The Audi R8 isn't your ordinary car. Bred with motorsport DNA, the R8 is a supercar that promises to fulfill the performance cravings of many. Now, Audi is introducing the most capable and most focused Audi R8 model to date – the Audi Sport Performance Parts R8.
This special edition is essentially an Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe draped with the full Audi Sport Performance Parts package. Through the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8, the German premium carmaker wants to prove that performance isn’t just a function of power, but is also achieved through aerodynamic enhancements and lower weight.
As for power, the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 features the same engine as the Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe – a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers 610 PS (602 hp) of max output and 413 lb.-ft. of peak torque available at 6,500 rpm. While having the same power at hand with the R8 V10 plus Coupe, the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 offers greater performance by increasing the amount of generated downforce and by chopping off some weight from the already light base car.
To make the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8, Audi Sport sought to increase the generated downforce by installing a number of aerodynamics-augmenting elements, which also enhances the visual appeal of the limited edition model. The Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 is gifted with a CFRP aero kit that was developed in the wind tunnel. This aero kit includes more pronounced air inlets up front, a deep splitter and sculpted canards as well as a large fixed rear wing and diffuser with red elements, side skirts with the Audi Sport logo. Special aerodynamic elements are also found behind the rear wheel arches. All of these aerodynamic elements help the Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 generate 52 kg of downforce at 93 mph, and 250 kg of downforce at 205 mph.
Using CFRP as material for the aero kit helps save overall weight, and so are fully milled multi-spoke black 20-inch wheels. Losing 8 kg of unsprung mass, these rims are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires measuring 245/30 on the front and 305/30 profile rear. The new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 rides on a lightweight three-way coilover suspension with stopping power served by ceramic brake discs featuring a titanium backing plate.
The driver of the Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 is treated to an exclusive Alcantara-trimmed Sport contour steering wheel with a red 12 o’clock marker. The equipment list for the special edition includes R8 bucket seats in perforated Fine Nappa leather, Audi connect online services, fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit, MMI Navigation, a rear view camera, Audi Smartphone Interface and the Audi R8 sport exhaust.
Audi Sport is offering just 44 examples of the Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 around the world, five of which are right-hand drive units bound for the United Kingdom. These five special edition R8 models has a price of £176,560 OTR. Ordering is strictly in first come, first served basis.