• Audi offers 50 unit limited R8 Exclusive Selection Editions for the USA - Pointless special edition?

      We do not really see why Audi is offering this Exclusive Selection R8 for the US market. We already had the R8 GT's which were much better offerings providing lower weight and more power for higher performance. These Exclusive Selection cars don't get lightweight parts or more power, just a matte grey paint job (grey for the V8, Ibis white for the V10) and some black accents. Oh, there also is some nice interior stitching with carbon pieces and wheels are borrowed from the E-Tron. Yawn.

      Why anyone would buy this is beyond us. Only 20 V8 models will be built and 30 V10 models. Why get one of these when they are a step back from the R8 GT's and when the facelifted R8 with more power, updated exterior, and dual clutch transmission is on the way?

      Audi probably considers this a stop gap measure until the facelifted 2013 model hits US shores. No doubt 50 people who do not know any better will be found to buy these "Exclusive Selection" models which are already outdated before they even hit the dealer. If you are a person who actually buys this don't complain when the value tanks and you no longer want your "exclusive" R8 when you see a 2013 at the dealer.































      Press Release:

      Audi Introduces R8 Exclusive Selection Editions for 2012

      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.

      MSRP Pricing

      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
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Audi offers 50 unit limited R8 Exclusive Selection Editions for the USA - Pointless special edition? started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 2 Comments
      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        As long as you have dumb $#@!s buying this $#@!, there will be dumb $#@!s selling this $#@!. Or the other way around...my CA called me a couple of weeks ago about that $#@!ing Lime Rock M3. Telling me how there would only be 200 something in the US. In a polite way I said go $#@! yourself.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        This is the exact same crap as the Lime Rock M3.