While it may be heading for retirement in 2020, the Audi R8 still has some life in it. A new, limited-edition model, of which only ten units will be produced, will be the most high-performance variant of the mid-engine supercar yet — the Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition Package.
This new Competition Package doesn’t add any power, so its 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 still makes 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. Though, when the standard car can hit 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, does it really need anymore power? Instead, the Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition Package focuses more on handling, dynamics and on-track performance.
Part of that performance increase comes from a bit of weight savings, though not much. Audi mostly shaved some unsprung rotational mass by using titanium backing plates on the carbon ceramic brakes (2.2 lbs) and by taking similar 20-inch wheels from the Audi R8 GT4 race car, which shed another 26.4 lbs combined. So in total, just shy of 30 lbs of unsprung mass has been saved, which is actually quite helpful on track and might actually make if feel a touch sharper on the road.
On top of that weight savings, Audi also fitted the R8 Competition Package with upgraded aerodynamics from the Audi Sport Performance Parts catalog. So it gets a full carbon fiber aero kit, which includes canards at the front, a lower front lip, a rear diffuser and a massive rear wing. All of that combines to double the aerodynamic downforce of the standard V10 Plus Coupe, to 114.6 lbs of downforce, at 93.2 mph (150 km/h). At its top speed of 193 mph (315 km/h), the downforce increases to 220.5 lbs. All of that aero also betters the drag coefficient from 0.42 to 0.36.
To increase handling performance, all R8 Comp Pack cars will get three-way adjustable coilover suspension. That will likely make it a bit too stiff for everyday road use but will also make it far sharper and more dynamic on track. Dynamic Steering is also an as-standard feature.
All ten Audi R8 V10 Competition Package cars will come in the exact same spec. They will all wear Suzuka Gray paint with a Black Optics Package, the aforementioned 20-inch wheels and performance brakes. They will all also get a black racing shell seats with red contrast stitching (Audi exclusive interior package), a full leather package including upper and lower dash and door and side panels, a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, an Alcantara steering wheel with 12 o’clock marker and carbon fiber paddle shifters.
All of this comes at a cost, though. The Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition Package will wear a $237,250 price tag, which is a lot of money. The ten lucky customers who will purchase these hardcore R8s will be able to take deliver in November.