Audi debuted the R8 Coupe in 2006 and further proceeded to insert the Lamborghini Gallardo’s engine in the German supercar. The formula was an instant success, staying unchanged for 10 years now. Honouring a decade of the V10, Audi has unveiled the R8 V10 Decennium special edition car.

Lamborghini is Audi’s subsidiary, and as such collaborated in the development of the R8. The pairing of the two entities was so successful that R8 epitomized the mid-engine V10 supercar, on par with Gallardo.

The Audi R8 Decennium does not get mechanical upgrades, making do with classy cosmetic mods both inside and out.

History of the Audi R8

Audi had the R8’s basic formula ready way back in the early 1990s. Economic situations back then meant that it was not relevant in the period, so the project was put on the back burner indefinitely. In 2006, another mid-engine Audi concept broke cover, taking up the R8 moniker for production I 2008.

Debuting initially with a 4.2-litre V8, the Audi R8 quickly began winning hearts across the world due to its versatility. Here was a bold, radical supercar that you could thrash around a track, commute to work, and cross continents without having to contend with supercar tantrums.

Things became even more intense when Audi fitted the Lamborghini Gallardo’s fire-breathing 5.2-litre V10 in the R8. It was arguably one of the best additions to the German sports car’s excellent package. Today, the motor makes 620hp, giving the Audi R8 plenty of poke to lay down blistering performance in the face of modern performance cars.

The engine that started it all: Lamborghini Gallardo-sourced 5.2-litre V10 good for 620hp.

Audi R8 Decennium

“Decennium” means decade in Latin. 2019 marks 10 years since Audi equipped the R8 with the sweet-sounding V10. To honour this exceptionally long production run, a new special-edition R8 was recently commissioned. The 2019 Audi R8 Decennium only comes in coupe guise, featuring a special Daytona Grey finish. Bronzed 20-inch rims and engine intake manifold provide a neat contrast to the dark theme.

Gloss black accents on Audi badges, front spoiler, side sills, and rear diffuser add further contrast while the side blades and mirror housings feature a gloss carbon-fibre finish. Those who might perhaps not find the grey shade to their liking can choose from Suzuka Grey, Floret Silver, Mythos Black, Ascari Blue, and Kemora Grey. Daytona Grey can also be specified in a pearl finish.

Inside, the dark theme continues through the cabin, with contrast stitching found on the Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and gear selector. Most surfaces around the cabin have carbon fibre trim, and Decennium logos feature on the centre console and doors. The logo is also projected on the ground from puddle lights when doors are opened.

Just 222 examples of the Audi R8 Decennium are cleared for production. No word yet on whether Audi is planning to reserve a few of them for the Middle East.