Audi has lifted the veil off of the R8 China Edition. ¬†As its name implies, the limited-edition coupe is an effort to capitalize on China's large appetite for luxury goods.
The China Edition is based on the pre-facelift variant of the supercar and is offered in Malibu Blue and Suzaka Gray, two colors that are not available elsewhere in the world. ¬†Buyers can choose whether they want the body blue and the sideblades¬†gray or vice versa. ¬†A rear spoiler made out of carbon fiber and 19-inch wheels painted gloss black give the China Edition a more premium look than a regular R8.
The interior gains several upgrades, including carbon fiber trim on the dash, an Alcantra-covered steering wheel and a unique shift knob that is engraved with the car's serial number. ¬†Although a total of 80 China Editions will be built, the serial numbers will go up to 99 because Audi is skipping all numbers that have a 4 in them. ¬†In China, the 4 is considered back luck because its pronunciation is similar to the word "death."
When it arrives in showrooms, the limited-edition coupe will only be available with Audi's 552-horsepower 5.2-liter V10 engine. ¬†
Audi has not disclosed how much the China Edition will retail for or when the first deliveries will take place.