Audi has revealed new limited-edition versions of its R8 supercar and TT sports car as the firm draws production of the sporting models to a close.
The R8 was introduced in 2007 as Audi’s first true supercar, with the model these days using a naturally-aspirated 5.2-litre V10 engine – one of the last of its breed, and one which struggles to tie in with the firm’s electrification plans. Audi is therefore celebrating the end of its V10 engine, and the R8, with the new V10 GT RWD.
Limited to a worldwide production run of 333 cars – of which just 15 are bound for the UK – the model is based on the standard rear-wheel-drive (RWD) car, but gets a 50bhp power bump, taking the V10 engine’s output up to 612bhp. In combination with a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, this allows for a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199mph.
A new ‘Torque Rear’ driving mode is also fitted, with seven different modes on offer (controlled by a button on the steering wheel), and controls the amount of slippage of the rear wheels.
The GT RWD is slightly lighter than the standard car, thanks to exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels shod in Michelin Sport Cup 2 tyres. Ceramic brakes are also fitted as standard, along with bucket seats.
The GT also comes with a Carbon Aerokit as standard, including a front splitter, revised rear bumper and diffuser, along with various carbon exterior styling elements. The standard GT RWD colour is matte Suzuka Grey, though Tango Red, Mythos Black and Daytona Grey are also offered.
Audi is also marking the end of its iconic TT with the ‘TT RS Coupe Iconic Edition’. Celebrating 25 years of the model, this special version takes inspiration from the original car’s design.
Even rarer than the R8, just 100 Iconic Editions will be made – of which 10 will come to the UK – and these versions come painted in the infamous ‘RS’ shade of Nardo Grey, and receive a range of gloss black elements, such as its 20-inch alloy wheels and grille. Audi’s ‘Aero kit’ is also present.
The Iconic Edition gets a bespoke interior, including Nappa leather and black Alcantara seats that get yellow honeycomb stitching and ‘Iconic Edition’ embroidered into the headrests. A dedicated steering wheel is also included, along with bespoke floor mats.
The Iconic Edition uses the TT RS’ fantastic 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine – a rarity these days – which produces 395bhp and 480Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds, while the top speed has been raised to 174mph.
Both the R8 GT RWD and TT RS Iconic Edition are set to be included in the final production run of the two models at the start of 2023, with first deliveries due in the first quarter of next year. No prices for the R8 have been announced, though the TT RS will be priced from £87,650.