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.