The TT RS Coupé iconic edition is not the only new thing Audi had to share with us all this week. There’s also the R8 Coupé V10 GT RWD—limited to 333 units worldwide. That’s right, unlike the iconic edition which is exclusive to Europe, the new R8 GT is available in all major markets across the globe. It is expected to arrive at select dealers in early 2023, with prices in Europe starting at €225,000. Why limited to 333 units you ask? Well, the first-gen R8 GT was also limited to 333 units, but a year later, a Spyder version arrived, which means there were 666 units in total. Does that mean that the new R8 GT Spyder is also arriving? Not sure at the moment. Will let Audi make that announcement.
But in the meantime, let’s take a look at all the hoopla. The exterior of this grand finale is decorated with carbon aerokit that includes a front splitter, side flics/canards, side skirts, a rear wing with gooseneck-like mounts, and a more pronounced rear diffuser. The kit was developed in the wind tunnel and is said to offer better stability on the road plus faster cornering speeds. The R8 GT rides on exclusive 20-inch, 10-spoke lightweight forged wheels wrapped with Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires. And of course, all the badges and emblems are in black.
Like its predecessor, the exterior of this particular example comes in matte Suzuka Gray, but you can also choose Tangorot Metallic or Daytona Gray Metallic. The ceramic braking system comes as standard on the R8 GT and saves some weight. The front anti-roll bar is made from carbon fibre-reinforced plastic to further save weight. The optional coilover suspension allows you to individually adjust the trim position and compression and rebound levels for your R8 GT.
For the cockpit, Audi Sport has chosen a black and red theme, with the latter being a contrasting color, of course. In addition to bucket seats, the floor mats also get the R8 GT branding. The centre console features limited edition numbering. The R8 GT also boasts a new Torque Rear mode; it’s a multi-stage traction control system that allows you to control rear axle slippage from level 1 to level 7.
As mentioned in the title, the new R8 GT marks the end of that glorious, naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 motor. In this case, the power output is 456 kW (620 metric hp) while the torque is 565 Nm (417 lb-ft). The 7-speed DCT is claimed to offer even faster shift times, thanks to tweaked gear ratios. The official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 3.4 seconds while the top speed is 320 km/h (199 mph).