The meanest four rings model, the Audi R8 has been around for a decade and is still going strong, especially on track. As a tribute to its successful motorsports program, Audi launched two special edition variants: the Audi Sport Edition and LMS GT4.

The 2017 Audi R8 Audi Sport Edition is a standard R8 that’s cosmetically enhanced with Audi Sport’s official colours of silver, red and black. The R8 now looks even more striking with its side mirrors and side blades finished in red. The front spoiler, singleframe grille and diffuser receive a titanium black finishing, while the trapezoidal tailpipes are given a gloss black treatment. A menacing set of 20-inch forged alloys top off the exterior package.

On the inside, drivers are greeted with door sill inlays with illuminated Audi Sport logos. Other nifty touches include black and red nappa leather sport seats and a red stripe at the 12 o’clock position of the wheel.

Mechanically, it retains the same 5.2 litre naturally aspirated V10, but buyers may opt for the V10 or V10 plus that push out 540hp/540Nm and 610hp/560Nm respectively. Only 200 Audi R8 Audi Sport Editions will be produced, with prices starting from EUR 181,900 (approximately RM849k).

If it’s too late for you to start a racing career, then the Audi R8 LMS GT4 is right up your alley. Derived from the successful LMS GT3 race car that competes in the GT4 category, it is a good start for most gentlemen drivers.

To keep costs down, about 60 percent of the parts are carried over from the stock R8. The same V10 engine powers the R8 LMS GT4, however it is slightly detuned to 495 hp and 550 Nm. Power is sent to the rear (no quattro here) via a seven-speed dual clutch automatic.


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Audi R8 Audi Sport Edition

Audi R8 LMS GT4


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Formerly spamming articles about cars and motorsports on this site until the day-job caught up. While the day job remains as exciting as a certain beige sedan, writing about cars could be his closest display of showing passion on cars until he gets either a Bimmer, or an Hachiroku one day...