Audi has updated its flagship R8 sports car for 2014, improving dynamics, adding more power, and enhancing efficiency. It will make its formal introduction at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Chief among the hardware behind those improvements is a newly-developed seven-speed S tronic double-clutch transmission that is said to help improve acceleration from 0-to-96 km/h (0-to-60 mph) by 0.3 seconds on the R8 V10 Plus model.
In addition to boosting the performance of the Audi R8, the new S tronic is also said to improve driving comfort with smoother shifts.
Three models comprise the R8 range: the R8 V8 with 430-hp, 4.2-litre FSI V-8 engine; the R8 V10 with 525-hp, 5.2-litre FSI V-10 engine; and the R8 V10 Plus with a 550-hp variant of the 5.2-litre V-10.
Acceleration times from 0-t0-96 km/h for the R8 V8 and R8 V10 are said to be 3.4 and 4.2 seconds respectively with the seven-speed S tronic.
Aesthetic changes to the 2014 models include newly structured LED headlights that are now standard on all, a hexagonal single frame grille, new side mirrors and large, round tailpipe trims. The rear lights on all models include dynamic turn signals.
The Audi R8 Coupe is available in all three variants; the Spyder only as V8 and V10 models.