Audi R8 competition: The Fastest Audi Ever Made

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The enterprising folks at Ingolstadt have pulled out all the stops for one of the world's most popular supercars, the Audi R8.

The latest version, called the R8 competition, is the fastest and most powerful machine ever from the German manufacturer. Audi calls it the ‘closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car', so you can be certain it's going to be rather special.

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The daddy of all R8s features a 5.2-litre V10 powerplant that produces a more-than-sufficient 570 hp, up 20 horses from the R8 V10 Plus. The R8 competition also gets a sport exhaust system and a seven-speed, dual-clutch S tronic transmission. All this hardware gives the car its sterling performance, which stands at 3.2 seconds for the 0-100 km/h dash with a top speed of 199 mph (320 km/h).

The engine is shared with the R8 LMS racer, and is known for its durability, requiring just one major service for every 13,000 kilometres of race distance which works out to just once per season. Competitors are known to need a major service after one 24-hour race.

The R8 competition features oodles of matte carbon fibre elements for form and function, including the large wing, flics, side blades, diffuser and more. Other details that add to the show are the gorgeous gloss black wheels with 305-section rear rubber and contrasting red brake callipers.

A highly customisable cabin gives the customer the choice of interior colours that can be paired with exterior hues. There's more carbon fibre treatment inside too, this time on the centre console and ultra-cool illuminated door sill inlays with its "R8 competition" lettering.

Sounds like the perfect solution for a mid-life crisis? It does to us. But you'll have to hurry, because only 60 examples of the Audi R8 competition will be produced at the Neckarsulm facility in Germany. And they will disappear off the shelf faster than they accelerate.

Story first published: Thursday, October 30, 2014, 14:38 [IST]
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