The limited-run Audi R8 LMX is currently on display at the Audi Forum Neckarsulm alongside the new R8 LMS.
While the LMX is a road-going R8 based on the first generation, the LMS is a track-only beast based on the supercar’s second generation which went on sale a short while ago. The LMX is considered as being the last hurrah for the previous R8 and was Audi’s first production car equipped with laser headlights. Only 99 units were ever made and all of them had an Ara Blue paint and the 570 PS 5.2-liter V10 engine, with prices kicking off at €210,000 in Germany.
As for the R8 LMS, it starts at €359,000 (plus VAT) and is a GT3-spec racecar now available for customer orders and can also be had with a starter and parts package which jacks up the starting price to €398,000. It’s based on the road-going second generation R8 with the naturally aspirated V10, but weight has been significantly reduced to 1,225 kg even though compared to the first model it carries more safety kit, including a carbon fiber reinforced plastic crash element which hasn’t been fitted before on a GT3 car.
Seeing the two cars side by side, it’s easy to notice the design evolution from the first to the second generation, even though the old one is a road-going car whereas the new one is a track-only machine.