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2019-03-01 09:06
Audi R8 V10 Decennium

Image: Newspress

Audi is celebrating the enduring appeal of the V10 engine with the Audi R8 V10 Decennium, a special edition limited to just 222 units worldwide which will briefly form part of the new Audi R8 range.

The name Decennium translates from the Latin as "decade", referencing the ten years in which the much loved naturally aspirated engine has captivated on the road and in motorsport.

Quality wherever you look

From the outset, it makes its character abundantly clear. The special model is available as a coupé and painted in exclusive Daytona Grey, matt effect.

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The milled 20" wheels and the intake manifold of the 5.2 FSI engine are finished in matt bronze. The front spoiler, the side sills and the diffuser are painted in gloss black, supplemented by black Audi rings and badging.

The side blades and the exterior mirror housings are made from gloss carbon fibre. To protect the look, an exclusive car cover with bronze-coloured "Decennium" embroidery is included as part of the package.

The interior of the car is also finished entirely in black, with the inlays in gloss carbon fibre adding highlights.

Audi R8 V10 Decennium

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The quilted diamond pattern stitching on the sport seats is finished in gloss black; the contrasting stitching in a gloss copper tone.

Stands out from the rest

The selector lever and the steering wheel – with Alcantara rim and black 12 o’clock marking – feature copper-coloured stitching, as do the centre armrest, the door armrest and the door rail.

A "Decennium" logo adorns the centre console, the doors, the inlays in the gloss carbon fibre door sill trims and the logo projector. The badge in the centre console stands out visually from the gloss carbon fibre around it.

Audi R8 V10 Decennium

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It comes with a partially matt finish – a process patented by Audi. 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, MMI navigation plus and a reversing camera feature as standard. In addition, the ten Decennium editions arriving in the UK also feature Audi laser lights, Bang and Olufsen audio and Audi magnetic ride adaptive damping.

The naturally aspirated 5.2 FSI in its most powerful output rating forms the heart of the Decennium.

Audi R8 V10 Decennium

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With 456kW and maximum torque of 580Nm, it catapults the edition model from 0-100km/h in 3.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 330km/h.

The launch of the special edition Decennium model will coincide with the arrival of the new R8, which features an even sharper exterior design and further improvements to suspension and performance.

The two naturally aspirated engines available for the series-production model now develop 419kW and 456kW. 

The R8 Coupé V10 Quattro will be priced from £128 200 and the R8 Spyder V10 Quattro from £136 890 (about R2 million). The performance variants begin at £141 200 (about R2.6 million) for the Coupé and £149 890 (about R2.7 million) for the Spyder.

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