In a surprising move, the Japanese unit of German premium carmaker Audi AG has produced a real-life version of the so-called “Star of Lucis” from the latest installment of the Final Fantasy gaming franchise.
Gamers from around world are currently waiting for the upcoming release of Final Fantasy XV – a long-awaited JRPG once known as Final Fantasy Versus XIII – on November 29, 2016 on PS4 and Xbox One. In the run-up to the official release of the game, Japanese video game developer, publisher, and distribution company Square Enix released an anime series – Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV – in late March this year.
It was followed in July by a limitedly released CG movie Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy, which features the voices of Lena Headey and Sean Bean of Games of Thrones and Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad. It was in this film that the Audi R8 Star of Lucis – a bespoke personal transport for the Lucis Royal Family – was featured.
The Star of Lucis is practically a heavily customized 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus wrapped in a dark exterior finish called Ultrossic Black. It features a number of Arabesque patterns on its wing mirrors, the rear wing and vertical slates on the air intakes as well as well as and split side blades. This pattern has long been used by the Royal Family on their attire and accessories as well as decorations. In addition, the Audi R8 Star of Lucis rides on an intricately crafted wheel that represents the emblem Kingdom of Lucis -- sculpted swords and rose-like petals.
Underneath its bonnet is a 5.2-liter R8 V10 engine that delivers 610 PS of monster-foiling power and is paired to a dual-clutch, seven-speed S tronic transmission. This combo allows the Star of Lucis to sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 330km/h. Interestingly, although the film is a fantasy film, the Audi logo is clearly featured on the Star of Lucis. This is essentially because the overall theme of the Final Fantasy XV universe was "a fantasy based on reality."
How much does a fan have to shell out to acquire this piece of fantasy-turned-into-reality prize? Well, Audi Japan has decided to sell the Star of Lucis at a whopping JPY50,000,015 ($486,713). Since Audi produced just a single Star of Lucis, only one lucky buyer would have the opportunity to buy it. Luckily enough, acquiring this very special one-off gaming-themed car is not done through a first-come first-serve. Also, the purchase system is not an auction-type in which the highest bidder takes home the prize.
Instead, Audi Japan has determined that to make the stakes higher – as well as to make this car more enticing before Square Enix finally releases the Final Fantasy XV game – it would set up a lottery system to pick one lucky buyer. Interested buyers need to submit an application with their intent to purchase starting November 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Japan time.