‘The most powerful Audi’ Well! That is what the German premium auto manufacturer is calling their latest innovation which was already unveiled before its official debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Audi the Limited-Edition R8 Competition has been designed and built especially for the driving enthusiasts but unfortunately the R8 Competition will only be sold in the US market and is limited to just 60 units.

Now what makes the R8 Competition really special is its engine the Coupe is powered by a 5.2 litre V10 unit coupled with a seven sped S Tronic gearbox producing about 570 Hp of peak power which is actually 20 HP more than the standard R8 V10 available in the market today. The R8 Competition uses the same naturally aspirated engine that also powers the Audi R8 LMS race car which actually has won number of titles including the Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races and many other GT races across the globe as well. The R8 Competition is strikingly fast and it has a top speed of 320 km/h mark while the same coupe speedo needle takes only 3.4 seconds to kiss the 100 km/h mark from standstill.

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Just because this is a limited edition car so it has to look different and special than the standard current generation Audi R8 available in the market today and thus Audi have used matte carbon elements on its exterior on its fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and lastly on the rear diffuser. The use of these carbon elements not only has left am unique visual appeal but also helped in lowering the overall weight of the R8 Competition and also provide greater downforce. Beside all this the R8 competition also gets ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers and also gloss black wheel rims fitted with 305 mm cross section rear tyres.

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Inside too it’s a visual delight because the center console gets a matter carbon fiber treatment and an illuminated “R8 competition” door sill inlays. Furthermore the owner can actually also choose from a number of interior and exterior colors and also wheel finishes to add a personalized look to the vehicle.

As already mentioned above the Audi R8 Competition will only be sold in the US markets and only 60 units of this limited-edition car will be produces at the Neckarsulm facility in Germany and as far as we can guess perhaps this will also most likely to be the last hurrah of the current generation R8 while the new generation will burn its rubbers on the tarmac in 2016. The owners can place their order from early November and the car will be delivered to them by the beginning of 2015.

You can also read about the Audi R8 here

Press Release

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

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- 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.

HERNDON, Va., October 28, 2014 – 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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