We were expecting Audi to come up with an all-new version of the R8 super car, but that is apparently going to take a few more years, as the German auto maker unveiled a facelifted R8 for 2013. The facelift covers all models including the V8 and the V10, and both Coupe and Spyder variants. Changes are quite subtle, but they do a good job giving the R8 a fresh new look.
So visually what you get with the new R8 includes LED headlights and indicator lights with dynamic display, a single-frame grille with the beveled upper corners painted high-gloss black and chrome surrounds, and a slightly revised bumper with new air intakes. There is also a carbon front splitter that is standard on the V10 models, but optional on the V8. The V10 gets more carbon parts in general to be distinguished from the V8.
Audi also introduces a new a 7-speed S tronic transmission for all variants. The engines have not changed though. The basic R8 gets a 430-hp 4.2 liter V8, but it’s a bit faster thanks to the new transmission with a0-60 time of 4.3 seconds. The Spyder does that in 4.5 seconds. Manual versions are about 0.3 seconds slower.
The Audi R8 V10 maintains it’s Lamborghini-derived V10 as well, a brilliant engine that makes 525 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. This one with the new S tronic 7-speed ‘box absolutely flies, with a 0 to 60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 195 mph. With the manual it manages 3.9 seconds and 196 mph. The R8 V10 Spyder with S tronic completes the standard sprint in 3.8 seconds and has a top speed of 311 km/h (193.25 mph).
To make the new R8 more exciting to drive, Audi has tweaked the exhaust system as well. They get new tailpipes that contain flaps; they open during sharp acceleration to produce a fuller sound.
Price-wise, and in Europe, the R8 Coupe starts at 113,500 euro and the Spyder at 124,800. The V10 models run for 154,600 and 165,900 respectively.