We didn’t see this coming. Audi has shown off a new special-edition R8, of which a mere five will come to the UK. The allocation may be small, but the name is big. It’s called—ahem—the Audi R8 V10 Plus Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition. We think. It’s far simpler than its convoluted name suggests, though; this is the most powerful R8 with all of the Audi Sport division’s fanciest bits thrown at it.
So the 602hp 5.2-liter V10 and Quattro all-wheel-drive remain, but lie beneath a much more aerodynamic body. A new carbon-reinforced aero package may look like it’s pandering to the Mansory and FAB customers of the world, but it’s effective, with a significant increase in downforce. Nearly 50% more at the R8’s 330kph top speed. At a slightly more relevant 150kph, downforce is doubled.
There’s also a three-way adjustable coilover suspension, lighter 20in milled wheels, Michelin Cup 2 tires and ceramic brakes. Inside, the steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara and has a motorsport-like 12’o’clock strip.
Despite its seemingly lightweight, hardcore focus, its equipment list remains long, with leather, satnav, a reversing camera and all manner of other goodies. This is no stripped-out trackday special.
Which might help justify its £176,560 (P12,500,000) price tag. You get rarity, of course—a 44-car worldwide run, all of which come in Misano Red.
This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.