The special R8 will be available in both V8 and V10 coupe forms, and Audi will only build a total of 50 examples (20 V8s, 30 V10s). V8 models can be had with a new Daytona Gray matte exterior paint, complete with a carbon fiber splitter, unique 19-inch wheels, carbon fiber rear diffuser, new black elements on the grille and exhaust finishers, R8 GT taillamps and red brake calipers. More changes are found inside, where a new leather seating package is on hand, including crimson elements and contrast stitching, a different navigation surround and a thicker-contoured steering wheel.
More of the same elements are found on the V10. The exterior is painted in Ibis White with Brilliant Black exterior features and E-Tron 19-inch wheels, and inside, there's a carbon fiber cockpit with black and white contrast stitching.
Pricing for the 2012 R8 Exclusive Selection starts at $137,700 for the V8 with a six-speed manual transmission. If you want R-tronic (you don't), that'll be an extra $9,100 (you really, really don't). V10/manual coupes start at $161,500 and R-tronic can be had with the ten-pot R8 for the same price premium.
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Audi today announced 2012 R8 models created exclusively for the U.S. market. Building on the award-winning R8 V8 and R8 V10 Coupes, the Exclusive Selection Editions will arrive in limited volume later this month. Only twenty 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 vehicles and thirty 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 vehicles will be produced.
The 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 commands immediate attention with new exterior colors and stunning exclusive interior finishes. For the first time, Audi debuts a Daytona Gray matte exterior for the 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8, complete with carbon fiber exterior splitter and diffuser, 19" titanium five-arm double spoke wheels, black grille surround, black exhaust finishers, R8 GT tail lamps, and red brake calipers. Inside, the R8 V8 features an exclusive leather package with Crimson Red elements and contrast stitching, exclusive leather Navigation surround, and a thicker contoured leather multifunctional steering wheel for a sportier grip. The 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 is equipped with a 4.2-liter FSI® V8 which generates 430 hp at 7,900 rpm, with 316 lb-ft of torque at 4,500 - 6,000 rpm.
Carbon Fiber elements, Bang & Olufsen® Sound System and Navigation with the Audi Music Interface also add to the 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition V8.
The 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 comes with a shimmering Ibis white exterior and Brilliant Black features – including the sideblade, exterior mirrors, and rear license plate surround – as well as R8 GT tail lamps and 19" bi-color e-tron wheels. Ibis finishes and Alabaster White contrast stitching, as well as a Carbon Fiber monoposto driver's cockpit, completes the interior, which also features an exclusive leather Navigation surround and contoured steering wheel. The 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 is equipped with a 5.2-liter FSI V10, and produces 525 hp at 8,000 rpm with 391 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm.
Either version can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an automatic R tronic® transmission. With Audi ultra lightweight technology and Audi quattro® all-wheel drive, the R8 boasts superior speed, performance and handling.
2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 manual transmission: $137,700
2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 R tronic transmission: $146,800
2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 manual transmission: $161,500
2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 R tronic transmission: $170,600