With the tip of its V10 nigh, Audi is growing a track-focused R8 for one final dance in opposition to the Porsche 911 GT3
The Audi R8 was first launched into the wild in 2006, and in that point, it’s grown to develop into a mature, semi-affordable supercar that continues to supply loads of thrills.
The present second-generation R8 is a strong piece of equipment, combining efficiency with useability brilliantly. However one factor that continues to be noticeably absent from its CV is the very fact there hasn’t been a hardcore track-focused model. But.
The Huracan developed into the Performante after which the much more savage STO, the Mclaren 720S morphed into the 765LT, and Porsche was making GT3 911s years earlier than the R8 was even a factor. It simply begs the query: the place is Audi’s equal? Effectively, it’s right here. Almost.
With Audi confirming that the third-generation R8 will absolutely embrace the electrical revolution, the event a Performante-like send-off for the second-generation was disclosed on the launch occasion of the all-new R8 Efficiency RWD.
When quizzed a few potential hardcore R8 by Prime Gear Journal, Audi’s RS Division Boss, Sebastian Grams, mentioned the next: “There will certainly be extra automobiles to return on this technology of R8 platform. As you possibly can see from the R8 with rear-wheel drive, we are attempting to carry ‘fun-to-drive’ to the entrance of what we do.
“What we’re doing is attempting to take advantage of out of the automotive’s life cycle. In the mean time individuals are having fun with the R8 and we’ve numerous gross sales. However I can inform you we’ve sufficient concepts for the longer term.”
In keeping with Prime Gear, firm insiders are dropping hints a few revival of the R8 GT (pictured above and beneath). The GT was arguably the last word model of the first-gen R8 V10, restricted to simply 333 models.
When in comparison with the usual automotive, notable adjustments on the GT included a 30bhp high up, a 100kg weight reduction, and a set rear wing accompanying a set of entrance canards to assist aerodynamics.
No matter which identify the forthcoming ‘tremendous’ R8 will sport, it’s thought that it is going to be revealed in autumn 2022, remaining in manufacturing till Audi brings this chapter of the R8’s story to an in depth. What a narrative it has been.