The Rare 2018 Audi R8 V10 Competition Package Is 28 Pounds Lighter, $40,000 More Expensive

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The second generation Audi R8 is entering the special edition phase of its life with the 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition Package. It’s a lighter V10 Plus with an aero kit and tweaked suspension, it’s going to cost more, and only 10 will make it to the U.S.

The Quattro AWD, 610 horsepower V10 Plus Competition is a nice break from the recent slate of rear-wheel drive Audi R8s. It’s over 28 pounds lighter than a standard V10 Plus, in part thanks to some 20-inch aluminum wheels and carbon ceramic brakes. The price is a lot heavier, though, at $238,750 including destination charge, which is over 40 grand more than the standard model.


But as you can see, this isn’t your everyday R8 just plowing through the wind—no, it’s got some bits to make it carve a little harder. There’s new canards, front splitter, rear diffuser, and a big ol’ wing hanging off the back, which altogether double downforce over 94 mph, going all the way up to 220 pounds of downforce at the car’s top speed of 196 mph. It will also come equipped with three-way adjustable coilovers.

While it’s lighter, this isn’t ultralight. It still has a fancy stereo and speaker package, leather seats and dashboard with an Alcantara steering wheel, and some red stitching and cool carbon fiber accents throughout the interior. You shouldn’t spend almost $240,000 to be uncomfortable in an Audi. That’s what Lamborghini is for.

All ten cars coming stateside will be preconfigured and dipped in Suzuka Grey. Unclear if you can opt out of the giant ugly Audi Sport logo on the top of the wing, though.


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