Audi’s 5.2L V10 engine, which has been around for about twenty years and has achieved near-legendary status in the industry, will soon be no more. It will be taking a bow with the 2023 R8 Coupe GT RWD, where it will produce 612 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque.
As far as we know, the rating makes it the most powerful version of the engine to grace the R8 family since the Plus Sport Performance variant of about four years ago. Audi does inform us that the engine is the most potent RWD unit in the brand’s history. It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and enhanced by a Torque Rear mode for customized ESC for oversteering options.
The more abundant power of the 2023 R8 Coupe GT RWD is joined by a lighter-weight build courtesy of a ‘Carbon Aerokit’ series of body components that culminates in a rear wing with gooseneck suspension. Also helping to define the variant are special 20-inch, 10-spoke light alloy wheels, a high-drama red-on-black interior (red belts included, unique to the inaugural R8 G10 and not seen since), and exclusive badging inside and out. Colors available: matte Suzuka Gray, Tangorot Metallic and Daytona Gray Metallic.
This last-of-the-V10 R8s will be priced from €225K — about $219K at current rates — and produced in a limited production run of just 333 examples. The 2023 R8 Coupe V10 GT RWD isn’t the end of the R8 series, of course. The V8-powered version will have to suffice while Audi puts the finishing touches on the all-electric version of the supercar, which should be making its debut in the upcoming months.