Launched in 2006, the R8 marked Audi’s first entry in the supercar market. Offered in both coupe and roadster configurations, the R8 sports a mid-engine, two-seat layout and comes with two different drivetrains. It can be had with either a 4.2-liter V-8 or a 5.2-liter V-10, both mated to either manual or automatic transmission and the company’s trademark quattro all-wheel-drive system. Based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform, the first-gen R8 received numerous updates throughout its life-cycle, but it has grown a little long in the tooth. As a result, Audi is using the Huracan’s platform to develop a second-gen model for 2016. Although they are already testing a redesigned version, the Germans haven’t given up on the current R8 just yet, launching a limited-edition Competition model for 2015.

As the name suggests, the Competition is the closest road car to the R8 LMS Ultra race car. That’s not to say it is as extreme as the latter, but it does feature a host of carbon-fiber parts to enhance its aerodynamics, a more-powerful V-10 engine and the quickest 0-to-60 mph benchmark to ever grace the R8 name. The Competition is set to make its world debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but the first details are already in and analyzed in the review below.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Audi R8 Competition.

  • 2015 Audi R8 Competition
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
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  • Engine:
    V10
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    570
  • Displacement:
    5.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    199 mph
  • Price:
    200000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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Audi shaved a few more pounds off the R8 by replacing the regular mirrors and the standard engine bay with carbon-fiber units as well.

The exterior enhancements of the R8 Competition aren’t too dramatic, and most of them are already familiar from the R8 LMX. However, they do provide additional downforce and weight loss, which translate into significant performance gains.

Up front, the R8 receives a carbon-fiber splitter and race-inspired canards on each side of the bumper, while the rear end now boasts a fixed spoiler and a new diffuser also made from carbon-fiber. Audi shaved a few more pounds off the R8 by replacing the regular mirrors and the standard engine bay with carbon-fiber units as well.

The package is rounded off by gloss-black wheels wrapped in 305-series tires on the rear, high-performance ceramic brakes, and anodized red calipers for a flashy contrast. In all, the R8 Competition is nearly identical to the R8 LMX that was showcased earlier in 2014.

Audi R8 LMX

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Interior

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The interior is standard R8 save for a few new features added to enhance the Competition's limited-edition status.

The interior is standard R8 save for a few new features added to enhance the Competition’s limited-edition status. Goodies include a matte-carbon finish for the center console and illuminated "R8 Competition" door sill inlays. It might not seem like much, but Audi says customers will be able to choose from a host of interior color combinations that are not available on the standard R8.

Other than that, drivers will benefit from the copious amount of luxury amenities and technology features that come with any R8, including the new MMI navigation and a premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Drivetrain

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Top speed remains unchanged at 199 mph, but that's far from upsetting considering its lightning-fast acceleration.

Motivating the R8 Competition is the Lamborghini-derived, 5.2-liter, V-10 powerplant. Mated exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic transmission, the unit delivers 570 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, a 45-pony and 8-pound-feet improvement over the standard V-10-powered R8. Although it shares its most-powerful, road-legal R8 status with the limited-edition, German-spec LMX, the Competition model is the quickest of the R8 kingdom due to its enhanced, race-like aerodynamics.

The sports car needs only 3.2 seconds to sprint from naught to 60 mph, making it two-tenths of a second quicker than the R8 LMX and 0.6 seconds faster than the standard R8 V-10. Top speed is the same as the LMX at 199 mph, but that’s far from upsetting considering its lightning-fast acceleration. In addition to the powerful engine, the R8 Competition also benefits from an upgraded sport exhaust system and 15-inch, carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Drivetrain/Specifications

Engine 5.2 liter V-10
Output 570 HP
0 to 60 mph 3.2 seconds
Top Speed 199 mph

Prices

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Audi has yet to release pricing information, but it did say the R8 Competition will be limited to 60 units, with deliveries set to commence in early 2015. Given its tremendous power and exclusivity, we expect the R8 Competition to fetch more than the range-topping V10 Plus, which starts from $173,500 in the U.S.

Competition

Porsche 911 Turbo S

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As much as I’d like to throw the R8 Competition into the 911 GT3’s den, the lack of more extreme, track-prepped body features leave me no choice but to compare this limited-edition R8 to the street-friendly 911 Turbo S. Although it doesn’t benefit from 10 cylinders and a "V" configuration, this 911 packs a lot of power thanks to its turbocharging system. The 3.8-liter flat-six cranks out 560 horsepower, 10 ponies less than the R8’s 5.2-liter V-10, and enables the Turbo S to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.9 seconds. That’s 0.3 seconds quicker than the R8 Competition, a feat that speaks volumes of the 911’s superiority in this category.

Making the Turbo S that much more attractive is its impressive fuel economy, which sits at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Top speed is the only department in which the 911 Turbo S lags behind the R8 Competition at 197 mph, but it’s not like 2 extra mph are decisive when buying a sports car. Stuttgart’s range-topping 911 retails from $182,050.

Conclusion

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The R8 Competition is a clear sign Audi is preparing to send the first-gen supercar away before its updated successor arrives. The Competition model is as exclusive as it gets, especially considering its limited production figures, and its improved acceleration places it above any other R8 released as of 2014. However, this limited-edition supercar is far from being the outstanding vehicle Audi needs to compete in this highly populated segment, a feat that will likely arrive with the second-gen model. Nevertheless, it’s a good way for enthusiasts and collectors to park an out-of-the-ordinary R8 in their garages.

  • Leave it
    • * Mostly stock interior
    • * Very expensive
    • * Not good enough for the 911 Turbo S
    • * The second-gen R8 is right around the corner

Press Release

Audi of America announces the debut of the powerful 2015 R8 competition at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R8 competition redefines the iconic R8 as the pinnacle of Audi performance with 570 hp and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements.

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“The limited-edition Audi R8 competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won virtually every race around the world,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “It is designed for the driving enthusiast and we’re excited to bring 60 units as a limited-edition to the U.S.”

The high-performance R8 competition features a 570hp 5.2L V10 mated exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic and a sport exhaust system with black high-gloss tailpipes. This combination results in a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph, making it the fastest R8 ever offered.

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The R8 competition is engineered to push the limits, sharing the same naturally aspirated V10 FSI engine as the Audi R8 LMS race car which has won Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races as well as all other major GT races around the globe. The award-winning GT-engine represents the pinnacle of durability, requiring its first major service after approximately 13,000 miles under race conditions or approximately one full race season. Competitor engines require a major service after one 24 hour race.

Further enhancing the unmistakable Audi R8 competition design are striking matte carbon exterior elements consisting of a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and rear diffusor. The combination of the carbon elements lower the weight of the R8 competition and also provide greater downforce. Gloss black wheels with 305 cross-section rear tires and ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers provide a stunning contrast to the matte carbon fiber elements. Inside, drivers will find a matte carbon fiber treatment including the center console and illuminated “R8 competition” door sill inlays. The R8 competition is an Audi exclusive line vehicle, which allows the driver to pair a variety of interior and exterior colors and choose from a selection of wheel finishes for a striking look designed to meet driver needs and tastes.

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A total of 60 units will be produced at the R8 production facility in Neckarsulm, Germany. Customers can begin ordering the Audi R8 competition as of early November with deliveries expected as of the beginning of 2015.

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