New 2013 Audi R8 features a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox, as well as the addition of a more-focused V10 Plus model
25 July 2012

The facelifted Audi R8 has been revealed at the Moscow motor show. Features of the revised sports car include styling tweaks inside and out, a new seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission and the addition of a more focused V10 Plus model to the R8 line-up.

At the front of the new R8, tweaks to the car's skin include a redesigned bumper and new LED headlights. The R8's rear also features new bumper and light cluster designs, as well as a new ‘R8’ logo, restyled rear diffuser and rounded single exhaust pipes in each corner.

Engine variants for the R8 line-up include the previous model’s entry-level 424bhp 4.2-litre V8 and the 5.2-litre V10 with 518bhp, but Audi has replaced the current model’s six-speed automated manual R-tronic gearbox with a new seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission.

Audi claims the new gearbox decreases CO2 emissions by 22g/km, while also slashing 0-62mph sprint times by 0.3sec; the entry-level car now dispatches 0-62mph in 4.3sec, with the V10 version hitting the mark in 3.6sec.

Joining the R8 line-up is a more focused V10 Plus model, which will be offered in coupé guise only. Audi has increased the V10’s power by 24bhp to 542bhp, which reduces the car’s 0-62mph time to 3.5sec as well as extending the top speed to 197mph.

To reduce the V10’s weight, the V10 Plus edition features lightweight alloy wheels, reduced insulation and carbonfibre touches to the exterior. The range-topper’s suspension is also revised to include tuned springs and shock absorbers.

Styling differences between the Plus and standard V10 include a carbonfibre front splitter, with the same material used on the mirror housings and air vents. The rear diffuser is also larger than standard and the exhaust pipes are finished in black. Lightweight bucket seats also feature in the R8 Plus model’s interior.

The facelifted Audi R8 will cost from £91,575 for the entry-level V8, while the V10 with S Tronic is priced from £115,575. These figures represent a premium of £3610 and £1145 respectively. The new flagship V10 Plus S Tronic coupe will set customers back £127,575.

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25 July 2012

So far so good. It's the only Audi  that actually excites me when I look at it!

25 July 2012

Not much else to say really, just another Audi,£88K-£134K/....says it all,doesn't it?

Peter Cavellini.

25 July 2012

Just another cynical comment from Peter Cavellini who last purchased a new car in 1980.  An Austin Princess.  Says it all doesn't it?

25 July 2012

Didn't have a ticket in 1980,learnt in Sunny, then had a Chevette,an Escort estate followed by tw Orions,another Escort,then a Mondeo,a Focus, then an M3 and now a 530i,if you read the articles over the years,as i have, you'd find most testers were not 100% impressed,wooden steering, a bit firm ride etc, so,i base it on the opinions of those who really know.

Peter Cavellini.

25 July 2012

Peter Cavellini wrote:

if you read the articles over the years,as i have, you'd find most testers were not 100% impressed,wooden steering, a bit firm ride etc, so,i base it on the opinions of those who really know.

Errm... most testers absolutely loved it - the R8 got voted car of the year by a few mags. Not sure where you're getting the wooden steering from? only a few very recent reviews when vs the latest 911 has it not come out on top.

Personally I'm a little disappointed the refresh hasnt gone that far, but I suppose it'll help residuals on the current car.  Has Audi said whether it's auto only or if it retains a manual option?

On a seperate note, Please tell me Audi has put in the latest HDD nav system with MMI and hasn't stuck with the ancient outdated thing in the last R8?

25 July 2012

Orangewheels wrote:

Has Audi said whether it's auto only or if it retains a manual option?

I wondered that too, but according to the CAR web site, yes it does, thankfully. 

26 July 2012

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Didn't have a ticket in 1980,learnt in Sunny, then had a Chevette,an Escort estate followed by tw Orions,another Escort,then a Mondeo,a Focus, then an M3 and now a 530i,if you read the articles over the years,as i have, you'd find most testers were not 100% impressed,wooden steering, a bit firm ride etc, so,i base it on the opinions of those who really know.

 

Peter why you admit so openly that your experience involved so many plainly bloody awful sets of wheels that I wouldnt be seen dead in personally and that includes the old M3 which looked like it crashed into Halfords on the way to the showroom!

Having driven the R8 sadly not the V10, I can tell you that "wooden steering" is a journalistic wooden spoon because every Audi thats been brought out over the last 20 years received the same "accolaid" because the scribes could find nothing to fault and selected the most "individualistic" part to ridicule. The R8 handles wonderfully (sounds glorious too) and is a delight to drive - big adrenaline rush Smile Some of my previous wheels have included original Audi Quattro - still one of my favourites  - and BMW 3.0CSL , more recently a great Q car which was the company hack Rover 620 Ti, but now I have a different life and occupation which involves a lot of intercontinental East and West Europe, and My wife drives our private car which is an excellent Yeti and I use whatever is available in the company car park - which does have a Bentley and an XJS which I occassionaly get the keys to !! The R8 is a brilliant car and way better that any Porsche (except the Panam which I love)

what's life without imagination

30 August 2012

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Didn't have a ticket in 1980,learnt in Sunny, then had a Chevette,an Escort estate followed by tw Orions,another Escort,then a Mondeo,a Focus, then an M3 and now a 530i,if you read the articles over the years,as i have, you'd find most testers were not 100% impressed,wooden steering, a bit firm ride etc, so,i base it on the opinions of those who really know.

Really Peter with a sad track record like that I wouldnt have the balls to mention it, but to accept some of the annoying anti Audi critics disappoints even more. You are not that chap with a noddy dog on the back window who is a copy of it in the local pub agreeing with whatever are you?

 

The R8 is a fabulous piece of kit and I have driven 2 of the "lesser" ones and wish to hell I could drive the REAL McCoy, the V10. Wooden steering - its the most annoyingly repeated journalist piece of anti Audi. They throw it at every model because they cant find anything else to critisize. Please Peter, go and drive one and then have a serious message to write, but do one thing for yourself before you do drive one - take a roll of bog paper with you Smile

what's life without imagination

25 July 2012

Peter Cavellini wrote:

£88K-£134K/....says it all,doesn't it?

What do you mean?

Anyway, as facelifts go, this is very mild. The R8 never was a very exciting car to look at, and clearly Audi want to keep it that way.

26 July 2012

I'd feel i was getting what i payed for with the Gallardo, as opposed to the AUDI R8 which has that turned out in millions, like bottle tops feel about it, when i see a Gallardo it excites me, the shape,the aggresive posture,the Audi.........er, no, just no.

Peter Cavellini.

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