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Audi unveils R8 Panther supercar for 2021

Only 30 units will be produced for the US market

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Audi launches its 2021 R8 model line with an exclusive R8 Panther edition that will be limited to 30 units with special details for the rear-driven, V10-powered sports coupe. The cars are due in Audi’s US dealerships during December.

The 30 Panther models will get Panther Black crystal effect paint with carbon exterior mirror housings, 20-inch wheels with red trim, black Audi rings and badges, carbon interior and exterior packages, black leather interior with Crimson red stitching, racing-shell seats with Nappa leather surfaces, diamond-stitched Alcantara headliner, sport exhaust system with sound-amplifying technology, and Bang & Olufsen audio system.

Audi said R8 Panther chassis have been adapted for rear-wheel drive from their usual quattro setup with solid rather than hollow axles, stiffer front anti-roll bar and increased negative camber at the rear. 

Panther, Audi unveils R8 Panther supercar for 2021, ClassicCars.com Journal

In addition, “The electromechanical power steering – free of torque steer – enables precise handling and driver feedback. For a heightened driving experience, the driver can choose ‘dynamic’ mode in the standard Audi drive select and set the Stabilization Control ESC to ‘sport’.”

Audi also did an RS 5 Panther edition in 2019, offering 100 units of that model.

The R8 Panther is powered by a naturally aspired 5.2-liter V10 rated at 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque. Audi says the car will sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 201 mph. 

Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for the 201 R8 Panther is $183,300.

For more information, visit the Audi website.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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