During the times of downsizing, forced induction and heavy electrification, a large, naturally aspirated engine already feels special in 2019. But, Audi has another special reason to celebrate. The 5.2L V10 motor found its way into the R8 in early 2009, marking 10 years of naturally aspirated glory.
The Audi R8 V10 Decennium is based on the 2019 R8, and gets exclusive design highlights. The special model is available as a coupé and is painted in an exclusive Daytona Gray with matt finish. The milled 20-inch wheels and the intake manifold of the engine are finished in matt bronze. The front spoiler, side sills and the diffuser are painted in gloss black, supplemented by black Audi rings and badges on the exterior. The side blades and the exterior mirror housings are made from gloss carbon fibre.
Alternatively, there is a choice of Daytona Gray pearl effect, Suzuka Gray metallic, Floret Silver metallic, Mythos Black metallic, Ascari Blue metallic and Kemora Gray metallic exterior colors.
The interior of the R8 V10 Decennium is finished entirely in black, with the inlays in gloss carbon fibre. The quilted rhombus pattern stitching on the sport seats is finished in gloss black with contrast stitching in a gloss copper tone. The selector lever and the steering wheel – with Alcantara rim and black 12 o’clock marking – feature copper-colored stitching, as do the center armrest, door armrest and the door rail.
A Decennium logo adorns the center console, doors, door sill trims as well as the logo projector. The badge in the center console stands out with the gloss carbon fibre surroundings. It comes with a partially matt finish – a process which Audi claims to have patented. The surface of the material is roughed using a special powder. The door light projects the Decennium logo onto the ground, supplemented by the model’s sequential limited-edition number. As with all R8 variants, the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus come standard.
The naturally aspirated 5.2L V10 puts out 456 kW (620 hp) and maximum torque of 580 Nm, catapulting the edition model from 0 – 100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 331 km/h.
In case you’re wondering, the Decennium is derived from a Latin word meaning “Decade”. The R8 V10 Decennium is limited to 222 units and is priced at €222,000 in Germany. Buyers will also get an exclusive car cover with bronze-colored Decennium embroidery.