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Sad news! Audi has built its last ever R8 supercar

This 612bhp Vegas Yellow R8 will be the last one. RIP, old friend

Published: 22 Mar 2024

We’ve known this day was coming for a good while now, but it still doesn’t make it any easier. The Audi R8 is officially dead.

Well, technically we still don’t know for sure if Audi has any plans to build an all-electric supercar and revive the name, but it’s curtains for the proper internal combustion R8 after just two generations. Sad times.

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Audi pieced together the final car at its Böllinger Höfe plant near Stuttgart recently, and TG was there to witness the occasion. You’ll be able to read the full story in the upcoming issue of Top Gear magazine, but all you need to know now is that the R8 you see above will be the last example of the ‘sensible supercar’ that Audi ever builds.

Good way to bow out though, isn’t it? That’s a 612bhp ‘Performance quattro Edition’ with Vegas Yellow paint, bronze 20in alloys and the exterior carbon pack. Also, in sticking with its 5.2-litre naturally aspirated V10, the Audi R8 became anything but a sensible supercar. This particular example won’t be going to a customer though – it’s destined for Audi Tradition and a relaxing, museum-based life. Please someone show it 8,700rpm.

Of course, a while back we were told the bewinged GT special edition was going to be the last R8, but when the car’s death was announced orders rocketed and so the standard quattro and RWD versions were built for just a few more months.

Now it’s all over though, and the folks at the Böllinger Höfe factory will be left solely screwing together all-electric e-tron GTs. RIP, R8, it's been... loud.

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