For long the R8 has been the ultimate showcase of Audi’s ultra-lightweight construction and high-performance capabilities. For 2013, the already frighteningly fast sports car has received subtle exterior upgrades, which include newly structured LED headlights, a hexagonal single frame grille and two large round tailpipe trims. The rear lights on all models are generated by LEDs that run from the inside out in the direction that the driver wishes to turn.
The biggest development on the new R8 models however is on the inside, which besides flaunting a higher level of refinement overall now sports a seven-speed S tronic transmission that replaces the six-speed R tronic manual previously seen on the V8 and V10 Coupe, and V10 Spyder models.
The result is a performance boost for all R8 models that will see them sprint from the zero to 100 km/h mark 0.3 seconds faster than when equipped with the R tronic. Overall, the combination of the seven-speed S tronic 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, while Audi R8 V10 Coupé with the same fitment now completes the its standard run in 3.6 seconds and tops out at 314 km/h. The performance and consumption figures of the R8 V10 Spyder differ only minimally from the Coupé version (Read : 2013 Audi R8 V10 : First Drive).
The fast-shifting dual-clutch transmission features a compact, three-shaft layout and includes a launch control function that provides optimal traction when starting. Drivers can shift the seven-speed S tronic themselves or let it operate in full automatic mode. The new seven-speed S tronic is optional with the V8 and standard with the V10.
A separate R8 V10 plus model that features numerous add-on parts made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) is not currently on sale here in India. Equipped with the same S tronic box, it is the most powerful R8 version till date generating 550PS and can catapult from zero to 100 km/h with a top speed of 317 km/h.
Just like the subtle yet noticeable cosmetic changes on the new R8 models prices for the upgraded versions have also moved up marginally as compared to previous generation models and will now begin at Rs 1.34 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) for entry level eight cylinder hard top version.
2013 Audi R8 model-wise pricing
Audi R8 V8 Coupe – Rs 1,34,55,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Audi V10 Coupe – Rs 1,57,88,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)
Audi V10 Spyder – Rs 1,73,55,000 (ex-showroom Delhi)