In terms of technology, there are clear differences between the Audi RS 3 LMS, the Audi R8 LMS GT4 and the GT2 and GT3 versions of the Audi R8 LMS. Common to all of them are their genes of success. The four models at a glance.
The Audi RS 3 LMS is a production-based touring car affording an entry-level opportunity of joining the world of Audi Sport customer racing. Its two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine develops up to 257 kW (350 hp), depending on the regulations. Customers have the choice between a six-speed double-clutch S tronic and a sequential six-speed transmission. Both transmit power to the front wheels. The version with a double-clutch transmission costs 109,000 euros and the touring car with a sequential transmission 129,000 euros (excluding VAT).
The Audi R8 LMS GT4 has been successful in the hands of customers since 2018. Its 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine delivers up to 364 kW (495 hp) transmitted to the rear wheels by a seven-speed double-clutch transmission. Assistance systems such as traction control and ABS are particularly valuable for amateur drivers. The GT4 version shares 60 percent of its component assemblies with the road-going model. At a price of 198,000 euros (excl. VAT) the teams are provided with an attractive sports car capable of mastering both sprints and long distances. Ten championship titles in its maiden season of 2018, plus two class victories in 24-hour races underscore the qualities of the production-based model.
For the 2019 season, Audi presented an evolution of the second generation of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 that has been successful since 2015. Even in its previous generation, the race car was regarded as an epitome of safety, lightweight design and efficiency. Drivability, especially for amateur drivers, economy and durability were central objectives in the development project of the most recent evolution. The 5.2-liter V10 engine, depending on the regulations, puts up to 430 kW (585 hp) on the rear wheels via a sequential six-speed sports transmission. The Audi Space Frame guarantees first-rate lightweight design quality and high levels of safety. Numerous other passive safety elements complete the protection concept of the race car selling for a price of 398,000 euros (excl. VAT).
In 2019, Audi Sport customer racing extended its lineup by the Audi R8 LMS GT2. With 470 kW (640 hp), it complements the power output range upward and specifically addresses gentleman drivers and sports car enthusiasts, who will be able to enjoy a new form of fascination with it also on Track Days.