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2014 Audi R8 V8 Coupe


The Audi R8 was first launched back in 2007 and even though it has remained successful throughout its many years on the market, Audi has just released an update for the entire R8 line-up before its new generation is debuted in 2015. The new R8 went on sale in Europe at the end of 2012, while American customers had to wait a little bit longer.

The biggest change for the new Audi R8 V8 has been made under the hood where the V8 engine has been tricked to deliver an extra 10 horsepower over the previous version. There is also a new 7-speed S tronic gearbox.

Exterior updates are minimal and include a new front bumper and single-frame grille.

UPDATE 04/11/2013: Audi USA announced today prices for the revised R8 set to go on sale today, April 11th, 2013. Prices for the base R8 version start at $114,900 and go up to $179,645 for the R8 V10 Plus equipped with the S-tronic gearbox. Full prices after the jump.

UPDATE 05/10/2013: Audi has unveiled a new video revealing how the facelifted R8 is being "handcrafted" at the company’s factory in Neckarsulm. Enjoy!

Exterior

Audi R8 V8 Coupe

For the exterior, the facelift Audi R8 has received a new single-frame grille with the beveled upper corners painted in high-gloss black, a new bumper with the air inlets bearing three crossbars each, and new matte black vent louvers. As an option, customers will receive a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) front splitter. All models will now be offered with standard LED headlights. The Audi R8 features an aluminum body that weighs only 462.97 lbs bringing the total weight down to just 3439.21 lbs.

Interior

Audi R8 V8 Coupe

On the interior, numerous control and trim elements are covered in chrome strips or black paint, while the instrument cluster and the shift paddles have been slightly modified. The center console and the handbrake lever are covered with leather and can be combined with Fine Nappa full-leather on the seats and door trim or Alcantara, available as an option.

Drivetrain

Audi R8 V8 Coupe

Under the hood, the 4.2 FSI V8 engine for the R8 has been updated to deliver a total of 430 HP at 7,900 rpm and 317.15 lb-ft of torque delivered between 4,500 and 6,000 rpm. The biggest change for the updated R8 is the addition of a new 7-speed S tronic transmission system replacing the existing six-speed R-Tronic. The new transmission features two multi-plate clutches that serve two mutually independent sub-transmissions allowing minimal delay between gear changes.

When equipped with the S tronic transmission, the R8 will go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 186.41 mph. With the manual transmission, these numbers changes to 4.6 seconds and 187.65 mph.

Prices

2014 MY R8 PricingR8 V8R8 V10R8 V10 Plus
CoupeManual $114,900
S tronic $124,000
Manual $151,200
S tronic $160,300
Manual $170,545
S tronic $179,645
SpyderManual $128,400
S tronic $137,500
Manual $164,700
S tronic $173,800
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Competition

Audi R8 V8 Coupe

Maserati GranTurismo S

Maserati GranTurismo S

The GranTurismo S, on the other hand, gets a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 440 horsepower, 10 more than the R8. When it comes about look, we have to admit we like the Maserati model a little better, but on the other hand, the R8 has a more aggressive stance on the road.

The GranTurismo S is priced at $126,000.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

Aston Martin V8 Vantage S

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is powered by a V8 engine that delivers a total of 430 horsepower at 7,300rpm and 361 pound-feet of torque at 5,000rpm. The engine mated to a Sportshift II close-ratio seven speed automated manual transmission.

The V8 Vantage S is priced at $136,300.

Audi R8 V8 Coupe
LOVE IT
  • More power
  • New S-tronic transmission
  • Updated look
LEAVE IT
  • No significant exterior changes


51 comments:

Audi R8 car is one of my bet cars in Audi car brand. The style of this car is good it seems to look like a Mercedes car. Hehehe. BTW, The performance of this car is great and smooth.

I will surely wait for the facelift that they will do on this Audi R8. Well, I have to agree that few changes will make this car more irresistible. smiley

I can’t see any trick of the image. Btw, I like the style of the car. The brand and the style of this car is really great. I can’t wait to see to redesign this car. I want to have any updates about this car.

For me, this car is very awful. I love a convertible cars which is adding to the angst of this one. It seems that it’s kinda speedy car.

Minor changes on this Audi R8 will be only enough, and I have to agree with them that it’s already looking great on its recent design and style.

I feel so excited for the makeover of this R8 next year though it is already a good looking car. And the speed performance is great as well. I bet it would be a speedy vehicle.

Yeah I agree on you guys, it is already the best so minor changes are enough! I already love it just the way it is.

I don’t see any trick on this one. In my opinion, it is a good idea to make minor changes because it is already a successful production. If they change the version of the car, Audi will not be sure if that will be successful too.

Hmm. It seems that the Audi have remove the speed limiter of the car. The 500+ hp output really is something. Impressively, this car is more powerful compare to the Porsche 911. However, I wonder on what can the gearbox have to do with the speed performance of the car.

For me, I was contented on the styling of the car and I think it doesn’t need a more enhanced look. Well, its a great thing that they offer an engine upgrade to boost the power output of the v8 and v10 engine options. However, it seems that this aftermarket version is kind of early for it wasn’t long before its first debut.

I really don’t like this car at all. I fill that is just a commercial trick...

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