The Audi R8 is coming up on the end of its current generation, and is set for tons of changes once the next-generation model rolls out. Until then, Audi isn’t happy with just letting the current-gen R8 wither away unchanged, and it is proving this by releasing the fastest R8 ever at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
Dubbed the R8 competition, this supercar takes the R8 V10 Plus and makes it better is nearly every possible way. It starts off by adding in tons of matte-carbon-fiber bits on the outside, including a rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and rear diffuser. These carbon-fiber pieces not only help reduce the weight of the R8, but they also help add more downforce to glue the rig to the tarmac. It also features gloss-black wheels with 305-series rubber wrapped around them. Anodized red brake calipers peek out from behind the wheels to add striking contrast to the wheels and the matte-carbon-fiber pieces.
Inside the R8 competition, Audi continued with the matte-carbon-fiber treatment, as the center console and door-sill inlays get the lightweight treatment. Additionally, the door-sill inlays also have illuminated “R8 competition” logos.
Now onto what makes the R8 competition so special: the drivetrain. Under its rear hood, the R8 features the same, Lamborghini-sourced, 5.2-liter, V-10 powerplant found in the R8 V10 and V10 Plus, but this unit is massaged to deliver 570 horsepower, which is 50 horsepower more than the V10 and 25 horsepower more than the V10 Plus. This engine mates to a seven-speed S-tronic transmission and exhales through a sport exhaust system with gloss-black exhaust tips.
This raw power allows the R8 competition to launch to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds and top out at 199 mph. These performance numbers make it 0.5 seconds faster to 60 and gives it a 1-mph faster top speed when compared to the R8 V10 Plus.
There is only one bad thing I can say about the R8 competition; it’s so limited that I will likely never see one. Audi only plans to produce 60 of these awesome rigs for U.S. consumption. Audi will open the R8 competition’s order books in November 2014 and start deliveries in early 2015.