Audi ends production of base R8 V10 quattro

A limited edition R8 V10 quattro will mark the end of this incarnation

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As Audi of America ends the run on its base R8 model, it will release 30 limited-edition R8 V10 quattro models in special colors: Mugello Blue, Avus Silver, and Sonoma Green. These special-edition cars have features previously reserved for the performance model with specific interior and exterior design elements.

The car itself isn’t going away. “The R8 V10 performance quattro model will continue on for the 2021 model year,” said Audi’s press release.

Featuring the same naturally aspirated V10 engine found in the R8 LMS race car, all-wheel drive, stellar handling and a functional cabin, the R8 has been a popular model in the supercar class.

The car has a racy 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission that can shift gears in as little as 120 milliseconds.  The R8’s stats post 562 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, and a launch to 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.

The limited-edition cars will feature a carbon fiber front sway bar, which saves 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of weight. Adjustable magnetic ride dials in the firmness of the dampers. Dynamic steering offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the drive mode. This provides stability at any speed. The sport exhaust system, also previously only available on the R8 performance variants, amplifies the song of the V10 engine.

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According to Audi’s release, “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.”

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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Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the ClassicCars.com Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.

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