We have news for Audi fans this week, so we’ll start with the bad: Audi USA has decided to end production of its entry-level V10 Quattro model at the end of this model year.
The good news, however, is that there’ll be a limited edition run as a final salute to this very special and very loud Tony Stark-approved speed machine.
The base 2020 Audi R8 Quattro has made quite a name for itself in the supercar world, mostly because the naturally-aspirated 5.2-liter V10 within is a rambunctious joy to drive with in all its 562hp and 550Nm glory. The ceremonious farewell will see a very limited run of 25 R8 coupés and five Spyders with exclusive options, many of which are usually only limited to the R8 V10 Performance model.
If you’re looking for differences between these special editions and your regular V10s, it’s the design department that should have your attention. Out of this 30 glorious swan songs, 15 of the coupes will come in a unique Mugello Blue with a pastel silver interior, five in Avus Silver with a black interior and red stitching, and another five in Sonoma Green with a black interior and grey stitching. These hard-topped babies also receive diamond-stitched Alcantara headliners. The convertibles, on the other hand, will only come in Mugello Blue with pastel silver interiors. These three colours come from Audi’s exclusive palette as a US$3,900 (S$5,400) option, so it’s not exactly colours you’ll see rolling up next to you at the lights.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a special edition without carbon fibre and there’s plenty of the technical material by way of the lower trim, engine compartment, and sideblades. This package also finds its way inside around the virtual cockpit and vents, which will surely shave off a decent chunk of weight as compared to the regular model; the carbon fibre front sway bar alone takes 2kg off the supercar’s hips. Red-painted brake calipers are added for maximum flair too.
Inside, drivers get a flat-bottom steering wheel, Audi’s virtual cockpit setup and MMI navigation plus as standard. Not much has changed on the performance front, and the powertrain propels the car from 0-100kph in 3.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 320kph. Power flows through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to all four wheels for a grippy ride with superb handling, an experience that can only topped by the roar from the sports exhaust, which again, is borrowed from the Performance model.
The R8 V10 Quattro might be gone but the mentioned V10 Performance model will still be around if you missed out on this special edition, although deep down we all know it really wouldn’t be the same, would it?