By this point, we all know that companies love to flaunt their achievements. So much so that they sometimes boast about them publicly. However, some companies don’t like to do that. They want to set themselves apart. They prefer to create special things in order to commemorate their achievements. Just look at the very beautiful and exquisite Bugatti La Voiture Noire. That car’s beauty is not something that mere words can describe.
Audi, being from the same family (Volkswagen Group), looked at that and said, “Gee, I want one of these too.” Therefore, amidst the humm and buzz of their 50th anniversary celebration at Manhattan’s high-class Classic Car Club they announced something quite interesting. The time couldn’t have been more perfect. After all, it all happened during New York International Auto Show. The perfect place to unveil the beauty to the world.
But, Audi didn’t throw it in our face. They aren’t like that. Like an Orchestra, they like to build up to the eventual climax. The first things that we witnessed were Audi’s greatest hits from the past fifty years. However, among those hits, a Cherry Red 1980 Ur-Quattro stood out the most. The Ur-Quattro was the first four wheel-drive to conquer rallies like a beast. It was so great that it immortalized Audi in the history books.
Was this their idea of something unique and special?
Of course not! As I said, we have yet to reach the climax. The other main event that night was the unveiling of the 2020 R8 Decennium.
What in the world is the meaning of Decennium?
Decennium means decade in Latin. This tag is there to signify their ten years of excellence in producing R8s.
How powerful is it?
At its heart there lies an all powerful, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10. This engine is the successor of the 5.0-liter V-10 that powered the 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo. The naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-10 churns out 602-horsepower and 413 lb-ft pound of torque. Sadly, this isn’t tuned to work at its full potential since the same engine produces 631-horsepower and 413 lb-ft in the Lamborghini Huracan Evo.
How does it look?
The Decennium comes with an optional carbon fiber front anti-roll bar, 30 more horses than the entry model and some cool new paints. The model order goes like this: V10 Plus -> V10 Performance -> Decennium. The Decennium comes with multitude of appearance tweaks that make it even more bold and stylish.
The bronze intake manifold of the FSI engine and 20-inch-alloy wheels go quite well with the Mythos Black paint job that the car will bear in the US. The car also bears numerous glossy black accents throughout the front spoilers, side sills, and rear diffuser. All the corporate logo and badges are black. The interior is completely black as well with bronze stitching that looks cool.
What is the price?
The car will cost around $215,000 USD.