• Apr 8, 2010
MTM R8 GT3-2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

German tuning company MTM doesn't necessarily do things the conventional way. Remember the Bimoto, the twin-engined Audi TT that could hit 244 mph? Yeah, different. That's why we weren't surprised to see this modified Audi R8 come across our desks. MTM has done some conventional tuning with the car – like supercharging the 4.2-liter V8 – but it's also performed a procedure we've yet to see. The front-wheel drive portion of the Quattro system has been removed, making the car a pure rear-driver. According to MTM, this change provides a "complete new driving experience behind the Audi steering wheel and pure driving pleasure."

To share this experience with their customers, MTM is now offering a GT3-2 conversion for any V8-powered Audi R8. The package includes the aforementioned supercharger system, which is good for 560 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque, carbon fiber aero parts, larger front and rear brakes, adjustable Bilstein suspension, MTM's unique Bimoto forged wheels and more. Hit the jump for more details and check out the high-res images in the gallery below.

[Source: MTM]

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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.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      manual please!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought it was a nice supercharger setup until I saw the Laminova intercooler cores. What a horrible flowing intercooler setup. Looks like Lysholm is still peddling their garbage. Audi/Eaton did a much better supercharger & intercooler packaging job.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a great looking body kit on it, sounds like a track monster.
      • 4 Years Ago
      to have endless money must be fun.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Funny you should ask.

        Let me tell you, it's AWESOME!



        I kid, I kid.

        I'm just not digging the Agip stickers. Other than that, rear-drive is pretty sweet on this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      FIA GT rules don't allow AWD that is why cars like this and the Lambos [Murci and Gallardo ], and GTR and Audi GT3 LMS have RWD. It has proven to be faster on any of the smooth open courses that the FIA runs in Europe and in general it keeps the cost of the cars down a bit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some day, it will be mine...even if it's just a Matchbox!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So I'm really curious and I didn't find the answer in the press release. Did they just "unhook" the FWD, or did they actually remove component parts? I'm guessing (and hoping) the latter, because otherwise you're dragging around all that dead weight over the front axle...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well the article says "removed". Plus I would think the guys at MTM have enough of a clue that they would want to reap the weight savings of the drivetrain conversion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I must say Audi fanboys, this is sweet.

      ....and i haven't even seen the interior.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha! I get rated low for actually LIKING an Audi! Well, I guess you can't please em all.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I too like it. (and i'm anti r8 normally, overpriced and underpowered)
        I could do without the red checkers and yellow decals though.
        The idea of a rwd supercar is a lot more appealing to me than an awd one.

        But i have a feeling all the R8 fanboys are going to whine about the lack of awd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This Audi fanboy certainly ain't gonna whine. I think one distinct and outdated disadvantage Audi has over it's other German rivals is the lack of rear-wheel drive in it's higher-end cars. The weight savings alone would no doubt give them an advantage. They've already got what Jeremy Clarkson calls one of the best engines in the world in the 4.8 V8 FSi. Why not put it to better, purer use?

        I'm surprised the press release didn't mention anything about the weight savings. That's what I was most curious to find out.
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