Especially for the US market, Audi introduced 50 exclusive Audi R8 models, 30 of which will be available with a 5.2-liter FSI V10 producing 525 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque, while other 20 models will be offered with a 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine delivering 430 hp and 316 lb-ft of torque. Having much in common, both these R8 Coupes can be paired with an optional automatic R tronic or standard six-speed manual transmission. Audi quattro all-wheel drive system and the manufacturer's ultra lightweight technology are common features for both vehicles as well.
For the R8 Exclusive Selection Edition, Audi has applied new exterior paint: a Daytona Gray matte for the R8 V8 and an Ibis White for the R8 V10. A Daytona Gray exterior was completed with 19'', five-spoke wheels with red brake calipers, carbon fiber splitter and diffuser, black exhaust finishers, GT tail lamps, and black grille surround. Inside the vehicle, an exclusive leather package with contrast stitching and some Crimson Red elements can be found. Except the glimmering Ibis White exterior, the R8 V10 comes with few Brilliant Black features, such as the exterior mirrors, rear license plate surround, sideblade, 19 e-tron wheels, and GT tail lamps. On the inside, there is a carbon fiber drivers cockpit with Alabaster White contrast stitching. A contoured steering wheel and exclusive leather Navigation surround are offered for both models to ensure a sportier grip.
These Audi R8 special edition models serve as a sort of swan song for the 2012 Audi R8.