWS were sold in 2018, shortly after the car was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
The 2020 Audi R8 RWD retains the same power output as the RWS and power is sent to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Audi claims the Coupe will reach 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 199mph, while the Spyder is a tenth of a second slower from 0-62mph seconds and tops out at 197mph. Audi says that the RWD is capable of controlled drifts when in Sport mode.
The new model has styling tweaks to separate it from the all-wheel-drive variants. The rear-wheel-drive R8’s side blades are finished in contrasting gloss black. While the front and rear lower blades on the diffusers are finished in the same colour.
Inside, a RWD badge is fitted on the passenger side of the dashboard and the new car sits on 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, with a 20-inch design available as an option.
The R8 RWD will be available in Coupe and Spyder body styles and will be launched early next year.
Meanwhile, Audi Sport has also unveiled the revised R8 LMS GT4 track car.
The racer borrows about 60 per cent of its components from the production version of the supercar, and wants to build on the success of its predecessor that has claimed 17 titles worldwide.
It also comes at the right time, as private buyers can participate in a number of different events hosted worldwide. From the standalone 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and Dubai, to the company’s LMS Cups in Asia and Australia, there are currently 27 fielding opportunities on five continents, including America, Australia and Africa.
The 2020 R8 LMS GT4 sports a few visual updates inspired by the production model. The 5.2-litre, naturally-aspirated V10 engine carries over with 488hp and over 550Nm of torque, as specified by regulations. The output is directed to the rear wheels through a 7-speed, dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters, and total weight stands at 1,460 kg.
One major novelty of the race car is that it allows drivers to adjust the ABS braking and traction control systems. The setup includes eight different settings, which depend on the weather, track conditions, tyre grip and other factors. For this, they will have to use the two rotary switches that are mounted in the centre of the steering wheel, which comes from the GT2 variant.
The revised R8 LMS GT4 is assembled on the same production line as the street-legal R8 variants, at Neckarsulm.