Audi Sport launches limited edition R8 but doesn't add any more performance

14 April 2017 - Autoblog

Audi Sport R8

Audi recently announced that its Quattro division had changed its name to Audi Sport, and that it had a number of new models on the way.

One of those models to fall under its umbrella of responsibility is the Audi R8. Today, at the New York Auto Show, the performance arm is showing the limited Audi Sport Edition of the Audi R8.

The rorty, mid-engined sports coupe's V10 seemingly already has enough power, as this special treatment appears to be mostly cosmetic. It starts with a set of 20-inch, forged aluminum wheels wrapped in 245/30 front and 305/30 rear tires. The brake calipers get a high-gloss red finish, while the V10 Plus version's brakes have an anthracite finish. The car's signature sideblades and side mirrors get a contrasting red finish regardless of exterior color. The front spoiler, grille, and diffuser insert are titanium black, and the tailpipe trims are finished in gloss black.

Entering the car, occupants are greeted by illuminated door sills. The interior color depends on exterior paint choice, and seats and door trim feature black and red Nappa leather. Seatbacks are embossed with an R8 logo, as is the flat-bottom, three-spoke steering wheel. The wheel features a red stripe at 12 o'clock, as well as satellite engine start and drive select buttons. Dark silver contrast stitching and gloss carbon inlays add more character to the interior.

The Audi Sport Edition R8 will be limited to 200 units worldwide, and will start at €181,900 (about $193,100), with the V10 Plus fetching €205,800 (about $218,500). Orders start in May, with deliveries beginning in late summer.

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