Audi updates R8 supercar for 2013

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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After 6 years of production and much fanfare Audi's mid-engine R8 will be upgraded for model year 2013. The shapely German coupe and roadster now feature LED headlights as well as a new grille and a revised front bumper. New LEDs enhance the taillights and all versions of the R8 feature glossy dual exhaust tips.

Power continues to come from either eight or ten cylinders, with the former 4.2-litre V8 producing 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is claimed in 4.6 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission and 4.3 seconds when using the new seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission. The V8-powered R8's top speed is 300 km/h with the dual clutch transmission and a slightly faster 302 km/h with the manual. In comparison, the V8-powered R8 Spyder drop-top manages a top speed of 300 km/h while delivering zero to 100 km/h acceleration times of 4.8 and 4.5 seconds with the manual and dual clutch transmissions respectively.

V10 versions of the 2013 R8 produce 525 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque from 5.2 litres of displacement with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h claimed to take 3.6 seconds with the dual clutch S tronic transmission and 3.9 seconds with the six-speed manual. Like the V8-powered R8, the R8 V10 manages a higher top speed with the manual transmission at 316 km/h, which compares to 314 km/h afforded by the dual clutch. The R8 V10 Spyder with the S tronic transmission accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 311 km/h, while the manual transmission version manages 4.1 seconds and 313 km/h respectively.

The story doesn't end here, however, as a new range-topping model has been announced, the Audi R8 V10 plus. With 550 horsepower and 398 pound-feet of torque, the R8 V10 plus surges from zero to 100 km/h in a mere 3.5 seconds with the S tronic transmission and on to a top speed of 317 km/h. The manual transmission version has an acceleration time of 3.8 seconds with a top speed slightly faster at 319 km/h. Unlike with other R8 powertrain choices, the R8 V10 plus is only available as a coupe.

Whether V8- or V10-powered, coupe or convertible, the 2013 R8 builds on the R8's reputation for high style and competitive performance. The new exterior revisions coupled with the R8's improved power, speed and driving prowess make for an even more compelling supercar.
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Topics: Sports Coupe, Audi, 2013, R8, Roadster, $99,999+, Exotic,

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