Audi unveiled its upcoming 2013 R8 this week, revealing the subtle changes to the design, and other upgrades.
According to AutoBlog.com, the upcoming R8 has made some small changes that may be hard to pick up from the eye of a casual onlooker, but the most prominent change is the redesigned LED headlights and taillights that come standard on all models. The car maker has also revised the front bumper and grille, and in the back, there’s a larger diffuser and new circular tailpipes.
The biggest upgrade for 2013 is the new seven-speed S-tronic transmission that utilizes two mult-plate clutches. Each clutch engages with two independent sub-transmissions and alternately select gears, resulting in smoother shifts that take mere hundredths of as second.
For your drivers that want to be fully in-control, a six-speed manual is still offered, but Audi claims that the car equipped with the S-tronic is actually faster to 60 miles per hour by three-tenths of a second in all models.
One other highlight is the new R8 V10 Plus, which arrives at the flagship model, featuring the same carbon fiber reinforced plastic used on the R8 GT. The front splitter, mirrors, side blades, rear diffuser and lining for the engine compartment are all constructed of the lightweight material. The 5.2-liter V10 has also been slightly improved compared to the standard V10 model, producing 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet torque.
The 2013 Audi R8 is slated to hit Europe by the end of the year. However, news of a U.s. release is still unknown as of press time.