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2012 Exclusive Selection Edition Audi R8 Headed to US

Audi has already launched the 2013 R8 line-up, but these models won’t arrive on the US market until the end of 2012. Until that happens,the current quad-rung supercar is offering up one final parting piece: the R8 Exclusive Selection edition. The special R8 will be available in both V8 and V10 coupe forms, and Audi will only build a total of 50 examples: 20 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 vehicles and 30 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 vehicles.

On the 2012 Audi Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8, the company debuts a Daytona Gray matte exterior complete with carbon fiber exterior splitter and diffuser, 19-inch titanium five-arm double spoke wheels, black grille surround, black exhaust finishers, R8 GT tail lamps, and red brake calipers. Inside, the R8 V8 gets an exclusive leather package with Crimson Red trims and contrast stitching, exclusive leather Navigation surround, and a thicker contoured leather multifunctional steering wheel for a sportier grip.

The V10 version will be offered in either Ibis White or Brilliant Black finishes, combined with R8 GT tail lamps and 19″ bi-color e-tron wheels. For the interior, the Exclusive R8 will get a carbon fiber monoposto driver’s cockpit, an exclusive leather Navigation surround, and a contoured steering wheel.

Neither R8 gets performance or handling upgrades, which means that the Exclusive Select Edition V8 puts out 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, while the V-10 version gets by with 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. Both models are available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a proprietary automatic R-tronic transmission.

Prices for the new Audi R8 Exclusive Selection Edition will depend on the engine and transmission chosen. For the V8 models, it will be $137,700 for the R8 V8 with a manual transmission and $146,800 for the R8 V8 with an R tronic transmission. R8 V10 model is priced from $161,500 while the R tronic model is $170,600.

The Exclusive Selection Editions will be available later this month.

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