2021 AUDI R8PANTHER EDITION

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    Audi’s exclusive Panther Black paint job turns a deep purple up close, and the special-edition cars also have a unique Crimson Red interior.

    • Audi is adding the stealthy black Panther Edition (first seen on the RS5) to the 2021 R8
    • It’s finished in Panther Black with carbon fiber trim, red wheels, and a red interior.
    • Limited to 50 cars, the R8 Panther Edition will arrive in dealers this month starting at $184,795.

    Audi product manager Anthony Garbis spec’d his 2018 SQ5 with a Panther Black paint job, giving him the idea for the RS5 Panther Edition, which we spotted at the L.A. auto show last year. The stealthy black Panther Black, which appears more like a deep purple at a closer glance, is now making its way on to the 2021 Audi R8, and it’ll be limited to just 30 cars.

    The R8 Panther Edition, available on the rear-wheel-drive model, is finished in the Audi-exclusive Panther Black crystal effect paint with carbon-fiber mirrors, engine compartment, and side intakes as well as blacked-out Audi badges. It sits on 20-inch matte black with bright red trim five-double-spoke wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires. Whether or not those wheels look good is a matter of personal taste.

    Red dominates the interior, too. Audi racing seats are wrapped in Crimson Red leather with the rest of the interior trimmed in Audi exclusive black leather with Crimson Red stitching. There’s alcantara on the headliner, gear selector, and steering wheel, which has a Crimson Red 12-o’clock marker. A Bang & Olufsen sound system is standard on the Panther Edition.

    A naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 is at the heart of the 2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition, and it produces 532 horsepower and 398 lb-ft of torque, while the all-wheel-drive R8 Performance model makes 602 horses. Audi claims that the 532-hp R8 launches to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 201 mph. The Panther Edition cars are equipped with a sport exhaust system to amplify the 10-cylinder roar.

    The 2021 Audi R8 Panther Edition, which is limited to 50 units, will arrive in the U.S. this month starting at $184,795.