This week, Audi unveiled the new 2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition, which will be limited to just 30 units, all Coupes, with a host of design updates, added features, and an exclusive paint scheme as well.
The luxurious R8 Panther Edition is a version of Audi’s 10-cylinder sports car with stunning exteriors featuring the ‘Panther Black Crystal Effect Paint’ with metallic flakes, which gives the black hue of the car a unique sheen as compared to Audi’s typical Mythos Black paint. The edition features 20-inch 5-double-spoke-dynamic design wheels, milled cut, finished in matte black with red trim.
Additionally, the door mirrors, side blades, and engine cover are all done up in carbon fibers and special Panther Edition brakes with steel discs. The Matte-black wheels feature red accenting that brings in a subtle color variation. The wheel’s black-and-red theme makes its way to the interior, too, with seats covered in an almost blood-red leather and red accent stitching on the doors, dash, and the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel. The dashboard, center console, steering wheel, and side door panels all come finished in black with red contrast stitching and the entire cabin of the Audi R8 Panther Edition is finished in a mix of carbon-fiber and gloss black elements.
Concealed inside are a luxe Bang & Olufsen stereo and Audi’s virtual cockpit. It’s 5.2-liter V-10 engine makes 532 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque and the car dispatches the sprint to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and that it can crack 200 mph. Other interior features include a smartphone interface, a phone box with a signal booster, and MMI navigation plus options.
The chassis of the model has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive including using solid rear axles as opposed to hollow, a stiffer front anti-roll bar, and an increase in rear negative camber. The Panther Edition cars are equipped with a sport exhaust system to amplify the 10-cylinder roar.
The U.S.-exclusive model, with its limited 30 unit offering won’t come cheap. The Panther Edition is set to cost a whopping $184,795 and is due to go on sale before the end of 2020.