Announced ahead of the New York International Auto Show, the new Audi Sport Edition of the R8 Coupe comes with silver, red and black details and will be limited to just 200 examples. You can order yours from May, says Audi, and expect delivery in late Summer 2017.
In addition to floret silver, matt or gloss, the selection of paint finishes includes mythos black and ibis white. Regardless of what body colour you choose, the sideblades and exterior mirrors in brilliant red produce a striking contrast. Accenting the exterior are the front spoiler, Singleframe grille and diffuser insert, all in titanium black. At the rear, trapezoidal tailpipe trims are in gloss black.
Audi Sport has equipped the special edition with 20-inch wheels of forged aluminium, with 245/30 front tyres and 305/30 rear tyres. The rims in a 10-spoke Y design feature a gloss anthracite black paint finish with their silver edges. The rim flanges in a gloss turned finish are embellished by an Audi Sport logo. On the R8 V10 version, a high-gloss red finish lend the callipers of the powerful steel brakes a blazing look. And on the V10 plus version, the ceramic brake discs are fitted with callipers in an anthracite-coloured finish.
The interior welcomes driver and passenger with illuminated door sill trims. Their aluminium inlays bear the Audi Sport label complete with the red rhombus, and the model’s exclusiveness is indicated by the inscription “1/200”. The colour palette of the interior harmonises with the car’s exterior. The door trims and sport seats are in fine Nappa leather, with a colour combination of black and express red. The seat backrests are embossed with the R8 emblem – an exclusive design element for the special edition model. Contrasting stitching in dark silver accents the steering wheel, door trims and seats.
The powerful V10 mid-engine starts up by means of one satellite control button, and the driver uses a second button to adjust the settings of Audi drive select, the dynamic handling system. Two additional buttons and a rotary switch are used to control the exhaust flaps and the performance mode, which includes three more driving programs – dry, wet and snow. They adapt the handling even more precisely to the respective road conditions.
The Audi Sport Edition of the R8 Coupé will be built in a limited production run of 200 cars, and orders can be placed worldwide beginning in May 2017. UK prices have not yet been published, but in Germany the V10 variant with 540 PS starts at EUR 181,900. The V10 plus variant with 610 hp of power, starts at EUR 205,800. Deliveries will begin in late summer of 2017.