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Audi reveals the 2013 R8 range

Minor facelift, major gearbox change...

Audi has unveiled the first details of the facelifted 2013 Audi R8 range. Though you’d be hard pressed to spot the differences from a distance, there are subtle changes and the introduction of a new R8 V10 Plus model at the top of the range, effectively replacing the R8 GT.

The exterior updates include a modified front end featuring a new front bumper and single-frame grille while the R8 gets newly styled LED headlights as standard, with a new LED DRL graphic. At the rear there are now two round exhaust outlets across the range.

The most important technological update is the introduction of the dual clutch 7-speed S-tronic transmission system which replaces the existing six-speed R-Tronic which was somewhat unloved by enthusiasts. The 7-speed S Tronic is optionally available on the V8 models whereas the V10 gets it as standard – meaning the 6-speed manual gearbox with the open gate is still standard on the V8 and optional on the V10 – a real rarity these days.

The 4.2 litre V8 engine sees its power output boosted to 422 bhp and 317 lb/ft of torque. Using the S-Tronic transmission, the V8 will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds while the Spyder manages it in 4.6 seconds. Both are capable of reaching a top speed of 187 mph.

The 5.2 litre V10 engine will now be available in a choice of two outputs. The base level model produces 522 bhp and 390 lb/ft of torque while the new range topping “Plus” model gets a nice bump to 547 bhp and 398 lb/ft of torque.

The top model is capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 197 mph while the standard V10 is just 0.1 seconds and 3 mph shy of the V10 Plus. The Audi R8 V10 Spyder meanwhile manages 3.8 seconds to 62 mph before maxxing out at 193 mph.

The new 2013 Audi R8 facelift range will arrive in European dealerships before the end of the year. Pricing for base models will start at €113,500 for the coupe and €124,800 for the Spyder while the respective V10 models will start at €154,600 and €165,900. The range topping R8 V10 Plus will set customers back €173,200.

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more