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2019 Audi R8 V10 Decennium celebrates decade of Audi V10

By Chris Thompson, 01 Mar 2019 News

2019 Audi R8 V10 Decennium celebrates decade of Audi V10

Limited edition V10 R8 scores a power bump and special styling

To celebrate 10 years of the Audi 5.2-litre V10, the Ingolstadt carmaker has revealed the aptly named Audi R8 V10 Decennium.

Primarily a design special, rather than one bestowed with a performance edge, the Decennium is limited to 222 units.

Most noticeable on the car pictured is the dark theme featuring an exclusive-to-Decennium matte Daytona Grey, with bronze 2-inch milled wheels and blacked-out badging to match the gloss black front lip, sills, and diffuser.

The rather dark exterior design theme continues into the cabin, finished entirely in black featuring gloss carbon fibre accents, black leather, Alcantara, and contrasting copper-coloured stitching.

A ‘Decennium’ logo can be found just in front of the gear selector, while the same ‘10 Decennium’ design can be seen on the scuff plates and projected onto the ground from the doors’ puddle lamps.

The Audi R8 V10 Decennium features the same 456kW/580Nm tune from its atmo 5.2-litre V10 as the recently revealed 2019 Audi R8 Performance, though its set to cost an additional 11 per cent over the price of that model in Germany.

MOTOR has contacted Audi Australia to find out whether any of the 222 units would be seen locally, but has not yet received word back.

MOTOR review: R8 V10 RWS

The Audi R8’s V10 heart

The V10 engine being celebrated by this model dates back, well… a decade, and in its first form made 386kW in the 2009 Audi R8.

By 2010 the Audi R8 GT was good for 412kW, while the R8 V10 Plus produced at least 404kW from 2012 onwards.

MOTOR review: 2015 R8 LMX

In 2015, when the second-generation R8 was released, the re-worked 5.2-litre V10 was making either 397kW in its lower tune, or 449kW as the R8 V10 Plus.

This year, the tunes are both upped to 419kW and 456kW, which will arrive in the Decennium and the 2019 Audi R8 Performance.