Audi’s refreshed 2013 R8 supercar is now available in Australia, representing the R8's most significant upgrade since its 2007 local introduction.
Both Coupe and drop-top Spyder bodystyles benefit from the changes, bringing subtle visual tweaks, power and performance boosts - and a new 'V10 plus Coupe' range-topping variant.
This V10 plus Coupe carries the honour of being Audi’s fastest production model to date, demolishing the 0-100km/h sprint in a claimed 3.5 seconds.
Now kicking off at $279,500 (up $8500) for the V8 manual Coupe variant, the V10 plus Coupe bookends the revised R8 lineup at $408,200.
The biggest R8 mechanical change to the 2013 R8 is a new seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic option, replacing the previous six-speed R tronic robotised manual transmission.
A six-speed manual option remains for V8 models, but V10s are now exclusively tied to the S tronic auto.
This new transmission promises quicker, smoother, and more intuitive shifting, to the benefit of performance, comfort, and fuel efficiency.
This efficiency is improved by at least three percent over the previous R tronic models, with the S tronic V8 Coupe consuming 12.4l/100km combined, and the S tronic V10 Coupe 13.1l/100km.
Impressively, the Coupe-only V10 plus manages to better the lesser-powered V10 models with a 12.9l/100km combined figure.
According to their official figures, Spyder S tronic models consume 0.2l/100km more than their V8 and V10 Coupe equivalents respectively.
Manual V8 models consume the same 14.2l/100km and 14.4l/100km combined figures as previously.
The previous R8’s direct-injected 4.2 litre V8 and 5.2 litre V10 engines carry over, with unchanged outputs of 316kW/430Nm and 386kW/530Nm respectively.
The new V10 plus Coupe boosts outputs to 404kW/540Nm, and ditches the lesser V10’s magnetic adaptive dampers for more track-focused single setting units.
This V10 plus power hike is matched by a 50kg weight reduction (now 1570kg) over the standard V10 Coupe, and has been achieved by using lighter wheels, brakes, and reduced insulation materials.
Combined with the traction offered by the R8’s 43:57 torque-split quattro all-wheel drivetrain, all S tronic models benefit from a launch control function to provide optimal acceleration from rest.
Even in 386kW guise, the V10 Coupe S tronic is capable of a claimed 3.6 second 0-100km/h figure.
The V8 S tronic Coupe is capable of a claimed 4.3 seconds, while Spyder S tronic models are 0.2 seconds slower, and manuals versions carry a 0.3 second penalty.
Identifying the 2013 R8 is a host of subtle visual changes, with a sharpened new single-frame grille joined by redesigned front and rear fascias.
All R8s now use the same exhaust outlet design, with large singular outlets on each side of the rear diffuser.
Each engine spec is differentiated with bespoke wheel designs, with V8 models using a new forged 19 inch twinned five spoke design, while lesser V10 models continue with the previous 19 inch snowflake pattern.
The V10 plus Coupe is fitted with a new mesh Y-spoke 19 inch design, coated in a dark titanium finish.
Carbon ceramic brakes are also standard on the V10 plus, but remain a $23,560 option on all other variants.
Also differentiating the V10 plus is carbon exterior trim detailing and specific carbon fibre rear diffuser, while a new Matte Sepang Blue hero colour is available as an exclusive option.
New head and taillight internals also feature on all R8s, with full-LED headlights and integrated turning lights now standard on all variants.
At the rear, the new taillight units include indicators that strobe outwards in a similar fashion to Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar models of the 1960s.
This "surprise and delight" feature enters a neat follow-up to the role the original R8 played in popularising LED daytime running lights.
On the inside, the R8 continues with its luxurious levels of standard kit, while the V10 and V10 plus models add 12 speaker Bang & Olufsen audio and increased leather interior coverage among other detail improvements.
The V10 plus is fitted with performance-focused bucket seats as standard, but the more luxurious electrically adjusted units of the lesser models remain a no-cost option.
A myriad of trim material options are available across all R8 variants, along with silver or carbon fibre side blades on V8 and lesser V10 models. The V10 plus comes standard with carbon fibre side blades.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Audi R8 4.2 V8 manual - $279,500
- Audi R8 4.2 V8 S tronic - $287,000
- Audi R8 5.2 V10 S tronic - $366,900
- Audi R8 5.2 V10 plus S tronic - $408,200
- Audi R8 4.2 V8 manual - $308,400
- Audi R8 4.2 V8 S tronic - $315,900
- Audi R8 5.2 V10 S tronic - $395,800