It looks like it’s finally time for Audi to refresh its R8 supercar. Audi has just unveiled the refreshed 2013 R8 family, which now includes a new V10 Plus flagship model.
On the outside the 2013 R8 gets small changes like the addition of LED headlights, restyled taillights and a new front bumper. The biggest change is the addition of the new seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission. The new seven-speed features a three-shaft layout with two multi-plate clutches lying behind one another. According to Audi, the gearshifting occurs practically without interruption of tractive power within hundredths of a second, and so dynamically, smoothly and comfortably as to be hardly noticeable.
The R8 V8 is still powered by a 424-hp 4.2L V8, while the R8 V10 is powered by the same 518-hp 5.2L V10 engine. The new R8 V10 Plus model sits on top of the R8 lineup with its 542-hp V10 engine. With the S tronic transmission, the R8 V10 Plus reaches 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.
The 2013 R8 will hit Europe first this fall, but don’t expect it in the U.S. until sometime early next year.