New limited edition R8 packs a 562bhp V10 and myriad upgrades including carbon-ceramic brakes and upgraded trim
3 November 2014

Audi has unveiled its R8 Competition, a race inspired limited edition model, at the LA motor show.

The company claims that the Competition is its “fastest R8 ever offered”, quoting a top speed of 199mph and a claimed 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds.

Power comes from a 5.2-litre V10 FSI engine. It produces 562bhp and is coupled to a 7-Speed S-Tronic gearbox, which sends power to all four wheels.

The R8 Competition takes its inspiration from the R8 LMS race car, featuring carbonfibre aerodynamic upgrades – including a fixed rear spoiler and a rear diffuser.

Other performance upgrades include ceramic brakes and sports exhaust with high-gloss black tail pipes. Carbonfibre trim also features on the interior panels and in the engine bay.

Customers will have the option to choose from a variety of exterior colours and wheels.

The R8 Competition will be available exclusively for the US market, with a limited run of 60 units. Deliveries are expected to begin in early 2015 but no pricing has been announced yet.

Audi looks set to launch a new version of the R8 in 2015, utilising some of the tech from the new Lamborghini Huracán.

Cameron Tait

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15 November 2014
199 mph, but not 200mph?

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