The Audi R8 V10 RWD has been made a permanent fixture of the R8 lineup for 2021, and the first 30 examples will be a special version known as the Panther edition.
Like the previous RS 5 Panther edition launched for 2019, the new R8 V10 RWD Panther edition features an exclusive paint finish known as Panther Black. The badges are also black and carbon fiber is used for the side mirror housing and the signature side blades. The car also comes with 20-inch wheels in matte black, though these have a red accent to help break up the black.
Other highlights include LED lighting units, a sports exhaust system and the carbon exterior package. The latter adds carbon sigma sideblades and carbon fiber trim in the engine compartment.
A similar theme carries into the cabin where most of the surfaces are black but the seats and accent stitching are finished in red. The seats feature Nappa leather while Alcantara is used for many of the other surfaces, including for the headliner and steering wheel.
Motivation is provided by a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine that produces 532 hp (397 kW / 539 PS) and 398 lb-ft (540 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission which sends power to the rear wheels. Audi says this enables the coupe to run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 201 mph (323 km/h).
The R8 Panther Edition will be available at select dealers later month and pricing starts at $183,300 – excluding a $1,495 destination charge and a $1,700 gas guzzler tax. Production will be limited to 30 units and the model will be exclusive to the United States.