German tuning firm Motoren Technik Mayer (MTM) took an Audi R8, dressed it up, and supercharged its engine. MTM's 420 hp V8 version got rid of the Quattro four wheel drive system, putting the rear axle responsible for the increased power. MTM supercharged the 4.2 liter V8 unit to deliver 560 hp at 7,750 rpm and 580 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.
Power is sent via a bespoke rear wheel drive system that features a limited slip differential. The tuning specialists at MTM said that this is the only rear wheel drive street legal Audi. They also said that the project gets its inspiration from the DTM and GT Audi racing cars.
The MTM Audi R8 GT3-2 can get to 100kph in 3.9 seconds and it can hit a top speed of 317 km/h (197 mph). The vehicle has a threatening sound due to the use of a free-flow exhaust system.
To handle the extra power, MTM gave the car a suspension kit, enabling the driver to use multiple settings to make it suitable for both road and track driving.
MTM also fitted the R8 with its braking system that uses 380x4 mm drilled and ventilated discs. It rides on 20 inch MTM forged wheels covered in Dunlop Sport Maxx GT or Michelin Cup Sport tires. The supercar's exterior now features an aerodynamic package, consisting of a carbon fiber front spoiler, side skirt and a generous rear wing.
What makes the MTM R8 GT3-2 more thrilling is the fact that it is a rear-wheel-drive concept developed by technical specialists around Roland Mayer. Featuring a differential lock and a couple of adjustments, the MTM R8 GT3-2 is the only RWD street-legal Audi, just like high-powered Audi cars participating in the DTM or the GT Series.
In fact, the last time that a RWD street-legal Audi was produced was over four decades ago. To make the driving concept more appealing, MTM also took time to work on the R8 GT3-2’s exterior appearance.
This is extremely meticulous work for the technical specialists who typically only make minimal visual modifications on their sports cars. Among the visual changes on the R8 GT3-2’s exterior are a carbon fiber front spoiler, rear wing and side skirt – all working to ensure a better air flow. Current Audi R8 owners have the choice of having MTM transform their beloved sports car into a R8 GT3-2.