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Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition, 2018, front
Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition, 2018, side
Audi Sport Performance Parts R8 Edition, 2018, rear

AS limited edition models go they don't come much more exclusive than the latest offering from Audi.

Just five Audi R8 V10 plus Coupe models featuring the full Audi Sport Performance Parts package will come to the UK - and each will cost £176,560.

With motorsport-proven enhancements that increase downforce and further pare back weight to give the 610ps normally aspirated V10 engine an even freer rein, the special R8s are being described as racing cars for the road.

They come with a carbon fibre aero kit and lightweight, 20-inch milled alloy wheels as well as three-way adjustable coilover suspension.

The special edition R8 has a large rear wing and diffuser, side skirts incorporating the Audi Sport logo and other aerodynamic elements behind the rear wheel arches to focus airflow.

At the front, the car has more pronounced air inlets, a deep splitter and sculpted canards reminiscent of those fitted to the first generation Audi R8 GT.

The effect is that at 205mph the special R8 generates 250kg, over 100kg more than the standard R8 V10 plus. At 93mph the effect is more pronounced, with the CFRP aero kit doubling downforce to 52kg.

Inside, the sports steering wheel is trimmed in Alcantara with a red 12 o'clock marker while features such as the Audi Smartphone Interface, a rear view camera and the Audi R8 sport exhaust are also added to an equipment list which includes R8 bucket seats in perforated leather, MMI Navigation, Audi connect online services and a fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit.

Just 44 examples are being offered worldwide by Audi Sport, of which five will come to the UK in right hand drive form.

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