Thursday, April 8, 2010

MTM R8 GT3-2 Revealed: Supercharged, 560 hp, rear-wheel drive Audi R8

. Thursday, April 8, 2010

MTM has revealed their latest Audi R8 creation, the MTM R8 GT3-2. Featuring a supercharged, 4.2 liter V8 pumping out 560 horsepower; the MTM R8 GT3-2 boasts one very unique characteristic on an Audi, rear-wheel drive. Perhaps a "quattro ist für sissies" bumper sticker would be appropriate.

Choosing to ditch the quattro and go with rear-wheel drive - along with supercharging the 4.2-liter FSI V8 rather than work with the V10 platform - makes weight reduction appear to be forefront on MTM's mind when creating the R8 GT3-2.

In addition to the Roland Meyer developed RWD system (details in the press release), the R8 GT3-2 also boasts a "special" MTM exhaust system, an adjustable MTM suspension system and a
380 x 34 mm punched/ventilated MTM brake system all riding on 20" MTM forged wheels.

Outside, the MTM R8 GT3-2's appearance is instantly identifiable as "not your average R8." Aside from the love-or-hate graphics package, the GT3-2 is equipped with carbon fiber
front spoiler, side skirts and rear wing.

Boasting 560 horsepower and 428 ft-lbs of torque, the MTM GT3-2 is good for a 3.9 second sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) and a 317 km/h (198 mph) top speed.

MTM's R8 GT3-2 Press Release:

- MTM R8 GT3-2 undertakes a new driving experience behind the Audi steering wheel
- 560 HP (412 kW), 580 Nm, 3.9 seconds, Vmax 317 km/h
- Technical finesse and details for an exceptional sportscar

The questions are legitimate and short: A Street-legal Audi R8 with rear wheel drive? And with a 560 HP supercharged engine? The answer is also short. Yes it exists! At MTM! The snow is hardly gone from Germany’s streets that the noble tuner from Wettstetten is announcing their latest project: the MTM R8 GT3-2, with the last digit standing for the number of powered wheels. The car that has 560 supercharged HP, accelerates from 0 to 100 under 4 seconds and goes easily beyond the 300 km/h barrier is no “Quattro” but a modified R8 with rear wheel drive from the Audi refiner MTM. This new concept promises a complete new driving experience behind the Audi steering wheel and pure driving pleasure, which comes up with a lot of technical details and finesse and creates a perfect and exceptional sportscar.

The most exciting fact about the MTM R8 GT3-2 is definitely the rear wheel drive concept. It was developed by the technical specialists around Roland Mayer. With differential lock and new adjustments, the GT3-2 floats presently with its driving concept as the only one RWD Street-legal Audi, in the footsteps of the Audi high powered cars that are challenging the DTM or the GT Series. Those who are searching for an “Ingolstädter” with four rings and rear wheel drive have to look back more than four decades ago.

MTM from Wettstetten/Ingolstadt would not be one of the leading Audi-refiners in the world if they didn’t care for technical details in order to provide maximum driving dynamics. The first thing to be mentioned is the supercharged 4.2 FSI engine, producing 560 HP (412 kW) at 7.750 RPM and a torque of 580 Nm at 5.500 RPM. Enough power to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and take the speedometer needle up to 317 km/h. The sound goes together with the power, thanks to a special exhaust system in export version – without rear pipes and without throttle valves. Unmistakable.

So much power needs a MTM suspension kit, which has several settings options, also in the built-in condition, and which is well adjusted with the lightweight and solid MTM forged wheels on Dunlop Sport Maxx GT / Michelin Cup Sport tyres. The 20” rims in the size 9x20 ET 42 (front axle) and 12,5x20 ET 60 (rear axle) shelter the 380 x 34 mm – punched, ventilated - MTM brake system.

With the R8 GT3-2, MTM has also worked on the exterior appearance, which is very particular for the technical specialists from Wettstetten, who usually only make slight optical changes on their sports cars. In this case, the carbon fibre front spoiler, side skirt and rear wing ensure a better air flow.

This MTM offer not only refers to new cars – also people who already own a R8 have the possibility to convert it into a R8 GT3-2. For more information, please contact MTM in Wettstetten.

Source: MTM