2017 NYIAS: Audi R8 “Audi Sport” Edition comes to New York

Audi is very proud of its motorsport heritage. Audi Sport, the brand’s motorsport division, has been incredibly successful throughout its racing tenure and it wants to show it off. “In 2016, we had the most successful year in the history of Audi Sport customer racing, our customer sport department,” said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Audi Sport GmbH. “With the R8 LMS we brought home 24 titles, scored 85 race victories and tallied up over 100 other podium finishes.” To help celebrate these successes, the four-ringed brand has come up with this — the Audi R8 “Audi Sport” Edition, which recently made its premiere at the 2017 NYIAS.

This really is just a cosmetic special edition, as there are no mechanical changes made to the R8 for the “Audi Sport” Edition. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t cool. Regardless of which color you get it in, the sideblades, mirror caps and brake calipers are red. The Singleframe grille surround, rear diffuser and front lip are all finished in titanium black. The 20″ wheels are black with a silver trim. All of this is to honor the color scheme of Audi Sport, which is a combination of silver, black and red.

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Inside, black and red Nappa leather adorn the cabin, with contrast red stitching and a red stripe on the steering wheel as well. Open the doors and you’ll notice on the sill plate there are illuminated emblems that read “1/200” and “Audi Sport”. Obviously, the first one will be whichever number out of 200 the exact vehicle is, as 200 is the total number that Audi will be making.

Underneath the skin, this Audi R8 “Audi Sport” Edition is no different from a standard R8, if you can call an Audi R8 standard. So the engine is the same 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 as you’d get in the normal car and it’s still paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. It will come in both R8 V10 and R8 V10 Plus variants, meaning 540 hp and 610 hp, respectively. So it’s still flipping fast.

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While all Audi R8s are special cars, this one is even more so. Only 200 will be made and it wears the color scheme of the brand’s prestigious motorsport division. If you’re an Audi R8 buyer and you appreciate Audi’s rich motorsport history, this might just be for you. But act fast, there won’t be a lot of them.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.