Leading up to this weekend's Nürburgring 24 endurance race, Audi has launched a new limited edition variant of its R8 supercar called the "Green Hell" edition. A tribute to the R8 LMS's dominance at the track over the past decade, just 50 examples will be built.
"Green Hell" is a widely used nickname for the Nürburgring, earned from its forest-lined views and dozens of challenging corners. The R8 LMS, the factory racing version of the mid-engine R8, has taken overall victory at the Nürburgring 24-hour no less than five time since 2012. So it's only natural Audi pay honor the car's success before it eventually goes out of production.
The Green Hell R8 comes standard in a stunning shade of Tioman green, but can be optioned in white gray, or black. Portions of the hood, roof, fenders, and rear end are wrapped in a matte black foil, complimented by model-specific badging. The five-spoke 20-inh wheels are painted matte black as well, paired with red outlining. Inside, the seats get Alcantara inlays, while the steering wheel gets a red 12 o'clock marker.
The 5.2-naturally aspirated V-10 behind the cabin of the Green Hell R8 is unmodified from the standard R8 Performance. That means 615 horsepower going to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 0-62 sprint happens in a claimed 3.1 seconds, while top speed is 205 mph.
Audi is limiting production of the Green Hell R8 to 50 units worldwide. Pricing in Germany starts at 233,950 Euros, or around $274,000 at current exchange rates. Audi confirmed to Road & Track in an email that this special edition won't be making its way to the States.
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