Since its roaring debut onto tracks, freeways and into collectors’ hearts just a handful of years ago, Audi’s pride and joy super sports two-seater has been the brand’s ambassador to the high-performance big boys club and has drawn awe and praise from drivers and fans alike. In its first major design shakeup since its debut, the new 2013 R8 family consists of the returning Coupe and Spyder convertible and a sick new trim level in the V10 Plus flagship.
The “entry-level” V8 Coupe and Spyder, both utilizing the beloved 4.2-liter FSI direct-injection engine, deliver 430 horses at 7,900 rpm and about 317 lb.-ft. of torque between 4,500 and 6000 rpm. The V8 retains the gated manual six-speed transmission while the V10 Plus has the new seven-speed S tronic dual clutch as an option. The Coupe has the ability to go 0-60 in 4.3 seconds (with S tronic) and has a top speed of around 186 mph. The Spyder does similarly well, only lagging about .2 seconds, and can easily hit the same top speed.
The standard Coupe and Spyder V10 models carry 525 horses at a whopping 8,000 rpm with a total torque of around 391 lb.-ft. at 6,500 rpm. A fair improvement on the V8, the Coupe reaches 60 mph from rest in a quick 3.6 seconds and has a boosted top speed of 195 mph. The seven-speed S tronic is standard on this model and can be found on either the steering wheel–mounted paddles or at the selector level. Enthusiasts can opt for the six-speed manual if they feel like downgrading, though we hear the old stick shift will not make an appearance on any trim package.
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The new flagship V10 Plus, which we’re assuming is taking the place of the limited-run GT model from 2012, is tuned to deliver 550 horses with almost 400 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,500 rpm. With this power, racing to 60 mph from rest will only take 3.5 seconds. While this isn’t a marked boost from the regular V10, the top speed gets a lift to almost 200 mph, which is definitely impressive. In addition, the V10 Plus includes carbon fiber ceramic brakes as standard.
While those familiar with the old lineup will appreciate the continued integration and use of LEDs in the headlight systems as well as the rear indicator lights with dynamicized display and highlighting the engine component. Carbon fiber is used throughout the line as both standard and additional options depending on model, and new aesthetic highlights on the R8 side blade, air intakes and front grille and splitter really do allow for customization in the vehicle. Wheels are 18” and 19” on the V8 and V10 models, respectively, and come in either a titanium or high-gloss black finish.
Base European prices have been announced at approximately $141.5K/$192.5K (Coupe) and $155.5K/$206.8K (Spyder) for the V8 and V10 models respectively, with the flagship V10 Plus fetching $216K. Availability and pricing for the American market will most likely be announced Q1 of next year.
Stay tuned for when we get a chance to see these hot rods up close down the road, but for now enjoy the beasts in action in the video above.