The new R8 has finally arrived with some minor tweaks both inside and out, the addition of a 7-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission that replaces the 6-speed automated manual R tronic, and a V10 Plus model.
The 2013 model features a revamped fascia with new LED headlamps a six-point single-frame grille with horizontal chrome inserts adorning the struts on the V10 variant, and a redesigned bumper with the air inlets bearing three crossbars each.
The R8 sports a new set of LED taillights, a different R8 logo, restyled diffuser, air outlets with three slats on each corner and two new round tailpipes on all engine versions.
The interior changes are limited to some modifications to the trim, the needles in the instrument cluster and the paddle shifters for S tronic models. Audi says the 7-Speed S tronic reduced CO2 emissions by up to 22g/km and decreased the sprint from zero to 100kph by three-tenths of a second. The manual 6-speed gearbox is still available.
The R8 V8 with S tronic accelerates from rest to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds and tops out at 300kph, while the R8 V10 with S tronic completes the sprint in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 314kph.
The new addition to therange is the V10 Plus. A tweaked 5.2-litre V10 engine putting out 404kW and a peak torque of 540Nm powers the Plus.
With S tronic, the all-wheel drive R8 V10 Plus sprints to 100kph in 3.5 seconds and tops out at 317kph. Fuel consumption has been reduced to 12.9l/100km.
The V10 Plus model also gets specially tuned springs and shock absorbers, different front camber and standard adaptive damping.
You can distinguish the V10 Plus from the rest of the R8s by the carbonfibre package that adds a front splitter, mirror housings, wider side blades and air vents. In addition, the vents next to the rear window, the 19-inch alloy wheels, the larger rear diffuser and the twin exhaust pipes are finished in black.
Other features include the CFRP lining and LED lighting for the engine compartment, and bucket seats with prominent side sections for better lateral support.