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Audi R8 Photo: Supplied
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David McCowen | Jul, 11 2018 | 0 Comments

Few brands can claim to match the success of Audi’s R8 LMS race car, a machine which has won major endurance races at hallowed circuits such as Bathurst, Daytona, Spa and the Nurburgring.

The brand has celebrated its success with a range of limited-edition models in the past, including the original Audi R8 GT, the later LMX and two-wheel-drive Audi R8 RWS currently offered to customers. 

A new version promises to be “the most capable and focused to date”, tapping into the brand’s accessories catalogue to create the ultimate R8 before an updated version arrives in the near future.

Based on the high-performance R8 V10 Plus coupe, the new Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 features lightweight bucket seats, race-inspired three-way adjustable suspension and milled 20-inch wheels equipped with grippy Michelin “cup” tyres.

New brake pads and titanium backing plates improve the efficiency of carbon-ceramic stoppers, while the interior benefits from a race-like Alcantara steering wheel.

Power from the 5.2-litre V10 engine remains unchanged at 449kW, delivered at a heady 8250rpm. All-wheel-drive traction from the V10 Plus is retained, along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 

Just 44 examples of the Performance Parts R8 will be sold to customers around the world, with five right-hand-drive examples confirmed for Australia. Audi can not say how much the model will cost yet, or when it will arrive. But we do know that the limited-edition car costs £176,560 ($315,500) in the UK, around £27,000 ($48,000) more than the regular V10 Plus coupe sold locally for $389,900 plus on-road costs.

Customers who miss out on the special edition car will be able to get hold of some components from the pack to upgrade regular versions of the R8 family.

 
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