With the GT RWD being limited to 333 coupes, Audi is saying goodbye to the R8. As if the limited edition wasn’t crazy enough, ABT Sportsline has created an insanely crazy variant of the supercar. Introducing the XGT, which is essentially an on-road race car built like a street-legal R8 GT2. Since Audi is giving the German manufacturer 99 rolling chassis, it essentially prolongs the life of the normally aspirated engine.
Similar to the previously discussed R8 GT RWD, the ABT XGT directs all of the V10’s power to the back wheels. With the 5.2 FSI engine tuned to 630 horsepower, it has more power than Audi’s flagship sports car, which has “only” 612 horsepower.Deleting Quattro and making generous use of carbon fiber has kept the weight down to a remarkably low 3,086 pounds (1,400 kilograms). That’s 375 lbs (170 kg) less than the R8 GT RWD.
ABT claims that after waiting months for project approval from higher-ups, it took two years to create the XGT. Up to forty individuals have to give the wild R8 their own green light. It’s reportedly an actual race car with a license plate rather than a supercar that has been altered to resemble one. It “differs only marginally from the Audi R8 LMS GT2” and each vehicle will be unique by allowing owners to fully customize it.
You can tell it’s the real deal by having a look inside the stripped-out cabin where there’s a full roll cage and the same steering wheel found in the actual GT2 race car. Because the intent was to make it a road-legal car, ABT added central locking, a rearview camera, and a handbrake, along with installing a regular digital instrument cluster. For the same reason, there are now controls for the air conditioning, turn signals, and electrically adjustable mirrors in the modified control panel.
In addition, tweaks to the thermal management, software, braking, and fueling system were made but without straying away from the GT2 machine. Of course, there’s also a different exhaust system, one that meets the necessary emissions regulations to be road worthy. Additional changes were made to comply with noise levels. Depending on the angle of that huge rear wing, top speed is 193 mph (310 km/h).
The XGT is available from ABT in four standard colours, but you can request a custom colour for the vehicle. The hardcore R8 has an 83-liter (21.9-gallon) gasoline tank and is equipped with forged wheels measuring 19 inches up front and 20 inches down the back, shod in Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires.
Cost: €598,000, or, with today’s exchange rates, almost $652,000.
Since ABT has participated in more than 300 DTM races since 2000, the company is more than just a tuner with a fondness for Audi vehicles. It has almost 250 podium finishes and numerous racing victories. ABT, in collaboration with Red Bull and Audi, will compete two R8 LMS GT3 evo II race cars in the DTM in 2024.