- R8 given ‘sharper’ design, enhanced performance
- Every R8 capable of track speed of 320km/h
- R8 V10 Decennium – 222 units – for cars ‘birthday’
HERNDON, Virginia – Audi ‘s R8 will be on the brand’s stand at the 2019 New York auto show ”in a big way” with the American debut of an updated, 2020, Audi R8 and a limited-edition R8 V10 Decennium created to celebrate 10 years since the model’s launch.
”Each generation of the R8,” Audi says, ”brought fresh technology – much of it acquired on racetracks but also from the legacy of Audi and endurance racing 2019 will be no different.”
The update has a redesigned shell with a new honeycomb grille, spoiler lip, and lateral air intakes. The rear assembly, Audi adds, ”continues with honeycomb air outlets, oval exhaust pipes, and a new rear diffuser”.
The headlights have been darkened, the rocker panel has a new inlay, and the V10 includes gloss-black lower trim. The performance units will have titanium lower trim – with carbon-fibre as an option.
SPOKED RIMS OPTIONS
‘Ascari’ blue metallic is a new colour option for the V10 performance models but all units will have a metallic grey option. The V10 performance model adds black Audi rings and badges and the V10 performance Spyder (convertible) – previously the R8 V10 plus Spyder) – will have an identifying standard gloss-black windscreen frame.
The V10 models will ride on 19′ double-spoke, anthracite, forged wheel-rims – an option is 20” 10-spoked rims with Y spokes; the V10 performance units will have 20” ”titanium” rims. Ceramic brakes will be available.
Sporty race bits feature in Audi’s ”virtual cockpit” with Sport mode, satnav, diode cabin lighting and B&O audio hooked to 13 speakers. Two new interior colours… silver or light-brown, but Audi’s ”phone box” with signal booster and wireless charger is in every R8.
…AND ON TO THE PERFORMANCE
Motive power will come from the non-turbo V10 already in the R8 LMS racing all-wheel drive and a ”merely functional yet technologically advanced” cabin. New is an R8 performance Spyder with a carbon-fibre front sway bar and a gearbox that can swop cogs in 120ms.
The R8 V10 Coupe is capable of 420kW – 30 more than its predecessor – and can howl to 100km/h in 3.4sec. The R8 V10 performance coupe (previously R8 V10 plus) makes 448kW nd reaches 100km/h in 3.2sec..
…AND THE R8 DECENNIUM
The limited edition Audi R8 V10 Decennium, Audi explains, ”is a celebration of the V10 engine and its storied heritage. The last 50 units of the special edition, numbers 173 to 222, will be available in the US from of a limited global production of 222. How many might reach the South African market is unknown.
”The R8 V10 Decennium,” Audi says, ”makes its special edition character clear with special paint options and a number of Decennium logos.”
The model will only be built as a coupe with milled 20” wheel rimss and the intake manifolds of the 5.2 FSI engine will be finished in matte bronze. The front spoiler, the sills, and the diffuser are gloss black, supplemented by black Audi rings and badges on the exterior.
The side blades, rear wings, and exterior mirror housings are gloss carbon-fibre.
GOING BIG ON BADGING
The cabin is entirely in black, with gloss carbon-fibre highlights. The selector lever and steering-wheel – with Alcantara rim and black ”12 o’clock” marking have copper-colored stitching, along with the centre and door armrests.
A “Decennium” logo appears on the centre console, the door panel above each armrest and the inlays in the gloss carbon-fibre sill trims, as well as the logo projector when the door is opened. The badge in the center console stands out visually from the gloss carbon-fibre around it.
The naturally aspirated 5.2-lire FSI engine in its most powerful output rating forms the heart of the R8 V10 Decennium. With 450kW / 560Nm on tap, it can blast to 100km/h in 3.2sec and has a top track speed of it catapults the special edition model from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds with a top track speed of 330km/h
How much? Hold your breath… OK, R3 018 142 (and 81 cents) in the US (April 2019). Anybody’s guess what, if it were possible, one might cost in SA.