2011 Audi R8 V8 Limited Edition celebrates firm’s victory at Le Mans

Article by Christian A., on June 8, 2011

In order to celebrate its tenth victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours race, Audi released the new R8 V8 Limited Edition. Priced from £93,935 OTR in the UK ($150,622) and available only in the United Kingdom, the new vehicle will be manufactured in a limited edition of just 100 units, each carrying a Titanium Metallic paint finish (the color will be exclusive to this model but other colors will also be available).

The design of the car will be completed by the Titanium finish 19-inch ‘5-arm double-spoke Y design’ alloy wheels inspired by the R8 GT Coupe. Other standard features of the R8 V8 Limited Edition will be the R8 V8 Limited Edition satellite navigation, the Audi Music Interface (AMI), an interior light package and a premium Bang and Olufsen sound system.

Moreover, the car will also be available as standard with the much praised Audi magnetic ride adaptive suspension system, which can adjust the damping effect to suit them by varying a magnetic charge.

Under the hood, we will find the 4.2-liter V8 engine delivering 430 PS and capable to push the vehicle from naught to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds in both manual and R tronic automated manual versions and to a top speed of 187 mph or 300 km/h.

The interior of the car will feature Black Fine Nappa Leather with red contrast stitching. Moreover, for the customers who want even more, Audi will offer the optional Carbon Package, which adds carbon sigma sideblades, door mirrors, monoposto, inlays and door sill trims.

In order to different the R8 V8 Limited Edition from other models visually, one can avail of the optional Carbon Package. Under this package, carbon sigma sideblades are added in addition to putting in monoposto and door mirrors. Added as well are the door sill trims and the inlays. While this race-inspired material is truly remarkable, what makes it even more exciting is that it borders the already illuminated engine bay.

As such, it gives greater distinction to the powerful V8 that can be seen through its rear window. While that feature sets this model apart, the R8 Limited Edition has a quality that is also in all of the other R8 models but is not that obvious.

This customized R8 Driving Experience will be made available at Silverstone Circuit. With this, drivers will be able to familiarize themselves better with the R8’s different dynamic characteristics but they will do so under controlled conditions. The interior is just as amazing with the seats and headrests in Fine Black Nappa Leather contrasted with red stitching. In fact, the whole interior is marked with crimson red highlights.

This theme is continued to the flat-bottomed and multi-function steering wheel that also has red stitching. Even the instrument cowl has that red stitching with the monoposto having a leather finish in crimson red. Rounding up the design are the door handles on the passenger side and the knee pads that have been finished as well in red leather. Its floor mats have the R8 logo, though in silver, but it has a red surround. This sporty characteristic is highlighted by the pads in stainless steel and the door sills that are illuminated and have bright aluminum inserts with the R8 logo.

Press Release

Audi celebrates tenth Le Mans title with new R8 V8 limited edition

Distinctive design features and a high level of standard equipment for new limited run version of acclaimed 430PS, 187mph sports car

  • R8 V8 Limited Edition available to order from July in coupe form only and with either manual or R tronic automated manual transmission priced from £93,935 OTR - first UK deliveries in October
  • Marked out externally by R8 GT-inspired titanium-look alloy wheels and red brake callipers, and inside by trim detailing in crimson red
  • Exclusive titanium effect paint finish and carbon package options
  • Standard equipment includes Audi magnetic ride, satellite navigation, the Audi Music Interface (AMI), interior light package, Bang and Olufsen sound system and Bluetooth mobile phone preparation with integrated seat-belt microphones
  • R8 V8 Limited Edition 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds, 187mph top speed, 21.2mpg (R tronic), CO2 310g/km (R tronic)

A stunning new titanium-effect paintwork option and enhanced standard equipment will mark out the new R8 V8 Limited Edition, which becomes available to order next month priced from £93,935 OTR. Created in honour of the tenth victory for Audi in this month’s gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans marathon race, which was won first in 2000 by the R8 sports prototype, the new feature-rich special edition road car is based on the hugely successful R8 V8 Coupe. It will be reserved solely for UK R8 customers, and with just 100 examples currently scheduled for production it will offer even greater exclusivity.

Titanium finish 19-inch ‘5-arm double-spoke Y design’ alloy wheels inspired by the R8 GT Coupe, and embellished by red brake callipers, will be the key differentiating feature of the exterior of the R8 Limited Edition in its standard form. All normally optional metallic and pearl effect paint options will also be included in the Limited Edition price, but for maximum visual drama customers will be able to specify a striking Titanium Metallic paint finish, which will be exclusive to this model, at extra cost.

Over and above the standard R8 V8 Coupe specification, the Limited Edition model includes satellite navigation, the Audi Music Interface (AMI), an interior light package and a premium Bang and Olufsen sound system, as well as mobile phone preparation via a Bluetooth interface with integrated seat-belt microphones.

Standard Audi magnetic ride

The much praised Audi magnetic ride adaptive suspension system also makes a special appearance as standard equipment in the Limited Edition. Using sensors to monitor road conditions, it adjusts the damping effect to suit them by varying a magnetic charge which passes through a fluid-based shock absorber. Mated to the ultra-lightweight aluminium and magnesium Audi Space Frame (ASF) and the advanced suspension bolstered by quattro permanent all-wheel-drive technology, the system creates the optimum conditions in which the mid-mounted 430PS V8 FSI engine can give its very best.

As it revs freely to its 8,250rpm limit, the directly injected 4.2-litre engine dispenses with the zero to 62mph sprint in 4.6 seconds in both manual and R tronic automated manual versions of the R8 V8 Limited Edition. Autobahn-permitting, it can then power on to a 187mph top speed.

On the inside, the Limited Edition is marked out by crimson red accents to the sides of its Black Fine Nappa Leather-upholstered seats and headrests, which also feature red contrast stitching. The design theme is continued with red stitching on the flat bottomed, leather-covered multi-function steering wheel and instrument cowl and by a striking crimson red leather finish for the monoposto. To complete the look, the knee pads and passenger door handle are also finished in red leather, and the floor mats have a red surround and feature the R8 logo in silver. The sporting character is further underlined by stainless steel pedals and illuminated door sills with bright aluminium inserts carrying the R8 logo.

For even greater visual distinction, the R8 V8 Limited Edition is also available with an optional Carbon Package, which adds carbon sigma sideblades, door mirrors, monoposto, inlays and door sill trims. Perhaps most impressively, the racing-inspired material also frames the illuminated engine bay, giving even greater prominence to the potent V8 that is clearly visible through the rear window.

In common with all R8 models, the R8 Limited Edition also includes one special standard feature that isn’t so immediately apparent – a bespoke R8 Driving Experience at Silverstone Circuit which will enable owners to fully acquaint themselves with the dynamic characteristics of the R8 in controlled conditions.

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