It’s a moment we’ve all been dreading, but it was bound to happen with the world’s ever-increasing move towards electrification. Indeed, Audi is seemingly saying auf wiedersehen to its iconic V10 engine, with the German marque revealing the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD, a limited-run model paying homage to the original. Only 333 units will be made. 

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The most powerful rear-wheel-drive production car in the Ingolstadt-based brand’s history, the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD’s atmospheric 5.2-litre engine produces 456 kW (37 kW up from the standard rear-axle-driven R8 performance) and 565 Nm of torque. The V10 is coupled with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with quicker shift times. According to the company, “Thanks to an altered gear ratio and the associated higher speed, the new gearbox allows even more impressive acceleration in all gears.”

Audi claims the special-edition R8 sprints to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 3.4 seconds and completes the 0-200 km/h sprint in 10.1 seconds. The top speed is rated at 320 km/h. 

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For the first time, Audi Sport offers a ‘Torque Rear’ mode, controlling slippage on the rear axle by the traction control system. This function forms part of the ESC set-up. 

In addition, the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD weighs “around” 20 kg less than its R8 Coupé V10 performance RWD sibling. The limited edition has a claimed mass of 1 570 kg. 

The GT variant sits on “exclusive” 20-inch, 10-spoke wheels, which can be wrapped in “high-performance” Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres. The lightweight forged wheels are based on those found on Audi’s motorsport vehicles. The wheels house “extremely powerful” ceramic brakes. 

The special model has exclusive add-on parts to differentiate it from its relatives. The first distinguishing feature is the rear’s black “R8 GT” lettering. All other emblems are in black. The ‘Carbon Aerokit’, developed in a wind tunnel and generating better stability on the road, is finished in high gloss black. A carbon-fibre engine cover is also present.