The new 2013 Audi R8 looks pretty much the same as the old one. Well, apart from those new LED headlights, it is exactly the same. But then this is one of those cars that has a successful recipe. It works as it is, so Audi thought why mess with a good thing. They have just tweaked the car for the new version, rather than changing it. Still, it’s not like they haven’t done anything at all.
To let you know what’s up with the new R8, Audi had some of the designers and engineers to sit and talk about it in this video:
The R8 embodies Audi’s full expertise in ultra-lightweight design. The aluminum body with the Audi Space Frame (ASF) weighs only 210 kilograms (462.97 lb) on the Coupé, and 216 kilograms (476.20 lb) on the Spyder. The unladen Audi R8 V8 Coupé with manual transmission registers just 1,560 kilograms (3439.21 lb) on the scales, while the open-top sports car weighs 1,660 kilograms (3659.67 lb). The Audi R8 V10 plus, available only as a coupé, brings the needle to 1,570 kilograms (3461.26 lb). Adjustable bucket seats with glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP) chassis, less use of insulating materials, special light alloy wheels and chassis components, including the standard ceramic brakes, as well the CFRP add-on parts at the body all contribute to lowering the weight.