LA Preview: Audi R8 competition

October 29, 2014
Audi has previewed its R8 competition, the company’s most powerful road-going production vehicle ever.
The competition edition is powered by the familiar Lamborghini-sourced 5.2-liter V10 engine, tweaked to produce 570 horsepower — 45 more ponies than the standard R8 V10 tune.

The extra oomph drops the zero-to-60 mph sprint time down to just 3.2 seconds, while top speed jumps to 199 mph.

“The limited-edition Audi R8 competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won virtually every race around the world,” said Audi of America president Scott Keogh.

The special-edition run of 60 units will be offered exclusively with Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The company has previously hinted that the next-generation model will drop the manual gearbox option, which is only selected by a small fraction of buyers.

Aside from the engine revision, the R8 competition is also distinguished by matte carbon exterior elements including the fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, side blades, front spoiler and rear diffuser. The matte components are contrasted against gloss-black wheels, ceramic brakes and red calipers.

Customers can begin ordering the competition model early next month after its formal debut at the Los Angeles show.

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