Audi R8 V10 Decennium pays tribute to tens years of its V10 engine

Ten years ago, Audi first put its then-new 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10, borrowed from Lamborghini, in the R8. To celebrate the V10’s tenth anniversary, the brand has developed the Audi R8 V10 Decennium, a tribute to a decade of success for both the engine and the R8.

On the outside, the Audi R8 V10 Decennium looks very angry. Its matte-effect Daytona Gray looks very sporty while also making it stand out from the regular Daytona Gray R8. It also gets 20-inch matte bronze wheels, which honestly look a bit busy. The color is great but we’re not so sure about the wheel design itself. Though, there’s no complaint about the matte bronze intake manifold on the engine, visible through the glass engine cover. That looks brilliant.

Most of the exterior aero, including the front splitter, side sills and diffuser are painted in gloss black to contrast the matte paint of the body. It also gets its side blades and mirror caps in carbon fiber. So the exterior of the R8 Decennium is very dark and angry, like a moody teenager.

It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, though. There are other paint options available; such as Daytona Gray, pearl effect; Suzuka Gray, metallic; Floret Silver, metallic; Mythos Black, metallic; Ascari Blue, metallic and Kemora Gray, metallic.

Inside, though, the doom and gloom returns. Almost the entire interior is black, with the only thing breaking up the black being high-gloss carbon fiber, which is also dark. So it’s typically dark and Germanic on the inside. Though, that looks cool in contrast with a brighter exterior color like Ascari Blue.

The Audi R8 V10 Decennium also lets you know exactly what it is on the inside. With little “Decennium” badges throughout the cabin, you’ll never forget you’re driving something special. What’s interesting is that the “10 Decennium” badge on the center console is actually made by spraying an extremely fine powder at the high-gloss carbon fiber, which creates a roughed up matte effect. So it’s a cool contrast from a patented Audi technology.

Even cooler than that, there’s a light projection from the bottom of the door sill onto the ground when opened. That in itself isn’t too special but what it projects is. Rather than just an Audi logo or something, it says “10 Decennium” with the car’s production number written above it. Considering it’s an exclusive and limited number car, that’s very cool. It lets everyone around the car know yours is special whenever you open the door.

Don’t think that Audi forgot about the engine, though. The V10 engine is the star of the Audi R8 V10 Decennium, so it needs to be tweaked a little bit. I emphasize “a little bit” though. The Decennium’s 5.2 liter free-breathing V10 makes 620 hp and 427 lb-ft is a lot of power and very impressive, enough to launch the car from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds. Though, it’s only ten horsepower more than the R8 V10 Plus and, considering this is a special model to honor the engine, we would think it would have more power. Still, no one is going to complain about 620 hp.

The Audi R8 V10 Decennium will be available for purchase in Europe in the Spring of 2019 and cost a whopping €222,000 (around $252,000). Though, only 222 units will be developed, so you’ll have to get it quick.

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.