Audi R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD Marks the End of an Era

Audi R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD

The 2023 model year marks the end of the road for Audi’s legendary R8 V10 — but the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD is a doozy of a swan song.

Last month, sources inside Ingolstadt revealed that the next-generation Audi R8 will be fully electric.  But before the machine goes green, the company is releasing a hot new version that’ll send the supercar out with a bang. So meet the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD. As the name suggests, these machines won’t have Audi’s famous quattro system, just like the cars the factory campaigns in the FIA’s GT3 class. And while that means less grip, it also means more visceral thrills behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD also marks the final application of Audi’s wicked V10 engine. For this last run, output has been stoked to 611 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of twist, which makes it the most powerful rear-wheel drive car Audi has ever brought to market. For those keeping score, that’s enough poke to deliver a zero-to-60 time of 3.4 seconds, and a top speed of 199 mph.

While no manual transmission will be available, a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission promises lightening quick shift points, and quicker acceleration in every gear.

To help give drivers maximum control, the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD will also come equipped with Audi’s Torque Rear driving mode. This is adjusted via a dial on the steering wheel, and features seven different settings to manage rear slippage. So experienced folks looking for some tail-happy fun can opt for the highest setting, which will provide the most opportunity for oversteer.

Along with the trick traction settings, this R8 will shed 44 pounds versus the previous rear-drive model, and will feature unique 20-inch wheels, ceramic brakes, and a track-oriented suspension. Those looking for the lowest lap times will want to opt for the available coil-over suspension and ultra-sticky Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.

The R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD will be available in three colors — matte Suzuka Gray, Tangorot Metallic and Daytona Gray Metallic. Accents will come via the high-gloss Carbon Aerokit, which adds a front splitter, side skirt covers, a diffuser, and a rear wing with a gooseneck suspension. Inside, the designers wanted to invoke the original R8, and went with a black and rear theme, which incorporates the model’s famous red seat belts. Both chairs will also have the model name embroidered on the headrests, and each example will have the car’s number in the build sequence on the shifter.

Pricing & Availability

The 2023 Audi R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD will start at $221,000, and only 333 models will be available worldwide. There’s no word on how many of those will make it to the States, so if you’re interested, it’s probably a good time to call your Audi dealer.

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Report: Audi R8 Replacement Will be All-Electric

Audi PB18 E-tron concept

The future of the Four Rings is electric, and sources inside Ingolstadt say the next Audi R8 will be mean and green.

Starting in 2026, every new Audi will be electric, and by 2030, the company plans to be done with internal combustion entirely. Fortunately, models like the e-tron GT, the gorgeous Sphere concepts, and the Dakar-ready RS Q e-tron have shown that while the future will be green, it sure as hell won’t be boring. But we haven’t heard much chatter about what’s in store for Ingolstadt’s current range-topping performance machine. Now, Autocar is reporting that the replacement for the Audi R8 will be all-electric.

As you might expect, details are slim, and according to the source, plans for the electric supercar haven’t officially gotten the green light just yet. That said, there’s still plenty of interesting information in the report, including the revelation that Audi’s next halo car it won’t be called the R8. It’s also likely to take design cues from the PB18 e-tron concept — pictured here — instead of the current car, retain a two-door, two seat layout, and pack more power than anything else in the lineup. So at the end of the day, who cares what Audi calls it?

Exactly which platform the electric supercar will use is a big question. The smart money says it’ll be shared with corporate cousin Porsche, similar to the arrangement with the Taycan and the e-tron GT. Because since Stuttgart is already deep into the development of electric versions of its 718 Boxster and Cayman, that would be a cost-efficient way for Audi to get into the game. The rub, of course, is that while any R8 replacement would have to be faster than the already wicked quick e-tron GT, internal politics ensure it’ll have to be slower than the comparable Porsche.

Regardless, you don’t need a crystal ball to predict that Audi is going to release a performance coupe. Driving thrills are a key part of the company’s DNA, and its entrance into Formula 1 is sure to stoke excitement for enthusiast cars. The big question, of course, is when we’ll actually see cars start coming off the line — and that’s all guesswork. At the moment, Audi is years behind schedule for its EV flagship, and that model is sure to take priority over any sports car, regardless of how exciting it may be. More news on the Audi R8 replacement when we have it.

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Audi R8 is the Most-Searched Performance & Supercar on Google

Google searchesAudi R8 might not be the newest, fastest, or most expensive supercar on the market. However, that doesn’t mean people are not still interested in it. In fact, people seem to be more interested in the R8 than any other supercar out there. Based on an analysis of Google search data from the past 12 months Confused.com (interesting domain name for a site doing data analysis) found that the Audi R8 was searched for more than any other supercar. Over 22.5 million Google searches were performed on the sportiest Audi. That is 2.5 million more than the second place Lamborghini Urus.

