Every once in a blue moon, an automaker introduces a special edition, positioned to excite even the most jaded enthusiast. It’s often a unique design or a model that offers stand-alone features or packages that real fans can appreciate. And now a new Audi R8 has critics and fans abuzz.
The Audi R8 Panther Edition — a rear-wheel-drive variation of the luxury sports car — has pounced onto the scene. The stunner boasts a head-turning exterior style all its own. And making this pretty kitty even more exclusive is the fact that only 30 are headed stateside.
The Audi R8 has an impressive pedigree
Audi certainly knows its way around a track and a thing or two about building hungry, pavement-chomping performers with sleek designs. The Audi R8 already has a substantial fan base. But true enthusiasts will adore the limited-edition Panther, marrying the best of iconic design and heart-pounding performance into one stylish ride. And this Audi’s pedigree comes with all the top-notch features you’d expect, including intuitive navigation and a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, according to Autoblog.
What makes the Audi R8 Panther purr?
Under the hood, the Audi R8 Panther harnesses 532 horses with its naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine, standard in other R8 variations. Gripping at 398 lb-ft of torque, this cat can sprint from zero to 60 in 3.6 seconds, Audi claims. And making this sports car really purr is a sport exhaust, ensuring everyone hears you approaching.
The Panther’s head-turning style
This exclusive car features an equally exclusive exterior, painted in sleek metallic Mythos Black. For an even more striking look, the Panther boasts carbon fiber on its side blades and door mirrors. Outfitted with matte-black wheels with stunning red accents, this R8 will undoubtedly turn heads when stalking the streets.
The red-and-black exterior color scheme crosses into the interior. Audi paid meticulous attention to cosmetic and luxury details, from the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel to the crimson stitching in the door panels. All-red racing seats contrast with a black dash and console. The Panther is bold yet elegant.
When can you buy one?
If you want to purchase one, the time is now through the end of the year, and the options are limited. Only 30 Panthers will be available in the States. And buying this beauty will cost you a bit more than the $40,000 entry-level R8. The Panther, if you can get your hands on one, will set you back $184,795.
The 2021 Audi R8 Panther is a rare breed with all the head-turning features you’d expect from a special-edition luxury car. This is one black cat you’ll be lucky to have crossed your path.