MTM GT3-2 takes the Audi R8 a step further

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 25, 2010

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.

Press Release

MTM GT3-2 Audi R8

The questions are legitimate and short: A Street-legal Audi R8 with rear wheel drive? And with a 560 HP supercharged engine? The answer is also short. Yes it exists! At MTM! The snow is hardly gone from Germany's streets that the noble tuner from Wettstetten is announcing their latest project: the MTM R8 GT3-2, with the last digit standing for the number of powered wheels. The car that has 560 supercharged HP, accelerates from 0 to 100 under 4 seconds and goes easily beyond the 300 km/h barrier is no "Quattro" but a modified R8 with rear wheel drive from the Audi refiner MTM. This new concept promises a complete new driving experience behind the Audi steering wheel and pure driving pleasure, which comes up with a lot of technical details and finesse and creates a perfect and exceptional sportscar.

The most exciting fact about the MTM R8 GT3-2 is definitely the rear wheel drive concept. It was developed by the technical specialists around Roland Mayer. With differential lock and new adjustments, the GT3-2 floats presently with its driving concept as the only one RWD Street-legal Audi, in the footsteps of the Audi high powered cars that are challenging the DTM or the GT Series. Those who are searching for an "Ingolstädter" with four rings and rear wheel drive have to look back more than four decades ago.

MTM from Wettstetten/Ingolstadt would not be one of the leading Audi-refiners in the world if they didn't care for technical details in order to provide maximum driving dynamics. The first thing to be mentioned is the supercharged 4.2 FSI engine, producing 560 HP (412 kW) at 7.750 RPM and a torque of 580 Nm at 5.500 RPM. Enough power to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and take the speedometer needle up to 317 km/h. The sound goes together with the power, thanks to a special exhaust system in export version – without rear pipes and without throttle valves. Unmistakable.

So much power needs a MTM suspension kit, which has several settings options, also in the built-in condition, and which is well adjusted with the lightweight and solid MTM forged wheels on Dunlop Sport Maxx GT / Michelin Cup Sport tyres. The 20" rims in the size 9x20 ET 42 (front axle) and 12,5x20 ET 60 (rear axle) shelter the 380 x 34 mm – punched, ventilated - MTM brake system.

With the R8 GT3-2, MTM has also worked on the exterior appearance, which is very particular for the technical specialists from Wettstetten, who usually only make slight optical changes on their sports cars. In this case, the carbon fibre front spoiler, side skirt and rear wing ensure a better air flow.

This MTM offer not only refers to new cars – also people who already own a R8 have the possibility to convert it into a R8 GT3-2. For more information, please contact MTM in Wettstetten.

Topics: audi, audi r8, mtm, coupe

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