As it readies its next-generation R8 supercar for its market launch, Audi is looking to send the current first-generation, seven year-old model out with a bang at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The centerpiece of the automaker’s stand at the show will be the limited-edition 2015 R8 competition, which will be the fastest car Audi has ever made when it enters production later this year.
The R8 competition uses the same 5.2-liter V10 as the V10-powered R8, except output has been bumped to 570 horsepower, making it the most powerful production R8 yet. The engine is mated to the company’s seven-speed S-tronic transmission, helping it accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 199 mph.
You’ll be able to tell the R8 competition apart from standard R8s by its matte carbon exterior elements which include a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay components, mirror housings, side blades, a front spoiler and a rear diffuser. There’s also a sports exhaust system with high gloss black exhaust tips, gloss black wheels with huge 305mm rear tires and carbon ceramic brakes with red calipers. Inside, the racecar-inspired treatment continues with carbon accents throughout and “R8 compeititon” door sill inlays. We should note that the R8 competition is also part of Audi’s exclusive vehicle line, which allows customers to choose from a wide variety of interior and exterior colors and wheel finishes.
Only 60 units of the R8 competition will be made, all of which will be destined for the U.S. market. Audi says interested customers can begin ordering the car in November and can expect to receive their car sometime in early 2015.