More zip for Audi’s R8

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

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.

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