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Audi R8 LMS GT3 Debuts at the Paris Auto Show

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After a mysterious teaser from Audi about a car bound for the 2018 Paris Auto Show, the luxury car maker finally reveals what it is all about. The vehicle is the Audi R8 LMS GT3, which is built with racing in mind.

Audi said that the auto is “tailored closely to the customer requirements” in terms of its technology and operating costs. That means the company spent a lot of time discussing the specifications of the vehicle with automotive engineers, racing team owners and race car drivers.

The new Audi GT3 car concentrates on improving its aerodynamics and cooling. These are evident in the winglets on its bumper, extended front lip spoiler, chunky wheel arches, huge rear wing, and air ducts.

In addition, Audi tinkered with the car’s transmission to make it more durable. There is also more focus on the auto’s safety elements.

Engine

Under the hood of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 is the same 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine found in its predecessor. The unit produces 585 hp.

Pricing

The new race car costs €398,000 plus VAT. However, customers who already own the older version of the car can upgrade theirs to get all the goodies offered by the new Audi R8 LMS GT3 for €28,000.

Delivery

Audi is looking to deliver the first units of the R8 LMS GT3 to buyers in November this year—just in time to prepare them for the 2019 racing season in January.

Audi R8 LMS GT3 Photos

Check out the gallery below for the official photos of the new Audi R8 LMS GT3:

Looking Closely at the 3 Main Features of the ABT Sportsline Audi R8 V10

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ABT Sportsline will be highlighting its new tuning package for the Audi R8 at the 87th Geneva Motor Show. The package offers a significant power boost and extensive cosmetic enhancements for the car.

1. Engine

The ABT Sportsline tuning kit gives the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine of the Audi R8 an output of up to 630 hp. The figures show a 20 hp increase from the power produced by the unit of the Audi R8 V10 Plus.

There’s no information yet about the overall torque of the car with the tuning upgrade but it is estimated to be somewhere along 420 lb-ft. The numbers indicate only a 7 lb-ft bump from the torque of the R8 V10 Plus.

The ABT Sportsline package lowers the car’s center of gravity by using coilover suspension springs and sports stabilizers for the front and rear axles of the auto. The changes bring about a reduction in the weight of the R8.

Taking the abovementioned factors into consideration, the resulting sprint of the vehicle from zero to 62 mph is approximately 3 seconds. Its top speed is also increased to reach around 207 mph.

2. Body

Improvements in the exterior of the R8 are extensive. The changes include the installation of new lip spoilers, bumpers, rear diffuser and wheels. Buyers can choose between a set of 19-inch and 20-inch black forged alloy wheels.

3. Interior

Going inside the ABT Sportsline Audi R8 V10 will reveal no shortage of upgrades as well. The in-house customization division of the tuner provides the car a taste of luxury, comfort and sportiness thanks to its use of high-quality leather and carbon fiber materials for its surfaces such as in the seats, dashboard, floormats and ceiling.

Photos of the ABT Sportsline Audi R8 V10

Check out the pictures of the Audi R8 V10 with the ABT Sportsline package in the gallery below:

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