We are sad to see the R8 V10 Quattro go, but this limited edition makes up for it

Audi USA is churning out a special batch of R8 V10s - 30 units, for that matter - to mark the retirement of the 2020 Audi R8 V10 Quattro from the carmaker’s lineup in the U.S. Fret not, R8 fans, as Audi will keep selling the range-topping R8 V10 Performance for the 2021 model year.

What is this Audi R8 V10 Quattro Limited Edition?

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Just like the name says, a special edition of sorts. Audi is bidding farewell to its entry level V-10-powered supercar, which won’t make it as a 2021 model in the Germans’ U.S. lineup.

Unsurprisingly, only 30 cars (25 Coupes and five Spyders) are to be assembled and if you want to look for differences between those and regular R8 V10s, then it’s the design department that needs your attention. Audi tells us every limited-edition R8 V10 Quattro flaunts carbon-fiber finished lower trim, engine cover, and side blades, matched with red-painted brake calipers.

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The body paint is special, too:

  • 15 Coupes will get the Mugello Blue hue with a pastel silver interior
  • five Coupes will flaunt an Avus Silver exterior matched with a black interior with red stitching
  • and the other five Coupes will be Sonoma Green with a black interior and gray stitching
  • the five available Spyders are finished in Mugello Blue mixed with a pastel silver interior, just like the 15 Coupes mentioned above

Cool, but what’s it like inside the cabin?

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Other than the aforementioned interior color combos, each R8 V10 Quattro gets a flat-bottom steering wheel as well as Audi’s virtual cockpit setup and MMI navigation plus - as standard.

On the visual side, the add-ons are:

  • carbon fiber instrument cluster surrounds
  • carbon fiber air vents
  • carbon sigma high-gloss inlays
  • diamond-stitched Alcantara headliner (Coupes only)

Any mechanical changes, then?

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Yes, but those do not affect the R8 V10’s performance credentials. We’re talking about a carbon fiber front sway bar (previously offered on V8 Performance models alone), which sheds two kilos off the supercar’s hips - that’s around 4.4 pounds, by the way. On top of that, the limited edition models feature a sport exhaust system (another V8 Performance special until now). And that’s pretty much it.

In the middle of the car sits the same naturally-aspirated V-10 engine good for 562 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque twinned to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch ‘box. This allows the Coupe to zap from naught to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds (the Spyder does it in 3.5 seconds), on to a top speed of 201 mph (200 mph for the Spyder, but the difference is marginal, really).

Audi R8 V10 specifications
Engine(s) 5.2 FSI, 10 CYL
Transmission quattro® 7-speed S tronic®
Horsepower (hp) 562
Torque (lb-ft) 406
0-60 mph (sec) 3.4
Top track speed (mph) 201
Curb weight (lb) 3,715
EPA estimates (city/highway/combined) 13/20/16

Price and availability, in case you want one badly

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Audi is asking $186,000 for the R8 V10 Quattro Limited Edition and $195,900 for the Spyder version. Both models go on sale this summer, so it’s best to have your bank account at the ready.

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To celebrate a decade of success with the storied V10 engine, Audi of America announces the limited edition R8 V10 quattro models in Mugello Blue, Avus Silver, and Sonoma Green. Bidding farewell to the R8 V10 quattro, these 30 units bring technologies and features previously reserved for the performance model, and add unique interior and exterior design elements. The R8 V10 performance quattro model will continue on for the 2021 model year.

Powertrain and performance

Featuring the same naturally aspirated V10 engine found in the R8 LMS racecar, quattro® all-wheel drive, and a functional yet technologically advanced cabin, the R8 is the pinnacle of performance for Audi, with no other model bearing a closer tie to racing. With a seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission, which can shift gears in as little as 120 ms, the R8 V10 quattro achieves 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, and reaches 60 mph in 3.4 seconds with a top track speed of 201 mph for the Coupe, or 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds with a top track speed of 200 mph for the Spyder.

Previously only available for the R8 performance variants, the limited editions features a carbon fiber front sway bar, which saves 2 kg (4.4 lb) of weight. Audi magnetic ride adjusts the firmness of the dampers and included Audi dynamic steering offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting. At higher driving speeds, a less direct steering ratio helps to facilitate a more stable drive, and at lower driving speeds, a more direct steering ratio is utilized to help increase steering response for easier maneuvering.

The sport exhaust system, also previously only available on the R8 performance variants, amplifies the full bodied sound of the V10 engine, which the driver can adjust using the dedicated satellite button on the steering wheel or via the Audi drive select setting.

Unique design cues

With the Audi exclusive paint options and alu-optic mirror caps, the R8 makes its distinctive character clear. The lower trim, engine compartment, and side blades are all finished in carbon fiber and the brake calipers are painted red for an even sharper look.

Coupe variants will be offered in the following Audi exclusive paint colors: 15 Mugello Blue with pastel silver interior, five Avus Silver with black interior and red stitching, and five Sonoma Green with black interior and gray stitching. Five Spyders will be offered solely in Mugello Blue with pastel silver interior. All variants include Audi exclusive floor mats, with piping and stitching color-matched to the interior. The 20-inch milled wheels are finished in silver for the first time on an R8 in the U.S.

Sporty race features continue inside, where the driver-oriented interior features a three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles and four steering wheel-mounted satellite buttons – engine Start/Stop, Audi drive select, Performance Mode selector and Sport exhaust. As with all R8 variants, the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus come standard. For even further definition, the included carbon interior adds carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents and carbon sigma high-gloss inlays. Coupe models also feature a diamond stitched Alcantara® headliner.

With uncompromised performance and unmistakable design, the R8 model line has represented the pinnacle of Audi performance since its introduction in 2008, and the R8 V10 quattro is no exception.

The limited edition R8 V10 quattro is scheduled go on sale this summer with an MSRP of $186,000 for the Coupe and $195,900 for the Spyder.

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