Audi R8 China Edition revealed

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Audi has announced details of a special R8 model for the Chinese market, imaginatively named the R8 China Edition.

Based on the outgoing R8 Coupe, just 80 examples will be built in a choice of two colours, Suzuka Grey or Malibu Blue with a contrasting sideblade. Other features include LED headlights, gloss black 19-inch ‘Y-spoke’ alloy wheels and the carbon aero package from the R8 GT, including the front dive planes, raised rear wing, larger diffuser and bazooka tailpipes.

Sadly it doesn’t share the GT’s powerplant, but does have 386 kW (518 hp) and 530 Nm of torque at its disposal thanks the company’s V10 5.2 FSI, which is mated to an R tronic transmission and good for a 3.9 second 0-100 km/h time.

Moving inside, past the unique sill plates, the seats are trimmed in a mixture of leather and Alcantara, the steering wheel is also wrapped in Alcantara, while the handbrake lever wears shark skin. Body coloured sections adorn the door panels and centre console, with the finishing touch being an aluminium gearknob bearing the car’s individual serial number – excluding the number 4, which is skipped due to superstitious beliefs that it brings bad luck.

[Source: Audi]

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