One-of-One Emerald Green Mica Audi R8 V10 Needs a New Home!

2015 Audi R8 V10

The only one from 2015 with Emerald Green Mica over Nougat Brown, Audi R8 V10 glitters in the sun like the gem it always is.

There’s only one supercar Audi builds in its lineup: the R8. When the 4.2-liter FSI V8 isn’t enough, though, the 5.2-liter FSI V10 drops the mic with its extra pair of cylinders. Pair either one up with Ingolstadt’s beloved quattro all-wheel drive, and you have a platform for greatness, no matter what you do with it.

One previous owner of a 2015 R8 V10 chose exactly that when they placed their order for a one-of-a-kind color combo. Now, that same R8 rolls across the virtual block of Bring a Trailer, awaiting to become someone’s new treasured gem.

2015 Audi R8 V10

As you know, Audi offers more colors than what’s in the configurator through its Exclusive paint catalog. And this R8 V10 lives up to that name, and more. It’s the only Emerald Green Mica model with a Nougat leather interior built in the 2015 model year. As if seeing an R8 V10 on the road wasn’t a rare sight on its own.

2015 Audi R8 V10

Speaking of the Nougat, you can never go wrong pairing such a deep brown like this with a green like that. Here, the gated shifter for the six-speed transaxle ties everything all together. Carbon-fiber trim and a black Alcantara headliner accent the luscious leather. The heated and power-adjustable seating making for a comfortable experience on the road, too.

2015 Audi R8 V10

Of course, these are the best seats in the house to hear the 5.2-liter V10 sing. All 550 horses and their 398 lb-ft of torque, all going to the 10-spoke 19-inch wheels and their Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Talk about eating up the road! The V10 sings a new tune with a Fabspeed exhaust, though it still has the original song tucked away.

2015 Audi R8 V10

The one-of-a-kind R8 V10 left the showroom with a sticker of $164,450 in 2015. That’s nearly $190,000 in 2021 dollars. Whether or not it matches the sticker matters not, though. You simply will not see an R8 V10 like this often, if at all. Let us thank the original owner for knowing their colors way back when.

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Cameron Aubernon

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Exclusive Selection Edition R8 V10 Rare Ride on the Stateside

2012 Audi R8 V10 Exclusive Selection Edition

One of 30 sold in the U.S., Ibis White R8 V10 Exclusive Selection Edition spent most of its life with the seller’s father.

Seeing an Audi on the road is a given. Seeing an R8, though, is a moment to be treasured. Ingolstadt’s most exotic masterpiece represents the best of the Four Rings. It even shares its name with the Le Mans prototype of the early to mid-2000s, itself a stroke of brilliance.

Thus, it already stands out from the factory. However, Audi has issued a few exclusive variants over the past two decades of the R8. Coincidentally, one such example is the R8 V10 Exclusive Selection Edition, like this one we found on Bring a Trailer recently.

Audi R8 V10 Exclusive Selection Edition

In 2012, Audi chose 20 4.2 FSI and 30 5.2 FSI R8 Coupes to be sold only in the United States as the Exclusive Selection Edition. The 30 V10 models were given a coat of Ibis White with black accents. They also received R8 GT tail lamps, 19-inch e-tron wheels, and a matching interior. The one above arrived in 2012, then wound up with its second owner, the seller’s father, in 2015.

Audi R8 V10 Exclusive Selection Edition

No matter which version of the R8 Exclusive Selection Edition was chosen, two transmission options were on the table: the R-tronic, or the six-speed manual. This one has the latter, whose shifter looks stunning in the gates. Not to mention how the interior still looks as good as it did off the showroom floor. The red-trimmed white-face gauges and carbon-fiber trim tie everything all together, too. Who wouldn’t want to sit inside this Audi?

Audi R8 V10 Exclusive Selection Edition

Especially when you get to hear the 5.2-liter V10 behind you. Back in the day, the R8 made 525 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque, all sent through the six-speed to all corners via the quattro system. Of course, an aftermarket exhaust system changes the sound of things along the road. That sound carried the current owner through most of the 17,000 miles this Audi’s traveled since 2012.

Audi R8 V10 Exclusive Selection Edition

It’s not often you’ll see an R8 on the road. An Exclusive Selection Edition is one rarity that’ll slip by most eyes. Those in the know, though, know this is a truly special machine.

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Cameron Aubernon

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

RS e-tron GT vs R8: Future vs Past Battle on the Runway

Audi R8 vs Audi RS e-tron GT

One presents power through electrons. The other boasts a V10-fueled roar. Both the RS e-tron GT and R8 represent Audi at its best.

Like more than a few manufacturers, Audi stands at the crossroads. Behind it, high-performance, gasoline-fueled wonders like the R8, RS 2 and the ur-Quattro. Ahead, an electric path forged by the e-tron family, including the new champion of the cause, the RS e-tron GT. Each path represents Ingolstadt at its best.

