For the fifth year in a row, I made the trek up north to Tacoma, Washington to attend Audi Expo 2016, held at Griot’s Garage. As with the past several years, I brought along some photography gear to cover the event. This time, I had my trustworthy Nikon D800E and an AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II along with a new Nikon D500. The D500 was paired with with an AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 DX that I rented to cover the wider to normal range.
One of the highlights at this year’s Audi Expo was a 2017 Ara Blue Audi R8 V10 plus that was provided by Audi of America. Although the R8 has been making its rounds at several stops in the Pacific Northwest, this was the first time that I would get to see it in person.
I had been waiting quite a while to see Ara Blue in person, as I had been ogling over it ever since it became the new concept car and auto show paint color of choice. I see it as a perfect replacement for the, now, ubiquitous Sepang Blue that has been available on recent S, RS and previous generation R8 models.
In the bright sun, Ara Blue gets very close to being as vibrant as Sprint Blue and transitions to a deeper shade of blue that is similar to Sepang Blue. Unlike Sepang Blue, Ara Blue does not exhibit the purple color shift that comes from Sepang Blue’s pearl effect.
For comparison, below is a photo of a Sepang Blue Audi R8 V10 that was parked not very far away from the Ara Blue R8.