2016 NYIAS Live Photos: Audi R8 LMS

Fancy a proper race car that can lap the toughest tracks in the world with ease but also compress your vertebrae by going over a single bump? Well if so, the Audi R8 LMS is for you.¬†Admittedly, the Audi R8 LMS isn’t a street car, it’s a fully-fledged race car that’s design for the sole purpose of swallowing race tracks for lunch.

The Audi R8 LMS packs the same 5.2 liter V10 as in the standard R8, but it makes 585 hp which is more than the standard car but less than the R8 V10 Plus. However, the R8 LMS doesn’t need as much power, because it’s considerably lighter than its V10 Plus brethren. It’s an actual GT3 race car, so its interior is completely stripped out, its suspension is made of racing stuff and its brakes are nuclear-grade. So, basically, not the kind of car one wants to drive on the road.

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However, Audi will sell you one if you’re crazy enough, and rich enough, to buy one. The Audi R8 LMS costs around $400,000 and if you pay $440,000, Audi will give you some lessons on how to drive it. This way, you’ll know what you’re doing while handling this beast. Right up until your spleen bursts.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.