Audi prepares final R8 in the form of the Competition
Audi has announced that they will be releasing one final R8 of the current-generation ahead of the cars official retirement, and that it will be named the R8 Competition.
The car will be shown to the public at the LA motor show, which is quite fitting since it is rumoured that the Competition will only be released in the US market.
Audi is hailing the Competition as the fastest R8 ever produced, thanks to a modified 5,2-litre V10 that now produces 420 kW. Linked to a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox and quattro, Audi claims the R8 Competition will complete a 0-100km/h sprint in 3.2 seconds and have a top speed of 360km/h.
Visually, the Competition was inspired by the brands LMS race car, which can been in seen through the extensive use carbon fibre aerodynamic upgrades. The most prevalent of these is the new fixed wing and massive rear diffuser.
The Competition will also feature additional performance orientated upgrades such as ceramic brakes and a sports exhaust with high-gloss tail pipes.
Only 60 units will be produced and they will be distributed early in 2015 and only in the US, making them left-hand drive only cars as well (if someone was thinking of sneaking one over the border).
But with the R8 replacement also due to be released in 2015, it might be worth waiting a few months, seeing how it was developed along side Lamborghini’s Huracán, which has been receiving rave reviews.
It is a little sad that we will not be able to drive the last of the R8’s…