To kick off the release of the rear-wheel drive version of the R8 in the ‘States, Audi is releasing a special edition alongside it fit for a Wakandan king — the Audi R8 RWD Panther Edition.
The Panther Edition R8 will go on sale next month in select dealers and only 30 will be made, so it will be an exclusive car. It also won’t be cheap, with a sticker price of $183,300, which is up more than $40,000 over the standard Audi R8 RWD Coupe ($142,700). Fortunately, you get some exclusive kit with the Panther Edition that does make it more special than the standard car.
For instance, it comes with a unique Panther Black crystal effect paint color, which is only going to be available on the Panther Edition. It also gets 20-inch double-spoke matte-black wheels with red accents. Carbon fiber mirror caps and side blades accent the metallic black paint.
On the inside, a black full-leather interior with red accents is highlighted by red racing shell seats. A leather/Alcantara steering wheel with a red 12 o’clock stripe and an Alcantara gear lever also give the cabin a bit of a sportier feel.
However, under the skin, the Audi R8 RWD Panther Edition is a standard R8 RWD. That won’t be a hardship for owners, as it still sports a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 with 532 horsepower and a killer soundtrack. According to Audi, 0-60 mph happens in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph.
If you want one of the first rear-wheel drive Audi R8 RWD models, it might be worth considering the Panther Edition. Not only is it cool looking but it’s also limited and comes with a special color. Considering there will only be thirty units made, of an already relatively low-volume car, they might be worth more than their $183,300 sticker price in the future.