More zip for Audi’s R8
THE R8 is the sporty spearhead of the Audi model line-up. The high-performance sports car is now more dynamic and powerful than ever before thanks to numerous improvements. New look R8 V8 and V10 Coupé and Spyder models adopt S tronic twin-clutch transmission as part of comprehensive programme of 2013 Model Year revisions. Latest range headed by new lighter, quicker and even more focused 550PS V10 plus Coupé version. All-LED headlights and rear indicators with innovative sweeping function standard across the range - equipment upgrades for all models.
The adrenaline-fuelling Audi R8 driving experience is about to be charged with even greater intensity by a new S tronic twin-clutch sports transmission delivering blink-of-an-eye gear shifts and improved sprinting ability. The ultra-rapid transmission is just one highlight of the 2013 Model Year R8 range, which also now features new design detailing and all-LED lighting across the board, equipment upgrades for most models and a new, even more powerful and focused version of the V10 Coupé - the 550PS V10 plus.
The exterior design has been honed ever further. The newly structured LED headlights that are now standard on all models, the hexagonal single-frame grille and the large, round tailpipe trims are the most obvious elements. The rear lights of all models include the innovative dynamic turn signals. Generated by LEDs, the light runs from the inside out in the direction in which the driver wants to turn.
The new seven-speed S tronic significantly boosts the performance of the Audi R8. Models equipped with this transmission sprint from zero to 100 km/h 0.3 seconds faster than if equipped with the R tronic. Fuel consumption decreases by up to 0.9 litres per 100 km.
The eight-cylinder engine powering the Audi R8 V8 Coupé produces 430 PS and 430 Nm of torque. In combination with the seven-speed S tronic, it accelerates the R8 Coupé from zero to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 300 km/h. The Audi R8 V10 Coupé with the S tronic completes the standard sprint in 3.6 seconds and has a top speed of 314 km/h. The tencylinder engine generates 525 PS and delivers 530 Nm of torque to the crankshaft. The new flagship of the range is the Audi R8 V10 plus. Developing 550PS and maximum torque of 540 Nm at 6,500 rpm, this coupé-only version catapults from rest to 62mph in 3.5 seconds and achieves a top speed of 317kph when linked to S tronic transmission; With manual transmission, the acceleration time lengthens slightly to 3.8 seconds, top speed also increases to 319kph.
In terms of standard equipment, the Audi R8 gains Bluetooth interface and preparation for tracking. The V10 models add front and rear park assist while the V8 adds satellite navigation and 19” wheels.
Prices begin at €167,500 for the Audi R8 V8 Coupe. The R8 Spyder begins at €180,000 ex works. The range topping Audi R8 V10 Plus is €254,000.