Audi of America pays tribute to the first generation Audi R8 GT from 2012 with the all-new R8 GT, delivering 602 horsepower and costing $249,000 with only 333 units to be delivered to customers
Over a decade has passed since the introduction of the first-generation Audi R8 GT, and Audi USA decided to pay tribute to it with a limited edition 2023 R8 GT. This naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine now comes with 602 horsepower – making it the most powerful rear-wheel drive series production model in the brand’s history. Limited to just 333 units to be delivered to customers across the world now, the R8 GT will deliver several technological advancements created exclusively for this car to provide a better performance, improved & more precise steering, and allow the drivers to experience motorsports in a street legal car. Truly a worthy tribute to the old car.
A motorsport legend: 5.2-liter V10 engine
No other Audi is closer to motorsports than the R8. The R8 V10 engine is nearly identical to the R8 LMS racecar engine developed in parallel with only specific regulation adjustments made on the racecar. Compared to the R8 V10 performance RWD model with 562 horsepower, Audi Sport GmbH engineers heightened the performance of the R8 GT model to 602 horsepower – now matching the R8 performance Quattro model.
An unmistakable engine tone resonates from the high revving 5.2-liter 10-cylinder engine that produces 413 lb-ft. of torque and a max engine speed of up to 8,700 rpm. As a result, the new R8 GT accelerates to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and reaches a top track speed of up to 199 mph. One unique design element of the R8 GT is the valve covers of the engine which are painted black.
New Torque Rear Drive Mode
For the first time, Audi Sport GmbH is offering a Torque Rear mode on the R8. Drivers can access seven characteristic curves stored in the traction control system (ASR) offering different levels of support – Level 1 provides maximum support with reduced engine torque, which leads to a low level of wheel spin, while Level 7 provides only minimum support with increased engine torque, which leads to a high level of wheel spin.
The desired Torque Rear mode level can be set by turning the control satellite on the Alcantara® wrapped steering wheel. This function adapts to the progressive driving skills and road conditions presented on the road or on the track, while rapidly calculating data from the wheel speed sensors, steering angle, accelerator pedal position, and the selected gear. The incremental adjustment allows the drivers to gradually increase their own skills.
Another distinctive addition to the R8 GT is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with even faster shift times – allowing drivers to choose their personalized level of ESC support, enabling controlled and simultaneously precise oversteering. The gearbox allows for an even more impressive acceleration in all gears thanks to an altered gear ratio compared to the R8 performance RWD models.
Overall, the car looks incredible and we’re certain that the speed will match the aggressive looks. Since only 150 units will be slated for the U.S. market, you better hurry up if you want to buy this vehicle. In the meantime, grab a detailed look at the 2023 Audi R8 GT in the media gallery below.
Source: Audi USA