Audi Sport has revealed what it bills as the “most capable and focused” version of its V10-powered R8 to date, confirming that it will build 44 examples of this special model lathered in Performance Parts.

The limited-edition Audi Sport Performance Parts version of Ingolstadt’s supercar sets itself apart thanks to its “significantly” increased downforce and pared back weight.

It features an aero kit fashioned exclusively from carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, including a hefty fixed rear wing and diffuser with red elements. The side skirts, meanwhile, incorporate the Audi Sport logo and special aerodynamic elements have been added behind the rear wheelarches.

Up front, you’ll find more pronounced air inlets, a deep splitter and sculpted canards reminiscent of those fitted to the first-generation R8 GT.

Audi says the various aerodynamic elements contribute to a “significant increase” in downforce: at 330 km/h, the special R8 generates a claimed 250 kg, which is over 100 kg more than the standard R8 V10 Plus. At 150 km/h, the aero package effectively doubles downforce to 52 kg.

Meanwhile, fully milled multi-spoke black 20-inch wheels save up to 8 kg and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres with a 245/30 profile up front and 305/30 profile at the rear.

A lightweight three-way coilover suspension setup is also fitted, along with ceramic brake discs complete with a titanium backing plate to further reduce weight. Inside, the steering wheel is trimmed in Alcantara.

The naturally aspirated 5,2-litre V10 is untouched, and still sends 449 kW and 560 N.m to all four corners via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Special Audi R8