Thus, there’s but one question: which of those paths would take the gold in a series of drags, rolls and immediate stops? Carwow‘s Mat Watson sets about to find this out by pairing the best of the best against each other, in the forms of the RS e-tron GT and the R8.

Audi RS e-tron GT

“I’m sitting in the new Audi RS e-tron GT,” said Watson, “which is now the most powerful Audi you can buy. It’s even more powerful than an R8, believe it or not […] It’s got two electric motors; together, they provide 646 horsepower when you’re launching it. They also deliver [612 lb-ft] of torque. It’s got a two-stage automatic gearbox. It’s got a launch stage and a high-speed stage for the gearbox, so you can be quick off the line and do decent, sustained high speed.”

Alas, the RS e-tron GT also weighs more than the R8, coming in at 5,174 pounds versus the R8’s 3,616 pounds. However, the R8 is outgunned on power (620 horses and 384 lb-ft of torque) and price ($178,000 USD vs the electric Audi’s $157,000 USD). That said, the R8 still makes lovely noises through the 5.2-liter V10, while the RS e-tron GT must make due with random screaming noises from the editor.

Audi R8 vs Audi RS e-tron GT

“The big question here is this is the most powerful Audi now, but is it the quickest,” asks Watson. “This is gonna be so exciting.”

The answer is a resounding yes. On the first drag, Watson quickly pulls away to take the win. However, the R8 driver says that happened due to the R8 bogging down after a successful launch. The second and third drags are also won by Watson and the RS e-tron GT thanks to the R8 short-shifting. Yet, the third drag was the closest it got to the EV.

Audi R8 vs Audi RS e-tron GT

“Now, we have a rolling race from 50 miles an hour,” said Watson, “with the cars in their normal comfy setting. I’m actually going in Efficiency mode, and I’m gonna be very not very efficient, actually.”

Three rolling races, two driving modes, and one errant bunny later, the R8 beat the RS e-tron GT. Plus, it stopped from 70 mph a half-car before the EV. Those wins likely came from the weight advantage the R8 has over the new kid. Overall, the V10 still has it, though it’s only a matter of time before the e-tron fully surpasses its ancestors.

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Cameron Aubernon

Cameron Aubernon’s path to automotive journalism began in the early New ’10s. Back then, a friend of hers thought she was an independent fashion blogger.

Aubernon wasn’t, so she became one, covering fashion in her own way for the next few years.

From there, she’s written for: Louisville.com/Louisville Magazine, Insider Louisville, The Voice-Tribune/The Voice, TOPS Louisville, Jeffersontown Magazine, Dispatches Europe, The Truth About Cars, Automotive News, Yahoo Autos, RideApart, Hagerty, and Street Trucks.

Aubernon also served as the editor-in-chief of a short-lived online society publication in Louisville, Kentucky, interned at the city’s NPR affiliate, WFPL-FM, and was the de facto publicist-in-residence for a communal art space near the University of Louisville.

Aubernon is a member of the International Motor Press Association, and the Washington Automotive Press Association.

Audi R8 MTM V10 Supercharged is a 822 HP Beast: Video

Audi R8 MTM V10 Supercharged

It’s not like the Audi R8 V10 isn’t crazy quick out of the box — but there’s no kill like overkill.

In May, I posted about how the mad scientists at MTM turned a 2021 Audi RS6 into a 1000-horsepower monster, and now, there’s a new video showcasing more of the company’s handiwork. This time, the folks at the Miami-based shop turned their attention to the R8 V10, and as you can imagine, the results were impressive. Thanks to a $35,000 supercharger, this baby is now pumping out a robust 822 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of twist.

Given that the most potent versions of the R8 are “only” packing 602 horsepower and 413 lb-ft at the crank, that’s a serious improvement — even if finding a place where you can use the extra poke might prove tricky. Fortunately, even if you’re not smashing through the 200-mph barrier on a runway somewhere, the modifications made to this land rocket give it an unhinged exhaust note that gearheads will love hearing at any speed. Even if their neighbors might not appreciate the extra drama.

According to the description, Auditography posted along with the clip, the addition of the blower means this R8 will rocket from zero to 60 mph in a blistering 2.75 seconds. Other than noting that the stock wheels have been swapped with forged FI-R units from BBS, there’s no mention of precisely what else has been done to the car. Well, other than the custom wrap, that is. But if this were my car, I’d have left the exterior factory, as the graphics are a little too busy for me.

That said? I have to wonder why they MTM went with a supercharger here as opposed to opting for turbos. Given the crazy gains that are possible just by upgrading the snails on the RS6, I would have expected them to take a similar route with the R8. Especially since the folks at Underground Racing have been using twin turbo systems to push the sexy sports coupe into four-digit horsepower territory for years. Am I missing something here? Hit me up and let me know!

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