MTM Audi R8 GT S: record-breaking Audi in test

He doesn’t like winter weather. You could read that in the last issue when we beat this R8 over snow and ice together with Continental. Too awkward, too pointed at the accelerator, so the conclusion. No wonder, this flounder wasn’t built for riding on loose ground.
The MTM R8 GT S is designed for the racetrack, nothing else. Lots of power, lots of traction, lots of downforce, fast lap times, those were the goals of the conversion to the R8 V10 Performance. MTM and R8, the relationship has lasted forever. And is characterized by love and success. In 2013, for example, when Roland Mayer wowed fans with a highly polished R8. Already 810 hp back then, in Nardó over 350 km/h, thanks to the tuned RS-6 engine behind it.
MTM Audi R8 GT S

The chassis set-up is so finely balanced that you might think the car knows where to go.

In 2014, the tuner followed up again. He took a real R8 GT3 LMS race car, made it roadworthy a bit and set a couple of lap records on semislicks. I needed 1:28.89 minutes for the lap at the Sachsenring back then. Mind you, in freezing temperatures and Michelin Cup 2 without electric blankets. The time is currently still fast enough to be in 12th place on our hit list (814 cars). And anyone who knows the tuner knows that owner Roland Mayer does not rest on his laurels.

822 instead of 620 hp

He also quickly made friends with the current R8 generation. The supercharger kit for the 5.2-liter V10 was now mature, good enough to have 337.9 km/h on the clock after 3000 meters in Papenburg. Out of the box! But Mayer had even more ideas with the car. And when Audi Sport presented a GT4 for the racetrack, the plan was clear. Buy the racing car parts, customize them, done.

MTM Audi R8 GT S

The supercharged V10 tears violently even at low speeds, between 6000 and 9000 rpm it’s really off.

Almost. It wasn’t that quick and easy. It took almost two years for this R8 to run as it should. Power: via compressor 822 instead of 620 hp. Aero from the GT4 with underbody panel, front skirt, splitter and flics, rear skirt with diffuser, adjustable wing, side blades and sills. Only the exhaust system, which ended in the middle of the racing car, had to be changed to two tailpipes each on the left and right because of the number plate. (Audi RS 6 with 1001 hp from MTM: is it still for sale?)

MTM R8 to 200 km/h in 7.93 seconds

Landing gear? Not GT4, but KW. Thread Clubsport Variant 4, fully adjustable. Wheels? New BBS FI-R in 9 and 11.5 x 20 inches, only 7.9 and 9.2 kilos light (per wheel, front-rear). Tires? Michelin Cup 2 R in 245/30 and 305/30 R20. How fast is it? We didn’t measure it this time, but Mayer sent us a Vbox file. 2.94 to 100 and 7.93 seconds to 200 km/h speak for enough power.
MTM Audi R8 GT S

The cockpit ambience requires no further tuning measures. Low seating position, comfortable steering wheel, perfect set-up adjustments.

We would have liked to have measured the weight ourselves, also because of the many carbon parts and the light Recaro carbon bucket seats (minus 25 kilos). According to the tuner, the weight should not differ much from the production car because of the closed underbody. Speaking of which, the works car at the Lausitzring, equipped with semislicks, needed 1:32.11 minutes. The 911 GT2 RS holds the best time here with 1:25.91 minutes. Mayer: “The 911 will be difficult, but top three should be possible!”

Understeer a foreign word

Well then. Lausitzring, cloudy, 12 degrees, the MTM team puts pre-heated Michelin Cup 2 R on the axles. The Lausitzring-Arena is filled with sound as soon as it rolls in, then it starts. At the back, the fire of passion blazes from ten pots, boring itself into consciousness with up to 9000 revs. The machine hangs beastly on the gas, turns, mills and screeches, the compressor sings along finely, while the gears whip mercilessly into the spinal cord.

MTM Audi R8 GT S

Connoisseurs will miss the GT4 carbon hood. No problem, the lighter part is optional, including TÜV.

The front axle is understeer a foreign word. The R8 steers in as snappily as a racing car, bites and claws where its fellows otherwise only whine, and presses itself out of the curve with slight oversteer as if by itself, as long as you are man enough to release the 720 Newton meters from the top.

In the end, the GT2 RS are missing ten km/h top speed. The lap time is 1.6 seconds. Nevertheless, congratulations to Wettstetten, second place at the Lausitzring in the midst of illustrious super athletes!

Specifications and Price: MTM Audi R8 GT S

• ENGINE V10, compressor, middle rear longitudinal
• DISPLACEMENT 5204 cm3 POWER 604 kW (822 hp) at 8650 rpm
• MAX. TORQUE 720 Nm at 5100 rpm
• 0-100/200KM/H 2.9/7.9s
• TOP 330km/h
• PRICE from 295,600 euros

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