Audi Marks the Arrival of the 2021 R8 V10 RWD with the Panther Limited Edition
The Audi R8 V10 RWD has been a permanent part of the R8 range since 2021 (it was previously sold as a limited edition). The first 30 examples in the country will be a special version known as the Panther Edition.
Like the previous RS 5 Panther Edition introduced for 2019, the new R8 V10 RWD Panther Edition features an exclusive paint scheme known as Panther Black. The badges are also black and carbon fiber is used for the side mirror housing and the signature side blades. The car also comes with 20-inch wheels in matte black, although these have a red accent to break up the black.
A similar theme is carried over into the cabin, where most surfaces are black, but the seats and accent stitching are painted red. Nappa leather is used for the seats, while Alcantara is used for many other surfaces, including the headliner and steering wheel.
No additional power is available, meaning the car’s 5.2-liter V-10 matches the 532 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque of the regular R8 V10 RWD. Buyers who want more power will have to opt for the all-wheel-drive R8 V10 Performance, which has the same engine but 603 hp and 413 lb-ft.
Performance on the R8 V10 RWD Panther Edition includes a 0 to 60 mph speed of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph. The R8’s sport exhaust system is also standard on this limited edition, allowing the driver to amplify the sound via a button on the steering wheel or the drive mode selector.
Order books are now open and prices start at $186,195, including destination and a gas excise tax. By comparison, the regular R8 V10 RWD starts at $145,895.