Audi R8 Panther ready to prowl in US

WASHINGTON: Audi of America will be releasing the R8 Panther edition in rear-wheel-drive guise.

It is limited to just 30 examples.

Each of the limited-edition rear-wheel driven R8 will feature an exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint job with carbon exterior mirror housings. and gets priced at US$183,300 each (RM746,000).

It will roll on 20-inch five-double-spoke design wheels that have been milled, cut and finished in matte black with red trim before fitting on sticky performance tyres.

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Adorning the body are the blacked-out Audi rings and badges, LED headlights and taillights with dynamic turn signals and a carbon exterior package that includes the engine compartment, sigma sideblades and exterior mirror caps.

A sports exhaust system will trumpet the V10 engine's presence and can be adjusted using the dedicated satellite button on the steering wheel or via the Audi drive select setting.

The interior sports an exclusive full-leather black interior with Crimson red stitching, racing shell seats in Crimson red, Nappa leather for the power-adjustable front seats.

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Also included is Alcantara for the gear selector and parcel shelf, while a Diamond stitched Alcantara has been reserved for the headliner and floor mats with Crimson red leather edging.

The steering wheel can be had in either leather or Alcantara with a crimson red stripe at the 12 o’clock position and comes with four satellite buttons - engine Start/Stop, Audi drive select, Performance Mode selector, and Sport exhaust.

A carbon interior package has been included along with high-gloss surrounds for both the virtual cockpit and the air vents, as well as the centre console.

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An Audi virtual cockpit, Audi smartphone interface, Audi phone box (requires compatible smart device) with signal-booster and MMI navigation plus, 13-speakers, 550-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system and illuminated door sill inlays round off the provisions.

Powering the rear wheels is its 5.2-litre FSI V10 engine that punches out 532hp and 540Nm of torque to get it from 0 to 100kph in 3.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 325kph.

This rear-wheel-drive model has been specifically adapted for rear-wheel drive duties and uses solid rear axle as opposed to hollow ones.

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The front anti-roll bar has been stiffened before adding a little more negative camber for the rear wheels.

Audi says boasts that the electromechanical power steering system is free of torque-steer and enables precise handling and driver feedback.

The R8 Panther edition joins the previous RS 5 Panther edition that was limited to just 100 units and featured the same Audi exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint and red-stitched interior with Alcantara accents.

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