To honor the ten year anniversary of the V10 engine in the Audi R8, the four-ringed brand launched a special edition model called the “Decennium“. Meaning “Decade” in Latin, the Decennium is a celebratory model that will honor the R8 V10’s decade of existence right before it fades away into the annals of automotive history. Basically, that’s just a long-winded way of saying the R8 is gonna die off soon and the Decennium is a way to make some extra money on it.
In this new video from Doug DeMuro, we get to check out the Audi R8 Decennium and see why it either is or isn’t worth its massive price bump over the standard car.
For Decennium duty, the Audi R8 gets some new visuals, some new interior touches and bespoke colored wheels/valve cover. That’s about it, though. Mechanically, there isn’t a difference between the R8 Decennium and the regular Audi R8 V10 Performance.
That’s not such a bad thing, as it means it still has a 5.2 liter naturally-aspirated V10 with 620 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. That helps it get from 0-60 mph in a claimed 3.1 seconds but we’ve seen pre-facelift R8s run that in 2.8 seconds. So it’s a special powertrain to begin with and doesn’t necessarily need much upgrading.
So what does the Decennium bring that makes it worth over $200,000? Well, DeMuro goes through it all in this video and we’re not so sure it is worth it. Sure, there are some cool features, like the bronze wheels and valve cover, the carbon fiber trim inside the cabin and the puddle lights that display the limited production number of the car. But those aren’t enough to make the Decennium more special than the regular Audi R8 V10 Performance, a car that’s already pretty special.
He also points out just how good the R8 is to drive. Thanks to that screaming V10 and sharp handling, the Audi R8 is one of the more exciting cars to drive on the market.