Mysterious matte-black Audi R8s are popping up all over the world. Yesterday, an Audizine forum member snapped photos of the upcoming Audi R8 GT speeding north on U.S. 101 in California's San Fernando Valley. Today another was spotted in a more likely location -- just outside the Nurburgring -- by German spy photographers.
The wheels are different on this car, obviously, and the double-spoke wheel design appears to be lighter-weight than any factory wheel previously offered on the Audi R8. The cross-drilled front brake rotors are noticeably larger, too (likely the largest brakes that will conceivably fit under those wheels), and there's probably another piston in those big, red calipers.
These clearer shots also make it easier to spot the cosmetic differences on the R8 GT versus the R8 5.2 FSI V10. The round exhaust ports are positively enormous, lending credence to the supposition that this limited-edition Audi R8 will make more power. What's more, addititional vents (for aero or brake cooling, we suppose) have been cut into the bumper, and as one reader pointed out yesterday, the rear diffuser looks to have been revised as well.
Up front, you'll note the quattro badge on the grille, so this car remains all-wheel-drive like every other R8.
We've heard that this special-edition Audi R8 will be identified as the GT, but some sources now suggest it might be called the R8 Clubsport -- sort of a throwback to 911 Clubsports of the past. These were all lighter-weight 911s that could be set up with the cage and five-point harnesses you'd need for weekend racing. Still others suggest we could be looking at the Audi R8 RS.
Whatever you call it, there's no doubt that Audi has a hotter R8 in the works.