Audi unleashes powerful new R8 competition limited-edition supercar

Audi's R8 is one of those cars that is on an enthusiast's list titled "When I win the Lottery." The R8 is a stunning supercar that shares a platform with sibling Lamborghini (yes, Audi owns Lambo). The R8 is notable in that it added a level of polish and refinement that has become a standard in today's high-performance exotics to go along with the requisite performance. The "regular" (doesn't seem fair to call an R8 regular) R8 is available with either a V8 or V10, but the car pictured here, the limited-edition R8 competition (yes, lower case c), features the 5.2-liter V10 that has been massaged to put out 570 hp. Mated to a seven-speed Stronic transmission, the V10 pushes the R8 competition to sixty in just 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 199 mph. Special matte carbon-fiber elements include the fixed rear spoiler, mirror housings, side blades, front spoiler, rear diffuser, and more to accentuate the exterior. Special gloss black wheels show off the ceramic brakes with red calipers. The R8 competition is an Audi exclusive-line vehicle which means that prospective owners can choose from a variety of interior and exterior colors to have their supercar reflect their tastes and needs. Audi will begin taking orders for the R8 competition shortly after the car's introduction at the LA Auto Show in November. If you want one, you better hurry as Audi is only building 60 R8 competitions. Pricing? Six figures for sure, but as "they" say, "if you have to ask..."

Source: Audi - Press release and pics after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:
Limited-edition Audi R8 competition to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show

  • Audi R8 competition is the most powerful Audi production vehicle to-date going 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 199 MPH
  • Design and performance elements draw inspiration from R8 LMS racecar
  • Limited production of 60 units to be made available in the U.S. 
Audi of America announces the debut of the powerful 2015 R8 competition at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R8 competition redefines the iconic R8 as the pinnacle of Audi performance with 570 hp and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements.

“The limited-edition Audi R8 competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won virtually every race around the world,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “It is designed for the driving enthusiast and we’re excited to bring 60 units as a limited-edition to the U.S.”

The high-performance R8 competition features a 570hp 5.2L V10 mated exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic and a sport exhaust system with black high-gloss tailpipes. This combination results in a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph, making it the fastest R8 ever offered.

The R8 competition is engineered to push the limits, sharing the same naturally aspirated V10 FSI engine as the Audi R8 LMS race car which has won Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races as well as all other major GT races around the globe. The award-winning GT-engine represents the pinnacle of durability, requiring its first major service after approximately 13,000 miles under race conditions or approximately one full race season. Competitor engines require a major service after one 24 hour race.

Further enhancing the unmistakable Audi R8 competition design are striking matte carbon exterior elements consisting of a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and rear diffusor. The combination of the carbon elements lower the weight of the R8 competition and also provide greater downforce. Gloss black wheels with 305 cross-section rear tires and ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers provide a stunning contrast to the matte carbon fiber elements. Inside, drivers will find a matte carbon fiber treatment including the center console and illuminated “R8 competition” door sill inlays. The R8 competition is an Audi exclusive line vehicle, which allows the driver to pair a variety of interior and exterior colors and choose from a selection of wheel finishes for a striking look designed to meet driver needs and tastes.

A total of 60 units will be produced at the R8 production facility in Neckarsulm, Germany. Customers can begin ordering the Audi R8 competition as of early November with deliveries expected as of the beginning of 2015.

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