• Feb 27, 2009

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The first two U.S.-spec Audi R8 V10s were sold at an auction in Boca Raton, Florida to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County. The first Stateside-bound ten-cylinder R8 went for $500,000, easily topping the earlier winning bid for one of the first Ferrari Californias. Audi officials, stoked by the bids of the R8, decided to put R8 number-two on the block which fetched $350,000 -- the same amount paid for the Ferrari. The two R8s not only carry the designation of being the first V10 models sold in the U.S., but will also be built during Audi's 100th anniversary. Let's see what they fetch in 2039.


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First U.S. Audi R8 V10 sets pace by raising $500,000 in charity auction - The 2009 Boca Raton (Fla.) Concours d' Elegance auctioned the first U.S.-bound Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro with a V10 engine that generates 525 horsepower

- Amid strong bids for the first R8 V10, Audi agreed to auction the second U.S. R8 V10
- The auction raised more than $1 million for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County

HERNDON, Va., Feb 26, 2009 - Charity auctions typically offer high-value items to spur bidding that benefits a worthy cause. But what unfolded at the 3rd annual Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance auction really stood out.

The Florida gala to raise money for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County featured the opportunity to own the first 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro delivered to the U.S. The newest addition to the highly acclaimed Audi R8 lineup is equipped with a ten-cylinder engine that generates 525 horsepower and achieves a 0-62.14 mph time of 3.9 seconds. The new R8 V10 also offers advanced technologies, such as a lightweight aluminum Audi Space Frame and quattro all-wheel drive, found in the eight-cylinder Audi R8 sports car that claimed several worldwide awards in 2008, including World Performance Car and World Design Car of the Year.

"The live and silent auctions at the Gala always feature amazing items," said James E. McDonnell IV, Chairman of the Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance Event. "But this year we have truly topped the charts. In fact, the auction lineup has made a mark in history by offering one of the most sought after vehicles in the country to guests."

The 2010 Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro isn't expected to arrive in the U.S. until about the fourth quarter of 2009. The Gala auction, held Feb 21 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, also featured the chance to buy one of the first 2010 Ferrari California sports cars available in the U.S. But none of that dampened interest in the new Audi R8 V10.

After bids for the Ferrari topped out at $350,000, interest in the Audi R8 V10 drove its final price to $500,000 – a record for any new-production Audi model. In 2007, an Audi R8 sold in a sealed-bid Bergdorf Goodman auction for $425,000.

To raise more money for the Boys & Girls Clubs, the winning bidder at the Boca Raton auction offered to give his rights to the first R8 V10 if Audi would give him the second model available in the U.S. Audi agreed and the two R8 V10 models sold for $850,000 combined. One night, two Audi R8 5.2 FSI quattro sports cars, $850,000 in bids to help an organization that helps children find positive influences in life. Overall, the Boca Raton Gala raised more than $1 million in net proceeds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

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  • 10 Comments
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw one of last years model on the road near my home, jet black. They are visually stunning in person and I would love to own one. It just looks different from other sports cars when it's across the intersection from you. Around here we have quite a few Mercedes, BMWs, Lotus(s?), Ferraris, etc... and this one really stands out. Having said that, it may drive like a truck, I don't know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car has been in the states for a long time...it's just been called the Lamborghini Gallardo until last year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One big difference... the Gallardo is gorgeous, and this thing looks like a bar of soap. Oh well...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @AntBee
        Sorry, I have to call foul on badge engineered cars when I see them. Audi is getting ALMOST as bad as GM....the pinnacle being the Toureg/Cayenne
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's not that much over sticker price. I think the ZR1 brought home like $1,000,000 and the Challenger somewhere near $500,000.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Audi R8 V10 no.1 and no.2 for less than ZR1 no.1.

        I'd take that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Like most audis, they'll depreciate 30% when driven off the lot.
      In 10 years they'll be worth maybe $80K...so what if they're the first two audi V10 r8's in the us? And then I'll buy one. $500K is ridiculous.
      hell, in 10 MONTHS audi will be looking for a bailout if not 10 weeks.

      What part of global depression is not understood here?



        • 5 Years Ago
        It's $500k at a charity auction.

        What do you drive, a Kia?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's for charity dumbass!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The exhaust note of the V8 is music to my ears. This must sound like a symphony.