Limited to just 30 units, the “Panther” Edition will be based on the rear-wheel drive Audi R8 with 540 hp and 540 Nm from a 5.2-litre naturally-aspirated V10. Performance wise, we’re looking at a 3.6 second time from 0 to 100 km/h.
On the outside, by far the most standout feature of the R8 Panther is its 20-inch five-double spoke wheels finished in matte black and red trims. The exterior is draped in Audi’s exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint, complemented with a sport exhaust system that can be adjusted through the steering wheel.
Inside, the R8 Panther comes with bucket seats wrapped in Nappa leather, an Alcantara gear lever, and headlining. In case you’re not a fan of how the V10 engine sounds, there’s a 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with 550 watts of audio power.
The 2021 R8 Panther edition is priced from USD 183,300 (approximately RM742k).
The Audi R8 rear-wheel drive is available in both coupe and Spyder body designs. Without the heavy all-wheel drive system, the R8 rear-wheel drive is 65 kg lighter than before; 55kg less in the Spyder.
Audi is also offering ceramic brake discs as an option along with the front stabiliser that’s made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and aluminum, shedding even more weight.