Perhaps it is nostalgia that has so many people searching on the R8. As we know the lovely mid-engine supercar is coming to an end. Maybe it comes back as an EV but the thrilling V10 is a thing of the past. Or maybe people have been searching for it so much simply because it is still a terrific supercar. It has the looks and performance to put it on par with the best in the world and people still like to read about it. It is also somewhat of a bargain in the supercar space, and everyone loves a bargain. Starting at about $150K for a 562 horsepower V10 with a top speed of over 200 mph the Audi does offer good value.

Most Google Searches

Audi R8 Rank Model Annual Google searches 1 Audi R8 22,530,000 2 Lamborghini Urus 20,060,000 3 BMW i8 18,430,000 4 Toyota Supra 17,260,000 5 Ford Mustang 16,650,000 6 Nissan GTR 15,540,000 7 Porsche 911 15,480,000 8 Lamborghini Aventador 11,555,000 9 Bugatti Chiron 10,981,000 10 Lamborghini Huracan 8,403,000

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Audi and Team WRT Are Ending Their 13-Year Partnership After 13 Years

Team WRT Audi R8 GT3

After enjoying tremendous success together, Team WRT and Audi are moving on to other ventures.

Audi and Team WRT have enjoyed a prosperous 13-year relationship, racking up victories at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, the Bathurst 12 Hour, and the GT World Cup in Macau, along with a grand total of 30 titles in the GTWCE and its predecessors. However, that long-standing relationship is now set to come to an end following the current season, as the two entities have announced that they are ending their decade-plus partnership.

“It is a very special and emotional moment for all of us at Team WRT and me personally, as we announce that a significant chapter in the history of our organization will soon come to an end and a new one will open,” said team principal Vincent Vosse. “It couldn’t be otherwise, because Audi has been the brand we have been associated with since the creation of Team WRT at the end of 2009 and our sole partner in GT3 racing. All things in life have a beginning and an end, and our paths will now separate but the longstanding friendships will last. We all can have a sense of pride looking at what was accomplished together and we’ll all treasure the many good memories of this great period.”

Team WRT Audi R8 GT3

It’s a somber end to a fairly tale sort of story, which has seen Team WRT and Audi team up to achieve tremendous success. The decision comes following Audi’s cancellation of its LMDh program, which WRT was set to run in the WEC next year. WRT reportedly already had a deal in place to participate in that series before this decision was made, but it didn’t take long for it to move on. In fact, BMW has already announced that WRT will operate its factory LMDh team in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Regardless, Audi and WRT’s split is a bit bittersweet for all involved.

Team WRT Audi R8 GT3

“After 13 fantastic years, we will be going our separate ways from 2023 but we will continue to have friendly ties,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “The close relationship with Vincent Vosse as well as with Yves and Pascal Weerts is characterized by deep trust, shared sporting values, and an absolute drive for success. A big thank you to them and their entire team, combined with best wishes for the future.”

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Audi R8 Transformed into ‘LaFerrari’

Audi R8 La Ferrari

Yup, lots of work went into this Audi R8/La Ferrari mashup. But eagle-eyed enthusiasts won’t be fooled.

The Audi R8 is a wicked performance car that’d be a dream machine for many enthusiasts. In fact, some folks have even gone the fake-it-till-you-make-it route. But as cool as Ingolstadt’s supercar is? The LaFerrari is on another level entirely. Purchasing one of those beasts was an invitation-only affair, and with less that 500 made, only top-tier Ferrari collectors got the opportunity. While it’s currently possible to pick one up on the secondary market, at north of $3M a pop, that’s a big lift. Which might explain why someone had this R8 I stumbled across on Facebook Marketplace modified to resemble Modena’s former flagship. Kind of.

Now, regardless of what you think about the finished product, this project must have cost a decent chunk of change. For starters, the donor R8 couldn’t have been cheap, and there doesn’t seem to be a single panel here that hasn’t been modified. Making things even more complicated is the fact that according to the listing, this car began life as a Spyder version. Which means that the entire roof structure — which features upward opening doors — had to be completely fabricated.

That said, from some angles, particularly dead on from the front, the car doesn’t look too bad. On the other hand, while the sculpted hindquarters look decent, it only takes viewing the car in profile for the illusion to completely fall apart. The proportions are all wrong, and any Ferrari fan worth their salt will be able to tell this car isn’t real from a football field away. And that’s to say nothing of the interior, where the general architecture and beveled metal gear shift clearly betrays the car’s German heritage.

The most interesting thing about this vehicle might just be the fact that the brains and bucks behind the build appears to have unloaded it, as the R8/LaFerrari mashup is currently marked as sold. But given that it was listed (after converting from South African rand) at $42k and change, the amount of money lost in this endeavor must be truly gruesome. Because a stock Audi R8, even with 40k kilometers on the clock, would fetch far more that. So I don’t think it’s unreasonable to think that donor car was more expensive than the final product…

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