The road is coming to an end for Audi's R8 midengine coupe, including its 5.2-liter V-10 variant — and pretty much all V-10s — as the electric vehicle era unfolds.
The rear-wheel-drive car packs 602 hp and 413 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch, though the GT gets an altered gear ratio that allows for a higher top speed: 199 mph. It can vroom from 0 to 62 mph in 3.4 seconds, Audi says.
New 20-inch, 10-spoke forged wheels cut more than 20 pounds off the R8 GT's curb weight, while carbon brakes eliminated 27.6 pounds more, and the aluminum and carbon front anti-roll bar lobbed off 4.4.
The U.S.-spec curb weight comes in at 3,516 pounds, or 55 pounds less than the standard rwd R8 V-10, Audi says.
An upgraded carbon-fiber aerodynamics kit features a larger front splitter, larger side sills, additional flicks on the leading corners, vertical aero planes on the rear fenders and a rear wing with gooseneck supports.
Journalists had a chance to get behind the wheel at a racetrack in Spain. Here are some early reviews.