Facelifted version of the Audi R8 GT is set to get a limited production run

The first-generation Audi R8 is planned to be sent out on a high with a facelifted version of the limited-run GT, caught here during testing at the Nürburgring.

Set to be unveiled at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year, the supercar will receive a tuned version of the pre-facelift R8 GT’s 5.2-litre V10. 

A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard on the upcoming rear-drive GT, with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto offered on the four-wheel-drive version that should be good for 0-62mph in 3.4sec and 199mph.

Changes over the pre-facelift R8 GT include a more prominent front splitter, large side air ducts and a sizeable rear wing.

Audi is expected to call its new car the R8 GT Plus. A Spyder version is set to follow next year.

Performance figures of the new car have not yet been announced, but the previous generation was capable of 0-62mph in just 3.6sec and had a price tag of £142,585.

To read our full review of the previous Audi R8 GT, click here.

Our Verdict

It may not have a posh badge, but when it comes to what really matters the R8 has what it takes to hold its head high among supercar rivals

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15 June 2013

... but somehow leaves me cold. 

15 June 2013

Porsche's flagship is now more powerful (552bhp) than an R8 V10 Plus (540bhp), so Audi fights back with this. It's VW Group internal rivalries playing out in public, Audi vs Porsche.

15 June 2013

Lamborghini's Gallardo LP570-4 and Sesto Elemento have a 570bhp version of the V10 already developed, so 565bhp on paper - 570 actual Wink - is my bet for the GT.

15 June 2013

the new R4 looks far cooler though.

17 June 2013

It's VW Group internal rivalries playing out in public

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