A Nurburgring special edition is rarely a bad thing.
The Audi R8 has been an unlikely blue-collar hero since it burst onto the scene 15 years ago. The supercar famously shares components with the exotic Lamborghini Huracan but has often been preferred by those who have driven both thanks to its more restrained styling and homely accessibility. The car has been a success all over the world and has even been produced in rear-wheel-drive flavor for more excitement. It's been great on circuits all around the globe too, with the R8 LMS proving to be a great GT3 racer. Now there's one more special edition and it pays tribute to Audi's racing success at the Nurburgring. The R8 LMS has taken outright victory at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring five times since 2012, so a special edition is the right kind of celebratory cake.
As you likely already know, the Nurburgring has the nickname 'The Green Hell'. This was a name bestowed upon it by Formula One racing legend Jackie Stewart, who acknowledged the beauty of the forest surrounding the track as well as the danger of the proximity of these woods to the challenging circuit. The new Audi R8 Green Hell thus pays tribute to the track with Tioman Green paint. The car is more than just a regular R8 with some pretty paint splashed on it though. The 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V10 engine has been tuned to develop 611 horsepower - more than even the Performance model of the regular R8. This helps it achieve 0-62 mph sprint times of just 3.1 seconds.
Just 50 units of this special edition will be produced with a price tag of around $274,000. Along with paint and power, the special edition also features some elements wrapped in matte black, transparent matte production numbers on the doors, 20-inch matte black wheels with red accents, and an interior with extensive use of Alcantara.
Contrast stitching in a turquoise color called Kailash Fern helps add some flair while red piping on various interior components and "GREEN HELL R8" logos further separate the limited model from its regular sibling. It's a stunning car, but what if you don't like green? Fortunately, you can have the car in Daytona Gray, Ibis White, or Mythos Black too. Exactly how many are coming Stateside is yet to be seen, but there's no doubt it will sell out almost instantly.