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.

Former SEMA Quattro Tribute S4 Steals the Show on the Road

2013 Audi S4

Built by Allroad Outfitters for SEMA 2018, 2013 S4 wears livery made famous by S1 Quattro, used in promos by Thule, Toyo Tires.

SEMA is only a few months away (we hope). This means the desert sands of Las Vegas will soon be swarmed by all sorts of wild Audi builds. Some builds were made to promote a vendor’s product, others to display the skills of the builders themselves. Not to mention the coolest Audis flexing all over Sin City, from the drag strip and drift courses, to Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Vegas Strip.

One such Audi made the trek to SEMA back in 2018, an S4 built by California’s Allroad Outfitters. Last year, it was put up on Craigslist. This year, it’s Bring a Trailer‘s turn to find this unique build a new home.

2013 Audi S4

Hosted by aftermarket lighting vendor Spyder at their SEMA 2018 display, the S4 wears the colors made famous by the S1 Quattro of the Eighties. Other accolades include a Toyo Treadpass Treadpass Vehicle award, and time spent as a demo for Thule’s luggage racks. Since then, it’s been looking for a new home.

2013 Audi S4

Under the hood, the S4’s 3.0-liter V6 with Eaton supercharger smokes the full set of Toyo Proxes R888Rs, each wrapped upon a Volk Rays TE37 wheel. A seven-speed auto handles the power, while the Borla exhaust delivers the sound to the SEMA crowd.

2013 Audi S4

Though the interior remains stock in some places, the S4 received a bolt-in roll bar, plus a set of carbon-Kevlar Recaros up front. The outside, however, is where it’s at. Along with the aforementioned tribute wrap, the Audi rocks a full set of carbon-fiber body panels. From the canards and big wing, to the fender flares mirror covers, this ride can only be a SEMA special.

2013 Audi S4

According to the Craigslist posting Jalopnik screencap’d in 2020, Allroad Outfitters tried to sell the SEMA S4 for $59,995. Alas, no one took them up on on this Audi. Thus, a trip to Bring a Trailer. As of this post, the S4 sits at $10,000. We wish the builders all the best in sending their creation off to a new home.

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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 AMG E 63 S in EPIC Electric vs Gas Battle!

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

RS e-tron GT proves its worth against AMG, proves electric vehicles can have style, performance on par or better than ICE machines.

There’s no doubt the New ’20s will likely be the last time ICE machines have the higher ground in all aspects of motoring. As more automakers enter the roadway to electrification, new EVs continue to improve their standing away from egomaniacs and their playthings. Audi is among them with their e-tron family, including its high-performance RS e-tron GT fastback sedan.

How far has the electric road come along over the past few years? Why not see by pitting the RS e-tron GT against one of the old guard. Carwow‘s Mat Watson and Yianni Charalambous (a.k.a. Yiannimize) turned up on the runway for a good battle between the Audi and the gas-powered AMG E 63 S. Can the EV hold its own against a V8?

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

“I’m sitting in a Mercedes E 63 AMG,” said Watson. “Next to me is an Audi RS e-tron GT. This may seem like a bit of an odd match-up, but I’m going to explain why I’m doing it. You see, [the Audi] is now the most powerful RS model you can buy. Yet, every time I’ve raced an RS car against this E 63, the Mercedes has come out on top. So can that new, electric-powered RS car regain some honor for Audi?”

Of course, it’s not just about regaining honor for Audi. It’s a demonstration of how far EVs have come along in just a few short years as being as good, if not better than, their ICE counterparts. Though manufacturers like Toyota and Porsche have either put their weight behind alternatives like hydrogen and synthetic gasoline (the latter which could keep ICE machines on the road for a long time to come, per Donut Media), there’s no doubt the EV is not only here to stay, it’s here to overthrow the old order.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

“I think this [Audi] looks great,” said Charalambous. “I really, really like this a lot. I’ll be honest with you, when I saw the lineup, I was so surprised you gave me this car. I personally don’t think you got a chance. But, I could be underestimating that vehicle.”

