Fond Farewell

Audi says auf wiedersehen to the R8 V10 quattro with 30 limited edition models

The car rides on silver wheels, which haven't been available to U.S. customers.

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It's been a good run for the Audi R8 V10 quattro. The powertrain-drivetrain combination of Audi's top all-wheel drive sports car will be discontinued following a limited edition run. The R8 V10 performance quattro lives on for 2021.

Just 30 of the limited edition models will be available. Options for buyers include a Mugello Blue, Avus Silver, or Sonoma Green paint job on the coupe version or a Mugello Blue exterior on the Spyder model. Each color will be available in limited quantities. Fifteen Mugello Blue models with a pastel silver interior will be constructed. Additionally, five Avus Silver/black, five Sonoma Green/black Audis will be made. The Spyder comes exclusively with the pastel silver interior.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG Audi is offering the coupe in three different paint jobs.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

It features side blades, lower trim, and an engine compartment that are finished in carbo fiber, red painted brake calipers, and alu-optic mirror caps. The car rides on 20-inch milled wheels in silver - a first for U.S. customers.

Its naturally aspirated engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It achieves 562 horsepower road 406 pound-feet of torque, which move the coupe from zero to 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds. Spyder models hit that mark in 3.5 seconds. The coupe version has a top track speed of 201 mph but the Spyder is rated one mph slower.

Audi is equipping the limited edition models with a carbon fiber front sway bar, Audi magnetic ride, and Audi dynamic steering. The carbon fiber sway bar saves 4.4 pounds of weight while the magnetic ride adjusts the vehicle's firmness. Using dynamic steering technology, the R8 is more stable at low speeds and easier to maneuver, making it a more practical daily driver.

Photo courtesy of Audi AG The model is available in coupe and Spyder variants.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

The car's sport exhaust system was previously only available on R8 performance models. The amount of sound the comes out the tailpipe is dictated by a button on the steering wheel or via the driver's choice of Audi drive select setting.

Drivers steer the car via a flat-bottom three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with paddle shifters. Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus come standard. The interior also features carbon fiber high-gloss surrounds. Coupe models have a diamond stitched Alcantara headliner.

The limited edition R8 V10 quattro is scheduled go on sale this summer with an MSRP of $186,000 for the Coupe and $195,900 for the Spyder.

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The Continental GT Mulliner is Bentley's newest high-end offering.

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The Continental GT Mulliner has been added to the Bentley stable joining other models that represent the finest the super-luxury brand has to offer. The Mulliner brand offers buyers a wider variety of customization than the traditional Bentley lineup of vehicles.

The new model features a 'Double Diamond' matrix grille at the front, complimented by matching front fender vents at the sides that feature black and silver design with chromed Mulliner branding. Satin Silver mirror caps with Mulliner Welcome Lamps beneath, and illuminated outer door sills with Mulliner text take residence on the side of the vehicle.

Bentley Continental GT Mulliner 

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Bentley has given the model 22-inch Mulliner wheels with a painted and polished finish. The centre badge of each wheel is self-leveling, keeping its Bentley logo upright at all times.

The cabin of the Continental GT is already plush but the Mulliner brand touch takes the level of sophistication and refinement up a notch. The color split in the cabin is exclusive to the car, with a new combination of primary and secondary hide joined by a third color through a flowing design line.

Mulliner proposes eight different three-color combinations for order, using Bentley's palette of hides and threads to create a contrast throughout the cabin. "Diamond in Diamond" quilting to the seats, doors trims, and rear quarter panels are standard. The quilting consists of nearly 400,000 stitches with each diamond containing 712 stitches.

Each seat in the car is finished with an embroidered Mulliner logo. The floor mats are edged with micro-piping to match the rest of the color theme of the interior. The roof of the cabin is trimmed along its full length with indented hide, or smooth hide to match the seat backs if a buyer chooses the fixed glass roof instead.

The center console is made of a diamond milled technical finish that is flanked by Grand Black walnut veneer and chrome overlays. At the center is a Breitling clock. The passenger side fascia is finished with a silhouette of the car's exterior profile and the Mulliner logo.

The interior appointments can be personalized further with a range of 88 contemporary, colorized veneer finishes that can be matched to the interior or exterior of the car. Burr walnut veneer is hand sanded and polished to produce a perfectly smooth finish before painting to match the colour of the customer's choice. Once dry, the veneer is polished to achieve a mirror-like finish.

Buyers are able to choose whether their Bentley model is powered by a 6.0-liter W12 engine or a 4.0-liter V8. The 12-cylinder gets 626 brake horsepower and the V8 achieves 542 brake horsepower. Both engines come standard with 48-volt active anti-roll technology.

Orders for both coupe and convertible versions of the Continental GT Mulliner will be taken starting in October. The first deliveries begin early next year.

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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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