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Audi's new special edition R8 has an exceedingly long name
We didn’t see this coming. Audi has shown off a new special edition R8. It’s called – ahem – the Audi R8 V10 Plus Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition. We think. It’s far simpler than its convoluted name suggests, though; this is the most powerful R8 with all of the Audi Sport division’s fanciest bits thrown at it.
So the 602bhp 5.2-litre V10 and Quattro all-wheel-drive remain, but lie beneath a much more aerodynamic body. A new carbon-reinforced aero package may look like it’s pandering to the Mansory and FAB customers of the world, but it’s effective, with a significant increase in downforce. Nearly 50 per cent more at the R8’s 328kph top speed. At a slightly more relevant 149kph, downforce is doubled.
There’s also three-way adjustable coilover suspension, lighter 20in milled wheels, Michelin Cup 2 tyres and ceramic brakes. Inside, the steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara and has a motorsport-like 12’o’clock strip.
Despite its seemingly lightweight, hardcore focus, its equipment list remains long, with leather, sat nav, a reversing camera and all manner of other goodies. This is no stripped-out trackday special.