Right off the bat, Charalambous proves the RS e-tron GT is the wave of the future. In the drag race, he uses his perfect launch to leave Watson in dust by around two car lengths. After all, his Audi’s pair of electric motors deliver their combined 620 ft-lb of torque all at once. Meanwhile, the AMG’s torque takes a while to come up, just as the Audi’s 630 ponies have long already gotten the job done.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

That instant torque shows up even harder on the roll races. On the first with both cars in their respective comfort modes, the RS e-tron GT immediately pulls away, crossing the mile-mark by four car lengths. In their performance modes, though, the duo cross the same line in a dead heat. However, it did take the AMG a while to reach the Audi.

Audi RS e-tron GT vs Mercedes-AMG E 63 S

“For a car that’s so fast,” said Charalambous, “it doesn’t brake well. I assume you got no ceramics on this?”

Despite the AMG winning the brake test, it did so by about a third of a car. Part of this could be due to the RS e-tron GT’s battery pack contributing to the overall 2.3 tons it weighs. It also, as Charalambous believes, could be due to the lack of the right sort of brakes for such a machine.

However, the weight issue could resolve itself once the infrastructure is in place. As Audi CEO Markus Duesmann told Roadshow in February, the long-range packs of today could shrink amid a denser infrastructure. In turn, charging times also shrink, placing EVs finally on par with fueling times for ICE machines. And, of course, shorter stopping distances for brake tests like the ones carwow performs due to less weight overall.

In short, races like these demonstrate where the EV lines up with ICEs. Looks like the latter has finally met its match, and its fate.

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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.

Former S3 IMSA Car Becomes 550-HP RS 3 Pikes Peak Climber

Audi RS 3 Pikes Peak

Piloted by Robb Holland, RS 3 dubbed “The Sledgehammer” brings 550 horses to reclaim front-wheel drive record at Pikes Peak.

Audi is no stranger to Colorado’s Pikes Peak. After the end of Group B rallying in the mid-Eighties, the ur-Quattro and Sport Quattro both took on the 12.42-mile climb into the clouds, smashing records and scoring trophies along the way. Audi even sent up a TTS with autonomous technology in 2010 to prove such tech could make the climb up and down the famous course in the first place.

In more recent times, Robb Holland wields an Audi of his own for Pikes Peak, an RS 3 dubbed “The Sledgehammer.” Hoonigan AutoFocus‘s Larry Chen spent some time at this year’s gathering to learn more about Holland’s Audi, and all that goes into taking it up the mountain.

Audi RS 3 Pikes Peak

“It was an S3,” said Holland. “Full all-wheel drive; that’s how it ran in IMSA. Then, we converted it to front-wheel drive because we set the front-wheel drive record in the TT RS, the one that we won the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with. Brought it here, set the record. Then, two years later, Acura brought their full factory effort, and took the record from us by six seconds.”

The conversion to front-wheel drive also turned the now-RS 3 into an Unlimited-class car. Though it is outclassed by everyone else in said class, Holland’s main goal is to take back the record from Acura. In 2020, they fell three seconds short, due to the bumps.

Audi RS 3 Pikes Peak

“Right now, this is the two-liter motor,” said Holland. “We’d love to run the 2.5-liter […] But for right now, we’ve developed this as a 550-horsepower– it works. It’s designed to work at Pikes Peak. It’s designed to work at altitude.”

To put all the power to the ground, Pirelli Supersofts handle the task at hand. Since it’s already cool in the mornings, though, tire warmers bring them up to a piping hot 200 degrees. That said, the higher the elevation, the harder it is to keep the tires warm. Thus, the softer compound.

Audi RS 3 Pikes Peak

“The guys at Bluewater Performance, who built this car […] they wanted a car that was closer to their customer cars,” said Holland, “as opposed to some one-off prototype or whatever. It’s worked out really, really well. It just goes to show how far you can push a street car, and the level of performance you can get out of it.”

Images: Larry Chen (screenshots by author)

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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.