Subtlety is the key when you embark on a mission to improve your already oh-so-gorgeous flagship car and make it so much more desirable. Audi certainly seems to have hit the right cord with the all new 2013 model, which in fact is the first major revamp in the car’s six year history. he changes are so subtle infact that you actually cannot pinpoint many of them but the car certainly looks and drives better. On the drastic side Audi threw out the much criticized R- Tronic tranny and the 2013 model sports a brand new 7- speed S – Tronic transmission. The front grille is different with the optional LED Lights on the previous model now made standard. In the rear the R8 now sports a larger diffuser and round exhaust tips. The powerplant boasts of a strong increase in in power and torque figures, The 4.2-liter FSI V8 engine sees its power output boosted to 430 PS (316 kW / 424 hp) and 430 Nm (317.15 lb-ft) of torque. Using the optional S Tronic transmission, the V8 unit enables the coupe to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds while the Spyder acheives the same feat in 4.6 seconds. Both variants are capable of reaching a top speed of 302 km/h (187.65 mph).
Two power transmission systems are available for the overhauled Audi R8. The manual 6-speed transmission, with its lever leading into an open stainless steel gate, is standard on the V8 and optional on the V10. The new 7-speed S tronic – optional on the V8 and standard on the V10 – spaces the gears closely in a sporty mode; the final drive position has a wide gear ratio. The dual clutch transmission can be shifted at the selector lever or at the steering wheel paddles; a sports mode is alternatively available. At the press of a button the launch control manages starting at an increased initial engine speed and with optimal tire slip.
The new 7-speed S tronic, with a three-shaft layout, is less than 60 centimeters (23.62 inches) in length. Two multi-plate clutches lying behind one another (a new feature), serve two mutually independent sub-transmissions; gears are shifted directly as the clutches alternately open and close. 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 5.2-liter FSI V10 unit will now be available in a choice of two outputs. The base level model produces 525 PS (386 kW / 518 hp) and 530 Nm (390.91 lb-ft) of torque while the new range topping “Plus” model gets a nice bump to 550 PS (404 kW / 542 hp) and 540 Nm of torque. The top model is capable of accelerating from 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 317 km/h (197 mph) while the standard V10 is just 0.1 seconds and 4 km/h (3 mph) shy of these figures. The Audi R8 V10 Spyder meanwhile boasts an acceleration figure of 3.8 seconds before hitting top velocity at 311 km/h (193 mph).