Audi has whipped the covers off its new R8 Green Hell Edition, a limited-run variant conceived to celebrate the brand’s five overall victories in the 24 Hours on the Nürburgring since 2012.
Just 50 units will be produced, each featuring a unique build number. True to the name, the special R8 is finished in dark Tioman green as standard (as an option, however, buyers can also choose Ibis white, Daytona grey or Mythos black hues).
The bonnet, A-pillars, roof and rear end, meanwhile, are partially covered in matte-black foil. The doors feature the edition number in large matte figures reminiscent of starting numbers, while “Green Hell R8” logos adorns the sideblade and the windscreen.
In addition, the standard matte-black styling package adds highlights to the front end, sills and diffuser, supplemented by sideblades, side-mirror caps and wing in the same tone. The 20-inch wheels are likewise painted matte black, with red details on their rims.
Inside, you’ll find lightweight bucket seats with centre panels upholstered in Alcantara, a material repeated on the steering wheel, digital instrument display cover, door armrests, knee pads and centre armrest. The Ingolstadt-based firm has also thrown in contrasting stitching in a blue-green “Kailash fern” tone.
The R8 Green Hell Edition is based on the V10 Performance coupé variant, which means its naturally aspirated engine delivers an unchanged 456 kW to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. That’s enough, says Audi, for a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3,1 seconds and a top speed of 331 km/h.
“We are synonymous with high performance – in both series production and motorsport,” said Julius Seebach, managing director of Audi Sport.
“The R8 road sports car and the R8 LMS racing car were designed and developed jointly; around half of their parts are identical. The R8 Green Hell Edition model draws on the proximity to motorsport, while also paying tribute to our legendary victories on the Nürburgring.”