Competition R8ed: Audi Debuts R8 GT4 Race Car

The car is intended to provide customer racing programs an option that requires a lower financial commitment than the existinand very successful R8 GT3 racer. If buyers aren’t interested in racing the car, it also can be bought and used privately as a sort of ballistic weapon for track days. Dubbed the R8 LMS GT4, it will compete in, you guessed it, the GT4 class coming stateside in racing series such as the Pirelli World Challenge and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Key Takeaways:

  • At the New York Auto Show, Audi introduced its new R8 LMS GT4, a race car expected to compete in the upcoming GT4 class in the U.S.
  • The new GT4 car features considerable overlap with the street model R8, and is cheaper than the more premium R8 GT3 option.
  • The R8 GT4 will come with a price tag of $200,000, less than half of the GT3 at $450,000, and outputs 495 horsepower in a 5.2-liter V-10.

“Said to share some 60 percent of its parts with the streetgoing R8, including its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and brakes, the GT4 was described to us as “essentially an R8 V10 Plus with the interior ripped out and that’s been caged.””