Review

The most exclusive R8

by staff writer JP

Forty-four Audi Sport Performance Parts R8’s with just five UK spec

Devotees of the Audi R8 will love this particularly special Audi Sport version of the acclaimed supercar. Proof that performance isn’t purely a function of power output will be delivered to dramatic effect through motorsport-proven enhancements. With significantly increased downforce and further weight savings give the 610PS V10 an even freer rein. Each right-hand drive example is priced at £176,560, featuring exceptional specification for the ultimate Audi racing car for the road.

An aero kit developed in the wind tunnel and made exclusively from CFRP gives a harder edge to the car. Most notably the rear where a large fixed rear wing and diffuser with red elements dominate. Side skirts incorporating the Audi Sport logo and special aerodynamic elements located behind the rear wheel arches focus airflow. At the front, the air inlets, splitter and sculpted canards reminiscent of those fitted to the Audi R8 GT. All aerodynamic elements contribute to an increase in downforce; at 205mph, the R8 generates 250kg. At 93mph the effect is more pronounced, with the CFRP aero kit doubling downforce to 52kg over the standard R8 V10 plus.

Fully milled multi-spoke black 20-inch wheels save up to 8kg in weight to significantly reduce unsprung mass. They are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with a 245/30 profile upfront and 305/30 profile at the rear. A lightweight three-way coilover suspension setup is also fitted for full adjustability on road and track. Ceramic brake discs fitted to the front and rear feature a titanium backing plate to further reduce vehicle weight and work with specially enhanced brake pads for highly effective stopping power and even tougher fade resistance.

Inside, the exclusive Sport contour steering wheel is trimmed in Alcantara with a red 12 o’clock marker. Features such as the Audi Smartphone Interface, a rear view camera and the Audi R8 sport exhaust are also added to the appropriately lengthy equipment list which already includes R8 bucket seats in perforated Fine Nappa leather, MMI Navigation, Audi connect online services and the fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit.