A new special version marks the end of the road for the base Audi R8 V10.
Audi is rebooting its base R8 V10 in the US after 2020, but the hardcore performance of the R8 V10 will remain the same.
To mark the end of the base model, Audi on Thursday unveiled the limited-edition R8 V10, which will be built from just 30 cars, with buyers able to choose between a coupe and a convertible.
The car is available in three colors (Mugello Blue, Avus Silver and Sonoma Green) and has a number of additional features that were previously only available on the R8 V10 Performance. The list includes a carbon fiber front crossbar and variable exhaust system. Magnetic shock absorbers are also included as standard.
The car's exterior features a few dashes of carbon, while the side mirror covers and standard 20-inch wheels have a silver finish. The brake calipers were also painted red. Inside, carbon fiber accents are located on the circumferences of the digital dashboard and air vents.
There's no extra power here, so the 5.2-liter V-10 still delivers 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. This will allow the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and accelerate to 201 mph (3.5 seconds and 200 mph for a convertible). The only available transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The limited-edition R8 V10 will go on sale this summer, starting at $ 188,950 for the coupe and $ 198,850 for the convertible. Both figures include destination and tax..
In 2021, Audi will continue to offer the performance of the R8 V10. And while it's yet to be confirmed, we'll likely see the rear-wheel-drive R8 V10 RWD offered briefly for 2018 return to fill out the R8 V10. In fact, the 2021 R8 V10 RWD is already listed on the EPA website.
In the long run, the future of the P8 is not clear. It's likely to be replaced by an electric supercar, although we may see a redesign of the R8 with a plug-in hybrid powertrain instead. Audi has some time to make a decision, as the current R8 only appeared in 2017 and thus will remain for several more years.