Audi is set to release a limited-run, road legal GT3 version of the R8 supercar, marking its farewell to the V10 edition.
Prototype of the road-going GT3-spec Audi R8 observed at the Nürburgring.
The vehicle has been developed in collaboration with Scherer Sport, reminiscent of Ferrari’s XX program.
Scheduled for a 2024 launch, this special edition is rumored to be limited to 100 units.
As reported by Autocar, Audi seems to be wrapping up the R8 V10 supercar era with a last hurrah. A road-legal GT3 version of the R8 has been spotted undergoing tests, indicating that this variant is on the horizon. This move is seen as a fitting tribute to the V10 supercar, which is nearing its production end.
This new version seems to derive inspiration from the R8 GT3 track car, a model known for its distinguished presence in renowned racing championships such as the World Endurance Championship and GT World Challenge Europe since its 2013 debut. Scherer Sport, a division of the Scherer group recognized for supplying race-ready Audis, played a pivotal role in the GT3’s development. Their expertise extends to crafting bespoke racing initiatives for prestigious circuits like the Nürburgring.
Anticipation is building around the final edition of the R8, which is set for a 2024 release. Speculations hint at a limited production of just 100 units. Powering this machine is likely the V10 engine, paired with a seven-speed DSG transmission and four-wheel drive. While the standard R8 boasts 525bhp and 406lb ft, the GT3 version is expected to elevate this performance.
Visually, the new model takes cues from the R8 GT3 Evo 2, flaunting features like a prominent rear wing, carbonfibre canards, and additional intakes. Interestingly, the windows seem to be made of Perspex, a nod to its track-focused design.
Earlier announcements from Audi indicated the conclusion of the R8 series with the 612bhp GT RWD. However, the manufacturer remains tight-lipped about any additional commemorative versions.