Audi has finally released the full images and details for its revamped 2013 R8. In 2006, the German automaker Audi has launched R8, as a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car, and now for 2013, this new car isn’t radically different, but it sustained several changes to be crafted to perfection.
Audi has concentrated more on what’s underneath rather than the looks of its new 2013 model. The big news is the availability of a new seven-speed S-tronic double-clutch automated gearbox instead of the old six-speed single clutch automated manual transmission. A conventional six-speed manual is still available on some models. As for the engine lineup, things are pretty much the same, but with with a new range-topping model in the form of R8 V10 plus. It pumps the 5.2-liter’s power up to 550 hp and shaves a tenth of a second off the 0-to-62-mph time.
When talking about design on the new R8, the old car, actually not needed some big changes, but has undergone some minor beautification, especially to its front end. The 2013 model gets a slightly different grille and headlights with new versions of Audi’s signature LED daytime running lights. It also gets a set of new circular tailpipes, new taillamp design and a bigger diffuser. Inside, the MMI infotainment system has been upgraded and there’s a new steering wheel. The rest of the car in this front three-quarter view looks the same as the outgoing 2012 R8. The car’s trademark “side blades,” which can be rendered in carbon fiber or body body-color, remain.
The European models are expected to hit the road towards the end of the year while the American model will be introduced shortly thereafter. The price for the new model is still unknown, but expected to cost the same, or little more, than the old. Audi R8 4.2 FSI stickers for $118,450, while a top-spec, V10-powered R8 GT costs $201,050.