Worried the Audi R8 is starting to look a little commonplace and boring, but can’t wait for the facelifted 2013 model? Fortunately, Audi has seen fit to release Exclusive Selection Edition models of the 430-hp, 4.2-liter V-8 R8 and its 525-hp, 5.2-liter V-10-powered sibling.Just 20 copies of the Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V-8 and 30 copies of the V-10 model will be brought to the U.S.
The R8 V-8 wears a new Daytona Gray exterior paint, along with 19-inch five-spoke wheels, a carbon fiber splitter and diffuser, and red-painted brake calipers. The car also receives the taillights from the Audi R8 GT, Crimson Red accents for the leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fiber interior trim, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system with navigation. The 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V8 starts at $138,950 (after destination) with a six-speed manual transmission or $148,050 with the six-speed R tronic automated transmission.
For V-10 versions of the Audi R8, the Exclusive Selection Edition brings Ibis White paint, contrasted with black-painted side blades and mirrors, as well as the dark-tinted taillights from the R8 GT. The interior scores several white-painted trim pieces, Alabaster White contrast stitching on leather components, and carbon fiber trim. The 2012 Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 costs $162,750 with a manual transmission or $171,850 with the R tronic transmission.
The cost of the Exclusive Selection Edition cars actually represents a discount compared to ordering all of those components individually. And even the most well-heeled owners couldn't option some items -- the R8 GT taillights and painted interior pieces, for instance -- on any standard version of the Audi R8. The Exclusive Selection Editions will be available later this month. Although overall volume is limited to 50 units, that's quite a lot in terms of the R8 overall: Audi has sold just 558 copies of its supercar in the U.S. so far this year.
Above all, these special editions serve as a sort of swan song for the 2012 Audi R8. Next year, the 2013 Audi R8 will debut with a face-lifted exterior and several mechanical changes. One of the changes is a change to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which will improve acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The refreshed Audi R8 hits European dealers at the end of this year and should make its way to the U.S. by early or mid-2013.